2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
    May 07, 2021  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Systems Engineering, MSSE ►♦

College: Engineering and Computer Science Degree: MSSE
Department: Industrial Engineering and Management Systems Option: Nonthesis
Program Websites: http://www.iems.ucf.edu/

Program Description

The Master of Science in Systems Engineering (MSSE) is a fully online program that focuses on applications of systems engineering in designing, developing, integrating and evaluating complex systems through their life cycle. This unique program is offered in response to the growing needs of the industry where systems thinking, complexity, globalization, quality, and productivity are the key business drivers.


The MSSE requires 30 credit hours of courses beyond the bachelor’s degree. This program offers only the non-thesis option. 

This web-based online MSSE is designed to attract students with a variety of educational backgrounds and a keen interest in working as systems engineers, program/project managers, chief engineers, etc. The traditional engineer and scientist often lack preparation in the human, financial, software, and systems integration skills necessary to make project teams more productive, improve system and service quality, and promote the advancement of high technology for complex systems. Systems engineering is a practice-based discipline that focuses on developing these attributes with elements of engineering, systems, and management.

For information about the program, please contact IEMS Graduate Director Dr. Mansooreh Mollaghasemi (mollagha@ucf.edu).

Translating a specific design into an organizational or physical reality in the most effective manner, and with the highest quality, is the focus of the Industrial Engineering and Management Systems field. This program is tailored to meet the needs of a broad range of working professionals interested in leading systems engineering and management activities. This program was designed by industry to provide the skills needed to be successful in the defense, government, healthcare, etc., sectors that require engineers who can collect requirements, architect, and integrate human, software, and hardware elements of modern systems.

Total Credit Hours Required: 30 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree


Students with undergraduate degrees in industrial or systems engineering or other engineering degrees are encouraged to apply for admission. Graduates from science or technology curricula may apply to obtain the MS degree.

All applicants are expected to have completed the following prerequisites during their undergraduate engineering education:

  • Computer programming capability. Proficiency with MS Office expected. C++, Visual BASIC, or Java recommended.
  • Mathematics through Calculus II (MAC 2312 or equivalent)
  • Undergraduate probability and statistics for engineers (STA 3032 or equivalent)

Required Courses—30 Credit Hours

All of the following courses are required for completion of the MSSE program.

Master’s Core Courses—12 Credit Hours

Elective Courses—9 Credit Hours

Independent Learning

The Independent Learning requirement is met by successful completion of the research studies required in the individual courses. Systems engineering by definition is an interdisciplinary major requiring independent learning across a wide spectrum of management, technology, and traditional engineering. These research studies require that students integrate material from all the courses in their program.  The Systems Integration class, which is the fourth course in the core sequence, builds prior classes and requires independent research to describe, architecture, model, and ultimately integrate and test complex products and services.  

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions  section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements , applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended
  • Resume or Curriculum Vita
  • Goal statement
    • The goal statement should discuss all relevant professional background and any previous research and/or teaching experience. The statement should explain the motivation behind the pursuit of an MSSE. Future educational and career goals after the completion of the applicant’s master study should be discussed.
    • If the applicant is interested in completing a Master thesis, then the applicant must clearly describe the particular area of research interest. The applicant should identify at least one UCF faculty member who shares a similar research focus and is believed to be best suited to serve as a potential thesis advisor. 
    • The goal statement should between 500 and 1,000 words.
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • The letters of recommendation should be from faculty members, university administrators, and employers with a supervisory role of the applicant. The letters, which must be current to the application and must not be for another degree program, should address the educational and career goals of the applicant. The letter writers should also know the applicant well enough to discuss the applicant’s capacity to perform, excel and succeed in a graduate program. Letters for Master’s thesis students must discuss the applicant’s ability to perform graduate-level research.
  • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

Applications are accepted for the fall and spring terms only.

Faculty members may choose to conduct face-to-face or telephone interviews before accepting an applicant into their research program.

Application Requirements

Systems Engineering MSSE *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15 Jul  1 Dec 1  
International Applicants Jan 15 Jan 15 Jul 1  
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information  section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship. 

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Mansooreh Mollaghasemi PhD
Associate Professor
Engineering 2, Room 312

Graduate Admissions

Ashley Mercado Rivera
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address

UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL 32816-0112

Institution Codes
GRE: 5233
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

Graduate Fellowships

Grad Fellowships
Telephone: 407-823-0127

Graduate Financial Aid

UCF Student Financial Assistance
Millican Hall 120
Telephone: 407-823-2827
Appointment Line: 407-823-5285
Fax: 407-823-5241