Master of Science in Systems Engineering

Explore how to plan, manage and participate in the complete systems engineering life-cycle process and sub-processes in Colorado Technical University’s Master of Science in Systems Engineering degree program. Demand for computer and information systems managers, is projected to grow 12 percent between 2016 and 2026.1

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 program reviews modern systems engineering tools, including operations research, system modeling/simulation/test methods, synthesis techniques, process control and system integration tools. Examine the interface between systems engineering and the related areas of project management, operations, logistics, performance, test, manufacturing, training and support, reliability/maintainability, quality assurance and disposal. A project planning course explores appropriate project management techniques to ensure that budget, schedule and quality requirements are met.

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CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission





  • Online
  • Colorado Springs

Program Details

  • Degree Requirements

    Courses: Core
    Course Title Course Description Credit Hours
    MGMT600 Applied Managerial Decision-Making 4
    PM610 Project Planning, Execution and Closure 4
    PM620 Schedule and Cost Control Techniques 4
    SCM620 Impact on Design & Production 4
    SE600 Systems Engineering I 4
    SE610 Systems Engineering II 4
    SE612 Quantitative Analysis for Systems 4
    SE620 System Dynamics, Modeling, and Simulation 4
    SE630 Systems Acquisition Processes and Standards 4
    Total Credit Hours: 36
    Courses: Electives
    Course Title Course Description Credit Hours
    ELE Select 12 hours of electives from CS/CE/IT/EE 600-level 12

    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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