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Master of Science in Systems Engineering Florida Institute of Technology




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The master of science program in systems engineering meets the professional needs of engineers who are looking to advance within the technical leadership of engineering organizations. Today’s highly complex, highly inter-operative engineered systems require full life cycle oversight to properly address the challenges of developing and integrating such systems within a global marketplace. The program prepares engineers to further their technical careers by meeting these system design and integration challenges, emphasizing the development of a high-level, interdisciplinary mindset toward system development.

Degree Requirement

The program requires a minimum of 30 semester credit hours. Students without adequate undergraduate courses in linear and matrix algebra, calculus, probability theory and/or statistics will be required to make up these deficiencies. Courses taken to satisfy these deficiencies or any other admission prerequisites cannot be counted toward the degree requirements. Thesis students must earn at least six semester credit hours of SYS 5999 Thesis Research in Systems Engineering. More credit hours may be necessary to satisfactorily complete the thesis requirement, but only six may be counted toward the degree requirement. Nonthesis students must successfully complete SYS 5380 Systems Engineering Design Project, in which students formulate and solve an industry problem and submit a project system design paper. Nonthesis students must also pass a final program examination. Both the capstone design project and the final program examination must be completed during the student’s final semester before graduation.


The master of science degree program consists of a set of required core courses and a set of elective courses as outlined below. Students who are newly admitted to the program must submit a program plan of study and have that program plan approved by their designated advisor and department head before registering for any course to be applied toward graduation requirements. Students must not register for any courses not on their approved program plan without the approval of their advisor and department head. Students pursuing this degree as a second or subsequent graduate degree must complete the change of major process and new program plan at least two semesters before graduation and no later than four weeks after starting the program. Only graduate courses in engineering, physical sciences, computer science or mathematics may be counted as transfer credit from the first graduate degree program.

An interdisciplinary systems engineering degree can be applied to science, business and many areas in between. System engineers work in many different fields, including energy development, information technology and software management. As a Florida Tech graduate in this rapidly growing discipline, students possess the skills and knowledge in demand by employers that involves the mechanical, electrical and other operational control systems.

Exciting Careers

A systems engineering degree graduate can seek employment not only in his/her undergraduate field, but is also in a position to quickly move into the systems engineering organization within a firm. CNN Money ranked systems engineering as the number one job in America, with a 45-percent job growth rate. As a Florida Tech graduate in this rapidly growing discipline, student’s posses interdisciplinary skills and knowledge in demand by employers.

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Full Time (30 credit hours)

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USD $1,241 per credit hour

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Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne Campus,

150 W University Blvd,



32901, United States

Entry requirement for international students

An applicant for admission should have a bachelor’s degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program, though applicants with bachelor’s degrees in physical sciences, computer science or mathematics will also be considered. Applicants whose undergraduate GPA was less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale may be asked to submit two letters of recommendation, a résumé, a statement of objectives and GRE results. All students are required to have a combined verbal/quantitative GRE score of 300 or higher (using the 130-170 point per part scoring system).

Students whose home language is not English are considered to have demonstrated English language proficiency if they have done any of the following:

Taken an Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) with an earned score of at least 79, an IELTS with an earned score of at least 6.0, a PTE Academic with an earned score of at least 58, a Cambridge English: Advanced with an earned score of at least 180 (Grade of C), an official Florida Tech TOEFL (paper based) with an earned score of at least 550.

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