M.Sc. On Campus

Systems Engineering

George Mason University

12 months
1412 USD/credit
1412 USD/credit
639 USD/credit
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The graduate program in Systems Engineering from George Mason University recognizes the importance of balancing an education in quantitative models and engineering tools with a proper understanding of the systems perspective. 


Systems Engineering is concerned with analysis of needs and requirements, design, production, deployment, operation, maintenance, refinement, and retirement of reliable systems considering various system constraints.  Systems Engineering comprises product, process, and resource management and focuses on architecture, human factors, decision support, performance and evaluation, and management.

Systems engineers are the visionaries who take a global perspective of the system.  Whereas discipline-specific engineers deal with system components, the systems engineer is concerned with the integration of these components and the overall success of the system throughout its life cycle.  Our educational and research program reflects the systems engineer's unique perspective on the system life cycle.

Concentration areas include Advanced Transportation Systems (ATS), Architecture-Based Systems Integration (ABSI), Command, Control, Communications, Computing, and Intelligence (C4I), Energy Systems (NRGS), Financial Systems Engineering (FNSE), Systems Engineering and Data Analytics (SEDA), Systems Engineering of Software-Intensive Systems (SESI) and Systems Management (SMG).   

The graduate program leading to the Master of Science in Systems Engineering (MSSE) emphasizes both analytical and practical aspects of engineering complex systems. George Mason University students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in using qualitative and quantitative tools relevant to systems engineering practice.  

Career options:

The program also prepares students for careers in research and development and for pursuing advanced graduate study leading to the PhD degree in Systems Engineering and Operations Research.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Systems Engineering Principles 
  • Systems Definition and Cost Modeling
  • System Methodology and Modeling
  • System Engineering Design
  • Systems Engineering Management
  • Analytics and Decision Analysis
  • Operations Research: Deterministic Models
  • Operations Research: Stochastic Models
  • Introduction to Random Processes in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits



On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed online application for graduate study and application fee
  • An earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, or international equivalent, verified from copies of unofficial transcripts uploaded to the online application Self-Service Center.
  • Copies of unofficial university transcripts and any earned degree 
  • All transcripts from colleges or universities outside the United States must be translated into English
  • Verification of English language proficiency.
  • Official GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or MAT or other official test scores
  • Other supplemental materials specified by your academic program such as essays, departmental forms, portfolios, or interviews

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1412 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1412 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    1412 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1412 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    639 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 639 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Fairfax

1330 - 2300 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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