With six core courses and four courses in a complex systems track sequence, PMASE is the most comprehensive systems engineering program at Georgia Tech. Each course equals three credit hours for a total of 30 program hours to complete the degree.

The program culminates with the Capstone Project, a comprehensive team-based course. Each team is paired with a mentor to tackle a real-world problem and present the solution to corporate, governmental, and organizational sponsors during the final days of the program.

YEAR 1: Core Courses


ASE 6001 - Fundamentals of Modern Systems Engineering (4-day Campus Visit Required)

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.

ASE 6004 - Leading Engineering Teams

Systems engineering processes provide a model for successfully managing complex systems. Learn to apply management and development techniques used for successful commercial and government programs.


ASE 6003 - Modeling and Simulation for Systems Engineering

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.

ASE 6005 - Advanced Topics in Systems Engineering – Systems Modeling with SysML

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.


ASE 6002 - Systems Design and Analysis

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.

Year 2: Complex Systems Track Sequence


ASE 6006 - Systems Engineering Laboratory (4-day Campus Visit Required)

Application of working knowledge of systems engineering techniques applied to a "case study" in an applicable domain.

ASE 61X1 – Analysis and Synthesis
Select one elective from the following:

• ASE 6111 - Sensor Systems Analysis and Synthesis

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.

• ASE 6121 - Information Systems Analysis and Synthesis

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.

• ASE 6131 - Human Systems Integration Analysis and Synthesis

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.


ASE 6102 – Systems of Systems and Architectures

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

ASE 6103 – Lifecycle and Integration

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.


ASE 6104 – Complex System Capstone Project (3-day Campus Visit Required)

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.