Program Overview

The Systems Engineering (GSE) degree program provides an opportunity for students with traditional backgrounds in engineering to gain skills and knowledge necessary for career growth within the Department of Defense. This program is designed to allow students to define complex problems and apply analytical tools in order to demonstrate feasible solutions.


Potential leadership positions include:

  • Technical Director
  • Division Chief
  • Chief Engineer
  • Systems Program Manager/Director

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)


    • Active duty military, DoD civilians, DoD contractors, full-time U.S. Government employees, and U.S. Military Guard and Reserve members who are unit-sponsored (i.e. on orders) are eligible to apply.
    • A degree in engineering (e.g., Aeronautical, Astronautical, Aerospace, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Industrial, Mechanical, Electrical, or Systems Engineering) or a degree in Engineering Science is required. A degree in science (e.g., physics), math, or computer science will be considered for admission as well, but the degree conferred will be a non-ABET Master of Science. 
    • Prerequisite courses in Calculus-based physics and dynamical systems
    • GRE scores
    • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above
    • Must be a U.S. citizen

    School Overview

    In 1919, the Air Force Institute of Technology enrolled the first students realizing the importance of “powered flight.” As technology and aviation has grown, so too has the Institute. By the 1950s, AFIT Graduate School of Engineering and Management began offering degrees. A component of Air University and Air Education and Training Command, AFIT is committed to providing defense-focused graduate and professional continuing education and research to sustain the technological supremacy of America’s air and space forces. The Graduate School has conferred more than 17,500 graduate and 600 doctor of philosophy degrees. AFIT houses three resident schools:

    •     The Graduate School of Engineering and Management
    •     The School of Systems and Logistics
    •     The Civil Engineer School

    The Air Force Institute of Technology is federally funded and administered by the U.S. Air Force.


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