MSSEM (522)

Master of Science in Systems Engineering Management (MSSEM) Program (522) 

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Systems Engineering Management program is an interdisciplinary program combining systems engineering with acquisition management knowledge and skills.  The program is intended to broaden the technical capabilities of officers who may have non-technical backgrounds so they are able to manage and lead acquisition programs for the complex combat systems the DoD needs.  Students in this program learn the systems engineering process from establishing system requirements through test and evaluation.  Simultaneously students learn how to manage, schedule, and budget programs as well as work with DoD suppliers through contracts to meet program obligations. 

The MSSEM program is not ABET EAC accredited.


Admission Requirements

A baccalaureate degree with above-average grades is required - the degree does not have to be an engineering degree.  Completion of at least two semesters of college algebra or trigonometry is considered the minimum mathematical preparation. For naval officers, an APC of 345 is required for entry. International students should refer to the Admissions section for current TOEFL and entrance requirements.

International students should refer to the Admissions section for current TOEFL and entrance requirements.


Degree Requirements

The Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering Management requires a minimum of 48 quarter-hours of graduate level work.​​​​​​​

The candidate must take all courses in an approved curriculum, which must satisfy the following requirements:

  • There must be a minimum of 36 quarter-hours of credits in 3000 and 4000 level courses, including a minimum of 16 quarter-hours at the 4000 level.

  • The course work must include four courses in systems engineering methods, defined by each curriculum.

  • Additional courses must be selected from an approved list, defined by each curriculum.

  • The candidate must complete a capstone project.

Entry Dates:  January and July

Program Length: Six Quarters


Program Officer

COL Joyce Stewart

Bullard Hall, Room 201C

(831) 656-2491


Academic Associate

Andy Hernandez, COL, USA (Ret.) and Associate Professor

Bullard Hall, Room 211



​​​​​​​Curriculum Sponsors

Director, Acquisition Career Management, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology): ASA/ALT (DACM)