High-performing undergraduates who want to get a head start on earning their MS in Systems Engineering and Management can take advantage of the Fast-Track program. This program positions undergraduate students to earn their MS degree more quickly and begin pursuing careers in a variety of industries including cybersecurity, healthcare, finance, defense, space, transportation, and other high-tech fields.

The MS in SEM program offers a cross-track option similar to the Fast-Track option for other programs in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. Students may complete benchmark courses from their current engineering degree to be eligible for cross-track into the SEM program.

Differences include the additional requirement of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited program in engineering and the selection of six benchmark courses from those listed for the undergraduate degree programs in the Jonsson School Fast-Track option. Upon approval by the SEM graduate admissions committee, up to two of the six benchmark courses may come from outside this list under the following criterion:

  1. One (or both) course(s) is (are) at least 3000 level and from a UTD engineering program; or/and
  2. One course is at least 3000 level and from a UTD undergraduate program in mathematics, physics, chemistry, economics, or finance

Students in the cross-track option must attain at least 3.5 in the six benchmark courses and an overall GPA of at least 3.3.

It is important to note that all students interested in the Fast-Track-to-SEM program must have completed the stated prerequisites (or their equivalents) or obtained permission from their adviser and course instructor for any graduate SEM class in which they enroll. For this reason, interested students should consult the list of required and prescribed graduate-level elective SEM courses. At most, five of these courses can be taken before graduating with a BS degree.

Students satisfying these requirements and in the process of completing the BS-CS, BS-CE, BS-SE, BS-TE, BS-EE, or BS-MECH receive automatic admission to the MS SEM program with no requirement to take the GRE or GMAT. All other general Fast-Track requirements and guidelines apply, including those pertaining to conditional acceptance into the program.