Master of Science in Systems Engineering

Earn a career-building master’s degree from a nationally recognized systems engineering program.

Oakland University’s Master of Science in Systems Engineering equips you with holistic expertise that qualifies you for project management and organizational leadership roles. An interdisciplinary degree that synthesizes advanced technical training with business and management concepts, our master’s degree in systems engineering enables you to participate in high-level decision-making related to product design, manufacturing, supply chain and other areas. You’ll learn from experienced systems engineers in the classroom, in Oakland’s high-tech labs, and in real-world workplaces. Designed for full-time working professionals from any field of engineering, our systems engineering degree  features convenient evening and online courses. You’ll graduate with a master’s degree that employers respect and excellent qualifications for jobs in systems engineering.

Oakland University’s Master of Science in Systems Engineering equips you with holistic expertise that qualifies you for project management and organizational leadership roles. An interdisciplinary degree that synthesizes advanced technical training with business and management concepts, our master’s degree in systems engineering enables you to participate in high-level decision-making related to product design, manufacturing, supply chain and other areas. You’ll learn from experienced systems engineers in the classroom, in Oakland’s high-tech labs, and in real-world workplaces. Designed for full-time working professionals from any field of engineering, our systems engineering degree  features convenient evening and online courses. You’ll graduate with a master’s degree that employers respect and excellent qualifications for jobs in systems engineering.

Systems Engineering Master’s Degree: The Oakland University Advantage

Author John Stark, one of the world’s leading authorities on product lifecycle management, considers Oakland University’s approach to systems engineering education “one of the best, not just in the U.S., but in the world.” Our exceptional faculty, world-class facilities and industry partnerships offer one-of-a-kind opportunities for professional growth and career advancement.

At Oakland, the master’s degree in systems engineering provides:

  • Unique industry connections. As a global hub of technological innovation, Southeast Michigan is one of the best places in the world to earn a systems engineering master’s degree. International leaders in autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, Industry 4.0, robotics manufacturing and other next-generation industries are headquartered within a few miles of Oakland University, placing you at the forefront of emerging trends in systems engineering.
  • Comprehensive training. You’ll develop a hard-to-find skill set that’s in heavy demand across many sectors. Our master’s degree in systems engineering qualifies you to design efficient, enterprise-level operations that encompass product design, project management, supply chain, client service, advanced technology and other factors. 
  • Academic flexibility. Oakland University’s systems engineering degree offers broad latitude in course selection, enabling you to align the program with your individual needs. The program includes an optional master’s thesis for students who seek to gain research experience and/or prepare for an engineering Ph.D.
  • A professional lab environment. Hands-on lab work is an integral part of our systems engineering master’s program. We have more than a dozen industry-caliber facilities equipped with the same technology you use in the workplace, enabling you to work on applied design, testing and research projects.

What Can You Do With a Master’s Degree in Systems Engineering?

Systems engineers are in extraordinarily high demand. Business surveys indicate that systems engineering jobs are among the most difficult for employers to fill, especially in emerging sectors such as autonomous vehicles and connected mobility. 

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects systems engineering jobs to grow faster than other engineering jobs over the next decade, with especially strong opportunities in industries such as:

  • Information technology
  • Defense
  • Automotive
  • Biomedical
  • Health care
  • Energy
  • Aerospace
  • Computer software

Master of Science in Systems Engineering: What You’ll Learn

Our systems engineering graduate program offers maximum flexibility, so you can tailor the program to fit your particular career needs. Half of the degree’s 32 required credits consist of elective courses, which you can select from dozens of offerings in systems engineering, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering.

Electives address wide-ranging aspects of systems engineering that include business strategy, leadership, optimization and cutting-edge technology. Sample course titles include:

  • Competing in a Connected World
  • Product Lifecycle Management
  • Engineering Project Management
  • Leadership Development and Positive Engagement
  • Engineering Operations Research
  • Metamodeling and Optimization Methods
  • Design for Manufacturing and Assembly Analysis
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • Data Analytics
  • Systems of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

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Programs Related to the Master of Science in Systems Engineering

Not sure if the systems engineering degree is right for you? Check out these other graduate degree programs at Oakland, and contact our admissions team to discuss your options.

  • Master of Science in Engineering Management
  • Master of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering

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