Design, Operate, and Analyze Complex Systems
Systems engineering is the modern design process in government and industry that integrates the work of diverse specialists into complex products and processes. Systems engineering touches everything: from telescopes that orbit tens of thousands of miles above Earth to the cars that we drive every day, systems engineers and their work have a major impact on the modern world.
In times of great change and major advancements in the way we work, think, and travel, systems engineering has never been more important or more challenging.
Take four core courses that cover the applied stages of systems engineering, the development and verification of requirements, model-based systems, and more.
Pick elective courses that are customized to your interests and experiences, choosing from a range of courses offered across the top-ranked University of Michigan College of Engineering.
Complete a practicum project on site at a company, working closely with faculty advisors to apply the knowledge and skills you've gained.
Available on campus or online, the program offers you the flexibility and individualization to make the degree your own and equip you for a career in systems engineering. Once you graduate from the program, you will be prepared for the exam leading to certification as an Associate Systems Engineering Professional. You will also receive a free one-year student membership to the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and to our student division of the Michigan Chapter of INCOSE. Additionally, twice a year, our faculty committee elects outstanding students to the university chapter of Sigma Theta Mu, the systems engineering honor society.
This degree helps prepare you for careers in requirements management, systems integration, systems architecting, systems engineering management, technical project management, risk management, and related specialties, which have been applied in fields such as aerospace, biomedical, defense, ground transportation, healthcare, infrastructure, software development, and more. Graduates of the program have gone on to careers leading multidisciplinary engineering teams at major global organizations.
External Advisory Board
- Panos Papalambros
- Professor, Integrative Systems + Design
- James B Angell Distinguished University Professor, College of Engineering
- Bogdan Epureanu
- Associate Chair, Integrative Systems + Design
- Program Director, Integrative Systems + Design
- Professor, Mechanical Engineering
- Don Winter
- Former Secretary of the Navy
- Professor of Engineering Practice, Integrative Systems + Design
- Professor, Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering