Master of Systems Engineering

Master methods and models, meet modern demands

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Online classes
2–3 years
Average time to completion
Cost per course
Courses required for
Master’s degree
No GRE Required

Examine the full spectrum of systems engineering

Engage in the leading edge of analysis, design, integration, production, and operation of modern systems. Gain in-depth knowledge and transferable technical skills for career advancement in industry or government.

Earn an ABET-accredited Master of Science in Engineering in Systems Engineering in just 10 online courses.

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Your professors, your industry insiders

One of my favorite things about the SE program was that every one of my instructors had first-hand experience working as a systems engineer and many were still working full time.

–Peter ’19, Systems Engineering

For multidisciplinary innovators

You will succeed in this program if you want to lead in the development and management of complex systems across the engineering spectrum by combining in-depth knowledge and practical skills. This program is perfect for students looking to:

  • Advance their career with a broader understanding of managing multidisciplinary complex systems.
  • Tailor their courses to their unique interests and goals.
  • Benefit from the flexibility of a fully online program.

Leverage a systems approach to influence real world change

Overcome obstacles within the systems process through practical training and coursework that explores real-time industry behavior. In our program, you will:

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Learn from notable professionals

Gain meaningful mentoring from practicing scientists and engineers representing expert-level experience in a range of disciplines. Join a community that includes:

  • Instructors who are subject-matter experts who can present your studies through the lens of real-world scenarios.
  • Collaboration with peers who are equally inspired to advance systems engineering.
  • Partnerships and networking to open new doors and introduce new opportunities.

Take applied and focused classes

To earn your Master of Science in Engineering in Systems Engineering (MSE) or Master of Science in Systems Engineering (MS), you must complete ten courses in as little as two years—a combination of core courses and electives.

Core Class Choices
  • Introduction to Systems Engineering
  • Management of Systems Projects
  • Software Systems Engineering
  • System Conceptual Design
  • System Design & Integration
  • Systems Engineering Master’s Project or
  • Systems Engineering Master’s Thesis (two-semester requirement)
  • System Test & Evaluation

Optional Master’s Degree Focus Areas
  • Cybersecurity
    Explore visual modeling and analysis tools to design and execute privacy solutions.
  • Human Systems
    Study of human capabilities and human systems concepts and design principles.
  • Modeling and Simulation
    Employ M&S as an essential tool in modern systems engineering.
  • Project Management
    Examine core functions of a technical project manager.
  • Software Systems
    Study systems and software engineering techniques to help develop software.

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Excellence as a competitive edge

From developing visionary leaders, pioneering innovative research, and creating meaningful impact, you’ll find that the JHU advantage goes well beyond rankings and recognition.

Elevated direction

Increase your potential with real-time and relevant guidance from senior-level executives and engineering pioneers.

Personal innovation

Develop a project unique to your interests from autonomous vehicles to aviator tracking systems. What will you create?

Become a better leader

Choose a focus that will benefit your day to day, professional development, and future as a leader.

Everything we do is focused on you

As a results-driven systems engineer, you want to create a better future by improving everything you see. Our vision is to provide you with a rich educational experience that makes that possible.

On your terms, on your time

Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals offers exceptional online programs that are custom-designed to fit your schedule as a practicing engineer or scientist. You will have access to the full range of JHU services and resources—all available online.

Opening the door to ambition

We are committed to providing accessible, affordable, innovative, and relevant education experiences for working adults. Our admissions counselors are standing by to help you navigate your next steps—from application and financial assistance to enrolling in a program that best fits your goals. Applications are accepted year-round—with no GRE required.

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Opportunity afforded

78% of our enrolled students’ tuition is covered by employer contribution programs