Southern Polytechnic State University

Graduate Academic Catalog 2011-2012

Systems Engineering

Offering the Master of Science Degree

The Systems Engineering program is a multidisciplinary program that blends engineering, systems thinking, and management topics. The increasing complexity of systems, the growth of global competitiveness, the enhanced focus on cost and profitability, and ever more challenging customer expectations have led a number of premiere organizations in the defense and commercial sectors to assume the role of system integrators. These organizations are increasingly adopting an evolving business model that emphasizes the selling of functionality, solutions, or capabilities, instead of focusing on providing systems, system elements, and products.

The System Engineering Program is housed in the Division of Engineering. The program offers a Master of Science degree with a major in Systems Engineering and a Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering. The curriculum emphasizes the development of large-scale, complex, and multifunctional systems in a number of domains. Core courses in the SyE Program have a strong case study and project orientation to facilitate understanding of the concepts discussed.

All graduate Systems Engineering courses are offered online via several technologies that allow a high degree of interaction with the faculty and fit into today's professional's busy schedule.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Master of Science Program with a major in Systems Engineering must submit the following to the Admissions Office no later than the published deadline date for the semester in which the applicant plans to enroll:

  • An application for graduate admission to SPSU. You can download a printable application and mail it in along with the $20 non-refundable application fee. Or, you can set up an online account and apply over the internet,
  • Official transcript to be sent from each college or university attended,
  • Certificate of Immunization. Download this form and sign the waiver at the bottom for distance only students.
  • An official copy of scores from the "General Test" of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), or a request for a GRE waiver (see Admissions Criteria below),
  • At least three (3) recommendation forms completed by former or current supervisors, professors, or professional colleagues,
  • A 1 – 2 page Statement of Purpose describing your career and educational goals, and
  • A current resume.

International students who do not possess a baccalaureate degree from a college in the United States must submit (1) an official English-translated transcript of college-level education, (2) the TOEFL scores, and (3) an affidavit indicating financial security.

Applicants to a Graduate Certificate Program must submit the following:

  • An application for graduate admission to SPSU. You can download a printable application and mail it in along with the $20 non-refundable application fee. Or, you can set up an online account and apply over the internet,
  • Official transcript to be sent from each college or university attended,
  • Certificate of Immunization. Download this form and sign the waiver at the bottom,
  • At least three (3) recommendation forms completed by former or current supervisors, professors, or professional colleagues, and
  • A current resume.

Admission Criteria

Graduate applicants shall have the following qualifications.

  • An undergraduate degree in engineering, engineering technology, computer science, physical science, or other technically oriented major from an accredited college or university. Interested students from other disciplines may be admitted to the program, but may be required to complete additional courses.
  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (on the 4.0 scale). Applicants with a GPA of 2.75 or better may be considered with strong work experience and letters of reference.
  • Official GRE scores meeting the current admission profile (450 Verbal and 600 Quantitative). Applicants with lower scores may be accepted provisionally requiring additional preparatory course work. Test scores may be waived, if (1) an applicant has 4 or more years of relevant work experience earned after receiving their first baccalaureate degree or (2) a 3.5 undergraduate GPA or better. To request a GRE waiver, send a letter outlining your work experience or a current resume.
  • For international students, a 550 on the TOEFL Written Exam or a 78 on the Internet version is required.

Admission Status

The Systems Engineering Program Director in conjunction with the graduate admissions committee determines the student admission status.

  • Full Graduate students have met all the criteria shown above.
  • Provisional Graduate students are graduate students who have not fully met the above criteria. They are limited to designated courses, either graduate or undergraduate, during which they will be evaluated to determine their likelihood of success. Provisional students are not guaranteed full graduate status.
  • Graduate Certificate students are accepted for any of the certificates offered. Certificate students are limited to certificate courses or preparatory courses approved by the Program Coordinator. Certificate students may apply for Full Graduate status. After being accepted into the Masters Degree Program, all hours earned as a Certificate student can apply toward the Masters Degree.

Transfer Credit

Students may receive up to nine hours of credit for graduate work that is (1) equivalent to Southern Polytechnic courses, (2) taken in the last five years, and (3) completed with an "A" or "B" grade. Contact the department for more information.

For more information

For further information, contact the SyE Program Director, Dr. Renee Butler at 678-915-5414.