Systems Engineering encompasses the principles and practices that guide the engineering of complex systems. As technologies become more complex and integrated, systems engineering professionals bridge traditional disciplines and focus on the system as a whole to find the solution that best meets the needs of the end user.
UMBC’s Master’s of Science in Systems Engineering and graduate certificate programs accelerate the development of systems engineers by providing practical, real-world experiences that can be immediately applied on the job. Our coursework balances theoretical understanding with practical applications, preparing students with the industry-relevant skills that employers are looking for. In 2021, INCOSE approved our updated SYST 660 Systems Engineering Principles course for Academic Equivalency. This will allow any student who receives a final score of 80% or better to waive the Knowledge Exam for INCOSE’s SE Professional certification program, both at the Associate (ASEP) and Certified (CSEP) levels. Learn more about the INCOSE certification and the M.S. in Systems Engineering.
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At a Glance
- UMBC Campus (Catonsville)
Average Completion Time
- 3 years (Master’s part-time)
- 1 year (Certificate part-time)
- 30 (Master’s)
- 12 (Certificate)
Tuition & Fees
- MD & Regional Resident: $850 per credit
- Non-Resident: $1,352 per credit
Why Systems Engineering?
- UMBC’s Systems Engineering graduate programs are taught by the region’s top systems engineers from leading contractors. The programs are overseen by a board of faculty and industry leaders
- UMBC’s Systems Engineering program is an approved INCOSE Academic Equivalency Program
- UMBC is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a Research University (High Research Activity).
- For six years running (2009-2014), UMBC ranked #1 in the U.S. News and World Report’s list of “national up-and-coming” universities.
- Classes are conveniently offered in the evening on UMBC’s main campus, located just five minutes from BWI Airport, with easy access to I-95 and the 695 Beltway
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