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Graduate Catalog 2019-2020

Systems Engineering M.S.

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The graduate plan in Systems Engineering leads to a master of science (M.S.) degree. The plan is designed to prepare engineers who are knowledgeable in interdisciplinary systems engineering approaches and engineering management and who therefore have the full range of concurrent engineering concepts and skills needed to specify, implement and support complete systems. Such knowledge is particularly important in the evolution of systems that are critical to achieving the mission of an organization and to sustaining the safety of life, health, property and the environment. Such systems are vital to many organizations that are served by UHCL such as: aerospace, biomedical, chemical, energy, manufacturing and others. The plan consists of formal courses, laboratory work and research conducted under the guidance of a faculty adviser. Candidates can tailor their plan of study to emphasize systems engineering analysis or systems engineering management. The web site for the Systems Engineering program is https://www.uhcl.edu/science-engineering/departments/engineering/systems-engineering.

Degree Requirements

Basic Preparation

The candidates should have a bachelor's degree and be approved by the graduate admissions committee to ensure that the appropriate background knowledge base is present. This background must include, at a minimum: STAT 3334 Probability and Statistics for Scientists and Engineers Candidates who do not have the required or equivalent preparation are required to take the appropriate courses before enrolling in certain graduate career courses in SENG, SWEN, CSCI and CENG. The committee recommends that candidates take CENG 5131 Engineering Applications as a preparation elective.

Systems Engineering Core Requirements (21 hours)

Systems Engineering Core Requirements (21 hours)
SENG 5130 Systems Engineering Processes
Credit Hours: 3
SENG 5230 Systems Engineering Economics
Credit Hours: 3
SENG 5231 Concurrent Engineering
Credit Hours: 3
SENG 5232 Engineering Specialty Integration
Credit Hours: 3
SENG 5233 Systems Engineering Analysis and Modeling
Credit Hours: 3
SENG 5330 Risk Management
Credit Hours: 3
SWEN 5230 Software Project Management
Credit Hours: 3
EMGT 5430 Professional Project Management
Credit Hours: 3

Additional Information

Students select between SWEN 5230 or EMGT 5430. 

Systems Engineering Elective Options

Systems Engineering Elective Options
SENG 5332 Decision Analysis for Systems Engineering
Credit Hours: 3
SENG 5334 Human Factors Engineering
Credit Hours: 3
SENG 5532 Advanced Decision Analysis for Systems Engineering
Credit Hours: 3
MGMT 5636 Management of Technology
Credit Hours: 3
MGMT 5638 Leading Technology
Credit Hours: 3
OSHE 5335 Ergonomic Methods and Analysis Techniques
Credit Hours: 3
OSHE 6332 Safety Engineering
Credit Hours: 3

Additional Information

These candidates may also choose elective options from the CENG, SWEN or EMGT engineering programs.

Systems Engineering Elective Hours

Thesis Option (six hours of thesis + nine hours of electives) 
Electives in engineering, science, and mathematics approved by the student's adviser
SENG 6939 Master's Thesis Research
Credit Hours: 3
Capstone Option (3 hours of capstone + 12 hours of electives) 
Electives in engineering, science, and mathematics approved by the students' adviser
SENG 6837 Systems Engineering Capstone Project
Credit Hours: 3

Systems Engineering Specialization 

Healthcare Systems Engineering
SENG 5335 Healthcare Systems Engineering
Credit Hours: 3
SENG 5336 Healthcare Systems Analytics and Optimization
Credit Hours: 3
SENG 5337 Healthcare Systems Integration
Credit Hours: 3