Program Overview

Portland State University offers a Masters of Engineering in Systems Engineering Degree that is well suited for engineers who wish to apply new specialized knowledge within engineering teams in order to enhance development of a product, service, or process. Students enrolled in this degree program will gain in-depth knowledge on operations, performance, test, manufacturing, cost & schedule, support, disposal, and much more. This degree is perfect for students who want to increase their job opportunities, work in teams, and enter the field with a high quality education.

The Masters of Engineering in Systems Engineering Degree Program consists of 45 total credit hours. Students are required to finish core courses, elective coursework, projects, and integrative workshops in order to successfully complete the program. Core courses include Systems Engineering Approach, Requirements for Engineering, Operations Research in Engineering & Technology Management, System Dynamics, Discrete System Simulation, and Process Modeling & Simulation. The courses are expertly crafted to ensure that graduates will be knowledgeable, competent, and professional while working together within the field of systems engineering. The elective courses within the curriculum are designed to give students the ability to customize their education and cater to their individual interests. Elective courses students may choose from include Reducing Risk in Decision Making, Reliability Engineering, Hardware-Software Integration, Systems Engineering Management, and Logistics Engineering. Graduates will be well equipped with a wide base of specialized knowledge that is sought by employers in this specialized field.

This online learning environment provides flexibility for enrolled students who are employed or have other obligations. Students must be highly disciplined to complete a large amount of coursework. Time management, a reliable internet connection, and word processing skills are very important for students who enroll. Students who wish to be admitted into this program should have an undergraduate engineering degree from a college or university with a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in undergraduate engineering coursework. This program also desires students who have at least three years of experience working within the field.

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    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities


    Regular admission will be limited to students with at least three years of responsible engineering experience and an undergraduate engineering degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of at least 3.0 in upper division courses. (If students have taken 12 or more graduate credit hours, the graduate GPA is used instead).

    School Overview

    Portland State University is a public state university located in Portland, Oregon. Established in 1946, PSU began as the Vanport Extension Center as a way to meet the needs of higher education for those returning from World War II. Over the years, with its constantly expanding degree programs, PSU is the largest and fastest growing school in the Oregon University System.

    PSU offers students several degree levels, including bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral, from the following schools and colleges:

    • College of the Arts
    • Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science
    • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • College of Urban and Public Affairs
    • School of Business Administration
    • Graduate School of Education
    • School of Public Health
    • School of Social Work
    • University Honors College

    Many of the certificates and degrees at the bachelor's and the master's level are available completely online. 


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