Earn your master's degree in information technology with a specialization in systems engineering to learn the design, development, and deployment of complex systems.

The Master of Science in information technology with a systems engineering specialization at University of Maryland University College can help you apply traditional and modern life-cycle models, techniques, and tools in the specification, design, development, and deployment of complex systems. The graduate systems engineering specialization is designed for midcareer professionals with a technical background who are seeking to enhance their skills in systems engineering theory and practice.

You'll study a variety of cases across different application domains to learn the wide scope of systems concepts. Courses include requirements engineering, system design and development, system integration and testing, system engineering management, and more.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2016–2017 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

About the Information Technology Master's Degree with Systems Engineering Specialization

The systems engineering specialization within the master's degree in information technology features projects involving real clients, so you'll learn systems engineering skills you can apply immediately on the job.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Organize and manage a systems engineering team
  • Apply a wide variety of domestic and international standards to systems engineering practice
  • Use various computer-aided design and testing tools

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Develop a system requirements document
  • Break down a complex system into manageable subsystems
  • Specify strategies for verifying and validating that the overall system meets requirements

Industry Certification

This program can help prepare you for the following certification exams

Information Technology Master's Degree with Systems Engineering Specialization Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Master's - specialization Courses

Introductory Course

  • UCSP 615
    (to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)

We also recommend UCSP 605 if you'd like to improve your graduate writing skills.

Core Courses

  • ITEC 610
  • ITEC 625
  • ITEC 626
  • ITEC 630
  • ITEC 640

Core Rules & Recommendations

  • ITEC 610 must be taken in the first term of coursework.
  • You must complete 6 credits of core courses before taking a specialization course.

Specialization Courses

  • SYSE 610
  • SYSE 620
  • SYSE 630
  • SYSE 640
  • SYSE 650
  • SYSE 660

Specialization Rules & Recommendations

  • Specialization courses must be taken in the order listed.

Capstone Course

  • SYSE 670

Capstone Rules & Recommendations

  • You must take SYSE 670 in your final term.

Other Requirements

  • You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at all times.
  • All degree requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years.
  • Any transfer credits must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate degree.

Program Admission Requirements

The Systems Engineering specialization is designed for students with academic and/or professional backgrounds in a technical discipline.

Student Clubs and Organizations

Computing Club

Type: Academic club
Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

The Computing Club allows its student members to share experiences and offer each other guidance on academic major and career options. Club events provide opportunities for professional socialization and networking, and members are privy to club resources that will help them further their education and careers.