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Systems Engineering Master of Engineering (M.E.) – Systems Engineering Specialization, Master of Science (M.S.) in Systems Engineering

Master of Science


There are two options for students pursuing the M.S. in systems engineering – Plan A (thesis option) or Plan B (project option).

  • Minimum of 30 credits of graduate work in approved program of study.
  • Minimum of 24 credits must be earned at Colorado State University, 21 of which credits at the 500-level must be earned after formal admission to the University.
  • No more than two courses at the 400 level taken at Colorado State University are permitted.
  • No more than two 500-level or higher graduate courses may be transferred from another accredited university.
  • Electives or course substitutions must be approved by an academic advisor.

Additional Requirements for Plan B only

  • 15 credits must be Systems Engineering courses, 12 credits of technical electives, and 3 credits of independent study (SYSE 695).


The M.S. program starts with a core systems engineering foundation and concludes with a thesis or independent study. You are encouraged to start with SYSE 501, but can take the remaining courses in any order. At least four courses applicable to the degree will be offered each fall and spring semester. Students typically enroll in no more than two classes per semester.

Course delivery options allow you to study when and where it works best for you, whether that be streaming the lecture from your computer while it's happening live on campus or watching a recorded version at a time more convenient for you.

Systems Engineering Courses (Select 15 credits)


View a list of suggested electives. This 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 SE program to check if it may apply as an elective.

Please email for questions pertaining to coursework or advising.

Thesis (Plan A students only)

Independent Study (Plan B students only)

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