Master of Science in Systems & Engineering Management

Texas Tech University's online Master of Science in Systems and Engineering Management is designed to meet the growing demand for managers with strong engineering, science and technical backgrounds as well as a sound grounding in management and financial issues.

Program Overview

  • 30 credit hours, thesis and non-thesis options are available
  • Coursework is completed primarily online. Some courses require the use of Interactive Video Conferencing (IVC).
  • Prerequisite: bachelor's degree in engineering, or its equivalent
  • Students are not required to enroll in a certain number of courses each semester, so completion time varies by individual. Learn more about the difference between part-time and full-time student status.
  • Semester-based courses align with the Academic Calendar of Texas Tech University. New students may enroll at the beginning of any one of the four semesters throughout the year.
  • Learn more.
Related Programs:
Master of Science in Software Engineering
Master of Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy in Systems and Engineering Management

Application Process

  1. Apply to Texas Tech University's Graduate School.
    • Complete the Graduate Admissions Application.
      • The initial application fee is $60. Each subsequent application is $50.
      • Students planning to pursue a master's degree must submit Graduate Records Exam (GRE) scores to the Graduate School. Scores must be less than five years old at the time of application.
        • The average GRE score of graduate students in engineering programs is around 1100 on the math and verbal sections, when combined.
      • International students must also submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score to the Graduate School. Scores must be less than two years old at the time of application. Learn more.
  2. Contact the Program Coordinator.
    • Verify the required test scores or other required admission materials with the advisor of the program that interests you.
  3. Apply for financial aid and/or general scholarships.
    • Financial aid is distributed based on full-time enrollment and several other eligibility requirements. Your enrolled hours as of the 12th day of class in the fall and spring semesters determines your enrollment status for the semester, and financial aid is disbursed accordingly. Attending less than full-time could mean a reduction in aid. Learn more.
  4. Check your admissions status. Texas Tech University will notify you of your admissions status by updating the Applications tab in your Raiderlink.

Program Requirements

Courses are offered online. Use of specific hardware and software is required. Learn more.

The MS SEM program can be taken as a thesis (24 credits plus 6 credits of thesis) or non-thesis (30 credits) option.

There are five courses (15 credits) that constitute the core requirements for the MS SEM:

  • IE 5311 Principles of Optimization or IE 5318 Principles of Operations Research Modeling with Spreadsheets
  • IE 5316 Simulation Models for Operations Analysis or IE 5346 Total Quality Systems
  • IE 5320 Systems Theory
  • IE 5321 Decision Theory and Management Science
  • IE 5323 The Engineering Management Environment

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). 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 SEM graduate advisor.

An option within the MS SEM 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 specialty area, and the minor must be approved by the SEM graduate advisor.

Frequently Asked Questions

Required Ph.D. Coursework
Please see our current graduate handbook and S.E.M. Ph.D. core class list. There are a total of 30 core course hours plus 12 hours of IE 8000 and 30 hours of electives (15 of which must be in IE), for a total of 60 hours plus 12 hours of dissertation (IE 8000). We accept a maximum of 30 transfer hours total (a maximum of 15 non-IE or IE-equivalent hours and 15 additional hours which MUST be IE equivalent) so at minimum students require an additional 30 hours of course work (10 courses) plus 12 hours of dissertation at Texas Tech. 4 of these courses must be taken over two consecutive summers (see below) and the remaining 6 can be taken at any time.
Required M.S. Coursework
Please see our current graduate handbook and S.E.M. M.S. core class list. 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.
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The Ph.D. program does require two summer residency terms — this means that you must be on campus for two weeks each of two consecutive summers taking courses (all of the required IE 6000 courses are taken during the summer). This is a strict requirement of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and our department cannot make any exceptions to this policy. All other required courses (and sufficient elective courses) can be taken online. The M.S. program can be completed 100% online.
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.
Required Application Materials
We require all applicants to submit GRE scores (the GMAT is not considered a substitute; the GRE is ONLY waived for high GPA students who received both their B.S. and M.S. in IE/SEM from our department) and transcripts from all post-secondary institutions. We also require the TOEFL for international applicants. We also recommend but do not require a CV/resume, reference letters, and statement of purpose (particularly for Ph.D. students). Work experience is generally considered a positive factor in the application, but we do not require a certain level of work experience or consider work experience as a substitute for coursework or the GRE.
We require that students applying for a Ph.D. have a M.S., M.A. or MBA. We also expect that all applicants have an engineering background at the B.S. level (see p. 4-6 of the graduate handbook). We have accepted students without this background but may require leveling in this case (again please see p. 4-6 of the graduate handbook). In addition to the background/leveling listed on p.4-6, we also expect applicants to have at least one semester of college chemistry and at least one semester of college physics. If applicants do not have this background, they may also require leveling in these two subjects.
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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Name Responsibility Email Phone
Dr. Simon Hsiang Graduate Admissions Inquiries 806.742.3543
Dr. Jennifer Farris S.E.M. Graduate Advisor 806.742.3543
Brent Guinn Director, Distance Learning 806.742.3451