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Applying to the MSSE program

General information

Admission is competitive. The program looks for strong evidence of motivation and achievement and/or significant professional experience in engineering and/or the sciences. At a minimum, all applicants must meet the general admission requirements of the University of Maryland Graduate School, graduation from a regionally accredited college or university with a B average (or 3.0 on a 4.0 scale). Also key are three (3) strongly positive letters of recommendation, usually from current or recent instructors, employers, or supervisors; competitive scores on standardized tests (the GRE general test with writing assessment is required); and an articulate statement of appropriate goals and interests. Applicants should have a solid background in engineering, math or science.

Prospective and current students may seek support for their studies through graduate research assistantships or scholarships. ManTech International, Inc., has provided two $6,000 scholarships ($3,000 per year for two years) starting in 2013. The MSSE program will award the scholarships to eligible students who enroll in the program and who demonstrate through their application a strong potential to succeed in systems engineering. Students currently working in industry, the military, or the government, who plan to pursue their graduate studies part-time, might ask their employers about tuition assistance. All applicants are encouraged to explore sources of external funding; a number of comprehensive Internet sites, such as, offer detailed information and application instructions.

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Application deadlines

For early admission consideration, applicants must submit their applications and all supporting material by December 15. Otherwise, international applicants must submit application and all supporting materials by February 1. U.S. citizens must submit application and all supporting materials by March 15.

This program accepts applications for the spring semester on a case-by-case basis. All applications and supporting materials must arrive by October 1 for the following spring term.

This program does not accept applications for the summer semester.


Contact the Director of the Systems Engineering Education Program
Dr. John MacCarthy
Director, Systems Engineering Education Program
Institute for Systems Research
2175 A.V. Williams Building
College Park, MD 20742