Systems Engineering + Design Program

Degree Options

Students have the opportunity to choose from multiple options that work best for them to earn this degree:

Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering + Design On-Campus and Online

This degree enhances careers in requirements management, systems integration, systems architecting, systems engineering management, technical project management, risk management, and related specialties. 


Sequential Undergraduate / Graduate Study

Undergraduate students at the College of Engineering in Ann Arbor have the opportunity to speed their progress towards an ISD Master of Engineering degree through the Sequential Undergraduate/Graduate Study (SUGS) program:


Sequential Undergraduate/Graduate Study (JI-SUGS) Program.

Students who receive an undergraduate BSE degree from the U-M – Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Joint Institute (U-M SJTU) can also pursue an Integrative Systems + Design Engineering Master’s degree at U-M through the Sequential Undergraduate/Graduate Study (JI-SUGS) Program:

Program Details

Design, operate, analyze, and manage complex systems in a rapidly transforming world.

Systems engineering is the modern design process in government and industry that integrates the work of diverse specialists into complex products and processes. Systems engineering touches everything: from telescopes that orbit tens of thousands of miles above Earth to the cars that we drive every day, systems engineers and their work have a major impact on the modern world.

In times of great change and major advancements in the way we work, think, and travel, systems engineering has never been more important or more challenging.

The Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Systems Engineering + Design (SE+D) program honors that challenge by accelerating the learning curve for engineers entering design and systems fields. Building off of the resources of the top-ranked University of Michigan’s College of Engineering, the SE+D program was developed in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team of distinguished practitioners, faculty, and industry leaders.

Available on campus or online, the program offers students the flexibility and individualization to make the degree their own and equip them for a career in systems engineering. Once students graduate from the program, they will be prepared for the exam leading to certification as an Associate Systems Engineering Professional. Students will also receive a free one-year student membership to the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and to our student division of the Michigan Chapter of INCOSE. Additionally, twice a year, our faculty committee elects outstanding students to the university chapter of Sigma Theta Mu, the systems engineering honor society.

This degree helps prepare students for careers in requirements management, systems integration, systems architecting, systems engineering management, technical project management, risk management, and related specialties, which have been applied in fields such as aerospace, biomedical, defense, ground transportation, healthcare, infrastructure, software development, and more. Graduates of the program have gone on to careers leading multidisciplinary engineering teams at major global organizations.