M.E. in Systems Engineering:
Prospective Students

Thank you for considering the Systems Engineering master's degree at Penn State Great Valley.

The Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering is an interdisciplinary degree, and involves the identification, modeling, analysis, architecture, integration, and management of complex systems and processes. Systems engineering applies to many types of systems—large systems such as power plants, small systems such as circuit components, or computer hardware and software systems. The primary goal of the program is to prepare engineers to develop the next generation of engineering products, systems, and services for industry and government. You will learn to use and implement key systems engineering concepts in order to help increase your effectiveness in your current job and open opportunities to advance your career.

The course of study offers experience in

  • System analysis and modeling
  • MATLAB simulations
  • Project and Program management
  • Quality improvement initiatives
  • Creativity and problem solving

Your fellow students usually have undergraduate degrees in engineering, computer science, physics, mathematics, and IST. Most are already professional engineers, and are employed at corporations including Lockheed Martin, NAVSEA, Boeing, Unisys, and Alloy Surfaces.

During your program you’ll take evening courses in 7 and 14-week formats. These courses are offered both at the Penn State Great Valley campus in Malvern and at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. You can expect to complete your degree in 2 – 3 years going part-time or one year if going full-time at Malvern.

The degree consists of 36 credits (12 courses). A capstone experience includes writing an engineering professional paper or completing the Advanced Systems Engineering Studio (SYSEN 594C). (Curriculum: Malvern and The Navy Yard).

Our systems engineering graduates have advanced in their careers to become lead engineers, principal engineers, engineering managers, and project managers.

To learn more about the Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering degree, please join us at an information session, or for a personal appointment call 610-648-3243 or e-mail gvengin@psu.eduWe look forward to meeting you.

Graduate Research Assistantships

The Engineering Division invites applicants for master's level graduate research assistant positions in the general area of systems or software engineering beginning fall 2013.  Applicants for the research assistant positions must enroll in a master's program in engineering in fall 2013.  For more information, click here.


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