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Systems Engineering Graduate Programs

The Clark School offers two systems engineering masters degrees: the Master of Science in Systems Engineering (MSSE) and the Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering (MEngSE), as well as a Graduate Certificate in Engineering (CGEN) in Systems Engineering.

Students in both the master's degree programs take the same six core courses, but there are differences in admission requirements, electives, and tuition. | Core curriculum |

Master of Science in Systems Engineering (MSSE)

ISR offers the Master of Science in Systems Engineering (MSSE), a research-oriented degree that requires completion of 30 credits (usually 10 courses). The student may complete either a master’s thesis or scholarly paper that reflects their systems engineering-related research. the student works under the guidance of a faculty advisor on a topic of mutual interest. Full-time students enrolled in this program are eligible for Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs), MSSE-specific internships, and possibly Teaching Assistantships (TA).  This degree program is particularly well-suited to students who are interested in research and who may be considering the possibility of pursuing a Ph.D. in an engineering-related field. In-state tuition rates for the MSSE program are lower than those for the MEngSE program, which is attractive for Maryland residents. | Learn more | MSSE tuition and fees | Estimated total program cost |

Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering (MEngSE)

The Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering (MEngSE) is a professional degree offered through the Office of Advance Engineering Education (OAEE). It requires completion of 30 credits (usually 10 courses) and does not require either a master’s thesis or scholarly paper. It is particularly well-suited for working professionals who are likely to be taking only one or two courses a semester. Students enrolled in this program are not eligible to be GRAs, TAs, or for MSSE-specific internships. Since the MEngSE tuition is lower than out-of-state MSSE tuition, international and out-of-state students may find this program more attractive. | Learn more | MEngSE tuition and fees | Estimated total program cost |

Note that if a student enters one of the masters programs and later decides they wish to switch to the other program, they may apply to that other program. If accepted, any core systems engineering courses they have taken will transfer to the other program. Credit for electives will be evaluated with respect to the policies of each program. Admission and degree requirements for each program may be found on their respective websites.

Graduate Certificate in Engineering (CGEN) in Systems Engineering

The Graduate Certificate in Engineering in Systems Engineering, offered through the Clark School of Engineering's Office of Advanced Engineering Education, requires completion of four approved courses (12 credits total). | Learn more |

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John MacCarthy
Director, Systems Engineering Education Program
The Institute for Systems Research
2175 A.V. Williams Building
Email: jmaccart@umd.edu
Phone: 301.405.4419

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