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2022-23 Catalog 
2022-23 Catalog

Masters of Science in Systems Engineering (MSSE)

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This program is pending approval by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, which accredits WSU.

  • Grade Requirements: An MSSE student must complete all program courses, including electives, with a grade of “B-” or higher. In addition, the overall program GPA must be 3.0 or higher.
  • Credit Hour Requirements: The program requires a minimum of 30 semester hours beyond a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. Credits applied to graduation from another program are not accepted.
  • Program Code: 8103MS
  • CIPC:142701

Once enrolled, a student must register for at least one MSEE course each semester, except summers, until graduation. Students who fail to do so must petition for readmission into the program.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants for admission into the Master of Science in Systems Engineering program must possess a B.Sc. in engineering (EAC), engineering-technology (ETAC) or computing (CAC) from an ABET accredited program with Calculus I and Statistics as a minimum.  B.Sc. in any other related subject is on a case-by-case basis only. An overall GPA of 3.0 is required from the undergraduate program in which the bachelor’s degree is earned.

This is conditional upon completion of all required leveling courses.  These leveling courses would be primarily meeting minimum math, physics, and computer science requirements as established by the Systems Engineering program.

  • Preference given to graduates of hard sciences (Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry).
  • Specific industry or military experience is also considered and evaluated toward potential acceptance into the program. 
  • Any non-engineering candidate accepted into the program is subject to leveling coursework as prescribed by the department.  This includes mathematics, physics, chemistry, and any other engineering coursework deemed critical to the SE credential.

Applicants will submit:

  • Completed application
  • Current resume
  • Official transcripts from every institution of higher education attended
    • Equivalent course of MATH 1210 - Calculus I  or higher
    • Basic statistics (math or engineering)
    • B.Sc. degree from a regionally accredited institution in engineering, engineering technology, computer or a science discipline with a GPA of 3.0 or greater.
  • Contact information for three references, at least one from a professional context and one from an academic context.
  •  GRE test scores are required if all previous degrees were conferred by an institution outside of the U.S.
  • Official GRE Score.

Additional Admission Requirements for International Students

  • All international students and any applicant educated outside the U.S. must demonstrate proficiency in English. Those whose native language is not English, or whose language of instruction for their undergraduate degree was not English, will be required to submit a score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International Language Testing. System (IELTS) which is not more than two years old. Applicants are required to have an internet-based TOEFL score of 79 (with a minimum of 17 in each category) or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5.
  • All international students must complete the GRE.


The application for admission to the Master of Science in Systems Engineering program must be submitted online. Official transcripts from each institution of higher education attended and all test scores must be sent directly to the WSU Department of Manufacturing & Systems Engineering.

Deadlines for application are the first Friday in November for students enrolling in spring semester and the first Friday in May for students enrolling in fall semester. Completed applications are considered by the Admissions Committee after each application deadline.


For questions concerning academic advisement, the primary source of contact is the program director. Students should meet with the director at least once a year while enrolled. For issues regarding registration and scheduling, students should contact the Administrative Specialist for the Department of Manufacturing & Systems Engineering

Leveling Courses

After being accepted, students who have not graduated from an ABET accredited program or have not completed a college calculus and a basic probability and statistics college course, must demonstrate the ability to pass the following courses:

General Requirements

The Department of Manufacturing and Systems Engineering offers an online Master of Systems Engineering that consist of a course-based degree with a completion of a project (coop/independent study) course:

  • Minimum of 30 credits of graduate work in approved program of study.
    Minimum of 24 credits must be earned at Weber State University, 21 of which credits at the 5000-level must be earned after formal admission to the University.
  • No more than 6 credits at the 5000-level taken at Weber State University are permitted (approved by petition after the completion of the Systems Engineering and Sustainable Engineering Post Baccalaureate Certificate at Weber State University).
  • No more than two 5000-level or higher graduate courses may be transferred from another accredited university.
  • Electives or course substitutions must be approved by an academic advisor (refer to elective courses).
  • Requirements for course-based degree:
    • 15 credits must be the foundation of Systems Engineering courses,
    • 12 credits of technical electives,
    • 3-6 credits of design project (SE 6110 ), or 3 credits of additional Coursework (SE 6120 ).


  • The MSSE program starts with a core system engineering foundation and concludes with an independent study. The student will be encouraged to start with SE 6010 - Foundation of Systems Engineering  (INCOSE based course), but can take the remaining courses in any order. At least two courses applicable to the degree will be offered each fall and spring semester. Students typically enroll in no more than two classes per semester.
  • Course delivery options allow you to study when and where it works best for you, whether that be streaming the lecture from your computer while it’s happening live on campus or watching a recorded version at a time more convenient for you.

Course Requirements for MSSE

Elective Courses (4 courses required, minimum 12 credit hours):

Design Project, or Additional Coursework (3-6 credit hours)

MSSE Students are required to complete a system engineering design project that demonstrates proficiency in research, design, analysis, implementation, testing and documentation. The MSSE students are required to either (a) complete a substantial engineering design project, or (b) take an additional 3 credits of approved project coursework.

For students taking the project option, a total of 3 or more credits of SE 6110  is required for a project. Students must be enrolled SE 6110  at the time of their final design review.

For students taking the coursework option, a total of 3 credits of SE 6120 - System Design and Operational Analysis  will need to be completed.

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