The MS in Systems Engineering program is focused on providing design, modeling, and analytical methods for sociotechnical systems in various application domains such as aerospace, communication, defense, health care, transportation, and manufacturing. This department was the first Systems Engineering department in the country. It was founded on the premise that if complex systems are to do what is intended, without unwanted side effects, they must be designed not only with imagination and technical skill, but with rigorous attention to the design process itself and to the interactions among the system components and with other systems and society. Consequently, the curriculum provides students with design viewpoints, methods, and tools for modeling and analysis that are especially appropriate for large complex systems. This program is also available online.
The Department of Systems and Industrial Engineering (SIE) at the University of Arizona was established in 1961 as the nation's first department of systems engineering. Since then, the SIE Department has achieved international prestige for its contributions to the inter-disciplinary design of large-scale complex systems involving people, technology, and information. With the introduction of a modern industrial engineering curriculum in 1972 and a reliability and quality engineering degree in 1987, the department offers a truly diverse and successful graduate program. Career opportunities for graduates of the Systems and Industrial Engineering programs are outstanding. Over the years, graduates from these programs have found employment in the nation's leading corporations, research institutes, and universities.
College of Engineering
Distance Campus - Yuma
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
Arizona Online - Online
The SIE Graduate Admissions Committee performs a comprehensive review of all application materials. The below are considered competitive for admissions consideration.
A Bachelor’s degree from an institution recognized by the University of Arizona. Students who do not have a degree equivalent to the University of Arizona Bachelor of Science degree in Systems & Industrial Engineering may be admitted into the graduate program, but may be required to complete some undergraduate deficiency courses prior to enrolling in graduate courses.
Please include the following materials with your application.
The GRE test scores are not required for MS students, unless a student is requesting funding from the department or the College of Engineering. Review for MS funding is handled on a case-by-case basis.
If students choose to provide GRE, below subject tests below are considered competitive:
Proof of English Proficiency is required per the Graduate College’s Guidelines whose first language is not English.
Acceptable English Proficiency Credentials:
The Graduate College does not accept Duolingo scores for demonstration of English Proficiency.
The Department of Systems & Industrial Engineering offers Graduate Assistantships (Teaching & Research) to eligible students on a competitive basis. If applying for funding, GRE Scores must be submitted for consideration.
International applicants may be considered for conditional admission to this program at the department's discretion.
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program:
The Master of Science in Systems Engineering requires 30 or 33 units, depending on program route.
Students are required to select one of the following degree options to earn their degree: The Master's Report Option (30 units), the Master’s Thesis Option (30 units) or the Coursework option (33 units)
The following 12.00 units are required in the major:
The remaining SIE graduate elective credits will be selected with the approval of an SIE Faculty Advisor.
A list of approved SIE graduate electives can be found below and on the SIE website.
Students pursuing the Master's Report Option or the Master’s Thesis Option are required to work with their Master's Report/Thesis Committee to develop a Master's Report/Thesis and defend their report subject by degree completion.
The Master's Report /Thesis Committee must abide by the Graduate College's committee requirements. A minimum of two SIE eligible faculty members must serve on the committee. The third member may be a Special Member.
Master’s Thesis Option Students are also required to submit their Master’s Thesis to ETD ProQuest as a part of their degree requirements per the Graduate College’s requirements.
Students may transfer up to 6 units of graduate coursework (non University of Arizona courses) to be applied to their Master's Plan of Study subject to approval by department.
Students may take up to 6 units of non-SIE University of Arizona Graduate Coursework to be applied to their Master's Plan of Study subject to approval by department.
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.
|Application Acceptance Rate||74.42%|
|Avg. Time-to-degree (years)||2.28|
|Enrollment Percent Male||75.51%|
|Enrollment Percent Female||24.49%|
|Enrollment Percent International||39.8%|
|Enrollment Percent URM||20.41%|