Applicants must meet the general requirements for admission to graduate study, as outlined in the Admission Requirements. The applicant’s prior education must include a degree in a science or engineering field. In addition to this requirement, a minimum of one year of relevant full-time work experience in the field is required, and a detailed work résumé and transcripts from all college studies must be submitted. Applicants typically have earned a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (B or above) in the latter half of their undergraduate studies. When reviewing an application, the candidate’s academic and professional background will be considered.
The Systems Engineering program offers two degree distinctions—a Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) and a Master of Science (MS). In order to be admitted into the MSE program, applicants need to hold a degree issued by a program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, https://www.abet.org. Students admitted without a Bachelor of Science degree from an EAC of ABET-accredited program (or who did not complete the prerequisites that meet all of the EAC of ABET-accreditation requirements for attainment of student outcomes and for sufficient math, science, and engineering design at the Bachelor of Science level) will receive a regionally accredited Master of Science degree. There is no difference in the curriculum for the MSE and MS programs.
Ten courses must be completed within five years. The curriculum consists of seven or eight core courses and two or three electives, depending on whether the master’s project or the master’s thesis is selected.
Only one C-range grade (C+, C, or C–) can count toward the master’s degree. All course selections are subject to advisor approval.
Required Courses for Master’s Degrees
|EN.645.662||Introduction to Systems Engineering||3|
|EN.645.667||Management of Systems Projects||3|
|EN.645.764||Software Systems Engineering||3|
|EN.645.767||System Conceptual Design||3|
|EN.645.768||System Design & Integration||3|
|EN.645.769||System Test & Evaluation||3|
|EN.645.800||Systems Engineering Master's Project||3-6|
| Systems Engineering Master's Thesis|
and Systems Engineering Master's Thesis
|Select three electives from the following tracks: 1|
|Modeling and Simulation|
Students who take the two-semester thesis option only select two from the list of courses by track. Other JHU/WSE courses may be accepted as electives with the approval of the student’s advisor. The tracks below represent related groups of courses that are relevant for students with interests in the selected areas.
|EN.645.631||Introduction to Model Based Systems Engineering||3|
|EN.645.632||Applied Analytics for Model Based Systems Engineering||3|
|EN.645.669||Systems Engineering of Deployed Systems||3|
|EN.645.742||Management of Complex Systems||3|
|EN.645.753||Enterprise Systems Engineering||3|
|EN.645.766||Systems Engineering Advanced Technology||3|
|EN.645.771||System of Systems Engineering||3|
|EN.635.611||Principles of Network Engineering||3|
|EN.635.676||Cybersecurity in Information Systems||3|
|EN.635.683||E-Business: Models, Architecture, Technologies, and Infrastructure||3|
|EN.695.601||Foundations of Information Assurance||3|
|EN.695.621||Public Key Infrastructure and Managing E-Security||3|
|EN.695.744||Reverse Engineering and Vulnerability Analysis||3|
|EN.635.661||Principles of Human Computer Interaction||3|
|EN.645.621||Engineering and Measuring Influence||3|
|EN.645.650||Foundations of Human Systems Engineering||3|
|EN.645.651||Integrating Humans and Technology||3|
|EN.645.754||Social and Organizational Factors in Human Systems Engineering||3|
|EN.645.755||Methods in Human-System Performance Measurement and Analysis||3|
|EN.625.603||Statistical Methods and Data Analysis||3|
|EN.645.756||Metrics, Modeling, and Simulation for Systems Engineering||3|
|EN.645.757||Foundations of Modeling and Simulation in Systems Engineering||3|
|EN.645.758||Advanced Systems Modeling and Simulation||3|
|EN.645.780||Agile Systems Engineering||3|
|EN.595.661||Technical Group Management||3|
|EN.595.665||Strategic Communications in Technical Organizations||3|
|EN.595.666||Financial & Contract Management||3|
|EN.595.727||Advanced Concepts in Agile Technical Management||3|
|EN.605.604||Object-Oriented Programming with C++||3|
|EN.605.607||Agile Software Development Methods||3|
|EN.605.608||Software Project Management||3|
|EN.605.704||Object-Oriented Analysis and Design||3|
|EN.605.708||Tools and Techniques of Software Project Management||3|
Please refer to the course schedule (ep.jhu.edu/schedule) published each term for exact dates, times, locations, fees, and instructors.
JHU Systems Engineering Program Educational Objectives
Within 2–5 years after graduation, Master of Science in Engineering in System Engineering graduates of Johns Hopkins University will:
- Attain programmatic or technical leadership roles in systems engineering or the management of complex systems.
- Employ systems engineering methods and tools throughout the life cycle of complex systems.
JHU Systems Engineering Student Outcomes
Upon completing the Master of Science in Engineering in Systems Engineering Program, students will be able to:
- Apply technical knowledge in mathematics, science, and engineering to lead the realization and evaluation of complex systems and systems of systems.
- Demonstrate the ability to conceive of, gather user needs and requirements for, design, develop, integrate, and test complex systems by employing systems engineering thinking and processes within required operational and acquisition system environments.
- Understand and utilize the life cycle stages of systems development from concept development through manufacturing and operational maintenance.
- Lead and participate in interdisciplinary teams to manage the cost-effective systems.
- Communicate complex concepts and methods in spoken and written format.
- Demonstrate awareness and capability in employing tools and techniques in the systems engineering process.