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Systems Engineering

Systems Engineering is an interdisciplinary approach and means to enable the realization of successful systems.  The updated Systems Engineering M.S. program educates engineers to serve as the primary interface between management, customers, suppliers, and specialty engineers in the systems development process.  Note that where other engineering disciplines concentrate on the specifics of a system (electronics, mechanics, ergonometrics, aerodynamics, software, etc.), Systems Engineers focus on the integration of all of these aspects as a coherent and effective system.

Systems Engineers bring a particular perspective to the engineering process (such as requirements definition, top-level functional designs, project management, life cycle cost analysis, product lifecycle management) that serves to organize and coordinate other engineering activities.

The program is open to engineers with a degree in any field of engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, Computer, etc.) - no make-up courses are required.  Many engineers working full-time enroll in the Systems Engineering M.S. program on a part-time basis since all courses are offered in the evening, and some courses are also available online.  Students may enter the program at any time of the year and begin their classes in either September, January or May due to the flexible nature of the course requirements.

Course Requirements - Students are provided with a varied selection of courses in four key areas:

  • Required Courses:  Students are required to select the following course:
    • Foundations of Systems Engineering I
     and any 2 of the following courses:
    • Foundations of Systems Engineering II
    • Engineering Project Management
    • Product Lifecycle Management
    • Engineering Decision Analysis
  • Systems Elective Courses:  select 8 credits from over 20 Systems Engineering courses and over 20 Industrial and Systems Engineering courses.
  • General Elective Courses:  select 8 credits from over over 150 courses offered in Systems Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, or Computer Science and Informatics.
  • Theory Course:  select 1 course from a list of 5 including Statistical Methods in Engineering, Engineering Operations Research - Stochastic Models, and Systems Optimization and Design.
Program Requirements

Contact Us

Robert Van Til, Professor and Chair
502  Engineering Center
(248) 370-2211
vantil@oakland.edu