Master of Science in Information Technology: Systems Engineering

Systems Engineering (SYSE) Specialization

The systems engineering specialization provides students with the ability to apply traditional and modern life cycle models, techniques, and tools in the specification, design, development, and deployment of complex systems. A variety of cases across different application domains are used to illustrate the wide scope of systems concepts.

Career Path

The systems engineering specialization is designed for early or mid-career individuals with experience in the military, public, or private sectors who desire to expand their knowledge and skill set in systems engineering principles and methods in order to enhance their opportunities for assuming broader engineering and technical leadership responsibilities. Career opportunities are available in a broad range of organizations that use advanced technology internally or that produce technology-based products and services.



  • Students who wish to improve their graduate writing skills may take UCSP 605, Effective Graduate Writing (0).
  • The systems engineering specialization is designed for students with academic and/or professional backgrounds in a technical discipline.

Core Required Courses

UCSP 615* Orientation to Graduate Studies at UMUC (0), to be taken within the first 6 credits of study

  • ITEC 610 Information Technology Foundations (3)
  • ITEC 625 Computer Systems Architecture (3)
  • ITEC 626 Information Systems Infrastructure (3)
  • ITEC 630 Information Systems Analysis, Modeling, and Design (3)
  • ITEC 640 Information Technology Project Management (3)

Core Rules

  • ITEC 610 must be taken as one of the first two courses.
  • Students must complete 6 credits of core coursework before beginning specialization coursework.

Systems Engineering (SYSE) Specialization Required Courses

  • SYSE 610 Systems Engineering Overview (3)
  • SYSE 620 Requirements Engineering (3)
  • SYSE 630 System Design and Development (3)
  • SYSE 640 System Integration and Test (3)
  • SYSE 650 Design Considerations (3)
  • SYSE 660 System Engineering Management (3)

Capstone Course

SYSE 670 System Engineering Capstone (3)

Specialization Rules

SYSE 610 must be taken as one of the first two courses.

Note: Some course titles and numbers were revised beginning with the fall 2007 semester. If you began your program prior to fall 2007 and have chosen to follow the pre-fall 2007 curriculum, please refer to the pre-fall 2007 Study Plan to determine your degree requirements.

* The UCSP 615 requirement may be waived if you previously earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

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