Master of Science (M.S.)

A program tailored for students who want to advance the field of systems engineering through cutting-edge research and plan to continue on into academia.

Program Summary

Our Master of Science Program prepares students to design and manage complex multidisciplinary engineering systems. 

The research component of the thesis- and project-based M.S. program equips students with cutting-edge skills in specific focus areas, preparing 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. Summer courses are not required, but are offered on a limited basis.

Choose the Right Plan for You

Plan A: Thesis Option

Requires a thesis and completion of a minimum of 30 credits. This plan involves a thesis defense at the end of your program.

Plan B: Project Option

Requires 27 credits of regular courses (other than independent study) and 3 credits of independent study with the submission of a report.

Admission Deadlines

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

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

Fall admission

Application materials due by July 1

Spring admission

Application materials due by November 1





Plan A: Thesis Option

Curriculum

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

Plan A: Thesis Option

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.)

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 699 – Thesis (9 Credits)

Secure Advisor

Your committee will have at least three faculty members, including your faculty advisor, one faculty member from SE, and one faculty member from outside of SE.

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.

Thesis Defense; Submit GS24

Schedule your defense with your committee at least two weeks in advance.

The GS24 needs to be submitted within 2 working days of your final evaluation results.

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.





Plan B: Project Option

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

Plan B: Project Option

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.)

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 Credits)

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.

Final Evaluation

Your final evaluation takes place during the semester you intend to graduate.

Once you defend, you need to submit your the GS24 form within two days of your final evaluation resutls.

Submit your GS24

Report of Final Exam

The GS24 needs to be submitted within 2 days of your final evaluation results.

Graduation

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