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Systems Engineering Curriculum Requirements

The Interdisciplinary Engineering Degrees (MSE or MS) require 30 credit hours total with at least 18 hours of Purdue engineering courses.  You may add a concentration to your degree but a concentration is not required.  If chosen, the concentration requirements must be met in addition to the regular degree requirements.  A concentration is chosen on the e-POS form and shows on the transcript, not the diploma.

The list of courses offered via distance may be sorted by semester/year or school.  Please keep in mind that this list is subject to change and you will need to review it frequently throughout your degree program.  Changes may be made to your POS in the future if they meet the degree and concentration requirements.

Degree requirements checklist:

_____ total number of Core courses (6 hours)

_____ total number of Systems Related Elective Courses ( 6 hours)

_____ total number of engineering courses *(18 hours)

_____ total number of Purdue courses (18 hours)

_____ total number of credit hours (30 hours)


* Engineering courses  are offered by engineering schools and/or taught by engineering faculty such as AAE-Aeronautics & Astronautics, ABE - Agricultural & Biological Engineering, BME-Biomedical Engineering, CE-Civil Engineering, ECE-Electrical & Computer Engineering, EEE - Environmental & Ecological Engineering, IE-Industrial Engineering, ME-Mechanical Engineering, MSE - Materials Engineering, NUCL -Nuclear Engineering, SYS - Systems Engineering.   Examples of non-engineering courses are BIOL - Biological Sciences, CS-Computer Science, GRAD-Graduate studies, MA-Mathematics, STAT-Statistics, etc.

Core courses: (6 hours)

______  SYS 50000 Perspectives on Systems Engineering

______  SYS 53000 Practical Systems Thinking OR SYS 51000 Tools and Methodologies for Designing Systems

Systems Related courses: (6 hours)

AAE 55000 Multidisciplinary Design Optimization IE 59000/AAE 59000 Science Technology & Policy IE 53200 Reliability
AAE 56000 Systems of Systems Modeling and Analysis IE 59000/BME 59500 Complex Systems: Theory & Applications IE 53600 Stochastic Models in Operations Research
AAE 59000 System Safety & Reliability CS 57300 Data Mining IE 54500 Engineering Economic Analysis
SYS 53000 Practical Systems Thinking ECE 58000 Optimization Methods for Systems & Control IE 54600 Economic Decisions in Engineering
SYS 51000 Tools and Methodologies for Designing Systems IE 53000 Quality Control IE 57700 Human Factors in Engineering
IE 58000 Systems Simulation IE 59000 Applied Ergonomics ME 55300 Product & Process Design
ME 55700 Design for Manufacturability (3 on-campus, Saturday labs required) ME 57100 Reliability Based Design ME 57500 Theory & Design of Control Systems

Other Graduate Courses: (18 hours)


The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements. This website is a knowledge source for specific requirements and completion.

Note: The plan of study worksheet is an aid to help you understand the program requirements and map out a plan. The actual electronic plan of study ePOS is submitted via myPurdue during the first semester you're registered after admission to a degree program.