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Master of Science
The Systems Engineering Department of the Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology offers a Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering. This degree allows students to specialize in systems engineering topics such as: Systems Engineering Design, Requirements and Functional Analysis, Systems Architecture Development, Design for Operational Feasibility, System Integration, Decision and Risk Analysis, Engineering Project Management, System Lifecycle Cost Analysis, and Organization for Systems Engineering.
The Master of Science in Systems Engineering program provides unique opportunities for the traditional student as well as for those in the professional engineering community to broaden their knowledge base and acquire state-of-the-art technical skills. The program helps students to integrate multifaceted engineering projects, model complex engineering systems and optimize their performance, and conduct real-life case studies by carrying out electrical, computer, telecommunication, or mechanical engineering projects. The Master of Science in Systems Engineering program prepares engineers for professional practice in today’s complex technical environment, and also offers cutting-edge knowledge for innovation and advanced research. To support these goals, both thesis and non-thesis options are available in the program.
The master’s program in Systems Engineering requires 31 credit hours of graduate course work with an option to carry out either a thesis or a graduate project.
In addition to the UALR Graduate School admission requirements, the applicants for the M.S. program in Systems Engineering must also meet the following criteria:
- Education: Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in engineering, technology, science or related discipline. The applicants must have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or 3.3 on the last 60 credit hours.
- Standardized test scores: Applicants must have a minimum score on the GRE test: a score of 140 on the Verbal Reasoning section, a score of 155 on the Quantitative Reasoning section, and a score of 3.5 in the Analytical Writing section. The GRE requirement will be waived if the student’s GPA is 3.5 or higher.
- English language requirement: International students must satisfy the Graduate School TOEFL or IELTS tests requirements.
Applicants who do not meet all the admission requirements may be recommended for conditional admission. Conditionally admitted students must fulfill the requirements of the UALR Graduate School and those specified in their letter of admission to achieve regular admission.
The Master of Science program in Systems Engineering consists of a minimum of 31 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree, of which a maximum of six hours can be transferred from a graduate program from another university with the graduate coordinator’s approval. In addition, students are required to maintain acceptable academic performance; all master’s course work must be completed with a minimum GPA of 3.0. If a student receives one “C” in the course work, the student will be warned that his/her academic performance is unacceptable and that the student will be reviewed by the Systems Engineering faculty, which will suggest corrective action. A student receiving two “C’s” will be dismissed from the program, pending review by the Systems Engineering faculty.
Master of Science in Systems Engineering Curriculum
The student’s plan of study must be developed in conjunction with his/her thesis/project major advisor or Graduate Coordinator and filed with the Systems Engineering Graduate Coordinator.