• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

The systems engineering graduate program provides an interdisciplinary approach to managing complex systems and projects. Courses in theory and application of systems engineering and management are combined with specialization areas that allow you to design a program that fits your career goals. Areas of specialization include big data analytics and management and security, computational intelligence, model-based engineering, modeling and simulation, complex adaptive systems, quality and reliability, risk modeling and assessment, statistics, structures, infrastructure systems, systems architecting and systems design optimization. Thesis and non-thesis options available. The non-thesis degree requires 30 credit hours; the thesis degree requires 36 credit hours and includes a research component. 

Online Doctorate is available. The Ph.D. in systems engineering is individually structured by the student in consultation with and approval by the student's advisory committee.

DELIVERY FORMAT: Missouri S&T's unique approach to delivering distance education is designed for working professionals. Live class participation through streaming video maintains the student-to-faculty interaction and enhances the learner experience through the use of the latest technology. Classes are recorded and archived online for review and easy access. Canvas is the learning management system for the campus. 

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Bachelor’s in engineering, applied mathematics, computer science or a physical science.
  2. Cumulative Undergraduate GPA ≥ 3.0/4.0
  3. GRE Scores: V ≥ 155, Q ≥ 148, and A ≥ 4.0
  4. International requirement: TOEFL Scores ≥ 580 (paper) or ≥ 92 (iBT).
  5. Unofficial transcripts are sufficient for an admit decision. Missouri S&T will require official transcripts from all schools attended before a student may register for a second semester at S&T. In order for a transcript to be counted as official, it must be sent directly from the school to S&T.
  6. Statement of purpose (2-3 paragraphs explaining why you are applying to this program) and 3 letters of recommendation. You will be asked to upload or provide this information during the online application process.
NOTE: Individuals residing in MA are not able to enroll in this program.

To apply to this program:

Before you apply online, make sure you have all your application materials gathered.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
August 1
Spring Semester
January 1
Summer Session
May 20


  • SYS ENG 5101System Engineering and Analysis3.0 Credits

    The concepts of Systems Engineering are introduced through a project. Students work in virtual teams. The topics covered are architecture development, basic system architectural design techniques, functional decomposition, design and technical review objectives, and initial specifications. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.

  • SYS ENG 6102Information Based Design3.0 Credits

    This course is an introduction to the use of common data analytical methods and analysis for the purpose of decision making during the design phase of engineering system development. Through the introduction to such analytical methodologies, the systems engineering tool belt is made more effective as it is the foundation to decision analysis. Prerequisites: Graduate Standing.

  • SYS ENG 6103Systems Life Cycle Costing3.0 Credits

    Methods of economic evaluation for engineering projects involving complex systems. Economic impacts on choosing system alternatives, life cycle costing, economic decisions involving risk and uncertainty, and engineering cost estimation for projects in government, defense, and commercial industries. Prerequisites: Graduate Standing.

  • SYS ENG 6104Systems Architecting3.0 Credits

    Tools and concepts of architecting complex engineering systems. Ambiguity in Systems Architecting and Fuzzy Systems; Search as an Architecting Process; Architecting Heuristics; Systems Scoping and Attribute Selection; Assessing Architectures; Systems Aggregation, Partitioning; Systems Behavior Generation; System Science and Thinking, Cyber Physical Systems. Prerequisites: Graduate Standing.

  • SYS ENG 6105Complex Engineering Systems Project Management3.0 Credits

    The course topics include issues specific to distributed project management, team development, resource management, constraint planning, development of Integrated Master Schedule and Integrated Master Plan, monitoring technical performance, schedule, cost, and risk. Prerequisites: Graduate Standing.

  • SYS ENG 6196Systems Engineering Capstone3.0 Credits

    The topics covered are Systems Engineering Management Plan (SEMP), Systems Engineering processes, process re-engineering, standards, and systems engineering case studies. Students will apply the skills and theory that they mastered in previous five core courses to the analysis of assigned cases. Prerequisites: SYS ENG 6105.

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $1500.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $4500.00
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $1500.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $4500.00
Active Duty Military Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $734.94
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $2204.82
Tuition rates are subject to change.

What's it like to take a program online?

  • Earn a quality education online

    With more than 100 online programs to choose from across our four campuses, our online students have incredible access to career-advancing education. Our online courses are developed and taught by the same excellent faculty and instructors who teach the courses on campus. Whether you’re looking for an undergraduate education, graduate education, or a certificate program to further your career, one of our four campuses has an option to fit your needs.

  • Learning that fits your schedule

    Online learning provides students with the flexibility and freedom to attend classes whenever and wherever you are, in a way that is convenient for you. You can save time and money by being able to continue working and by avoiding relocation, travel and commuting costs. Courses must be completed in scheduled time frames, but in most cases, you can log in and complete course work whenever doing so best fits your schedule. Online education means learning on your terms – not the other way around.

  • Service you expect from a renowned University

    Our goal is to provide our online students with an excellent academic experience, without forcing you to make sacrifices in other areas of your life.

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