Doctor of Engineering (D.Eng.)

A program tailored for practicing engineers who want to apply systems engineering principles directly to their career.

Our D.Eng. program equips working professionals to apply systems engineering principles to complex systems in a working environment.

The D.Eng. curriculum includes professional and applied courses, a systems engineering practicum, and a dissertation to assist working professionals attain a higher level of value to their organizations. 

All D.Eng. candidates are expected to have a sponsor from within their company/organization/practicum site to serve on their advisory committee as an industry member and help coordinate the practicum and dissertation process from within the organization. (See our sponsor requirements here.)

In addition to the practicum sponsor, D.Eng. students also have a full CSU advisory committee, including a faculty advisor. The faculty advisor and potentially some initial committee members are selected for those students who gain admission to the program, based on their background and proposed project topic. 

The D.Eng. has a limited capacity for new students each year and the admissions process is competitive.

Deciding between a Ph.D. and D.Eng.?

This flow chart can help. Transferring between the Ph.D. and D.Eng. is not permitted.

Admission Deadlines

Our program’s flexible design means you can earn your D.Eng. online or on-campus. 

Visit CSU Online to learn more about completing your D.Eng. online. 

Fall admission

Application materials due by March 1

Spring admission

Application materials due by November 1

*Note:  Part of the application process is securing a practicum sponsor within your organization/company that meets our requirements. The Practicum Sponsor’s agreement to serve in this role and resume/CV must be received before your application can be reviewed.

D.Eng. Curriculum


 Course descriptions and expected offerings are available on the Courses page.

42-Credit D.Eng.

If an appropriate technical master’s degree has been completed, there is the possibility that up to 30 credits of that degree could be counted toward the 72-credit requirement for the D.Eng. 

The 42-credit D.Eng. option does not include space for technical electives.

SYSE 710 – Leadership/Innovation in Systems Engineering (3 cr.)
Must be completed in first year

SYSE 501 – Foundations of Systems Engineering (3 cr.)

SYSE 530 – Overview of Systems Engineering Processes (3 cr.)

SYSE/ECE 532 – Dynamics of Complex Engineering Systems (3 cr.)

SYSE 534 – Human Systems Integration (3 cr.)

SYSE 567 – Systems Engineering Architecture (3 cr.)

SYSE 569 – Cybersecurity Awareness for Systems Engineers (3 cr.)

SYSE 571 – Analytics in Systems Engineering (3 cr.)

SYSE 573 – Cost Optimization for Systems Engineers (3 cr.)

SYSE 602 – Systems Requirements Engineering (3 cr.)

SYSE 603 – Introduction to Systems Test and Evaluation (3 cr.)

SYSE 667 – Advanced Model-Based Systems Engineering

ENGR 502 – Engineering Project and Program Management (3 cr.)
        OR
    CIS 600A – Information Technology and Project Management (3 cr.)
        OR
    CIS 670 – Advanced IT Project Management (3 cr.)

ENGR 510 – Engineering Optimization: Method/Application (3 cr.)

ENGR 520 – Engineering Decision Support/Expert Systems (3 cr.)

ENGR 525 – Intellectual Property and Invention Systems (3 cr.)

ENGR 531 – Engineering Risk Analysis (3 cr.)

ENGR/ECE 565 – Electrical Power Engineering (3 cr.)

ECE 566 – Grid Integration of Wind Energy Systems (3 cr.)

ENGR 570 – Coupled Electromechanical Systems (3 cr.)

MECH 513 – Simulation Modeling and Experimentation (3 cr.)

Other experimental courses as offered; check with SE advisor

BUS 500 – Business Systems and Processes (2 cr.)

BUS 601 – Quantitative Business Analysis (2 cr.)

CIS 570 – Business Intelligence (3 cr.)

CIS 575 – Applied Data Mining and Analytics in Business (3 cr.)

BUS 620 – Leadership and Teams (2 cr.)

BUS 630 – Information Management (2 cr.)

CIS 676 – Information Technology Management (3 cr.)

SYSE 711 – Ethics in Systems Engineering (1 cr.)

PSY 647 – Applied Industrial Psychology (3 cr.)

PSY 648 – Applied Organizational Psychology (3 cr.)

SYSE 786 – Applied Systems Engineering Practicum (9 cr.)

The Preliminary Exam is expected to be completed prior to enrolling in SYSE 786 credits. SYSE 786 credits may be taken concurrently with a last semester of coursework, with committee permission.

Practicum credits can be completed throughout multiple semesters. 9 credits is the minimum; students may end up needing to take more depending on their progress and project.

SYSE 799B – Dissertation: Professional Doctorate (9 cr.)

All SYSE 786 credits and requirements must be completed prior to enrolling in SYSE 799B credits.

Dissertation credits can be completed throughout multiple semesters. 9 credits is the minimum; students may end up needing to take more depending on their progress and project.

72-Credit D.Eng.

Students who have not yet received a master’s degree may be admitted to the 72-credit D.Eng. program.

SYSE 501 – Foundations of Systems Engineering (3 cr.)
Must be completed in first year

SYSE 710 – Leadership/Innovation in Systems Engineering (3 cr.)
Must be completed in first year

SYSE 530 – Overview of Systems Engineering Processes (3 cr.)

ENGR 531 – Engineering Risk Analysis (3 cr.)

ENGR 502 – Engineering Project and Program Management (3 cr.)
        OR
    CIS 600A – Information Technology and Project Management (3 cr.)
        OR
    CIS 670 – Advanced IT Project Management (3 cr.)

SYSE/ECE 532 – Dynamics of Complex Engineering Systems (3 cr.)

SYSE 534 – Human Systems Integration (3 cr.)

SYSE 567 – Systems Engineering Architecture (3 cr.)

SYSE 569 – Cybersecurity Awareness for Systems Engineers (3 cr.)

SYSE 571 – Analytics in Systems Engineering (3 cr.)

SYSE 573 – Cost Optimization for Systems Engineers (3 cr.)

SYSE 602 – Systems Requirements Engineering (3 cr.)

SYSE 603 – Introduction to Systems Test and Evaluation (3 cr.)

SYSE 667 – Advanced Model-Based Systems Engineering

ENGR 510 – Engineering Optimization: Method/Application (3 cr.)

ENGR 520 – Engineering Decision Support/Expert Systems (3 cr.)

ENGR 525 – Intellectual Property and Invention Systems (3 cr.)

ENGR/ECE 565 – Electrical Power Engineering (3 cr.)

ECE 566 – Grid Integration of Wind Energy Systems (3 cr.)

ENGR 570 – Coupled Electromechanical Systems (3 cr.)

MECH 513 – Simulation Modeling and Experimentation (3 cr.)

Other experimental courses as offered; check with SE advisor

BUS 500 – Business Systems and Processes (2 cr.)

BUS 601 – Quantitative Business Analysis (2 cr.)

CIS 570 – Business Intelligence (3 cr.)

CIS 575 – Applied Data Mining and Analytics in Business (3 cr.)

BUS 620 – Leadership and Teams (2 cr.)

BUS 630 – Information Management (2 cr.)

CIS 676 – Information Technology Management (3 cr.)

SYSE 711 – Ethics in Systems Engineering (1 cr.)

PSY 647 – Applied Industrial Psychology (3 cr.)

PSY 648 – Applied Organizational Psychology (3 cr.)

Please view our course options page to access a list of suggested electives, or you may use any additional Systems Engineering or applied/professional electives listed above.

Only the 72-credit D.Eng. curriculum allows technical electives.

SYSE 786 – Applied Systems Engineering Practicum (9 cr.)

The Preliminary Exam is expected to be completed prior to enrolling in SYSE 786 credits. SYSE 786 credits may be taken concurrently with a last semester of coursework, with committee permission.

Practicum credits can be completed throughout multiple semesters. 9 credits is the minimum; students may end up needing to take more depending on their progress and project.

SYSE 799B – Dissertation: Professional Doctorate (9 cr.)

All SYSE 786 credits and requirements must be completed prior to enrolling in SYSE 799B credits.

Dissertation credits can be completed throughout multiple semesters. 9 credits is the minimum; students may end up needing to take more depending on their progress and project.

Secure practicum sponsor

Submit required materials to SE department; must be done before application will be reviewed.

Complete qualifying process

Coursework done with B or higher.

Suggested within 2-4 years of start date.

Submit your GS6

Program of Study and Committee Selection

Submit before registration for fourth regular semester.

Preliminary exam; Submit GS16

After filing GS6 and before on-site practicum activity; schedule with committee at least two weeks in advance.

Submit GS25

Application to Graduate.

Deadline changes each semester. Check the Graduate School website for the deadline. Typically in the first three weeks of the intended graduation term.

Final exam; Submit GS24

See published deadlines from the graduate school; schedule with committee at least two weeks in advance.

GS24 needs to be submitted within two working days of defense.

Submit GS30

Thesis/Dissertation Submission

After final exam; see published deadlines on graduate school website.

Graduation

Graduation ceremonies take place at the end of Fall and Spring semesters.

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