Systems Engineering

Overview

“Smart” buildings and highways. Environmental monitoring. Sensor networks. Hybrid systems. These are but a few of the many ways in which electrical and systems engineering are converging, especially at Penn. The MSE Program in Systems Engineering (SE), grounded in the intersection of electrical and systems engineering, is best positioned to give students the in-depth theoretical foundation and interdisciplinary skills required by the growing complexity of technological systems.

Our flexible curriculum allows students to tailor their studies to personal interests and goals, from signal processing, optimization, simulation, control and cybernetics to complex adaptive systems, stochastic processes and decision sciences. Our graduates are found in leadership positions in major companies like Lockheed Martin or pursuing doctoral degrees at Penn or other major research universities.

The MSE program is designed for highly-qualified students who will become leaders in the increasingly complex field of systems engineering. Entering students generally have baccalaureate degrees in the engineering, mathematical, physical or economic sciences. Students with degrees in other fields who have expertise in quantitative and computer analyses also enter the program.

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Additional Application Documents

Candidates who wish to have their papers, abstracts, talks, portfolios, etc., reviewed as part of the application dossier should not send hard copies; please link these materials on your web page and list the appropriate url’s in your personal statement.

Prerequisites

Entering students generally have baccalaureate degrees in the engineering, mathematical, physical or economic sciences. Students with degrees in other fields who have expertise in quantitative and computer analyses also enter the program.

Student Story

Liz Golden: Voices of Penn Engineering Master’s Alumni

This is part of our series of articles, written by Penn Engineering alums in their own words, of their experiences at Penn and how it shaped their lives. Our next article is written by Liz Golden, who graduated with a dual Wharton MBA and Penn Engineering master’s in Systems Engineering in 2017.


Chloé le Comte: Voices of Penn Engineering Master’s Alumni

This is part of our series of articles, written by Penn Engineering alumni, about their experiences at Penn and how it shaped their lives. Our next article is written by Chloé le Comte, who graduated with a master’s in Systems Engineering in 2016.