Erik Jonsson School of Engineering & Computer Science
Department of Systems Engineering
Professor: Steve Yurkovich
Associate Professor: James A. Primbs
Affiliated Faculty: Farokh B. Bastani, Alain Bensoussan, Kendra M. L. Cooper, Duncan L. MacFarlane, Suresh P. Sethi, Rajiv Shah, Mark W. Spong, Lakshman Tamil, Mathukumalli Vidyasagar, W. Eric Wong
Systems engineering is an interdisciplinary field of systems engineering, focusing on the design, modeling, interconnection, and management of large complex systems. In addition to the methods of traditional engineering, systems engineering relies on skills and expertise in areas such as optimization, simulation, economics and finance, risk management, and decision making under uncertainty. These skills come together to address the challenges of designing and managing complex interconnected systems, ranging from an automobile or an airplane to communication systems, financial markets, the power grid, and many more.
The Department of Systems Engineering at UT Dallas focuses research and curriculum in the fundamentals of systems engineering and management, with applications in interdisciplinary areas of interest to industry, such as energy systems, financial engineering systems, software systems, healthcare systems, cyber security systems, control and mechatronic systems, and others. In so doing, the Department of Systems Engineering offers an MS degree in Systems Engineering and Management (MS-SEM), a joint program with the UT Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management. The program brings together faculty and disciplines from the engineering school and from the management school into a single program that has traditional and executive education formats.
While many diverse areas of research and curriculum are represented by the core faculty and affiliated faculty in the Department of Systems Engineering, we identify with a few basic, core areas of concentration which combine graduate level research and curriculum:
- Control Systems and Mechatronic Systems
- Financial Engineering
- Energy Systems
Other curriculum-centric concentration areas, discussed below for the MS-SEM degree program, are also possible areas of research focus.
In keeping with the established tradition of research at UT Dallas, the Systems Engineering Department through its research efforts and its MS-SEM degree program, encourages students to interact with researchers in other strong programs in the Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science and the Naveen Jindal School of Management, including computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, bioengineering, computer engineering, operations management, finance, marketing, innovation and entrepreneurship, and business management.
Master of Science in Systems Engineering and Management (MS-SEM)
36 semester credit hours minimum
A student lacking undergraduate prerequisites for graduate courses must complete prerequisites or receive approval from the graduate advisor and the course instructor. A diagnostic examination may be required. Please consult with the University's general admission requirements, discussed in the graduate catalog, whereas specific admission requirements for the MS-SEM follow.
A student entering the MS-SEM program should meet the following guidelines:
- A minimum of a BS in engineering, mathematics, physics, chemistry, economics or finance from an accredited program (specifically, programs that provide adequate fundamental skills in mathematics).
- Must submit GRE and/or GMAT scores, as appropriate.
- Must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who are able to judge the candidate's probability of success in pursuing a program of study leading to the MS-SEM degree.
- Must also submit an essay outlining the candidate's background, education, and professional goals.
The MS-SEM program is designed to be flexible to accommodate different student backgrounds, allowing students to pick up areas in which they are deficient, while still guaranteeing core competency in systems engineering and systems management. This program has both a thesis and a non-thesis option. All part-time MS-SEM students will be assigned initially to the non-thesis option. Those wishing to elect the thesis option may do so by obtaining the approval of a faculty thesis supervisor.
The MS-SEM degree requires a total of 36 semester credit hours consisting of 12 courses in the non-thesis option or 10 courses plus six semester credit hours of thesis credit for the thesis option. All students must have an academic advisor and an approved degree plan. Courses taken without advisor approval will not count toward the 36 semester credit hour requirement. Successful completion of the approved course of studies leads to the MS-SEM degree. Please also note that the University's general degree requirements are discussed elsewhere in the graduate catalog.
Completion of a minimum of 36 semester credit hours of graduate level lecture courses including the required core courses. With advisor approval, these may include some 5000 level courses. Students must earn a grade of B- or better in each of four core courses (see below).
An alternative to 36 semester credit hours required for the MS-SEM degree, would be the completion of a minimum of 30 semester credit hours of graduate level lecture courses, with a grade of B- or better in each of the required core courses (see below), six semester credit hours of a combination of master's research (SYSM 6V70) and thesis (SYSM 6V90), submitted to the graduate school, and a formal public defense of the thesis.
Students enrolled in the thesis option should meet with individual faculty members to discuss research opportunities and to choose a research advisor during the first or second semester that the student is enrolled. After the second semester of study, course selection should be made in consultation with the research advisor. Part-time students are encouraged to enroll in only one course during their first semester and in no more than two courses during any semester they are also working full-time.
Research and thesis semester credit hours cannot be counted in an MS-SEM degree plan unless a thesis is written and successfully defended. A supervising committee, which must be chosen in consultation with the student's thesis advisor prior to enrolling for thesis credit, administers the defense. With advisor approval, the lecture courses may include some 5000 level courses. Full-time students at UT Dallas who receive financial assistance are required to enroll in nine semester credit hours each semester.
Core Courses: 12 semester credit hours
Students are required to take four courses (a total of 12 semester credit hours) from a set of eight courses in the lists below. Two of the courses must be from the Engineering Core section and two from the Management Core section. The four required courses contribute a total of 12 semester credit hours toward the MS degree.
Engineering Core Courses
Management Core Courses
Prescribed Electives: 12 semester credit hours
Students are required to take an additional four courses (a total of 12 semester credit hours) from the set of eight core courses listed above and/or the set of courses listed below. Two of these courses must be chosen from the two Engineering sections (core and elective), and two from the two Management sections (core and elective). Because a program objective is to maintain a high degree of flexibility, students are encouraged to work with an MS-SEM program advisor to discuss possible (limited) exceptions and substitutions for the prescribed elective courses.
Engineering Elective Courses
Management Elective Courses
Free Electives: 12 semester credit hours
Working with an MS-SEM program advisor, students are required to take four additional and distinct courses either from the remaining SYSM courses listed above or from other courses offered in management or engineering that form a "concentration" or "specialization" in systems-related, possibly industry-specific sectors. The concentration area consists of four courses (12 semester credit hours) in the degree program; examples include: Mechatronic and Control Systems, Financial Engineering Systems, Energy Systems, Healthcare Systems, Telecom and IT Networks, Information Assurance and Cyber-security, Global Supply Chain Management, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Enterprise Systems. Finally, because of the flexible nature of the MS-SEM degree program, students may submit for approval a "personalized" concentration area that focuses on aspects of systems engineering, and may combine elements of other concentration areas on a focused theme.
Systems Engineering and Management (MS-SEM) Courses
Systems Engineering Courses