Systems Engineering Degree

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Available exclusively online, the MESyE program can be completed entirely via distance.

Systems engineering describes the highly interdisciplinary domain of scientific, technical, and managerial skills needed to evolve, verify, field and support an integrated and balanced set of system solutions designed to satisfy customer needs. The UCCS Master of Engineering Systems Engineering (MESyE) program provides a broad understanding of the roles of a systems engineer and a thorough understanding of process implementation -- from needs analysis and system requirements to trade off studies and system design.

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Program Goals

The UCCS MESyE program is designed to enhance value in today's engineering workforce by focusing on the roles of a systems engineer.

  • Program graduates will know and be able to perform in the following areas:
  • Broad understanding of the systems engineering life-cycle process
  • Thorough understanding of project management techniques applied to technical development, including risk analysis
  • Proficiency with mathematical tools and techniques used to perform systems analysis, trade-off studies, and high-level modeling
  • Broad understanding of systems architecture and its relationship to system design

Admission Requirements

The minimum requirements for regular admission into the Master of Engineering - Systems Engineering program are as follows:

  • Baccalaureate degree (BS) in engineering or a related science discipline from an accredited institution.
  • Undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a scale of 4.0 in all college level academic work attempted.
  • Evidence of mathematical maturity equivalent to completion of the following university-level coursework:
    • Three semesters of Calculus
    • At least one semester beyond Calculus (Advanced Calculus or Differential Equations)
    • Linear Algebra
    • Probability and Statistics
  • Two years experience in a commercial, civil or government engineering/science field.

A student who lacks one or more of the above courses may be admitted on a provisional basis, but will normally be required to satisfy the requirements after admission.

Program Information

Program of Study

The degree program consists of 30 semester hours of coursework comprising 24 hours of core program courses and 6 hours of electives.

Core Requirements (24 hours)

  • SYSE 5010 Introduction to Systems Perspective
  • SYSE 5050 Engineering Project Management
  • SYSE 5110 Systems Engineering Processes
  • SYSE 5150 System Analysis
  • SYSE 5210 Systems Architecture
  • SYSE 5310 Project Estimation and Risk Management
  • SYSE 5350 Engineering Modeling and Simulation
  • SYSE 5450 Systems Engineering Project (Capstone)

Elective Courses (6 hours) Student will choose two of the following courses 

  • EMGT 5020 Finance & Accounting for Engineering Managers
  • EMGT 5510 Leadership for Engineers
  • ENE 5030 Introduction to Alternative Energy Systems
  • SPCE 5025 Fundamentals of Astronautics
  • SPCE 5045 Space Mission Analysis
  • SPCE 5065 Spacecraft Environment Interactions
  • SPCE 5085 Space Communications

All systems engineering students are required to accomplish a capstone systems engineering project to demonstrate mastery of the overall program objectives. The project is administered through SYSE 5450, which is part of the prescribed course sequence. The capstone course is normally scheduled in two parts – a two semester hour class during Fall term, followed by a one semester hour class during Spring which is devoted to project documentation and final presentation. Project topics are decided between the student and the advisor and will normally reflect a real world industry or community need and/or interest.

Once accepted, a student will be required to complete a Plan Of Study. The Plan Of Study must be coordinated with and approved by the Graduate Program Director. Students should ensure an initial Plan of Study is accomplished prior to program start. The Plan will also record the transfer of any credit applied toward the degree program; this transfer of credit must occur prior to the semester in which the student will graduate.

Course work must be completed with a 3.0 GPA or better, and all course work applied to the program (including any transfer credit) must have been completed no earlier than 6 years prior to degree completion. Up to 9 semester hours of graduate work may be transferred from an accredited graduate program, provided course work has not been used for any other degree, the grade earned for the course is B or better, and the course content has been approved by the program director.

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