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
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|
|Complete four of the following:|
|Power System Analysis|
|Computer Analysis of Power Systems|
|Synchronous Machine Modeling|
|Power System Dynamics|
|Power System Security|
|Economic Operation of Power Systems|
|Fundamentals of Systems I|
|Fundamentals of Systems II|
|Fundamentals of Systems III|
|Probability & Random Variables|
|Random Process & Spectral Analysis|
|Detection & Estimation Theory|
|Optimization Methods for Engineering Design|
|Visual System Mapping|
|Systems Thinking for Leaders|
|Systems Engineering Tools|
|Engineering Supply Chain Systems|
|Systems Reliability Engineering|
|Systems Reliability, Availability & Maintainability Analysis|
|Statistical Modeling & Experimental Design|
|Systems Engineering Design|
|Systems Architecture Development|
|Software Systems Engineering|
|Master's Thesis in Systems Engineering **|
*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.
- 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
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?
- Additional requirements for International Students
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 Alumni, Military 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.
2018-2019 Academic Year
September 24, 2018
December 8, 2018
December 10, 2018
December 15, 2018
January 7, 2019
March 16, 2019
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September 7, 2019