Get Ahead with an Accelerated Master's

If you are studying engineering and are interested in getting ahead with an advanced degree in Systems Engineering, Operations Research, or Data Analytics, you need to check out the Accelerated Master's program. 


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.

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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


Data Analytics

Financial Engineering

Transportation Systems

Mechanical Engineering (Design)

Mechanical Engineering (Thermal Fluids)

Cyber Security Engineering


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

Capstone Courses

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.

INCOSE Certification 

The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) has approved the BS in Systems Engineering for “academic equivalency”. This means that students who earn a BS in Systems Engineering at Mason, and who score well enough in certain required courses (taken during the effective dates of equivalency), can bypass the INCOSE systems engineering knowledge exam when applying for ASEP (Associate Systems Engineering Professional) or CSEP (Certified Systems Engineering Professional) certification. We are only the second undergraduate program to have received this academic equivalency.  

Details on applying for INCOSE certification can be found here. Students must earn scores of 85% or better in each of the following courses to be eligible to bypass the knowledge exam: SYST 210 Systems Design, SYST 220 Dynamical Systems I, SYST 330 Systems Methods, SYST 371 Systems Engineering Management, SYST 490/495 Senior Design Project I/II.