Master of Engineering (M.E.)

A program tailored for students who want to implement systems thinking in their careers and plan to continue on into industry.

Jeremy Daily, Assistant/Associate Professor-Cyber Security in the department of Systems Engineering in the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering works with graduate students in putting together test platforms for his research at Colorado State University's Powerhouse, December 17, 2020.

Program Summary

Our Master of Engineering program produces graduates who can design and manage complex multidisciplinary engineering systems with a rigorous systems engineering approach.

The applied focus in courses builds skills that can be utilized immediately in current projects and prepares students for future career opportunities.

Most full-time students (9+ credits per semester) complete the program within one to two years. Part-time students (3-6 credits per semester) typically finish within four to five years. 

A thesis is not required to complete the degree, but you can complete a significant capstone project (SYSE 695).

Admission Deadlines

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

Visit CSU Online to learn more about completing your M.E. online.

Fall admission

Application materials due by July 1

Spring admission

Application materials due by November 1

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Watch: Systems engineering faculty members Jeremy Daily and Erika Miller talk about the online learning experience.

M.E. Curriculum

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

Take the following four courses:

  • SYSE 501 – Foundations of Systems Engineering (3 cr.)
  • 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.)
        CIS 600A – Information Technology and Project Management (3 cr.)
        CIS 670 – Advanced IT Project Management (3 cr.)

Choose 9 credits from the following:

SYSE 505 – Systems Thinking for the Real World (3 cr.)

SYSE 512 – Systems Sensing and Imaging Analysis (3 cr.)

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

SYSE 534 – Human Systems Integration (3 cr.)

SYSE 541 – Engineering Data Design and Visualization (3 cr.)

SYSE 549 – Secure Vehicle and Industrial Networking (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 533 – Spaceflight and Biological Systems (3 cr.)

ENGR 535 – Modeling Human Systems Behavior (3 cr.)

ENGR 540 – Design & Analysis of Engineering Experiments (3 cr.)

ENGR/ECE 565 – Electrical Power Engineering (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

You may choose from the SE Suggested Elective list. This list is not exhaustive. If you find a graduate-level technical course that pertains to your professional goals and/or the systems engineering field, please contact the SE Department to check if it may apply as an elective.

A maximum of 6 credit hours at the 400 level is permitted. The remaining credits must be at the 500 level or above

SYSE 695 – Independent Study (3 cr.)


Another SE course approved by the Program Advisor

Submit your GS6

Program of Study & Committee Selection.

This needs to be submitted to the Graduate School before registration of your fourth regular semester.

Submit your 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.


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