The Systems Engineering and Management (SEM) program is designed to accommodate different student backgrounds, allowing students to build technical proficiency in areas where they have limited experience, while guaranteeing core competency in systems engineering and systems management. The program includes both a thesis and a non-thesis option.

All part-time SEM students are assigned initially to the non-thesis option. Those who wish to elect the thesis option may do so by obtaining the approval of a faculty thesis supervisor. Part-time students are encouraged to enroll in one course during their first semester and in no more than two courses per semester while working full time.

The SEM degree requires a total of 36 semester credit hours consisting of 12 courses in the non-thesis option or 10 courses plus six semester credit hours of thesis credit for the thesis option. All students must have an academic advisor and an approved degree plan. Courses taken without advisor approval do not count toward the 36 semester credit hour requirement. Successful completion of the approved course of studies leads to the SEM degree. Please see Graduate Catalog for details. For all advising questions, contact Brenda Rains.


Although the Jonsson School does not offer a bachelor’s degree in systems engineering, we encourage qualified undergraduates from all other engineering disciplines to apply to our fast-track master’s program in order to take graduate level coursework while completing an undergraduate degree.

Fast Track Program

The Fast Track program is designed to accelerate well-qualified undergraduate students at UT Dallas so that the bachelor’s degree and master’s degree can be earned in approximately five years of full-time study. When Fast Track students graduate with a bachelor’s degree, they are automatically admitted to graduate school at UT Dallas without needing to take the Graduate Records Exam (GRE). Qualified students may take up top 15 graduate semester credit hours to be used to complete the baccalaureate degree and also to satisfy requirements for the master’s degree if these courses are completed with grades of B or better.

For more details about the admission requirements for the Fast Track program, visit here