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Department of Engineering Management, Systems and Technology

Master of Science in Systems Engineering

Ready to transition to a leadership or management position? Our program will enhance your technical expertise while developing your management skills.

You don't have to interrupt your career to earn a master's degree in systems engineering. Most courses are offered in a time-honored classroom setting, three semesters per year, at times compatible with the typical workday, i.e., at lunch time or in the late afternoon or evening. These classes generally are 1 hour, 15 minutes long and meet twice a week.

Plus, most of our live traditional classes are simultaneously broadcast over the internet via web conferencing. This enables students who might be unable to attend classes on campus to participate in real-time via audio, video and chat. And all simulcast courses are also recorded, enabling both on-campus and Internet-based students the ability to playback classroom sessions at their convenience.

Our master's degree is a flexible 30-hour program designed to meet the needs of traditional students and current professionals. 

Plan of Study

University Catalog with overview and course descriptions for Master of Science in Systems Engineering degree

A minimum of 30 semester hours.

  • 15 Semester Hours − Required Courses
  • 9 Semester Hours − Management Science & Engineering Management Electives
  • 6 Semester Hours − Approved electives of choice

Admission Requirements

In addition to the online application, you should submit the following:

  1. Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  2. At least one letter of recommendation from a professor or employer.
  3. A personal statement and resume.
  4. Results from the GRE are not required. However, candidates are welcome to submit a score in support of their application. (University of Dayton School Code: 1834)

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited program in engineering, physics, chemistry, applied mathematics or other appropriate program of study. Applicants with a different undergraduate degree may be required to complete prerequisites. Applicants should have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. Some programs require higher GPAs for admission. In some cases, applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be admitted on a conditional basis. Applicants that may be borderline in meeting the admission requirements are encouraged to include both a resume with relevant work experience and a personal statement outlining their experience, goals, and interests.

Additional requirements apply for international students.

Application Deadlines

Applications accepted on a rolling basis with the following approximate general deadlines:

  • Fall Term: June 15th
  • Spring Term: November 15th
  • Summer Term: March 15th

Please contact your department chair to follow up on exact deadlines.


Engineering Management, Systems and Technology, Susan Scachitti, Department Chair

Kettering Laboratories
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0249