2019 Accredited Online Systems Engineering Degrees

Quick Facts
Accreditation: ABET
Degree Levels: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral, and Certificate
Avg Tuition: $31,151
Avg Salary: $89,970

Online systems engineering degrees are available at the bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and certificate levels at 68 accredited colleges and universities. We also provide a list of top-ranked online master's programs in systems engineering based on tuition costs and average alumni salaries that are provided by PayScale.

Systems engineering students use advanced mathematical and scientific principles to understand how systems of all sizes operate. They are trained to think critically and analyze the individual parts of a system as well as the whole and can then take this knowledge and use it to help systems run more effectively and efficiently. People who study systems engineering may find work in a wide variety of industries, such as the government, manufacturing, and finance. Continue reading for more information about careers in the field and the importance of choosing an accredited degree.

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Comprehensive List of Accredited Online Schools - Systems Engineering Degrees ( 68)

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Abraham Lincoln University DEAC $7,500 100% (2 reviews)
38 Programs, 1 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Concentration in Power Generation Management
Arizona State University HLC $15,691 - $27,372 70% (76 reviews)
195 Programs, 1 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Master of Engineering - Systems Engineering
Auburn University SACS COC $29,640 100% (2 reviews)
84 Programs, 4 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Industrial and Systems Engineering Occupational Safety and Ergonomics
  • Graduate Certificate in Industrial and Systems Engineering: Occupational Safety and Ergonomics
  • M.I.S.E./M.B.A. in Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering
Bowling Green State University-Main Campus HLC $18,593 83% (6 reviews)
49 Programs, 1 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Master of Technology Management - Quality Systems
Carnegie Mellon University MSCHE $53,910 Add Review
28 Programs, 1 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Certificate in Systems and Software Engineering
Colorado State University-Fort Collins HLC $28,903 100% (5 reviews)
78 Programs, 4 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering Practice
  • Master of Engineering – Systems Engineering
  • Master of Science in Systems Engineering
  • PhD in Systems Engineering
Colorado Technical University - Online HLC Not Provided 64% (275 reviews)
123 Programs, 2 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • B.S. in Information Technology - Software Systems Engineering
  • Master of Science in Systems Engineering
Columbia University in the City of New York MSCHE $57,208 Add Review
75 Programs, 2 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Certificate in Industrial Engineering - Systems Engineering
  • Master of Science in Industrial Engineering - Systems Engineering
Drexel University MSCHE $52,002 60% (5 reviews)
294 Programs, 6 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Systems Design and Development
  • Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering
  • Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering Analysis
  • Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering Integrated Logistics
ECPI University Online SACS COC $15,051 67% (6 reviews)
50 Programs, 4 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Electronic Systems Engineering Technology
  • Electronic Systems Mechatronic
  • Mechatronics - Associate's
  • Mechatronics - Bachelor's
Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus MSCHE $39,446 Add Review
35 Programs, 1 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering - Devices and Systems
Florida International University SACS COC $18,954 88% (8 reviews)
117 Programs, 1 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Master of Science in Engineering Management - Systems Engineering Track
Florida Tech SACS COC $16,128 67% (76 reviews)
96 Programs, 3 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • MS Systems Management
  • MS Systems Management - Information Systems
  • MS Systems Management - Operations Research
George Mason University SACS COC $34,370 Add Review
57 Programs, 2 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering - Architecture-Based Systems Integration
  • Master of Science in Systems Engineering
The George Washington University MSCHE $53,518 75% (4 reviews)
143 Programs, 2 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • MS in Systems Engineering
  • PhD in Systems Engineering
George Washington University - Engineering MSCHE $53,518 Add Review
7 Programs, 2 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Systems Engineering
  • Master of Science in Systems Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology SACS COC $33,014 Add Review
33 Programs, 1 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Professional Master's in Applied Systems Engineering (PMASE)
Iowa State University HLC $22,472 100% (1 review)
56 Programs, 6 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Energy Systems Engineering
  • Graduate Certificate in Power Systems Engineering
  • Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering - Electric Power and Energy Systems
Jacksonville State University SACS COC $15,582 Add Review
49 Programs, 1 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Master of Science in Manufacturing Systems Technology
Johns Hopkins University MSCHE $52,170 Add Review
360 Programs, 31 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Information Systems Engineering
  • Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering
  • MS in Engineering in Systems Engineering (ABET-accredited)
  • MS in Engineering in Systems Engineering - Cybersecurity
Kennesaw State University SACS COC $8,066 - $17,329 75% (4 reviews)
93 Programs, 2 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering
  • Master of Science in Systems Engineering
Lehigh University MSCHE $50,740 Add Review
30 Programs, 2 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Certificate in Healthcare Systems Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Healthcare Systems Engineering
Mississippi State University SACS COC $22,358 0% (1 review)
79 Programs, 4 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Master of Science in Industrial Engineering - Industrial Systems
  • Master of Science in Industrial Engineering - Management Systems Engineering
  • Master of Science in Industrial Engineering - Manufacturing Systems
Missouri University of Science and Technology HLC $25,918 Add Review
166 Programs, 17 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Human Systems Integration
  • Graduate Certificate in Model-Based Systems Engineering
  • Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering
  • MS in Systems Engineering (Non-Thesis Option)
New Jersey Institute of Technology MSCHE $31,918 Add Review
82 Programs, 3 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Power Systems Engineering
  • Master of Science in Business and Information Systems (MSBIS) - Systems Analysis and Design
  • Master of Science in Information Systems - Systems Analysis and Design
New Mexico State University HLC $21,022 Add Review
41 Programs, 1 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering
New York University MSCHE $50,464 100% (2 reviews)
72 Programs, 1 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • MS in Electrical Engineering - Systems and Control
North Carolina State University SACS COC $27,406 67% (3 reviews)
91 Programs, 1 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Master of Integrated Manufacturing Systems Engineering
North Dakota State University - Main Campus HLC $20,692 Add Review
31 Programs, 2 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Master of Transportation & Urban Systems
  • Transportation and Urban Systems Graduate Certificate
Northeastern University NECHE $49,497 100% (9 reviews)
239 Programs, 1 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Master of Science in Energy Systems
Ohio State University-Main Campus HLC $29,696 Add Review
56 Programs, 1 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Master of Global Engineering Leadership - Radar Systems
Old Dominion University SACS COC $27,900 89% (9 reviews)
123 Programs, 2 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Mission Analysis & Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering
Oregon Institute of Technology NWCCU $28,367 Add Review
23 Programs, 2 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Master of Science in Engineering - Embedded Systems Engineering & Interconnected Devices
  • Master of Science in Engineering - Systems Engineering
Pennsylvania State University-World Campus MSCHE $13,988 67% (3 reviews)
210 Programs, 1 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering
Purdue University - Main Campus HLC $28,794 75% (4 reviews)
68 Programs, 1 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Interdisciplinary MS/MSE - Systems Engineering
Regent University Online SACS COC $17,288 54% (13 reviews)
517 Programs, 1 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering
Regis University HLC $35,610 52% (21 reviews)
119 Programs, 1 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Master of Science in Enterprise Systems Engineering
Southern Methodist University SACS COC $52,498 Add Review
27 Programs, 1 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Master of Science in Systems Engineering
Texas A&M University-College Station SACS COC $36,606 67% (3 reviews)
129 Programs, 2 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Master of Science in Agricultural Systems Management
  • Master of Science in Engineering Systems Management
Thomas Edison State University MSCHE $9,820 55% (58 reviews)
128 Programs, 1 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Energy Systems Technology
University of Arizona HLC $11,800 100% (2 reviews)
100 Programs, 2 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • MS in Systems Engineering
  • Systems Engineering Certificate
University of Arizona - Engineering HLC $35,307 Add Review
14 Programs, 2 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering
  • Master of Science in Systems Engineering
University of California - Los Angeles WASC WSCUC $41,275 100% (1 review)
136 Programs, 1 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Master of Science in Engineering - Systems Engineering
University of Central Florida SACS COC $22,467 83% (6 reviews)
102 Programs, 2 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Industrial Engineering - Systems Engineering, MS
  • Systems Engineering, Graduate Certificate
University of Colorado Boulder HLC $36,220 100% (1 review)
56 Programs, 2 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Quality Systems for Product and Process Engineering
  • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering - Embedded Systems Engineering
University of Colorado Colorado Springs HLC $19,498 100% (1 review)
56 Programs, 2 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering
University of Florida SACS COC $28,659 60% (5 reviews)
239 Programs, 8 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Control Systems
  • Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering
  • MS in Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • MS in Industrial and Systems Engineering - Communications Systems Engineering
University of Idaho NWCCU $23,812 100% (2 reviews)
60 Programs, 1 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Graduate Academic Certificate in Power System Protection and Relaying
University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign HLC $31,194 Add Review
171 Programs, 3 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in System Software
  • Graduate Certificate in Systems Software
  • Systems Engineering Certificate
University of Kentucky SACS COC $28,046 100% (4 reviews)
32 Programs, 1 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Master of Science in Manufacturing Systems Engineering
University of Louisiana-Lafayette SACS COC $23,616 Add Review
34 Programs, 1 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Master of Science in Systems Technology
University of Maryland University College MSCHE $12,336 59% (180 reviews)
95 Programs, 1 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Master of Science in Information Technology - Systems Engineering
University of Massachusetts-Lowell NECHE $31,865 83% (6 reviews)
85 Programs, 1 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Systems Models and Management
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor HLC $47,476 100% (1 review)
11 Programs, 1 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Master of Engineering in Energy Systems Engineering
University of Michigan - Dearborn HLC $24,706 Add Review
46 Programs, 7 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Certificate in Intelligent Systems in Engineering Applications
  • Certificate in Systems Engineering
  • MBA/MSE-Industrial Systems Engineering
  • MS in Computer and Information Science - Systems Software
University of South Florida - Main Campus SACS COC $17,324 80% (5 reviews)
146 Programs, 1 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering
University of Southern California WASC WSCUC $54,259 60% (10 reviews)
119 Programs, 3 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Master of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Master of Science in Operations Research Engineering
  • Master of Science in Systems Architecting and Engineering
The University of Tennessee - Knoxville SACS COC $31,390 100% (1 review)
52 Programs, 2 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Reliability and Maintainability Engineering
  • Master of Science in Reliability and Maintainability Engineering (Thesis Option)
The University of Texas at Arlington SACS COC $25,152 55% (11 reviews)
76 Programs, 1 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Master of Science in Systems Engineering
The University of Texas at Dallas SACS COC $29,656 Add Review
38 Programs, 1 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Master of Science in Management Sciences - Systems Engineering and Management
The University of Texas at El Paso SACS COC $21,596 50% (2 reviews)
24 Programs, 5 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering
  • Master of Science in Systems Engineering
  • Master of Science in Systems Engineering - Systems Architecture and Design
  • Master of Science in Systems Engineering - Systems Engineering Process
University of Washington - Seattle NWCCU $35,538 100% (2 reviews)
71 Programs, 1 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Certificate in Global Integrated Systems Engineering
University of Wisconsin - Madison HLC $34,783 0% (1 review)
44 Programs, 3 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Master of Engineering in Engine Systems
  • Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Systems Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Sustainable Systems Engineering
Villanova University MSCHE $51,284 100% (2 reviews)
71 Programs, 3 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering - Electric Energy Systems (EES)
  • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering - Microwave, Antenna, and Photonic Systems (MAPS)
  • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering - System Dynamics and Controls
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University SACS COC $31,014 Add Review
47 Programs, 1 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Master of Science in Systems Engineering
Washington State University NWCCU $25,817 78% (9 reviews)
84 Programs, 1 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Engineering and Technology Management - Systems Engineering Management
Wayne State University HLC $27,203 50% (4 reviews)
38 Programs, 1 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering
Western Kentucky University SACS COC $25,512 Add Review
140 Programs, 1 in Systems Engineering (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Lean Six Sigma

Online Systems Engineering Degree Overview & Career Information

Our guide to online systems engineering degrees covers bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and certificate programs. Students who complete an online bachelor's in systems engineering will have met the minimum requirement needed to get started in the field.

Online master's degrees in systems engineering are more widely available. Graduates of these programs will be competitive in the workforce and may be able to find work as systems engineers in a variety of fields. An online master's will also prepare them for management and leadership roles within the industry. An online doctoral degree prepares professionals for careers in research and education at the university level. Online certificate programs are also available, and are typically completed by those who are already working in the field of engineering and want to add systems engineering to their skill set.

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Online Associate Degrees in Systems Engineering

While online associate degrees are not typically offered in systems engineering, students interested in systems engineering will find some specific online associate degrees that may prepare them for further study at the bachelor's level. For example, a student who is planning on pursing a system engineering bachelor's degree may be interested in an associate degree in pre-engineering. An online associate of pre-engineering will be made up of general education classes as well as classes specific to the field such as calculus, chemistry, physics, thermodynamics, object-oriented programming, and electrical engineering.

This type of program can be found at community colleges as well as four-year colleges and universities, and admission to one of these programs will require a high school diploma or GED. Students will take around 60 credits of classes and spend two years on their program. Upon graduating individuals will be prepared to transfer to bachelor's level engineering programs. Tuition will vary depending on the program, but students can generally expect to pay less than $10,000 a year. 

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Online Bachelor's Degrees in Systems Engineering

Online bachelor's degrees in systems engineering teach students the skills they need to analyze various systems—whether they be production systems, technology systems, or societal systems—and apply engineering concepts to them. While earning their bachelor's degree in systems engineering, students will take such classes as Engineering Experiment Design, Simulation Modeling and Analysis, Systems Engineering Concepts, and Human System Interface. A capstone project may also be required.

Upon completing systems engineering bachelor's degree programs, graduates may find work in a variety of settings such as construction, homeland security, manufacturing facilities, and the automotive industry. The field of systems engineering is diverse and there are many opportunities open to those who have a degree in this field. Students enrolled in a systems engineering program can expect to complete as many as 133 credit hours of study, and this type of program tends to involve a few more classes than the typical bachelor's program. Tuition will likely run more than $10,000, but less than $20,000, but this can vary greatly depending on the school.

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Online Master's in Systems Engineering

Online master's programs in systems engineering usually take one to two years to complete. Typically this type of degree will consist of 30 to 36 credit hours of work. Students enrolled in one of these programs will take such classes as Creativity and Problem Solving, Technical Project Management, Systems Analysis Behavior and Optimization, Principles of Project Leadership, and Software Architecture. To learn more about online master's programs in systems engineering, see our master's overview which includes a list of the best programs.

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Online Doctoral Degrees in Systems Engineering

For those seeking to attain the highest possible level of education in their field, an online doctoral degree in systems engineering may be a good option. Students enrolled in an online doctoral program will spend three or more years completing standard coursework as well as research and a dissertation. Classes that participants may be enrolled in include Electrical Power Engineering, Advanced IT Project Management, Systems Theory, Simulation Models for Operations Analysis, and Cybersecurity for Systems Engineers. Total coursework requirements vary between 30-60 graduate credits. Upon completing the program, graduates may be prepared for advanced positions within in the field. Examples of the types of fields that doctorate holders can work in include government, environmental agencies, and the automotive industry, as well as in research and teaching at the university level.

In order to be admitted to one of these programs, applicants must have at least a bachelor's in a related field, though some programs will require prospective students to have already completed a master's. Other requirements include letters of recommendation, work experience, and GRE test scores. Systems engineering doctoral programs can be found at the university level. Costs will vary depending on the program and how long it takes a student to complete their studies, with tuition at some schools running as much as $25,000 or more a year.

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Online Certificates in Systems Engineering

There are also certificate programs in systems engineering available in an online format. Online certificates are designed for those who have a background in engineering and who are working in the field who want to gain experience in systems engineering. Classes may include Engineering Risk and Decision Analysis, Creative Problem Solving in Design and Manufacturing, Advanced IT Project Management, and Overview of Systems Engineering Processes. Certificates can usually be completed in a year or less. This type of program is offered at the graduate level, meaning that an applicant will have to have an undergraduate degree in order to be admitted.

A graduate certificate in systems engineering could be earned alongside a master's degree or on its own, or it could also be earned before a master's program and the student could choose to apply the credits to a master's degree at a later date. Upon completing their certificate programs, graduates will be able to continue working in their field while applying their newly acquired systems engineering skills. Tuition for one of these program will vary depending on the school, but will likely run at least $13,000.

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The Importance of an Accredited Online Systems Engineering Degree

One thing that prospective students should keep in mind when choosing a school for an online degree is accreditation. There are three main types of accreditation: national, regional, and programmatic. National accreditation is usually given to vocational or other non-degree granting schools, while regional accreditation is given to colleges and universities that grant degrees. Students should be sure to attend an accredited online school for several reasons, including being able to access federal financial aid, ease of transferring credits, and an assurance that their future employers will view their online degree as legitimate.

Programmatic accreditation is also important. This type of accreditation comes from organizations that specialize in evaluating programs in specific academic areas. For example, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredits programs in the fields of computing, engineering, technology, and engineering technology. Employers may prefer to hire graduates from ABET-accredited programs over non-accredited programs, as they know that students coming from these accredited programs will be well-prepared. ABET offers accreditation at the associate, bachelor's, and master's level, so students looking for online engineering degrees at one of these levels should strive to attend an ABET-accredited program. A list of all programs that have received this accreditation is available on ABET's website.

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Systems Engineering Careers

Students with online degrees in systems engineering may use their advanced knowledge of various engineering principles and apply them to different types of systems in order to make those systems more efficient. There are opportunities for students with online degrees in systems engineering in a variety of fields. Some fields that a systems engineer may be able to find work in include telecommunications, healthcare, energy, manufacturing, aerospace, defense, and finance. Because the field of systems engineering is so diverse, the exact day-to-day job duties of a systems engineer will vary depending on what industry they work in. For instance, a systems engineer working in manufacturing may analyze the various systems in place to make sure the products are being made efficiently and meeting quality standards. With advanced education, a systems engineer can move up to more supervisory and management roles, or find work in research and education.

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