Systems Engineering and Systems Engineering Leadership

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

M.Sc. Online
12 months
28980 USD/year
28980 USD/year
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The Systems Engineering and Systems Engineering Leadership program of Worcester Polytechnic Institute draws on our strengths in engineering, business, and management to prepare leaders who can integrate the technical and human-centered processes of this multifaceted discipline.


Demand is soaring for systems engineers, as organizations across many industries are recognizing that complex engineering initiatives must be holistically designed and managed. From developing and directing logistics, schedules, risks, and opportunities, to leading teams and coordinating operations, systems engineers bring clarity and structure to these processes. And a master’s in systems engineering can help get you there.

WPI now offers 2 online master’s in systems engineering to suit your background and career goals. The part-time Systems Engineering and Systems Engineering Leadership program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute will give you the knowledge, skills, and decision-making abilities to design, manage, and lead complex projects.

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain technical depth in system dynamics, systems engineering, and systems thinking
  • Learn to lead technical teams on complex engineering projects
  • Analyze requirements for systems, explore alternatives for implementations and design and engineer systems in a way that minimizes technical risks.
  • Develop integration, verification and validation strategies for systems to determine they were built correctly, and they meet users’ needs.
  • Describe, design and develop complex hardware and/or software architectures that enable the functionality of complex systems and systems-of-systems.
  • Work with program managers to plan, document and control the design and development of systems in a way that minimizes budget and schedule risks.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Concepts of Systems Engineering
  • Systems Architecture and Design
  • Systems Integration, Verification and Validation
  • Systems Optimization
  • Business Practices for Systems Engineers
  • Managing Technological Innovation

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
150 (verbal)
165 (quantitative)
3 (analytical)
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

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Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can comment on your qualifications for pursuing graduate study are required

GRE: Required for International Students Only (Systems Engineering)

GMATs may be accepted in the place of GRE scores (Systems Engineering Leadership). GRE/GMAT requirement may be waived for candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA, with a course of study that included at least two quantitative courses with a grade of 3.0 or higher AND who meet one or more of the following three requirements:
  • Three or more years of professional work experience
  • A professional certification such as INCOSE SEP, PMI PMP, CPA, CFA, CFP, or Six Sigma
  • An existing master’s or earned doctorate with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
TOEFL / IELTS scores


Statement of Purpose

Tuition Fee

  • International

    28980 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28980 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    28980 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28980 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.


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Systems Engineering and Systems Engineering Leadership
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