About the Program

What is Systems Engineering?

According to the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), systems engineering is an interdisciplinary approach and means to enable the realization of successful systems. Compared to other engineering disciplines, systems engineering focuses on a “big picture” perspective on the system being developed. Systems engineering occurs throughout the entire lifecycle of an engineered system, beginning with the definition of user needs and culminating with system retirement and disposal. Individual systems engineers may work within only a portion of the system lifecycle, but systems engineering spans the entire lifecycle.

What does a Systems Engineer do?

Systems engineers perform a wide variety of tasks throughout the systems lifecycle. Some systems engineers deal primarily with front-end systems development tasks, such as user needs development and system architecting. Many systems engineers are involved in systems analysis, integration and testing. Some systems engineering roles are more managerial in nature whereas others involve deep technical analysis skills. In contrast to other engineering disciplines, the work of systems engineers is more focused on integrating many pieces of knowledge into a global perspective of the system.

Where does a Systems Engineer work?

Systems engineers are employed worldwide—anywhere large, complex systems are being developed. Systems engineers are particularly common in areas with aerospace, defense or other major engineering industry.

Why study Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University?

The Masters of Engineering in Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University is a comprehensive interdisciplinary program with a curriculum that can be tailored to a student’s professional goals and industry. The program provides students with foundational knowledge as well as depth in a chosen technical specialty.

How do I apply or register for the Systems Engineering program or courses?

Any student at Texas A&M University may enroll in courses for the Masters of Engineering in Systems Engineering. To enroll in the degree program, please follow the link below.