Invest in yourself and in your career by earning your master's degree in systems science & mathematics. Graduate with the knowledge, skills and personal network you'll need to succeed.

The Master of Science in Systems Science & Mathematics offered by the McKelvey School of Engineering is an academic degree designed for both full-time and part-time students interested in progressing to the department's full-time doctoral program or an industrial career.

Systems science and engineering is based on an approach that views an entire system of components as an entity rather than simply as an assembly of individual parts; each component is designed to fit properly with other components rather than to function by itself.

It's a rapidly developing field, as well as one of the most modern segments of applied mathematics and engineering. You'll study the identification, modeling, analysis, design and control of systems as potentially large and complex as the United States economy or as precise and vital as a space voyage.

Degree Requirements

Students can choose to pursue a thesis option or a course option to complete their degree. A minimum of 30 credit hours must be selected. Required courses are:

as well as one of the following:

All full-time graduate students are required to take ESE 590 Electrical & Systems Engineering Graduate Seminar each semester. This course is taken with an unsatisfactory/satisfactory grade option.

You can refer to the University Bulletin for more requirements for this degree.


Any course numbered 401 or greater in the engineering, physics or mathematics departments, excluding the exceptions listed below, are approved by the department as electives. 

These courses are NOT approved by the ESE department as electives:

Requests for exceptions to this policy may be submitted to the department chair with the approval of the academic advisor of the student.

Become a leader in your field

Our graduates have gone on to advance their studies or to work in industry as engineers, data scientists, and software engineers at diverse companies such as Amazon, Boeing, Microsoft and the U.S. Department of Defense.

St. Louis has been named one of the nation's best cities for startups by Forbes magazine. Gain the knowledge to move up in your company or the expertise build your own. 


For more information about our academic programs, contact Francesca Allhoff at 
314-935-4830 or

International Students

E60-505 - Communication tools for Academic and Professional Success

McKelvey School of Engineering requires all incoming international students who submit a TOEFL or IETLS score or has not obtained a minimum of 3 years of education in the U.S. to take a course in communication. This new course was first offered in Fall of 2018. This course does not cost extra for full-time students and is not counted toward the degree or the GPA.