Doctor of Systems Engineering Doctor of Engineering in Systems Engineering

How to Apply

Before applying to this program, it is strongly recommended that you contact the Systems Engineering Department to understand all requirements.

Application Deadlines

The Doctor of Engineering is a highly competitive program with limited openings. Your complete application is due by the following dates. If an applicant misses these dates, they will need to change their application term to the next term.

Fall semester March 1
Spring semester November 1

1Review Admission Requirements

Download the complete Systems Engineering Application Information Packet prior to starting the application process. This packet provides detailed information regarding CSU's Systems Engineering graduate programs, minimum application qualifications, criteria for admission, and more.

Doctor of Engineering Requirements

  • B.S. degree from a regionally accredited institution in engineering, mathematics, or a technical discipline with a GPA of 3.0 or greater*
  • Basic Statistics
  • Calculus I
  • Minimum of 5-8 years of professional experience as, “Systems Engineer,” “Engineer,” Scientist,” or equivalent
  • Sponsor within current company or practicum site who will collaborate with CSU during the practicum (one letter of recommendation must be from this person)**
  • GRE test scores or waiver. Applicants who have earned a degree from a US institution qualify for a GRE score waiver. Please contact the department for waiver after your application is submitted and complete.

*If your B.S. is not in engineering, an M.E. or M.S. in engineering is strongly recommended.

**For more information about sponsorship, view the Industry/Organization Practicum Support Guidelines.

Note: meeting the minimum department standards does not ensure admission to the program. Admission to Colorado State University graduate programs is based on several factors, including prior academic and professional experience and the personal statement.

Start your application online and upload materials directly into the online system. You can save your progress and return any time. We recommend starting the application process at least one month before the deadline to ensure you can submit all required materials on time.

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2 Prepare Application Materials

Prepare the materials below and upload when you apply online.

  • Current resume clearly demonstrating at least the following required professional experience as ‘Systems Engineer,’ ‘Engineer,’ ‘Scientist,’ or equivalent:
    • At least 8 years relevant work experience for those applying to the 72-credit program (no applicable master’s).
    • At least 5 years relevant work experience for those applying to the 42-credit program (student already has applicable master’s).
  • Statement of purpose
    (2 pages MAXIMUM) This is meant to address the Systems Engineering Admissions Committee and why you would be a good fit for the program. This is different from the Research Interest Summary you will compile, but some of the same information may be used. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
    • Your relevant professional/academic background and skills
    • Why you are interested in Systems Engineering — provide specific areas of interest and application
    • Why you are interested in CSU's program and what you can contribute to CSU
  • One letter of recommendation from a sponsor within your current company or practicum site. This sponsor is expected to help coordinate with CSU during your practicum and serve on your advisory committee. The letter should state both this individual’s personal recommendation and anticipated support for the student during the program. Your practicum sponsor must submit a current resume along with their recommendation so minimum sponsor requirements can be verified.

  • Two additional letters of recommendation from faculty, supervisors, etc. who can speak to your relevant skills accurately and in detail.

3 Complete Online Application

Complete the online graduate application and pay the nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online). As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application. Your application will not be reviewed until it is complete and all required materials have been received.

  • Select "Systems Engineering (D.E)- Distance" when choosing the program of study

4 Request Transcripts

Request one official transcript of all collegiate work completed from every institution attended, whether or not you received a degree from those institutions. Transcripts from Colorado State University are not required. Official transcripts can either be mailed in or sent as e-transcripts.

Send e-transcripts to:

Send paper copies to:
Graduate Admissions
Colorado State University – Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

Check Your Application Status

View your application status at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or to check on updates.

Once your complete application, including supporting materials, is received, the department admission committee will review your application and notify you of their decision.

Information for International Students

Include the following items in addition to those listed above:

  • Official transcript
    Ensure official copies include a certified translation into English. Only one set of transcripts per institution is required.
  • Official TOEFL or PTE scores
    Submit official scores through the Educational Testing Service (select institution code: 4075).
    Students are exempted from the TOEFL or IELTS or PTE requirement if the official language of their country is English or if they have recently earned a degree from an American University.
    The minimum score for applicants is 80 on the internet-based TOEFL test (550 on the paper-based test or 6.5 on the IELTS) or 58 on the PTE. Leave the department code blank. It generally takes 3-6 weeks for ETS to get the scores to CSU, so allow plenty of time. Photocopies will not be accepted.
    Visit ETS for more information.
  • Submit GRE Test Scores
    GRE test scores are required only if all previous degrees were conferred by an institution outside of the U.S.
    Submit official GRE General Test scores through the Educational Testing Service (select institution code: 4075 and leave the department code blank). Scores are typically received by the University 4-6 weeks after your testing date.
    • All three sections — verbal, quantitative, and analytical — must be submitted. Photocopies are not accepted.
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