Doctor of Systems Engineering Doctor of Engineering in Systems Engineering

Requirements and Curriculum

The highly selective nature of this program maintains the integrity and quality of the student experience. There are two options for students pursuing the Doctor of Engineering in Systems Engineering. The 72-credit program is for students who do not already have an engineering or science master’s degree. The alternate 42-credit program option is for students who already have an applicable master's degree with at least 30 credits.

Requirements

A minimum of 72 credits are required to complete this program.

Doctor of Engineering in Systems Engineering – 42 credits needed

(Students with an applicable master's degree earned with at least 30 credits)

  • 24 course credits required
  • Practicum (9 cr.)
  • Dissertation (9 cr.)

Doctor of Engineering in Systems Engineering – 72 credits needed

(Students without an applicable master's degree)

  • 54 course credits required
  • Practicum (9 cr.)
  • Dissertation (9 cr.)

Required Courses

Note: SYSE 710 must be completed in your first year. SYSE 501, ENGR 502, SYSE 530, and ENGR 531 are required courses for students without an applicable master’s degree. For students with an applicable master’s degree, SYSE 501, ENGR 502, SYSE 530, and ENGR 531 are Systems Engineering Depth course choices.

Systems Engineering Depth Courses

Students with an applicable master’s degree will select 15 credits.

Students without an applicable master’s degree will select 21 credits.

Note: New or experimental courses may be added; check with SE advisor

Applied Electives

Select at least 3 credits from the following:

Professional Electives

Select at least 3 credits from the following:

Technical Electives

For students with an applicable master level degree, no technical electives are permitted.

For students without an applicable master level degree, select 12 credits from a list of suggested electives. The list is not exhaustive. If you find a graduate-level technical course that pertains to your professional goals and/or the systems engineering field, please contact the systems engineering department to check if it may apply as an elective.

Practicum and Dissertation

Note: The Preliminary Exam is expected to be completed prior to enrolling in SYSE 786 credits. SYSE 786 credits may be taken concurrently with a last semester of coursework, with committee permission. Practicum credits can be completed throughout multiple semesters. 9 credits is the minimum; students may end up needing to take more depending on their progress and project.

Note: All SYSE 786 credits and requirements must be completed prior to enrolling in SYSE 799B credits. Dissertation credits can be completed throughout multiple semesters. 9 credits is the minimum; students may end up needing to take more depending on their progress and project.

Please email sys_engr_info@engr.colostate.edu with any questions pertaining to coursework or advising.

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