Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering

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Neil Barnas
“The Penn State systems engineering master's program was the perfect avenue to fulfill my own interests and to help the USAF improve its acquisition processes.”Read more

Systems Engineering Encompasses Many Engineering Disciplines

Systems engineering applies to everything from large power plants to computer hardware and software. It’s a big-picture view that considers every aspect of a project, from costs and environmental impact, to time lines and life expectancy of equipment. Because it encompasses many disciplines, it can help engineers from diverse fields better understand how to solve problems.

Penn State’s Online Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering

The systems engineering program is an interdisciplinary master's degree that covers identification, modeling, analysis, architecture, integration, and management of complex systems and processes. It consists of 12 courses (36 credits) taken over six continuous semesters, with each semester containing two 7-week terms.

Why Systems Engineering Online at Penn State

Penn State’s online program can help prepare you as a systems engineer to develop the next generation of engineering products, systems, and services for industry and government. The systems engineering program will show you how to implement key systems engineering concepts to help you increase your effectiveness in your current job and open opportunities to advance in your career.

Penn State Systems Engineering

Since 1998, Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies has offered a resident/on-campus master’s degree in systems engineering. The online systems engineering program is identical to the successful resident program, with the exception of a reduced set of electives.

Like the resident program, the online master’s degree addresses the need for systems engineers to acquire knowledge that covers many systems engineering topics. Graduates from our resident-instruction program have become lead engineers, principal engineers, engineering managers, and project managers.

Who Should Apply?

Penn State's online systems engineering program is designed for professionals with undergraduate degrees in engineering, computer science, physics, mathematics, or IST. The program uses a cohort approach so that you can progress through the courses with your fellow students, allowing for greater integration of content and a richer environment for collaborating and networking.

Career Opportunities for Systems Engineers

Upgrading your knowledge and abilities is key to advancement, and a master's degree is becoming increasingly important for many engineering jobs. As a systems engineer, you can further your career in:

  • aerospace
  • defense
  • manufacturing
  • transportation
  • government
  • aviation

Online Education at Penn State

Penn State has a history of 100+ years of distance education and more than a decade of experience in online learning. We create an online learning environment that offers you the same quality education our residential students experience in a face-to-face setting. Learn more about Penn State World Campus.