Learn about the world around you, then apply that knowledge to a specialty.
In your first two years, you'll get a basic foundation in mathematics, natural sciences, computing, writing, the humanities, and social sciences. Our program builds on this, with students gaining theoretical knowledge, practical skills, and the ability to apply systems thinking to problems.
When you select an area of specialization, you'll gain technical skills through electives in:
|Operations Research||Control Systems|
|Computer Network Systems||Software-Intensive Systems|
|Environmental Engineering||Aviation Systems|
|Financial Engineering||Transportation Systems|
|Mechanical Engineering (Design)||Mechanical Engineering (Thermal Fluids)|
And if you plan correctly, you can get an accelerated BS/MS in five years.
"When I came across Systems, it seemed perfect — the mixture of the more technical-oriented engineering skill set required and the human-focused project management side of the job, in particular. The incredibly broad range of fields which the skill set can be adapted for seems valuable, as someone with a tendency to get bored with doing the same thing over and over."
— Brandon Baither, SEOR student
These projects encourage students to think critically, solve problems, and develop new skills. You'll work on two-semester team projects sponsored by one industry on contemporary questions that are complex, often ill-defined and hard to tackle. They produce an initial design solution, write a journal-quality technical paper, present their projects to the faculty, and compete in national senior design competitions, where past students have found great success.
The program leading to the bachelor of science in systems engineering (BS/SE) prepares students for a professional career in systems engineering. Our educational program reflects the systems engineer's unique perspective that considers all aspects of a system throughout its entire lifecycle. The systems engineering program at George Mason University is interdisciplinary, drawing from engineering, computer science, operations research, psychology and economics.
This minor provides students with a unique opportunity to earn a pilot’s license and gain expertise in various aspects of aviation management. The combination of pilot’s license and aviation management places the candidate seeking employment with airlines, airports, air traffic control at a competitive advantage.
This minor gives students the fundamentals of systems engineering and operations research. Participants learn how to deal with the system life cycle and to use scientific methods for analyzing operations of a system or organization. The courses help students in technical fields prepare for the information technology work now common in public and private industry.