Graduate Degree Programs

Systems Engineering (MS/PhD)

Program Description:
Systems Engineering is an interdisciplinary approach to managing complex systems and projects. Because systems engineering is central to many businesses and organizations, the demand for graduates is very high. Through this program, students take six core courses in theory and application of systems engineering and management. In addition, four courses can be taken in an area of specialization, allowing the student to design a program that best fits his/her career interest and goals. 

Areas of specialization include big data analytics and management and security, computational intelligence, model based engineering, modeling and simulation, complex adaptive systems, quality and reliability, risk modeling and assessment, statistics, structures, infrastructure systems, systems architecting and systems design optimization.

The Masters of Science in Systems Engineering can be pursued with or without a thesis. The non-thesis degree requires 30 credit hours; the thesis degree requires 36 credit hours and includes a research component.

The PhD in Systems Engineering is individually structured by the student in consultation with and approval by the student's advisory committee. The PhD requires a dissertation. The total credit requirements for graduation are a minimum of 60 credit hours after the successful completion of MS degree in Systems Engineering, or a minimum of 90 credit hours after a BS degree. 

Please check the Schedule of Classes for a current list of available courses for distance students.

Download: Systems Brochure 2019-2020 (pdf)

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  • Bachelor’s in engineering, applied mathematics, computer science or a physical science
  • Cumulative GPA ≥ 3.0; GRE V ≥ 155, Q ≥ 148, and A > 4.0; International requirement: TOEFL ≥ 580/237/92.
  • The PhD also requires an MS in Systems Engineering or related field with a 3.5 GPA and a minimum of three years of work experience.

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Graduate Certificates
Graduate certificate programs are a great way to start earning college credit toward a graduate degree. The GRE is not required to enter a certificate program. If you complete a certificate program with a grade of B or better in all core courses, you may be accepted into the corresponding master's degree program without taking the GRE*.

Systems Engineering Graduate Certificates:

*Completion of a graduate certificate program does not automatically guarantee admission into a corresponding graduate degree program. To continue in a master’s degree program, you must apply. Click here for details and check with academic department for program specific details and requirements.


Courses are delivered over the Internet, via live streaming video; collaborative learning software includes WebEx and Blackboard; classes are archived online for review and easy access.

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Systems Engineering Research

Systems Engineering Research is supported by interdisciplinary research and collaboration.


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Engineerng Management and Systems Engineering

Dr. Cihan Dagli
Professor, Founder and Director of Systems Engineering Program
229 Engineering Management
Rolla, MO 65409

Phone: 573-647-9125

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