Systems engineering is concerned with the design, modeling and analysis of technological systems that employ people and machines, software and hardware, material and energy for such diverse purposes as communication, health care, transportation or 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 and methodologies that emphasize system integration, and with subject matter and tools for modeling and analysis especially appropriate for large complex systems, e.g., probability and statistics, system theory, decision analysis, and simulation. This program is also available online
The Systems and Industrial Engineering (SIE) Department 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
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.
You must have a 3.0 or higher GPA in your undergraduate degree or your last 60 units of your undergraduate degree.
A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required, Statement of purpose, 3 letters of recommendation and CV/Resume. English Proficiency is required for all international applicants who do not have a US degree.
Required test(s):GRE (Only if requesting to be considered for funding from the department or College of Engineering)
Required GRE Subject tests: Verbal, Quantitative, Analytical
International Applicants are required to provide English Proficiency Exams such as TOEFL or IELTS.
Minimum TOEFL: 79
Minimum IELTS: 7 (no subject less than 6)
The Systems & Industrial Engineering Department 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.
The Master of Science in Systems Engineering requires 30 or 33 units credit hours. The following 9.00 units are required in the major:
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 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 6.00 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 6.00 untis of non-SIE University of Arizona Graduate Coursework to be applied to their Master's Plan of Study subject to approval by department.
All SIE graduate students are required to submit Annual Progress Reports to the Graduate Coordinator at end of each academic year to track satisfactory academic progress.
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.
|Application Acceptance Rate||68.75%|
|Med. Time-to-degree (years)||1.50|
|Enrollment Percent Male||74.07%|
|Enrollment Percent Female||25.93%|
|Enrollment Percent International||0%|
|Enrollment Percent URM||31.48%|