Systems Engineering, BS

Contact Info

Systems Engineering and Operations Research Department

Nguyen Engineering Building, 2100
4400 University Drive, MS 4A6
Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: 703-993-5689


The program leading to the bachelor of science in systems engineering (BS/SE) prepares students for a professional career in systems engineering. Our educational program reflects the systems engineer's unique perspective that considers all aspects of a system throughout its entire lifecycle. The systems engineering program at George Mason University is interdisciplinary, drawing from engineering, computer science, operations research, psychology and economics. The core systems engineering courses tie together these diverse threads to provide a global understanding of how individual engineering disciplines fit into the development of complex, large scale systems.

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Systems Engineering, BS

Certain courses may fulfill multiple requirements across the Mason Core general education program, the college or school, and/or the specific program.

The program educational objectives of the Systems Engineering program are what we expect our students to attain within three to five years of graduation. Graduates earning the bachelor of science degree in systems engineering will:

  • Use critical thinking, quantitative methods, and systems thinking to contribute solutions for global societal challenges.
  • Apply systems engineering methods, processes, models and tools to the engineering of complex systems.
  • Advance the objectives of their organizations, profession, and society in a rapidly changing world.

Degree Requirements (123 credits total)

Mason Core General education program is required for all undergraduate students.

College Requirement(s) n/a

Major Requirements (105 credits)


Students who graduate with the degree in Systems Engineering will find enormous job opportunities locally, nationally, and internationally. They will be equipped to work in almost any engineering field they choose. Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics, Noblis, Mitre, SENTARA Health Care, and many more employ College of Engineering and Computing alumni and are eager to hire our graduates.

As seniors, our CEC systems engineering students explore real-world problems and use their strong computational and systems knowledge to devise innovative engineering solutions to challenges as diverse as underwater mine detection, space debris remediation, trans-oceanic cable protection, and others. Local industry partners often sponsor the projects providing mentorship and guidance to the students. The projects go on to win awards at national competitions.

One of the biggest advantages of a bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering is that the program provides a set of skills for graduates to apply on any systems problem. These capabilities enable them to move with their systems engineering knowledge between different industries – defense, finance, healthcare, or economics.

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