General Degree Requirements
- Minimum of 30 credits of graduate work in approved program of study.
- Minimum of 24 credits must be earned at Colorado State University, 21 of which credits at the 500-level must be earned after formal admission to the University.
- No more than two courses at the 400 level taken at Colorado State University are permitted.
- No more than two 500-level or higher graduate courses may be transferred from another accredited university.
- Electives and course substitutions must be approved by the Program Advisor.
There are two options for students pursuing the M.S. in systems engineering – Plan A (thesis option) or Plan B (project option). Plan A requires a faculty advisor before admission.
The M.S. program starts with a core systems engineering foundation and concludes with a thesis or independent study. You are encouraged to start with ENGR 501, but can take the remaining courses in any order. At least four courses applicable to the degree will be offered each fall and spring semester. Students typically enroll in no more than two classes per semester.
Course delivery options allow you to study when and where it works best for you, whether that is attending in-person, streaming the lecture from your computer while it's happening live on campus, or watching a recorded version at a time more convenient for you.
To see when courses are expected to be offered, please check our Course Descriptions page.
Plan A Students: Choose 6 Credits
Plan B Students: Choose 12 Credits
Please view our course options page to access a list of suggested electives.
A maximum of 6 credit hours at the 400 level is permitted. The remaining credits must be at the 500 level or above.
ENGR 699 – Thesis (9 Credits)
ENGR 695 – Independent Study (3 Credits)