Systems Engineering

The Systems Engineering track is aimed at working engineers. The M.S. Systems Engineering track enrolls students with backgrounds in engineering, applied or pure mathematics, computer science, statistics, or basic sciences. Students in the SE track learn to take interdisciplinary approaches in the context of an integrated, design-oriented framework.

Systems Engineering Curriculum

The M.S. Systems Engineering track is a 30-credit, coursework-only degree. The core curriculum is composed of four courses (listed below) that constitute 14 credits. The remaining 16 credits come from electives and are determined by each student's area(s) of interest. Most students in the Systems Engineering track are working engineers who opt to take courses in their career field. It is common for students in the SE track to pursue their M.S. studies on a part-time basis.

Core courses in the Systems Engineering track are typically offered in the evening and/or via distance learning.

Students who wish to specialize in one or more contextual application areas may select advanced elective courses from the broad array of graduate courses offered by ISyE and other engineering, science, and/or business departments.

Core Course Requirements

IE 5111—Systems Engineering I

This course provides a broad-brush overview of systems-level thinking and techniques in the context of an integrated, design-oriented framework. It focuses on the elements of the systems engineering process including lifecycle, concurrent, and global engineering. Students will complete this course with a solid framework for engineering large-scale, complex systems.


IE 5553—Simulation

This course examines discrete event simulation using integrated simulation/animation environments to create, analyze, and evaluate realistic models for use in various industry settings, including manufacturing and service operations and systems engineering. Other topics covered include experimental design for simulation, selecting input distributions, and evaluating simulation output.

IE 5113—Systems Engineering II

Students will gain a hands-on understanding of techniques learned in Systems Engineering I through application to specific problems. Additionally, the course will introduce topics pertinent to the effectiveness of the design process, including design practices and the organizational and reward structure required to support a collaborative, globally distributed design team.


IE 5541—Project Management

This course provides an introduction to engineering project management. Its main objective is to expose students to analytical methods of selecting, organizing, budgeting, scheduling, and controlling projects, including risk management, team leadership, and program management.

Jumpstart Your Career

The Systems Engineering track provides students with the tools to oversee highly technical systems that draw on expertise from multiple engineering disciplines. Graduates of the System Engineering track are well positioned to rise through the ranks in their profession.

Potential Career Paths

  • Systems Engineer
  • Project Manager

Take Advantage of the Twin Cities

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The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering is located on the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities campus in the heart of Minneapolis, on the banks of the scenic Mississippi River. A new, modern light rail system connects the campus with downtown Minneapolis, downtown St. Paul, and the MSP International Airport.  With year-round outdoor activities, a metro population of over 3 million, and a diversified economy, the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul offer a truly exceptional standard of living. The state of Minnesota is home to 17 Fortune 500 companies.

Who has Hired Systems Engineering Graduates?


Allina Health
Boston Scientific
Cummins Power
General Mills
Nonin Medical
Rockwell Collins

...and many others

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How to Apply


For more information, please contact Graduate Program Coordinator Amy Bolis at or (612) 625-4909.