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

To be considered for admission, the applicant should have a bachelor’s degree in engineering or related field from a college, university, or technical school of recognized standing. Non-engineering backgrounds will be considered on a case-by-case basis. High academic achievement or other persuasive evidence of professional accomplishments is expected for admission to the program. The GRE is not required.

Applicants for admission to the Systems Engineering Program apply through Iowa State University’s Office of Admissions.

Each applicant must submit:

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

Applications must be submitted by July 15 for fall admission, November 15 for spring admission, or April 15 for summer admission.  International applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.  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 Systems Engineering Masters program is a 30-credit program which can be completed in as little as two years.  Visit the 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.