Systems Engineering

Systems Engineering exposes students to a wide range of topics within the field, including the economic, environmental, managerial, technical and political aspects of large-scale systems design and implementation. Our flexible academic curricula and hands-on research opportunities prepare our undergraduate and graduate students for successful careers in a multitude of disciplines.

Undergraduate Program

Students majoring in the BS program will receive a degree and transcript titled "Systems Engineering."

Why major in Systems Engineering at UVA?

Our Systems Engineering program places our graduates squarely at the center of the data revolution. It equips them with technical skills in areas like data science, visualization, optimization, and business analytics that are critical to decision-making, as well as the leadership and communications skills to direct efforts to design and improve large-scale systems. Through class projects, internships and their fourth-year capstone projects, our students gain a real-world, team-based experience applying these skills in such areas as cloud computing and machine learning, unmanned aerial systems and online advertising. Our capstone projects benefit our systems majors with collaborative networking with alumni, government agencies and corporations, providing students valuable exposure to potential employers. As a result, our graduates are in high demand by leading corporations as well as start-ups in fields like consulting, finance, and systems integration.

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We welcome any questions you may have about our Undergraduate program. Email Dottie Gardner or call (434) 924-6473.

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Graduate Programs

Students majoring in the ME, MS and PhD programs will receive a degree and transcript titled "Systems Engineering.

Why choose UVA for a graduate degree in Systems Engineering?

Multi-disciplinary and Synergistic Research

Graduate students are attracted by the wide range of research underway in the Systems Engineering Program.

Our faculty members apply this expertise in a wide variety of situations. To cite just a few instances, they are creating an artificial pancreas, ensuring the safety of the next-generation air traffic control system, and protecting autonomous vehicles against cyber threats. Thanks to our extensive connections with business and government agencies in Northern Virginia and through consortia like the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing, graduate students have access to multiple pathways to develop their careers.

Employment opportunities abound in many sectors. Our graduates become professors at universities and colleges, researchers at institutes and laboratories, analysts at corporations, consulting firms and government agencies; and some become entrepreneurs — starting research, consulting, or service companies.

Multiple Graduate Degree Options

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Master of Science (MS), and Master of Engineering (ME) degrees. The PhD and MS degrees are research-based, with a culminating dissertation or thesis, respectively. The ME degree has a supervised research project. The PhD and MS degrees have a residency requirement (one must be physically present to attend classes and conduct research). The ME program on-grounds has a residency requirement as well, but this is only one of three routes to the ME degree. The ME can be achieved on-grounds, through the highly successful distance learning program,  Virginia Engineering Online (VEO), or through our popular weekend-based, Accelerated Masters Program (AMP).

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to outstanding students on a competitive basis in the form of:

  • Research Assistantships
  • Teaching Assistantships
  • Fellowships

Assistantships offer a stipend and cover tuition and health insurance.

Curriculum and Academic Requirements

Our dynamic education includes over 26 core and elective courses in Systems Engineering, and the ability to take graduate elective courses throughout the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and other schools across the university, including the School of Architecture, Curry School of Education, School of Medicine, and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. These electives may be tied to collaborative research between SIE and these other schools. The department also partners with SEAS to offer competitive PhD teaching fellowships so students can experience crafting and co-teaching a course with a supervising member of the faculty. Students also have access to the resources of the Center for Teaching Excellence to enhance their teaching skills.

We welcome any questions you may have about our Graduate program. Email Dottie Gardner or call (434) 924-6473.

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only.  The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at

Jalen Ross, SIE ‘15

"Systems engineering equips students to translate vast amounts of data into actionable information."

Jalen Ross, B.S., SIE ‘15

Licensure Disclosure

As a member of the State Authorizations Reciprocity Agreement, the University of Virginia (UVA) is authorized to provide curriculum in a distance learning environment to students located in all states in the United States except for California. (34 CFR 668.43(a)(6)& 34 CFR 668.72(n)).

Upon completion of an engineering degree program which prepares graduates for licensure or certification, graduates may be eligible for initial professional licensure in another U.S. state by applying to the licensing board or agency in that state. Please visit the University’s state authorization web pages to make an informed decision regarding which states’ educational requirements for initial licensure are met by this program. (668.43(a)(5) (v)(A) - (C))

Enrolled students who change their current (or mailing) address to a state other than Virginia should update this information immediately in the Student Information System as it may impact their ability to complete internship, practicum, or clinical hours, use Title IV funds, or meet licensure or certification requirements in the new state. (34 CFR 668.402).