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MS, Systems Engineering and Management * (ECS)


Systems engineering and management, or SEM, is an essential ingredient in today’s high-tech industries. Our industry partners tell us there is a growing need for engineering and management training in complex systems that have many interdependent parts and deliver significant organizational and/or societal impact. Increasingly, business requires that engineers be trained to be good managers and leaders. Likewise, business managers need a better understanding of technology and how to run large, multifaceted engineering projects.

Target industries for the program include aerospace, defense and space systems, transportation systems, information and communications technology systems, information assurance and cybersecurity systems, healthcare systems; energy, environment and infrastructure systems; complex biological systems; and macroeconomic and financial systems.

As a joint program between the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science and the Naveen Jindal School of Management, SEM features both technical and business or organizational-centered courses. The curriculum provides students knowledge and skills to design, develop and manage complex projects requiring wide-ranging scientific and business competencies. The typical SEM student is a high performer with a bachelor’s degree in engineering, math, physics, chemistry, economics or finance.

The program offers flexibility in its concentrations — specialty subject areas — and in its format. Students can choose between a master’s degree earned the traditional way, during regular weekday classes or one earned in an executive format, during classes on Fridays and Saturdays (please consult with the online information available at for differences in application and admission between the traditional and executive tracks). A certificate in systems engineering or in systems management is yet another option for those seeking advanced training.

Program Information

School: Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science

Program: Systems Engineering and Management * (ECS)

Catalog page: MS

Other program information:

*Program offered jointly by the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science and the School of Management.

Undergraduate Transcripts: Yes

Undergraduate Degrees: Physics, chemistry, math, engineering, economics, finance, etc. preferred to ensure adequate math background

Relevant Work Experience: 3 years or more desired for those seeking the Executive Education MS

Certificates: Certificate in Systems Engineering and Certificate in Systems Management, both located on a combined webpage.

MS in Systems Engineering and Management * (ECS) Fact Sheet

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: Minimum of a bachelor's degree in engineering, mathematics, physics, chemistry, economics or finance from an accredited program (specifically, programs that provide adequate fundamental skills in mathematics)

Test score required: Yes

GRE and/or GMAT scores, as appropriate.

Letters of recommendation: Required

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can judge the candidate’s probability of success in graduate school. Use the electronic request form in the graduate application to submit the letters. Contact the graduate academic program department if you have any questions.

Resume required: Yes

Deadlines: University deadlines apply.


Brenda Rains

800 W. Campbell Rd. EC39
Richardson, TX 75080-3021
Office - ECS3.903

Possible Careers

Graduates of the program seek positions such as Manager/Director of Systems Engineering and Management.

Salary Information

See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is the Occupational Outlook Handbook.