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Systems Engineering (MS) - Accelerated Master's Program 
Program Description

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.

Department/Academic Unit(s)

Systems & Industrial Engineering -

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  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Cindy T Nguyen
Graduate Program Coordinator
Cindy T Nguyen
Director of Graduate Studies
Vignesh Subbian
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Guadalupe Estrella
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

SYE AMP Admission Requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of 75 undergraduate credit hours is required at the time of application; a minimum of 90 undergraduate credit hours is required at the time of entry into the AMP. If the student’s GPA falls below 3.3 at the time they have completed 90 units, the student will not be admitted into the program. Courses taken for audit may not be included in the total number of units counted for eligibility or admission

o Students whose cumulative GPA on a minimum of 12 units of undergraduate credit hours at UA is equal or above 3.3 can apply
o Completion of at least 12 earned undergraduate credits in their major (SE, IE, EM) at The University of Arizona’s main campus. Units still graded
Incomplete, units graded Pass/Fail or units taken as audit will not count toward the requirement of the 12 undergraduate units
o Completion, or near completion, of general education requirements at the time of application
o Students who have taken the MS prerequisite courses, including SIE305 (Introduction to Probability and Statistics) and at least two out of SIE321
(Probabilistic Models in Operations Research), SIE340 (Deterministic Models in Operations Research), SIE350 (Modeling and Analysis of Systems
Dynamics), can apply; courses equivalent to these prerequisites taken at other departments or institutions will be allowed
o Regular application requirements for the MS program (e.g. statement of purpose, GRE scores, plan of study, submission of a UA graduate application
and graduate application fee) apply – refer to the SIE graduate handbook ( for requirements
o Demonstration of the maturity necessary for success in an accelerated, highly competitive program
o Expectation to complete the undergraduate degree within four years. The undergraduate degree requirements must be completed before the student is
eligible to have the Master’s degree awarded

Standardized Tests

Required GRE Subject test is required if you are requesting funding.

Minimum GRE Verbal:  153
Minimum GRE Quantitative: 155
Minimum GRE Written: 4.0
Minimum TOEFL:  79
Minimum IELTS: 7 (no subject less than 6)

Financial Aid

The Systems & Industrial Engineering Department offers Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships to students on a competitive basis.  If applying for funding you must submit the required GRE scores of Verbal - 153, Quantititave - 155 and Analytical - 4.0

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: January 15
  • Spring: June 1

International Applicants:

  • Fall:January 15
  • Spring:June 1
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Systems Engineering requires 30 or 33 units to complete.  If you are completing using the report option you will need 27 units of approved coursework and 3 units of a Master's report.  If you are completing using the thesis option you will need 24 units of approved coursework and 6 units of thesis.  Both the Thesis and Master's Report require a 3 member committee and an oral presentation as well as a written report.

The Coursework option requires 33 units of coursework which includes one 3-unit course at the 600 level in which you must receive an "A" or "B".

The required courses for the MS/Systems are SIE  SIE 550, SIE 554A and SIE 520 or 530.

You must maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout your degree.

Only 6 units of approved transfer credit can be applied from another master's degree.

Minor Requirements
The Academic Unit has not provided this information. 
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