Systems Engineering + Design Graduate Degree Program

The ISD Systems Engineering + Design master’s degree program is at the forefront of technologies that move the world

Systems Engineering + Design seeks to recognize, understand and improve the systems upon which our society is built. The discipline encompasses everything from civil engineering and transportation to space exploration, knowing that issues facing modern populations rarely fit neatly into a single branch of learning. By grasping this concept, you will learn how to integrate learnings from multiple disciplines in order to efficiently deliver effective solutions.

Why the ISD Systems Engineering + Design Program?

Students will develop a broad systems engineering perspective as well as learn tools and techniques for system architecting, requirements development and management, system verification and validation, and delivery of complex systems.

The education earned through an SED course of study prepares systems engineers to truly impact the world in which they live. SED Students enjoy an accelerated learning curve that focuses on an iterative development of models and prototypes to better ensure that project outcomes fit the intended purposes.

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New Integrative Curriculum

In response to the uncertainty and volatility arising from the unprecedented evolution of the engineering field and its many industries, ISD collaborated with U-M’s world-renowned faculty and leading industry and government experts to revamp our curriculum.

Multiple Degree Options Available

With an emphasis on recent advances in engineering fundamentals and practice, this degree prepares students to be innovators who can address global problems in this technologically dynamic and compelling field. 

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.

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 U-M-SJTU Accelerated Master’s Degree Program (AMDP).

Intersecting Industry Needs Through INCOSE Certification

The Integrative Systems + Design Division offers the opportunity for students to achieve INCOSE certification. This academic equivalency allows U-M graduate engineering students to bypass taking the certification exam to become certified system engineers, a major benefit.

Sigma Theta Mu
Systems Honor Society

Systems Engineering + Design is proud to host the Sigma Theta Mu Systems Honor Society. Sigma Theta Mu recognizes high scholastic, scientific, and professional attainment in the study and practice of systems, systems-related engineering, or systems engineering. We are honored to be one of the inaugural chapters of this society and to work with students who have achieved this accomplishment.


“At ISD, I took a variety of classes to better understand how everything in a system connects to everything else and to users. I am applying those lessons in the real world, creating and connecting products people will see and use.”

Kathryn D’Alessandro ’21

MEng, Systems Engineering + Design

Hear From the Experts


Robert Bordley

Program Director,

Systems Engineering + Design


Matt Hancock

Graduate Coordinator,

Systems Engineering + Design

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