Systems Engineering, Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Systems Engineering

Degree Overview

Become part of a community of engineering professionals exploring the frontier of modern research, pushing the boundaries in the field of systems engineering, and solving issues faced by your current employer, when you begin your Ph.D. in systems engineering online with Colorado State University. Designed for senior management and top-level executives, our highly selective systems engineering Ph.D. program only accepts a handful of students each semester to maintain the integrity and quality of the student experience.

You'll study with faculty who bring decades of experience in applying academic research to real-world situations, and are conducting cutting-edge research of their own that will help write the textbooks of tomorrow. Watch as Dr. Ron Sega, director of systems engineering graduate programs at CSU, shares what that looks like for his classroom.


The online program offers the advantage of synchronous or asynchronous delivery, allowing you the flexibility to study when and where it works best for your situation with options like:

  • Online while the lecture is happening live on campus
  • Watching a recorded version sometime after work or on the weekend
  • Attending a selection of courses in person at the Fort Collins campus or our South Metro Denver location

In consultation with your advisory committee, you'll individually structure the program to fit your academic and research goals. Your Ph.D. experience culminates in a *dissertation which serves to heighten research and knowledge in your area of interest, and demonstrates a solid foundation of systems engineering theory and practice, as well as a multi-disciplinary understanding of systems concepts.

Dissertation may or may not require a campus visit.

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