Systems Engineering Master's Program
"Smart" buildings and highways. Environmental monitoring. Sensor networks. Hybrid systems. These are but a few of the many ways in which electrical and systems engineering are converging, especially at Penn. Proof of this exciting synergy is evident our Electrical and Systems Engineering Department. The MSE degree in Systems Engineering (SE), grounded in the intersection of electrical and systems engineering, is best positioned to give students the in-depth theoretical foundation and interdisciplinary skills required by the growing complexity of technological systems.
Program Highlights: Access to Electrical and Systems Engineering’s fifteen research laboratories such as the renowned General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory; the Ackoff Center for Advancement of Systems Approaches; the Distributed Systems Laboratory; the Nanofabrication Laboratory; and the Multimedia and Networking Laboratory
Our flexible curriculum allows students to tailor their studies to personal interests and goals, from signal processing, optimization, simulation, control and cybernetics to complex adaptive systems, stochastic processes and decision sciences. Our graduates are found in leadership positions in major companies like Lockheed Martin or pursuing doctoral degrees at Penn or other major research universities.
The MSE program is designed for highly-qualified students who will become leaders in the increasingly complex field of systems engineering. Entering students generally have baccalaureate degrees in the engineering, mathematical, physical or economic sciences. Students with degrees in other fields who have expertise in quantitative and computer analyses also enter the program.
Systems Engineering MSE Curriculum
Students must complete a total of ten graduate course units comprised of four required core courses, two ESE courses, one SEAS course and three electives in SEAS, SAS or Wharton. Required core courses include:
- Introduction to Probability and Statistics
- Economic Systems Analysis
- Simulation Modeling and Analysis
- Introduction to Optimization Theory
Thesis option: Students may substitute a thesis for two elective courses.
Dual Degree Program: Students may pursue two degrees simultaneously: the Master of Science in Engineering (Systems Engineering) and the Master of Telecommunication and Networking. You must meet the requirements for each degree but certain courses may count toward both degrees.
For more detailed information, visit Electrical Engineering's MSE website.