Master of Science in Systems and Engineering Management

The program leading to the Master of Science in Systems and Engineering Management (MS SYEM) through the Industrial Engineering department is designed to meet the growing demand for technical managers with strong engineering, science and technical backgrounds as well as a sound grounding in management and financial issues. The MS SYEM program has a professional focus and provides the opportunity for students with a non-IE undergraduate degree to obtain graduate training in their specialty areas and to receive engineering management training at the same time.

Required M.S. Coursework

Please see our S.Y.E.M. M.S. core class list, listed below under Curriculum. There are a total of 15 core course hours plus 15 elective hours (9 of which must be in IE or 6 with a formal minor declared). We accept a maximum of 6 transfer hours from another graduate program.

Admission Requirements

Our department does not require an engineering degree for the program; however we do require the following minimum background:

a) 3 hours of college level physics (with lab)
b) Calculus I, II, & III

Prospective students who apply without this background will be automatically rejected. If a prospective student who does not currently possess this background wishes to be considered for admission, the student must take any missing courses prior to applying and submit transcripts showing a grade of at least a 'C' in each course as part of their application.

We also require a course in probability and statistics at either the undergraduate or graduate level; however, students without this background will still be considered for admission, and, if admitted, will have the admission condition of a leveling course in probability and statistics. This leveling course requirement can be completed by taking either an undergraduate level course (won't count toward degree credit) or a graduate level course (will count toward degree credit).

We require all applicants to submit GRE scores (the GMAT is not considered a substitute and transcripts from all post-secondary institutions. Three reference letters are also required. We also require the TOEFL for international applicants.

Once you complete the intial application,you will recieve an email with a link to Recruiter,to ask you to log into recruiter to complete the application process.

Veterans and Military

Texas Tech has a special military and veterans program that provides specialized support for current/past service men and women and handles the process of financial aid for this population. Please see 

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The M.S. program can be completed 100% online.

Program Costs

Please see the university's Tuition and Fees Estimate Grids for the current resident and non-resident tuition, as well as the university's global fee document. The Whitacre College of Engineering also administers some additional fees for distance courses to cover the additional costs of those courses (A/V equipment, videographers, etc.). Brent Guinn can answer any questions you may have about that fee.

The Curriculum

There are five courses (15 credits) that constitute the core requirements for the M.S.S.Y.E.M.:

  • IE 5311, Principles of Optimization or IE 5318, Principles of Operations Research Modeling with Spreadsheets
  • IE 5316, Simulation Models for Operations Analysis, IE 5319 Risk Modeling and Assessment, or IE 5346 Total Quality Systems
  • IE 5320, Systems Theory
  • IE 5321 Decision Theory and Management Science, IE 5322 Industrial Cost Analysis, IE 5324 Advanced Economics of Systems, or IE 5325 Productivity and Performance Improvement in Organizations

  • IE 5323, The Engineering Management Environment or IE 5329 Project Management

The remaining courses can be taken from those offered in the Industrial Engineering department or any of the following engineering disciplines within the College of Engineering (Chemical, Civil, Computer Science, and Petroleum). These courses are listed and described in the Course Descriptions section of this site. In addition, courses outside of the College of Engineering, such as business, math, or psychology can be applied toward the degree as long as they are approved by both the graduate advisor and the SYEM graduate advisor.

Program Minors

An option within the MS SYEM program is to take 3-5 courses as a minor. The courses do not have to come from the same department, but they must be focused on a specific speciality area, and the minor must be approved by the SYEM graduate advisor.

Sample Minors

Following are some sample minors; however, you are not limited to these choices.

  • Software Engineering Minor
    • CS 5363 Software Project Management
    • CS 5373 Software Modeling and Architecture
    • CS 5374 Software Verification and Validation
  • Power Systems Minor
    • EE 5316 Power Electronics
    • EE 5343 Power Systems Engineering
    • EE 5345 Pulsed PowerEE 5391
    • Electric Machines and Drives
  • Drilling and Production Operation Minor
    • PETR 5380 Drilling Engineering Methods
    • PETR 5381 Production Engineering Methods
    • PETR 5382 Well Logging Fundamentals
  • Formation Evaluation Minor
    • PETR 5380 Drilling Engineering Methods
    • PETR 5382 Well Logging Fundamentals
    • PETR 5384 Basic Fluids and Rock Properties

Transfer of Courses

Graduate transfer credits from other institutions are contingent upon approval of the Graduate School and the graduate advisor; decisions will be based on the current policy guidelines established by the College of Engineering, the Industrial Engineering Department, and the Graduate School.

For More Information

The SYEM advisor information:

Graduate Admissions Inquiries:

Jennifer Cross, Ph.D. | email: | Phone: 806.742.3543

S.Y.E.M. Graduate Advisor:

Dr. Milton Smith | S.Y.E.M. Graduate Advisor | | Phone: 806.742.3543


If you have questions about the distance learning program, please contact:

Amy Donnerberg, Program Manager

Phone: (806) 742-3451 |  Email:

Brent Guinn, Senior Director

Phone: (806) 742-3451 or (800) 528-5583 |  Email: