Master of Science in Systems Engineering

Colorado Technical University's Master of Science in Systems Engineering is designed to help meet the needs for skilled professionals who can manage the development of complex engineering systems. The program aims to provide technical depth in engineering topics covering the overall process of defining, developing, operating, maintaining, and ultimately replacing quality systems. The program emphasizes the use of quantitative methods, especially the use of MATLAB to facilitate modeling, simulation and decision making in the presence of uncertainty. The main concepts behind systems engineering are very portable – meaning, once you learn them, you can apply them to a variety of situations, products and industries for a potentially dynamic career. If you are interested in how a business works overall and being responsible for integrating each of those components into an efficient and profitable process, this program may be right for you.

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CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

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  • Program Outline

    Students enrolled in CTU's MSSE degree need to complete 48 quarter-credits in all. The degree is comprised of a sequence of core courses in Systems Engineering along with 12 hours of elective credits.

    Core Education. The core education part of the Master of Science in Systems Engineering program is designed to provide both specific and in-depth knowledge in systems engineering. In all, students complete 36 quarter-credits in the core education component of their program, with some of these classes including:

    • Applied Managerial Decision-Making
    • Project Planning, Execution and Closure
    • Systems Engineering I and II
    • Systems Acquisition Processes and Standards

    Students are also required to complete 12 hour of electives in computer science, computer engineering, IT and electrical engineering, in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of the field.

    The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) maintains Guide to the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBoK), and the Trustees of the Stevens Institute of Technology maintain Graduate Reference Curriculum for Systems Engineering (GRCSE™). Our program is strongly influenced by both, having been designed in agreement with the former.

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    Degree Requirements

    Courses: Core
    MGMT600Applied Managerial Decision-Making4
    PM610Project Planning, Execution and Closure4
    PM620Schedule and Cost Control Techniques4
    SCM620Impact on Design & Production4
    SE600Systems Engineering I4
    SE610Systems Engineering II4
    SE612Quantitative Analysis for Systems4
    SE620System Dynamics, Modeling, and Simulation4
    SE630Systems Acquisition Processes and Standards4
    Total Credit Hours:36
    Courses: Electives
    ELE Select 12 hours of electives from CS/CE/IT/EE 600-level12

    Total Credit Hours: 48

    Admission Requirements

    The CTU Master of Science in Systems Engineering degree program is designed to provide technical depth in engineering topics that require a solid foundation in advanced mathematics (including calculus, differential equations, Laplace and Fourier transforms, probability, and linear algebra), engineering and physics. Students from a non-engineering undergraduate background will not be considered for this degree program at this time.

  • Related Degrees

    The Master of Science in Systems Engineering explores the integration of coherent and effective systems. While related, it is not software engineering or software systems engineering. There are other options to pursue depending on your educational and career goals. Explore these other CTU options to find the best fit for you:

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    Total tuition for this degree program will vary depending on your educational needs, existing experience, and other factors.

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    Ways to Save

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  • Outcomes

    Students who have completed CTU's Master of Science in Systems Engineering degree students should be equipped to:

    • Plan, manage and participate in the complete SE life-cycle process
    • Select and apply modern SE tools, including operations research, system modeling/simulation/test methods, synthesis techniques, process control and system
    • Define the role and scope of SE and its interface with the related areas of project management, operations, logistics, performance, test, manufacturing, training and support, reliability/maintainability, quality assurance and disposal
    • Select and apply appropriate industry/government standards, models, metrics and documentation standards incorporated in SE practice
    • Apply oral and written communications skills essential to the SE process

    Potential career paths for those who earn a Master of Science in Systems Engineering degree include:1

    • Engineering Manager
    • Manufacturing Engineer
    • Director Of Engineering
    • Engineering Project Manager
    • Energy Engineer
    • Manufacturing Process Engineer
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