UT Dallas 2016 Graduate Catalog

Naveen Jindal School of Management

Master of Science in Systems Engineering and Management (MS-SEM)

36 semester credit hours minimum

Overview

The Systems Engineering and Management (MS-SEM) is a joint program offered by the Naveen Jindal School of Management and the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. It is a unique program that offers a flexible choice of core courses in both engineering and management disciplines, with elective courses for concentrations in various industry sectors.

Faculty

Erick Johnson School of Engineering and Computer Science

Lawrence Chung, Rober D. Gregg, Bhanu Kapoor, Alixandre Minden, Nhut Nguyen, Mark W. Spong, Lakshman Tamil, Mathukumalli Vidyasagar, W. Eric Wong, Stephen Yurkovich

Naveen Jindal School of Management

Alain Bensoussan, Abhijit Biswas, Greg Dess, Jeffery Hicks, Surya Janakiraman, Robert Kieschnick, Peter Lewin, Ravishankar Narayan, Mike Peng, Carol Reichert, Rajiv Shah, David Springate, James Szot, Laurie Ziegler

 

Admissions Requirements

A student lacking undergraduate prerequisites for graduate courses must complete prerequisites or receive approval from the graduate advisor and the course instructor. Specific admission requirements for the Executive MS- SEM follow.

A student entering the MS-SEM program (Executive Education Masters) should meet the following guidelines:

  • A minimum of a BS in engineering, mathematics, physics, chemistry, economics or finance (specifically, programs that provide adequate fundamental skills in mathematics).
  • A minimum of three years of work experience.
  • Submission of 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.
  • Submission of an essay outlining the candidate's background, education, and professional goals.

Degree Requirements

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. 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.

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.

Non-Thesis Option

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 Course Requirements).

Thesis Option

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 Course Requirements), 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. 

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.

Course Requirements

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 from 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 (two required)

SYSM 6301 Systems Engineering, Architecture and Design

SYSM 6302 Dynamics of Complex Networks and Systems

SYSM 6303 Quantitative Introduction to Risk and Uncertainty in Business

SYSM 6305 Optimization Theory and Practice

Management Core Courses (two required)

SYSM 6311 Systems Project Management in Engineering and Operations

SYSM 6318 Marketing Management

SYSM 6333 Systems Organizational Behavior

SYSM 6337 Accounting for Managers

Prescribed Elective Courses: 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

SYSM 6304 Risk and Decision Analysis

SYSM 6306 Engineering Systems: Modeling and Simulation

SYSM 6307 Linear Systems

SYSM 6308 Software Maintenance, Evolution, and Re-Engineering

SYSM 6309 Advanced Requirements Engineering

SYSM 6310 Software Testing, Validation and Verification

SYSM 6321 Financial Engineering

SYSM 6325 Requirements Development and Integration for Complex Systems

SYSM 6326 Systems Lifecycle Cost Analysis

SYSM 6327 Systems Reliability

Management Elective Courses

SYSM 6312 Systems Financial Management

SYSM 6313 Systems Negotiation Deals and Dispute Resolution

SYSM 6315 The Entrepreneurial Experience

SYSM 6316 Managing Innovation within the Corporation

SYSM 6319 Business Economics

SYSM 6320 Strategic Leadership

SYSM 6332 Technology and New Product Development

SYSM 6334 Systems Operations Management

SYSM 6335 Organizing for Business Analytics: A Systems Approach

SYSM 6336 Earned Value Management Systems

Free Elective Courses: 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: aerospace and defense systems, business and data analytics, control and mechatronic systems, cybersecurity and information assurance, energy and infrastructure systems, enterprise and data management systems, entrepreneurship and innovation management, global supply chain management, healthcare systems, optimization and operations research, telecom, IT and multimedia networks, and transportation 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.

 

Dual MS-SEM/MBA Degree

63 - 65 semester credit hours minimum

Overview

The Naveen Jindal School of Management and the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science offer a joint MS-SEM and MBA degree program. This is a 63-65 semester credit hours degree program (excluding pre-requisites) that provides students with opportunities to learn from excellent faculty and places them at the forefront in the fields of systems engineering management and business leadership. This program allows students to earn a combination of a masters level specialist degree in systems engineering and management and a MBA together.  Both degrees separately would require significantly more credit hours, but in the joint program students can earn both degrees with a smaller total of semester credit hours. Pursuing these degrees together offers students a special opportunity to earn a distinctive set of credentials from UT Dallas.

Faculty

Faculty and lecturers for the courses in this program are drawn from the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, and from the Naveen Jindal School of Management (see individual faculty listings in the MS-SEM program and the MBA programs).

Dual-Degree Admission Requirements

Students pursuing the dual MS-SEM and MBA degree program must meet the admission requirements for both programs and submit all required documents for admission to both programs. Students joining the Traditional Master's MS-SEM degree program must first complete the 36 semester credit hours of the MS-SEM program. Students have up to six years to accumulate remaining required core hours for the MBA degree (details with respect to program-specific requirements can be obtained from the advisors for the two programs).

 

SEM Graduate Certificate Programs

The MS-SEM program offers two certificates: a Certificate in Systems Engineering and a Certificate in Systems Management, primarily intended for students who do not wish to pursue the MS degree. Each certificate requires 12 semester credit hours. See course descriptions for information on course content. These certificates allow students to fit their education into their busy schedules and pursue the track that best fits their career path. These flexible education programs provide students with outstanding opportunities to access UT Dallas world-class faculty and hands-on learning experiences.

Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering

12 semester credit hours

Faculty

Students Please see the MS-SEM listing for faculty and lecturers in this program.

 

Requirements

Students are required to complete SYSM 6301 and SYSM 6311 and any two courses from the set of engineering courses listed below. 

SYSM 6301 Systems Engineering, Architecture and Design

SYSM 6311 Systems Project Management in Engineering and Operations

Systems Engineering Courses

SYSM 6302 Dynamics of Complex Networks and Systems

SYSM 6303 Quantitative Introduction to Risk and Uncertainty in Business

SYSM 6304 Risk and Decision Analysis

SYSM 6305 Optimization Theory and Practice

SYSM 6306 Engineering Systems: Modeling and Simulation

SYSM 6307 Linear Systems

SYSM 6308 Software Maintenance, Evolution, and Re-Engineering

SYSM 6309 Advanced Requirements Engineering

SYSM 6310 Software Testing, Validation and Verification

SYSM 6321 Financial Engineering

SYSM 6325 Requirements Development and Integration for Complex Systems

SYSM 6326 Systems Life Cycle Cost Analysis

SYSM 6327 Systems Reliability
 

Graduate Certificate in Systems Management

12 semester credit hours

Faculty

Please see the MS-SEM listing for faculty and lecturers in this program.

Requirements

Students are required to complete SYSM 6301 and SYSM 6311 and any two courses from the set of management courses listed below.

SYSM 6301 Systems Engineering, Architecture and Design

SYSM 6311 Systems Project Management in Engineering and Operations

Systems Management Courses

SYSM 6312 Systems Financial Management

SYSM 6313 Systems Negotiation and Dispute Resolution

SYSM 6315 The Entrepreneurial Experience

SYSM 6316 Managing Innovation within the Corporation

SYSM 6318 Marketing Management

SYSM 6319 Business Economics

SYSM 6320 Strategic Leadership

SYSM 6332 Technology and New Product Development

SYSM 6333 Systems Organizational Behavior

SYSM 6334 Systems Operations Management

SYSM 6335 Organizing for Business Analytics: A Systems Approach

SYSM 6336 Earned Value Management Systems

SYSM 6337 Accounting for Managers

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