Systems Engineering + Design

Degree Programs

  • Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering + Design
  • Sequential Undergraduate/Graduate Study (SUGS)
    • B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering or in Materials Science and Engineering
    • M. Eng. in Systems Engineering + Design

Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering + Design

Systems engineering is the modern design process in government and industry that integrates the work of diverse specialists into complex products and processes. Systems engineering touches everything: from telescopes that orbit tens of thousands of miles above earth to the cars that we drive every day. Systems engineers and their work have a major impact on the modern world. In times of great change and major advancements in the way we work, think and travel, systems engineering has never been more important or more challenging.

The Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Systems Engineering + Design (SE+D) program was built upon the resources of the top-ranked University of Michigan’s College of Engineering and was developed in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team of distinguished practitioners, faculty, and industry leaders. Adapting to rapid change has never been more vital, and this degree program accelerates the learning curve for engineers in design and systems fields.

Once students graduate from the program, they will be prepared for the exam leading to certification as an Associate Systems Engineering Professional.

This degree enhances careers in requirements management, systems integration, systems architecting, systems engineering management, technical project management, risk management, and related specialties. Skills and knowledge learned can be applied in fields such as aerospace, biomedical, defense, ground transportation, healthcare, infrastructure, software development, and more. Graduates of the program have gone on to careers leading multidisciplinary engineering teams at major global organizations. The SED degree is available for on-campus and online study.

For more information, please visit the ISD SE+D website.

Launching Fall 2022, Integrative Systems + Design has introduced a new integrative curriculum designed to better meet today’s industry demands and offer improved depth and breadth within specializations – all while leveraging U-M excellence across many disciplines. The curriculum is comprised of 4 segments:

  • Integrative Science (6-9 credits): students integrate disciplines together by taking advantage of the breadth of U-M courses, including required ISD courses.
  • Program Core (6-9 credits): these courses offer the core knowledge students need to excel in their chosen specialty by choosing courses across key foundational areas, each with their own set of key competencies.
  • Career Pathways (9 credits): these courses are designed to help students gain expert knowledge in one specific knowledge area, strategically crafted by leading industry and government experts with an eye to their career trajectory.
  • Immersive Practice (3-6 credits): students put their experience and education to work in a real-world environment by taking part in a culminating project in industry, research in cutting-edge labs, field-work with meaningful non-profits, and a wide range of entrepreneurial ventures.

Sequential Undergraduate / Graduate Study

  • B.S.E. Mechanical Engineering and B.S.E. Materials Science & Engineering
  • M. Eng. in Systems Engineering + Design

This Sequential Undergraduate/Graduate Study (SUGS) program leads to a Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering + Design. University of Michigan students who are pursuing a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering or a B.S.E. in Materials Science & Engineering and who meet all the SUGS requirements may apply to the Systems Engineering + Design program to pursue the SUGS program, which allows them to complete their B.S.E. and M. Eng. in five years total.

For more detailed information about the program, please visit the ISD SUGS webpage.

Online Learning

The Master of Engineering degree in Systems Engineering and Design program is offered either on-campus or online, with students from around the world taking part in the same high quality experience whether in the classroom or online. The majority of courses offered in ISD programs are hybrid, combining on-campus and online students in the same course, with the same instructors, syllabi, and rigor, which provides an engaging blended learning environment.  Earning this degree online is a valuable option for engineers who are currently working full-time.