The Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering is an interdisciplinary degree and involves the identification, modeling, analysis, architecture, integration, and management of complex systems and processes. Systems engineering applies to many types of systems—large systems such as power plants, small systems such as circuit components, or computer hardware and software systems. The primary goal of the program is to prepare engineers to develop the next generation of engineering products, systems, and services for industry and government. Students will learn to use and implement key systems engineering concepts in order to help increase their effectiveness in their current jobs and open opportunities to advance careers.
The course of study offers experience in:
- System analysis and modeling
- MATLAB simulations
- Project and program management
- Quality improvement initiatives
- Creativity and problem solving
Systems Engineering students usually have undergraduate degrees in engineering, computer science, physics, mathematics, and IST. Most are already professional engineers, and are employed at corporations including Lockheed Martin, NAVSEA, Boeing, Unisys, and Alloy Surfaces.
During the program students will take evening courses in 7 and 14-week formats. These courses are offered both at the Penn State Great Valley campus in Malvern and at the Navy Yard, Philadelphia. Students can expect to complete the degree in 2–3 years going part-time or 1.5 years if going full-time at Malvern.
The degree consists of 36 credits (12 courses). A capstone experience includes writing an engineering professional paper or completing the Advanced Systems Engineering Studio (SYSEN 594C).
Our systems engineering graduates have advanced in their careers to become lead engineers, principal engineers, engineering managers, and project managers.