Systems Engineering Master’s Degree Online

Systems Engineering Master’s Degree Online

The Systems Engineering Program focuses on developing an individual’s analytical skills to design, evaluate, and build modern complex engineered systems. Engineers who can conceptualize, model, and integrate hardware, software, data, and humans are critical in technology driven multi-disciplinary design teams.  The Iowa State University Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering Program is designed to train engineers to excel in the technology driven design environment commonly found in developing modern complex engineered systems. The program can be completed on line or in residence, part-time or full-time.

Admission Requirements

Unrestricted admission requires (1) a 3.0 grade point average from an ABET accredited undergraduate engineering program, (2) two years of engineering experience or current full-time employment as an engineer, (3) calculus, engineering statistics, and engineering economy. A GRE is not required for this program.

Applicants for admission to the Systems Engineering Program apply through the Graduate College at Iowa State University.

Each applicant must submit:

  • Application and application fee
  • Official academic transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume

Applications should be submitted as early as possible before the beginning of the semester for which admission is sought. Individuals may also take up to 9 credits at Iowa State as a non-degree seeking student, and then transfer them to the program when they are admitted.

The Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering Program at Iowa State University is focused on supporting working professionals so teaching or research assistantships typically are not available.


The Engineering Management Masters program is a 30-credit program which can be completed in as little as two years.  Out of state students receive the in-state rate of tuition, and it is one of the most affordable programs available!  Visit our tuition and fees page for details or call 515-294-7470 for more information.


Degree Requirements – Effective 2017-2018

Engineering Management Intro/Core Courses (required first year)

Systems Engineering Core (required):

  • IE 564. Decision Analysis in Systems Design (Spring) – IE 564 Syllabus
  • IE 570. Systems Engineering and Project Management (Spring) – IE 570 Syllabus
  • IE 585. Requirements Engineering (Alt. Spring (Odd)) – IE 585 Syllabus


(5 courses/15 credits)

Manufacturing Courses

  • IE 448: Manufacturing Systems Engineering (Summer) – IE 448 Syllabus
  • IE 561: Total Quality Management (Alt. Fall (Even)) – IE 561 Syllabus
  • IE 572: Design & Evaluation of Human-Computer Interaction (Spring) – IE 572 Syllabus
  • IE 577: Human Factors (Fall)

Engineering Courses

  • IE 452. Introduction to Systems Engineering (Summer/Fall)
  • IE 503. Introduction to Sustainable Production Systems (Alt. Spring (Odd)) – IE 503 Syllabus
  • IE 560. Engineering Risk Analysis (Alt. Fall (Odd))
  • IE 581. e-Commerce Systems Engineering (Alt. Fall (Even)) – IE 481/581 Syllabus
  • IE 582. Enterprise Modeling and Integration (Alt. Spring (Even))
  • Aer E 568. Large-Scale Complex Engineered Systems (Fall)
  • ME 525. Optimization Methods for Complex Designs (Spring)
  • Aero E 563. Intro to Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (Spring)
  • Aero E 554. Metaheuristic Optimization & Modelling for Complex System Design (Spring)

Software Courses

  • IE 581. e-Commerce Systems Engineering (Alt. Fall (Even)) – IE 481/581 Syllabus
  • 1 Other from any graduate program (optional)

One Graduate-Level Course of Your Choice

* Elective courses are subject to change by IMSE Department

Note: Students typically are allowed to transfer up to 6 credit hours of non-ISU graduate credit into their degree program.

Gary Mirka
Director of Graduate Education
Phone: 515-294-8661


Program Assistant: Deborah McDonough
Phone: 515-294-0129

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