MS in Systems Engineering

The University of Denver now offers a new MS in Systems Engineering program online that you can complete in under two and a half years. Our 3 stackable certificates add up to a Master's degree, or you can earn a certificate in Fundamentals of Systems Engineering, Systems Design & Architecture, and/or Systems Analytics & Practice,

Applications for June 2024 start date are open- no GRE is required to apply!

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Why Systems Engineering?

Leverage systems thinking to solve complex problems

Systems engineering utilizes a systems thinking approach to empower engineers in problem-solving and examining connections among components. Systems engineers focus on defining and balancing stakeholders' goals through facilitation, guidance, and leadership while integrating multiple disciplines into a collective solution.

Graduates acquire practical skills transferable to diverse sectors including, aerospace, defense, automotive, and biomedical industries.

Why Systems Engineering at DU?

  • 3 Stackable Certificates

    3 Stackable Certifications

    Each certificate includes focused topics leading to a Master's degree, or the option to earn just one certificate. 

  • Accessible online Systems Engineering program

    Accessible & Flexible

    Accessible online courses allow you to learn anywhere in the world on your own time. Balance your studies with your ongoing professional and personal commitments with our flexible course schedule. 

  • Icon of three figures to represent connection with industry professionals

    Connect with Industry Professionals

    Certificates are taught by industry professionals and provide you with relevant networking opportunities. Advance your current professional path or begin a new systems engineering career.  

  • Icon of a lightbulb to represent emerging systems engineering applications

    Growth & Leadership Opportunities

    Gain leadership roles in any engineering discipline. Elevate your pathway to promotion in your current engineering roles. 

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Launch Your Career in Systems Engineering

Apply by May 1, 2024 to start this summer.


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Program Overview

Designed for interdisciplinary innovators

Our three stackable certificates- taught by industry professionals- equip students to manage complex systems through a flexibly designed course schedule. Courses are designed to prepare students for success throughout the curriculum by incorporating relevant and emergent engineering applications, including digital transformation, practical model-based systems engineering, and data analytics. 

Complete your degree in under two and a half years with a commitment of 15 classes (45 total credit hours).

3 Stackable Certificates

  • Fundamentals of Systems Engineering

    This certificate explores the fundamentals needed for engineering professionals across numerous industries through guiding principles and best practices. Students are prepared to partner with project leaders and stakeholders on needs assessment and requirements development, test planning, trade studies, and cost-benefit analysis.

  • Systems Design & Architecture

    Learn flow down of requirements to develop implementation and/or design options with an emphasis of support for proposals after contract awards. Conduct trade studies by developing architectural models of these options and prepare down-selection figures of merit for refining architecture and design specifications. You'll draft concepts of operations (CONOPS) to describe use cases and work through design validation activities. 

  • Systems Analytics & Practice

    The third and final certificate focuses on practical exposure to the analytical and digital tools necessary within systems engineering, such as applying a working knowledge of probability, statistics, and data science. Learn to cleanse complex data sets, visualize patterns in the data, and describe characteristics of data sets to extract system performance insights.

    Apply machine learning techniques, which are paramount to the digital transformation of advanced systems integration, derive figures of merit required to characterize and to model processes that need improvement, and trace validation and verification test results to system requirements based on statistically relevant quantitative analysis. 


Tuition is heavily discounted from regular graduate tuition at the University of Denver. Therefore, we do not provide additional departmental scholarships. Federal student loans are available for all domestic students. More information on financial aid, including private loans for international students can be found on DU's financial aid website.

For the 2023-2024 academic year, the total cost of the program is $36,270. Each certificate is an estimated cost of $12,000. 

Application Information

Our application materials require transcripts from every college or university you have attended, two letters of recommendation (3 preferred), a personal statement of at least 300 words, and a resume (or C.V.). View additional standards for international applicants and non-native English speakers.

Take your first steps towards starting or advancing your systems engineering career and start your application today. Additional admissions criteria and application materials requirements are available in the following steps:

Summer 2024 Application Deadline (beginning in June)

Contact Our Graduate Admissions Manager

Kevin Alt

Graduate Admissions Manager, Cybersecurity, Systems Engineering

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