Volgenau School of Engineering
George Mason University
George Mason University Mason
George Mason University

Systems Engineering, MS

Systems Engineering and Operations Research Department

Nguyen Engineering Building, 2100
4400 University Drive, MS 4A6
Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: 703-993-1670

Email: seor@gmu.edu

Program Overview

This degree emphasizes both analytical and practical aspects of engineering complex systems. Students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in several quantitative modeling disciplines, and to master practical aspects of systems design, engineering and management. The program prepares students for a professional career in systems design, development, and management, associated with problem formulation, issue analysis, and the evaluation of alternative courses of action, as well as advanced graduate study.


HIghlights from the university catalog.

Total credits: 30-33


Students may construct 12 credit concentration areas by choosing electives from among special groupings. Students may also devise their own grouping of electives subject to prior approval of their advisor.

  • Concentration in Advanced Transportation Systems (ATS)
  • Concentration in Architecture-Based Systems Integration (ABSI)
  • Concentration in Command, Control, Communications, Computing, and Intelligence (C4I)
  • Concentration in Energy Systems (NRGS)
  • Concentration in Financial Systems Engineering (FNSE)
  • Concentration in Systems Engineering and Data Analytics (SEDA)
  • Concentration in Systems Engineering of Software-Intensive Systems (SESI)
  • Concentration in Systems Management (SMG)

Find degree requirements in the university catalog.


Graduates with a master’s degree in systems engineering from the Volgenau School of Engineering have been well trained to design, analyze, and troubleshoot complex systems such as aerospace development, military operations, logistics, power systems, and infrastructure. In their careers, they may lead teams of systems engineers on large projects, analyze data for performance, or direct the development of software or other engineered systems. Advanced training in technical management or information systems, engineering is often coupled with a master’s in this highly desirable field. Volgenau graduates are uniquely prepared for their careers by a program that incorporates Mason’s deep relationship with the United States government. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job opportunities for this level of systems engineer is expected to increase 15 percent in the next decade.

This information is being provided here for your planning purposes only. For official catalog information, please refer instead to the official George Mason University Catalog Website at http://catalog.gmu.edu.