Earn your master’s degree in information technology with a specialization in systems engineering to learn the design, development, and deployment of complex systems—and prepare for broader responsibility in a range of industries.
The systems engineering specialization can help you apply traditional and modern life-cycle models, techniques, and tools in the specification, design, development, and deployment of complex systems. The specialization is designed for midcareer professionals with a technical background who are seeking to enhance their skills in systems engineering theory and practice.
You’ll study a variety of cases across different application domains to learn the wide scope of systems concepts. Courses include requirements engineering, system design and development, system integration and testing, system engineering management, and more.
About the Systems Engineering Specialization
The systems engineering specialization within the master’s degree in information technology features projects involving real clients, so you’ll learn systems engineering skills you can apply immediately on the job.
What You’ll Learn
Through your coursework, you will learn how to
- Organize and manage a systems engineering team
- Apply a wide variety of domestic and international standards to systems engineering practice
- Use various computer-aided design and testing tools
In past projects, students have had the opportunity to
- Develop a system requirements document
- Break down a complex system into manageable subsystems
- Specify strategies for verifying and validating that the overall system meets requirements
This program can help prepare you for the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) certification exams.
Systems Engineering Requirements
Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.
- Systems Engineering Overview (3 Credits, SYSE 610)
- Requirements Engineering (3 Credits, SYSE 620)
- Systems Design and Development (3 Credits, SYSE 630)
- Systems Integration and Test (3 Credits, SYSE 640)
- Design Considerations (3 Credits, SYSE 650)
- Systems Engineering Management (3 Credits, SYSE 660)
- Systems Engineering Capstone (3 Credits, SYSE 670)
- Specialization courses must be taken in the order listed.
- You must take SYSE 670 in your final term.
- Orientation to Graduate Studies at UMUC (0 Credits, UCSP 615)
- Information Technology Foundations (3 Credits, ITEC 610)
- Computer Systems Architecture (3 Credits, ITEC 625)
- Information Systems Infrastructure (3 Credits, ITEC 626)
- Information Systems Analysis, Modeling, and Design (3 Credits, ITEC 630)
- Information Technology Project Management (3 Credits, ITEC 640)
- ITEC 610 must be taken in the first term of coursework.
- UCSP 615 must be taken within the first 6 credits of study.
- UCSP 615 may be waived if you previously earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. For more information, contact your academic advisor.
- ITEC 610 must be taken in the first term of coursework;
- You must complete 6 credits of core coursework before beginning specialization coursework.
This program is designed to help prepare you for work in systems engineering theory and practice.
Preparation Recommended for Success
The systems engineering specialization is designed for students with a degree and/or professional experience in a technical discipline such as engineering or computer science.
Taking UCSP 605 is recommended to improve writing skills.
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You could qualify for benefits that help you afford your education, including tuition assistance, an annual stipend, payments to cover loans, and more.