Master of Science (MS) non-thesis in Systems Engineering (SE)

 The Master of Science (MS) non-thesis in Systems Engineering (SE) is designed for students who want to engage in graduate studies in systems engineering. The program requires students to establish the necessary foundation of systems engineering in addition to advanced systems engineering coursework. The program requires the student to complete a project one-on-one with a professor or in an approved class setting. The program is designed to be completed by full-time students in one academic year. Students who excel in the SE MS program are encouraged to apply to the SE post-MS PhD program.

Applicants for Spring 2022 and Fall 2022: The GRE is not needed from applicants to all master’s programs (except LEAP) who have earned, or will earn, a 4-year degree from a U.S. institution. For these applicants, not submitting GRE scores will not have a negative impact on the evaluation of your application. See our Application Requirements for details. 

We encourage students of limited means to apply for a waiver of the application fee.  Please email enggrad@bu.edufor further details.

How to Apply

Admission information, including an online application, can be found on the College of Engineering Graduate Programs website for Prospective Graduate Students.

    Apply by January 15th for priority scholarship consideration or by March 15th. More information
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Program Planning Sheets & Masters Handbook

  • The SE MS with Thesis Program Planning Sheet is found in the SE Masters Handbook, under the Forms tab. The planning sheet provides a “snapshot” view of the curriculum. You will submit a final program planning sheet, with advisor signature, when you apply to graduate.
  • SE Master’s Handbook


SE offers graduate students a variety of concentration options in support of the College’s mission to stay on the forefront of engineering education and provide flexible degree options to students:

  • Energy and Environmental Systems (new)
  • Computational and Systems Biology
  • Control Systems
  • Network Systems
  • Production and Service Systems
  • Operations Research

SE methodologies usually account for such real-world complexities as uncertainty, constraints, multiple objectives, and the relationships among the various parts or subsystems that constitute the system being studied. Skill emphasis is on problem formulation, system performance evaluation and analysis, and optimal decision making based on quantitative methods including mathematical programming for structured constrained optimization, combinatorial optimization for unstructured (non-convex) problems, stochastic analysis and optimization for systems under uncertainty, probability theory and statistical inference for identification and data processing.

Specialization Programs for SE Master’s Students

The Specialization Program enables you to add a hot interdisciplinary career path to your Master of Science or Master of Engineering degree. Any student can apply to add the Specialization Program in Data Analytics, Cybersecurity, and Robotics.

Engineering Practice Option

Master’s students may add the optional “with Engineering Practice” designation to their Master of Science or Master of Engineering degree by completing an approved internship in their field of study.

The Engineering Practice option recognizes the power of combining rigorous academic coursework with supervised real-world research or industrial applications. Participating students add value to their academic experience with a related internship that enables them to both develop and apply their technical, project management, and leadership skills. The degree rewards participating students with a designation recognized by employers and research institutions.

The Engineering Practice option is available to all College of Engineering graduate students, including international students. For more information, contact the ENG Graduate Programs Office.

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