Upcoming Info Sessions

Date: January 26, 2021

Time: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. MT

Topics Covered:

Master of Engineering v. Master of Science

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Completing a Master’s Online


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Watch: Our recorded Zoom session for on-campus master’s programs (recorded January 12, 2021)

Students talk outside of the Engineering Success Center at the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

Master of Engineering or Master of Science?

Both of our master’s programs equip students with the ability to design and manage complex multidisciplinary engineering systems.

Our Master of Engineering (M.E.) is very applied and builds skills that can be implemented immediately in current projects and is ideal for students interested in entering industry.

Our Master of Science (M.S.) has a research component (a thesis or project) and is ideal for students interested in continuing on in industry or academia. 

Systems engineers are big-picture thinkers and innovators.

Systems engineers are trained to think in terms of the whole system.

How does this work? Take a car for example. Mechanical engineers work on the engine and other mechanisms; electrical engineers work on the wiring; computer engineers might work on the programs that allow the car to run. All of these pieces are the machine itself, we haven’t even gotten into the user experience yet!

None of these things alone constitutes a car. This is where a systems engineer comes in. They work to integrate each individual system to develop the system of systems – or, the car in this example.

Systems Engineering at Colorado State University is about developing integrative solutions to the world's most complex problems.