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  • Online Master's 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

    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 Courses  
    EGMT 531 Engineering Economic Evaluation & Analysis 3.0
    EGMT 572 Statistical Data Analysis 3.0
    EGMT 573 Operations Research 3.0
    Systems Engineering Courses  
    SYSE 510 Systems Engineering Process 3.0
    SYSE 520 Global Sustainment and Integrated Logistics 3.0
    SYSE 521 Integrated Risk Management 3.0
    SYSE 533 Systems Integration and Test 3.0
    SYSE 685 Systems Engineering Management 3.0
    SYSE 688 Systems Engineering Analysis 3.0
    SYSE 690 Modeling and Simulation 3.0
    Capstone in Systems Engineering  
    SYSE 598 Capstone in Systems Engineering 3.0
    Electives 12.0
    Complete 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
    Systems Thinking for Leaders  
    SYSE 511
    Systems Engineering Tools  
    SYSE 522
    Engineering Supply Chain Systems  
    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 Credits 45.0

    *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 2018-2019 is $1265 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.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu 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

    2018-2019 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2018

    September 24, 2018

    December 8, 2018

    December 10, 2018

    December 15, 2018

    Winter 2019

    January 7, 2019

    March 16, 2019

    March 18, 2019

    March 23, 2019

    Spring 2019

    April 1, 2019

    June 8, 2019

    June 10, 2019

    June 14, 2019

    Summer 2019

    June 24, 2019

    August 31, 2019

    September 3, 2019

    September 7, 2019

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