Starting in January 2023, Clarkson University will offer a Master of Science (MS) in Systems Engineering. The MS in Systems Engineering will educate engineers to serve as the primary contact between customers, suppliers, management, and specialized engineers in the systems development process. Where other disciplines concentrate on the specifics of a system, systems engineers focus on the integration of all of those pieces as a logical and effective system.

The MS in Systems Engineering program is grounded in the intersection of electrical and systems engineering and will give students the foundation and interdisciplinary skills necessary to work in today’s ever-changing technological systems. Students will gain in-depth knowledge and technical skills in the field as they prepare for careers within both industry and government.

As a 30 credit hour program based online with optional in-person weekends, the MS in Systems Engineering is designed for working professionals. 

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MS in Systems Engineering Curriculum

The MS in Systems Engineering requires the completion of 30 credit hours. 

Core courses (21 credits) include:

  • SYS605 Introduction to Systems Engineering
  • SYS610 Systems Architecture
  • SYS620 Systems Integration & Testing
  • SYS630 Systems Thinking in Engineering
  • EM660 Cost Management & Financial Analysis
  • EM680 Decision Analysis & Risk Management
  • EM 690 Capstone

Systems Engineering Elective Course (9 credits, choose any 3) options include:

  • EM610 Operations Management & Factory Physics
  • EM640 Leading & Managing Organizations
  • EM620 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence: Principles & Techniques
  • IA630 Modeling for Insight
  • IA640 Data Visualization
  • OM680 Strategic Project Management
  • OM685 Quality Management & Process Control 

Learning Experience

By using a hybrid model of education, Clarkson's MS in Systems Engineering degree combines a small number of residency weekends at one of our upstate New York campuses with a blend of synchronous and asynchronous online learning. Adult education is predicated on the sharing and questioning of ideas and theories to mold new best practices. The on-site portion of the program allows participating students to meet faculty as well as their peers and develop the rapport necessary for success in an online setting. The online class sessions provide the platform from which participants can leverage the diversity, experience and expertise at the heart of the MS in Systems Engineering program. This creates a true online learning community, built on the principles of collaboration and problem-solving. 

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Systems Engineering MS Program Admissions

A complete application consists of the following:

  • Online Application Form
  • Resume.
  • Statement of Purpose.
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation.
  • Official Transcripts.
  • GRE Test Scores.
    • Not Required.
  • For International Applicants, an English Proficiency Test is required.
    • Minimum Test Score Requirements: TOEFL (80), IELTS (6.5), PTE (56) and Duolingo English Test (115).


A limited number of one-year and/or partial year tuition scholarships are available for qualified full-time students. A limited number of stipends are also available. Most scholarships and/or stipends are associated with department assistantships or completion of a master’s thesis as part of the qualified applicant’s plan of study to complete his/her degree program.

Learn more about all of our scholarships and how to apply by contacting Graduate Admissions via email at