M.S. Systems Engineering

A new level of systems skills are critical in helping today’s engineers develop robust and sustainable systems in communication, defense, energy, healthcare and transportation. Drexel University’s College of Engineering has developed a uniquely integrated core curriculum with the sole purpose to prepare students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to intelligently manage and contribute to the next generation of systems engineering challenges.

The M.S. in Systems Engineering program is designed for new systems engineering managers, technical directors and engineers with expanding roles and responsibilities outside of their specialty. The application of systems engineering covers a diverse and rich set of industries with employment opportunities for students, including:

  • Academia
  • Aerospace & Space Systems
  • Communications Systems
  • Defense Industry
  • Department of Defense
  • Entertainment
  • Financial Sectors
  • Healthcare/Pharmaceutical
  • Manufacturing
  • Other Government Agencies
  • Power & Energy
  • Retail
  • Software & IT
  • Transportation

The core curriculum will enable engineering leaders to perform, lead and manage systems development throughout the life cycle from conceptual development and engineering design through the operation and sustainment phases.

The strong core will be complemented by elective courses which:

  • Include models relevant to sustainable, high performance systems and topics related to living, learning, effectiveness, power, influence, networking and systems thinking as they relate to effective systems engineering
  • Expose students to model-based system development using SysML and DODAF, also covering major aspects of the systems domain
  • Teach SE processes and skills to integrate user needs, manage requirements, conduct technological evaluation and build elaborate system architectures, assess risk and establish financial and schedule constraints
  • Prepare students to intelligently manage and contribute to any engineering challenge, from concept development, technology assessment, and architecture selection, to proposal development, stimulating and challenging as they consider sustainability-oriented projects and become serious systems engineering managers and practitioners

The degree will be offered in a completely online format and will comprise 48 credits (11 core courses, 4 elective courses and 1 capstone course with an option for Master’s thesis). In addition to the full Master of Science, five certificates (CERT) which comprise five or six courses each, will be offered as credential options which can be attained individually and/or prior to full Master’s degree.

For questions regarding the Systems Engineering program, please contact Dave Reifschneider at or 215-571-3749.