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  • Online Masters in Systems Engineering


    What is a Systems Engineering Degree?

    The online Master's degree in Systems Engineering prepares you to become an effective systems engineer, leader, manager, and future executive. With a systems engineering background, you’ll be able to tackle a wide array of engineering challenges from the entire systems life cycle, including concept development, technology assessment, architecture selection, and proposal development.

    What Does a Systems Engineer Do?

    Systems engineers are highly valued in industry because their skills complement those in traditional engineering fields. Whereas other engineering disciplines usually focus deeply in only one area, systems engineers must integrate all of those areas into a comprehensive and effective system.

    In Which Industries Does a Systems Engineer Work?

    This is a versatile skillset that allows for a flexible career path, as systems engineering expertise is sought by a wide range of industries such as healthcare, defense, communications, aerospace, government, transportation, finance, and more.

    No matter what field your background is in, Drexel University’s online MS in Systems Engineering prepares you to manage the big picture and take on the large, complex projects in your organization.

    How Much Does a Systems Engineer Make a Year?

    Salaries for systems engineers largely vary based location and type of employer (private sector, federal or state government, etc.). Depending on your employer, a systems engineer can make anywhere from $65,000 to $125,000 dollars a year. According to Glassdoor, the national average salary for a systems engineer is about $89,000.

    Dual Degree Options

    With our dual degree program, you can earn your MS in Systems Engineering at the same time as any other master’s degree within the College of Engineering. This allows you to graduate with two master’s degree for a significantly reduced number of credits.

    Program Features and Benefits

    • Established online program with strong reputation among regional and national companies
    • Taught by a dedicated faculty with significant systems engineering experience in both industry and academia
    • Customizable curriculum allows you to take electives from any engineering discipline
    • Collaborative opportunities that leverage technology incubators such as ACIN, Benjamin Franklin Tech Partners, the Baiada Center, Drexel Ventures, and more

    Online Open House

    Join us on Wednesday, February 7th from 7 - 8 p.m. EST to learn more about the program and have your questions answered by a Drexel representative. Register Today!

    Drexel University offers a variety of Graduate Minors that can be added to any master's degree program.
    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    You can transfer up to 15 quarter credits from your institution, pending review from the Program Director.

    Engineering Management Required Courses 
    EGMT 531Engineering Economic Evaluation & Analysis3.0
    EGMT 571Engineering Statistics3.0
    EGMT 572Statistical Data Analysis3.0
    EGMT 573Operations Research3.0
    Systems Engineering Required Courses 
    SYSE 510Systems Engineering Process3.0
    SYSE 520Sustainment and Integrated Logistics3.0
    SYSE 521Integrated Risk Management3.0
    SYSE 533Systems Integration and Test3.0
    SYSE 685Systems Engineering Management3.0
    SYSE 688Systems Engineering Analysis I3.0
    SYSE 690Systems Engineering Analysis II3.0
    Capstone in Systems Engineering 
    SYSE 598Capstone in Systems Engineering3.0
    Choose four of the following: 
    ECEP 501
    Power System Analysis 
    ECEP 502
    Computer Analysis of Power Systems 
    ECEP 503
    Synchronous Machine Modeling 
    ECEP 610
    Power System Dynamics 
    ECEP 611
    Power System Security 
    ECEP 612
    Economic Operation of Power Systems 
    ECES 511
    Fundamentals of Systems I 
    ECES 512
    Fundamentals of Systems II 
    ECES 513
    Fundamentals of Systems III 
    ECES 521
    Probability & Random Variables 
    ECES 522
    Random Process & Spectral Analysis 
    ECES 523
    Detection & Estimation Theory 
    ECES 811
    Optimization Methods for Engineering Design 
    EGMT 635
    Visual System Mapping 
    EGMT 650
    Engineering Leadership 
    SYSE 511
    Systems Engineering Tools 
    SYSE 522
    Supply Chain Systems Engineering 
    SYSE 523
    Systems Reliability Engineering 
    SYSE 524
    Systems Reliability, Availability & Maintainability Analysis 
    SYSE 525
    Statistical Modeling & Experimental Design 
    SYSE 530
    Systems Engineering Design 
    SYSE 531
    Systems Architecture Development 
    SYSE 532
    Software Systems Engineering 
    SYSE 898
    Master's Thesis in Systems Engineering ** 
    Total Credits48.0

    *Electives from other engineering disciplines and/or Drexel colleges may be considered with approval by your advisor.

    *Pursuing the Master's Thesis option requires completion of the 12 core courses, one elective course, and nine thesis credits. Advisor approval is required if you're interested in waiving core courses.

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor's degree in an Engineering discipline from an ABET-accredited college or university
      • A bachelor's degree in science (Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, etc.) is also acceptable, but you may be required to take extra undergraduate or graduate courses
      • An undergraduate degree earned abroad must be deemed equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree
    • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 as well as any subsequent graduate-level work

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two letters of recommendation (at least one professional)
    • In an essay of 500-750 words, please answer the following questions:
      • Why do you wish to pursue the MS in Systems Engineering?
      • Why do you believe you will succeed in the program?
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    Transfer Credits

    You may transfer up to 15 quarter credits from an accredited institution, regardless of whether you completed a master’s degree. Transfer credit decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Systems Engineering program at 215.895.2354 for more information.


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2017-2018 is $1228 per credit.

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • All students must contact within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    2017-2018 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2017

    September 25, 2017

    December 9, 2017

    December 11, 2017

    December 16, 2017

    Winter 2018

    January 8, 2018

    March 17, 2018

    March 19, 2018

    March 24, 2018

    Spring 2018

    April 2, 2018

    June 9, 2018

    June 11, 2018

    June 15, 2018

    Summer 2018

    June 25, 2018

    September 1, 2018

    September 4, 2018

    September 8, 2018

    Apply today for the MS in Systems Engineering

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