The Ph.D. in Systems Engineering prepares students to become leaders in systems engineering. Throughout the program, students produce significant academic contributions, in terms of original research, to the field. These contributions drive advancements and lead to improvements in energy efficiency, environmental impact, cybersecurity, and economic growth, among other areas of application for systems engineering.

Effective Fall 2023

Core Requirements
Select 7 courses from the following:21
Engineering Project and Program Management
Project Management: Information Technology
Advanced IT Project Management
Engineering Optimization: Method/Application
Engineering Decision Support/Expert Systems
Intellectual Property and Invention Systems
Engineering Risk Analysis
Spaceflight and Biological Systems
Design Analysis of Engineering Experiments
Electrical Power Engineering
Grid Integration of Wind Energy Systems
Coupled Electromechanical Systems
Simulation Modeling and Experimentation
Foundations of Systems Engineering
Systems Thinking for the Real World
Systems Sensing and Imaging Analysis
Overview of Systems Engineering Processes
Dynamics of Complex Engineering Systems
Human Systems Integration
Engineering Data Design and Visualization
Secure Vehicle and Industrial Networking
Systems Engineering Architecture
Cybersecurity Awareness for Systems Engineers
Analytics in Systems Engineering
Cost Optimization for Systems Engineers
Systems Requirements Engineering
Introduction to Systems Test and Evaluation
Advanced Model-Based Systems Engineering
Technical Electives 118
SYSE 799ADissertation: PhD 233
Program Total Credits:72

A minimum of 72 credits are required to complete this program. 


Select 18 credits with approval by student’s advisory committee. A maximum of 6 credit hours are permitted at the 400-level. The remainder must be at the 500-level or above.


3 credit hours of SYSE 795 may be used by students who have had their Ph.D. research, which was performed while enrolled at CSU, accepted for publication (completely or with minor revisions) in at least two peer-reviewed journal or conference publications may fill out a form listing citations and validating documentation and have the form approved by the student’s Ph.D. committee.