MS in Systems Engineering

MS in Systems Engineering

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A graduate degree from Drexel Engineering prepares engineering and technology professionals for the skills required to design and improve large scale systems and processes.

What is a Master’s in Systems Engineering?

A systems engineering master’s degree helps develop engineers into visionary leaders with an understanding of the entirety of a system. As a student you will gain the skillsets uniquely required of effective managers seeking to improve efficiency and effectiveness of an organization and its operations. Unlike discipline specific engineering, systems engineering coursework will develop and expand capabilities by providing a multidisciplinary background needed for holistic decision-making and design thinking required to manage complex interconnected technologies and systems.

Study in the field of systems engineering should provide an understanding of the complex forces governing industry, a regional, national, global and societal viewpoint and the ability to create effective, efficient and entrepreneurial solutions and skills that are needed to advance careers.


  • Online or on-campus
  • Full-time or part-time
  • The program will take 5 Quarter terms [1 year plus 1 Quarter] to complete on a full-time basis or can be completed on a part time basis in approximately 2 years.

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Why choose Drexel for your MS in Systems Engineering?

The Drexel systems engineering MS degree is a highly ranked program and one of only seven programs in the world certified by the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). All graduates receive their ASEP or CSEP certification from INCOSE without having to take the certification exam.

The graduate program in systems engineering was built to address the need for engineering professionals that can provide best practices in technical and computational knowledge, analysis and oversight of complex and interdependent systems design. Your learning will cover the entire systems lifecycle, manufacturing and production and supportability in operations and utilization.

As a graduate of Drexel’s systems engineering master’s program, you will emerge prepared to be a critical thinker that can take on the demands of added responsibilities through gained technical and managerial skills, and the application of learned scientific methodologies while fostering creativity and innovation into your process or organization. Drexel Engineering trains students to be capable leaders that consider the societal implications of these systems.

The Drexel systems engineering master’s is delivered on-campus or online for the convenience of students working full-time while earning their degree. The coursework is designed to provide knowledge that can be applied for immediate impact in the workplace. Both the in-person or online format challenges and engages with experiential components and highly interactive classroom content.

The Department of Engineering Leadership and Society seeks to educate a new generation of science, technology and engineering professionals that consider global, societal and industry challenges with analytical minds and community focused hearts. Combining related diverse fields helps to educate a well-rounded, ethical and compassionate engineer with the ability to employ the principles of transformational leadership. The focus of our program is to equip you with the tools for finding sustainable and achievable outcomes to solve for highly complex challenges.

Drexel Online

Drexel University was one of the first to offer academics of the highest caliber in its online format. You will build the same impressive network and have all the access to resources that an on-campus student enjoys. The technology and class design has been refined to provide will provide a rewarding and highly engaging experience. Learn more.

Curriculum and Requirements

Systems Engineering Core courses 27 credits
Electives 15 credits
Capstone 3 credits
  • You will earn the Master of Science in Systems Engineering with 45 credits in a curriculum that includes a core of 10 required courses (30 credits) and elective coursework consisting of 5 courses (15 credits) to customize your learning to your area of interest in areas such as such as engineering management, project management, healthcare informatics, business analytics, entrepreneurship, marketing and many others.
  • Graduate advisors will consult with you on the choice and scheduling of core and elective courses.

Visit the Drexel Catalog for more information or learn more about our admissions requirements.

The following certificates can enhance your skillset and provide insight into the field. The credits will transfer to the MS should you continue study.

Career Opportunities in Systems Engineering

Adding a graduate degree in systems engineering to your career path will make you more competitive in the marketplace and bring you from a technical specialist to a leader with skills to effectively see the big picture and integrate many operations and processes. Salary and job outlook depends on the industry sector in which they are employed. You can go on to careers directing and supervising in roles such as Software Systems Engineer, Aerospace Systems Engineer, Logistics Systems Engineer and many others.

Overall, engineers with graduate degrees can earn up to 28 percent more than bachelor’s degree holders over the course of their career and 10% more in year over year salary. The outlook for systems engineering jobs is good, with demand for engineering management employment expected to grow 3-5% through 2029, on pace with the national average, but in many industries the demand is much stronger, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Drexel places a high value on industry connections and experience at every level. Teaching faculty in your program are experts with industry experience at the forefront of teaching. 

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