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Professional Master's in Applied Systems Engineering (Online) - Curriculum

Now accepting applications for Fall 2023!


The Professional Master’s in Applied Systems Engineering (Online) program is the most comprehensive systems engineering program offered at Georgia Tech designed to expand and build your “systems thinking” expertise while working full time.

The two-year program consists of six core courses on systems engineering fundamentals, modeling and simulation, SysML, and system design. An additional four courses will provide you a specialization in complex systems.

The curriculum is taught in a hybrid format that blends face-to-face instruction and 24/7 online learning. As a student you will be part of a cohort and will complete each course with the same community of peers. As an online student, you can expect:

  • Recorded course lectures that are available at any time for self-paced learning.
  • Live office hours with your instructors to ask questions.
  • Mandatory live video conference sessions two to three times during the course on Friday (1-5 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.). You will receive specific dates before starting the program via our two-year schedule.
  • Three in-person four-day visits to Atlanta, Ga. (United States) over two years to meet with your cohort.

You’ll be required to travel to Georgia Tech’s Atlanta campus three times throughout the six-semester program. Each four-day visit will give you the opportunity to form strong relationships with your peers and program faculty.

The program culminates with a 12-week team-based Complex System Capstone Project. You’ll be paired with a mentor to present real-world problem solving solutions to corporate, governmental, and organizational sponsors.

Year 1: Core Courses

Special Note

ASE 6001 requires a four-day campus visit.

Fundamentals of Modern Systems Engineering (ASE 6001)
Explore a wide range of modern systems engineering principles and development methodologies. Address requirements engineering, systems definition, design and analysis, implementation, operation, and technical management. A four-day campus visit is required for this course.

Systems Design and Analysis (ASE 6002)
Designing is the process of converting information about needs and requirements for a product / system into a complete specification of that product/system. In this course, we consider design to be to a large extent decision making. Design involves deciding on the most preferred system alternative.


Modeling and Simulation for Systems Engineering (ASE 6003)
This introduction to modeling and simulation for systems engineers focuses on problem formulation, conceptual modeling, simulation methodologies, verification and validation, DOE, simulation execution, and output analysis.

Leadership Development (ASE 8803)
Preparation for becoming leaders of organizations, to exercise leadership, and to embark on paths of personal leadership development through readings, lectures, speakers, and leadership groups.


Advanced Topics in Systems Engineering - Systems Modeling with SysML (ASE 6005)
This core elective introduces SysML as a system modeling and design tool, with example applications, guidelines for application, and student project on implementation into practice.


Year 2: Complex Systems

Fall Core
Special Note

ASE 6006 requires a four-day campus visit.

Systems Engineering Laboratory (ASE 6006)
Application of working knowledge of systems engineering techniques applied to a "case study" in an applicable domain. A four-day campus visit is required for this course.

Fall Elective
Special Note

Choose one course from the list.

Sensor Analysis and Synthesis (ASE 6111)
This Complex Systems elective introduces Sensor Systems Preliminary Design. Within this course, you will define, classify, and examine technology used in stand-alone sensor systems. The focus centers on system-engineering trades useful in designing systems of sensors and systems of systems.

Information Systems Analysis and Synthesis (ASE 6121)
This Complex Systems elective introduces Information Systems Preliminary Design. The course fully examines tools and approaches for analysis and synthesis of enterprise information systems. Topics include user-centered requirement, scenario-based design, UML, network/communications, iterative prototyping, and enterprise support.

Human Systems Integration Analysis and Synthesis (ASE 6131)
This Complex Systems elective introduces Human Systems Integration Analysis and Synthesis. Human Systems Integration is a systems engineering process that ensures all human-related technical issues are properly addressed during system definition, design, development, and implementation.


Systems of Systems and Architectures (ASE 6102)
Develop a broader understand of the interdependencies and interoperability issues, interfaces, and processes for creating and defining System of Systems Architecture for complex systems.

Lifecycle and Integration (ASE 6103)
This course will introduce students to Complex System Lifecycle and Integration. System preliminary design must address product and process design throughout system lifecycle from integration through manufacturing to phase-out along with interfaces to other emerging systems.

Special Note

ASE 6104 requires a three-day campus visit.

Complex System Capstone Project (ASE 6104)
Student teams apply methods and techniques taught throughout the program to conduct complex system Conceptual Design based on requirements provided in a Request for Proposal. A three-day campus visit is required for this course.



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