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.

For the second year in a row, CTU's Master of Science in Systems Engineering degree programs are ranked among the Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs by U.S. News and World Report.*

* Several CTU programs are ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 best online programs list.
Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission


  • August 13, 2019
  • October 01, 2019
  • November 12, 2019




  • Online

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

    Program Requirements

    MSSE Foundation Requirements

    The Master of Science in Systems Engineering (MSSE) is built upon the expectation that students will enter the program with a solid engineering background. Therefore, the MSSE program requires students to have prior foundational knowledge in all core engineering disciplines to be successful.

    Students entering into the MSSE program without a bachelor’s degree in computer or electrical engineering will be required to successfully complete two MSSE foundation courses (MATH502 and CE502) covering the following discipline areas of engineering: calculus, differential equations, probability and statistics, linear and non-linear equations, discrete math, analog and digital electronics, circuit analysis, synchronous and combinational logic circuits, and embedded systems.

    If a student can show evidence of satisfying the foundation course objectives through coursework from an accredited institution, the foundation requirement can be waived.

    The foundation courses are also available to students who met the undergraduate requirements but who wish to refresh their knowledge in these subject areas.

    The MSSE foundation course MATH502 must be completed and passed prior to beginning courses in the MSSE program. Students will need to complete and pass CE502 prior to the end of the first quarter.

    Students must be able to exhibit proficiency by successfully completing the foundation courses with a minimum 70% passing score. If after 5 attempts (applies to each course separately) students do not pass the foundation courses, students are encouraged to work with the Student Success department if they have questions regarding these foundation courses, timeframes for completion, or for alternative programs of study as needed.

    Students who do not meet the MSSE foundation requirements will be withdrawn, canceled or transferred from the MSSE program.

  • 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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