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Systems Engineering


Master's of Science in Systems Engineering with Certificate in Cybersecurity


The Systems Engineering (SE) Program at UMBC is designed to accelerate the development of systems engineers by providing practical experience that can be immediately applied on the job. Students learn from industry experts how to develop operable systems that meet customer requirements, while successfully navigating the complexities of system design.  The M.S. in SE program provides the broad background required for successful systems engineers in the 21st century.

Courses are developed and taught by senior systems engineers and address the entire systems engineering life cycle, including requirements analysis, systems architecture and design, modeling, simulation and analysis, and system implementation and test. Classes are held at convenient late afternoon or early evening times to meet the needs of working professionals.

The Graduate Certificate in Professional Studies: Cybersecurity Strategy & Policy provides students the essential domain knowledge required to serve in decision-making roles throughout the cybersecurity industry. Students will learn how to analyze cybersecurity risks, develop appropriate protection & response options, and assess operational requirements for government, military, critical infrastructure, and commercial missions. Upon completing the certificate, students will possess advanced knowledge of the strategy, policy, and analytic aspects of cybersecurity.
Program Topics Include:

  • Systems Engineering Principles
  • System Architecture and Design
  • Functional Decomposition of a System
  • System Operational Effectiveness and Life Cycle Analysis
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Decision and Risk Analysis
  • System Integration and Test
  • Management of Engineering Projects
  • Introduction to Cybersecurity
  • Global Cybersecurity Capabilities and Trends ¬†
  • Cyber Warfare
  • Cybersecurity Law and Policy
  • Computer Security
  • Communications Networks
  • Wireless Sensor Networks
  • Advanced Software Engineering
  • Depth courses in Engineering Management, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or Mechanical Engineering

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Apply the fundamental principles of systems engineering to manage the development of products.
  • Develop functional, physical and operational architectures of a system or enterprise that meets user requirements.
  • Construct design specifications from user and system requirements.
  • Formulate modeling, simulation, and analysis techniques to solve systems engineering problems.
  • Develop and lead the system integration process.
  • Develop and lead the system verification process in an operational environment.
  • Apply effective leadership skills for multidisciplinary system engineering teams.
  • Discuss in depth the origins, nature, and current issues in cybersecurity and its related activities using precise terminology.
  • Understand cybersecurity concepts to mitigate risks in cybersecurity operations.
  • Develop and apply decision frameworks using the guidelines of cybersecurity ethics, law, and strategy.
  • Compare and contrast international cybersecurity policies, strategies, and capabilities.
  • Identify the missions, authorities, and responsibilities of key cybersecurity organizations within the international community.


The Master’s of Science in Systems Engineering program with a certificate in cybersecurity is a non-thesis program. ¬†Students must earn 30 credit hours, including ENEE 670: Systems Engineering Project. In the project course, students complete an industry-based SE project and write a related technical report.

The curriculum consists of six core SE courses that equip students with the processes, techniques, and tools required to practice systems engineering and four required courses in cybersecurity. ENEE 672 is a required course for students entering in the Fall of 2015 and afterwards.

Six Required Systems Engineering Courses

These six core systems engineering courses can be applied to a Graduate Certificate in SE or the first half of a M.S. in Systems Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or Engineering Management.

Four Required Cybersecurity Courses

The Graduate Certificate in Professional Studies: Cybersecurity Strategy and Policy

This program is explained in more detail at