2016 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Systems Engineering Degrees

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These 25 schools offer affordable online systems engineering degrees at the bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and certificate levels with annual tuitions under $20,000. Air Force Institute of Technology is our most affordable school, offering two online master's degree and two online certificate programs in systems engineering with an annual tuition of only $5,550. Number two ranked Kennesaw State University is a close second, with an annual tuition of $7,344 and both a master's degree and a certificate program option.

All schools considered for this ranking offer fully online systems engineering degrees at the bachelor's level or higher. Those interested can find more detailed information on these most affordable systems engineering schools below or read our full methodology.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Systems Engineering Degree Levels Offered
#1 #1 Air Force Institute of Technology Annual Tuition $5,550 Systems Engineering Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#2 #2 Kennesaw State University Annual Tuition $7,344 Systems Engineering Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#3 #3 Mississippi State University Annual Tuition $7,515 Systems Engineering Degrees: Doctoral
#4 #4 Old Dominion University Annual Tuition $8,576 Systems Engineering Degrees: Master's and Doctoral
#5 #5 University of Colorado Colorado Springs Annual Tuition $9,624 Systems Engineering Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#6 #6 George Washington University Annual Tuition $9,960 Systems Engineering Degrees: Master's and Doctoral
#7 #7 Iowa State University Annual Tuition $10,095 Systems Engineering Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#8 #8 University of Kentucky Annual Tuition $11,312 Systems Engineering Degrees: Master's
#9 #9 Embry Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide Annual Tuition $11,550 Systems Engineering Degrees: Master's
#10 #10 University of Maryland University College Annual Tuition $11,862 Systems Engineering Degrees: Master's
#11 #11 University of Wisconsin - Madison Annual Tuition $13,000 Systems Engineering Degrees: Master's
#12 #12 Regis University Annual Tuition $13,140 Systems Engineering Degrees: Master's
#13 #13 National University Annual Tuition $13,312 Systems Engineering Degrees: Master's
#14 #14 Arizona State University Annual Tuition $13,410 Systems Engineering Degrees: Master's
#15 #15 Colorado Technical University - Online Annual Tuition $14,950 Systems Engineering Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#16 #16 University of Michigan - Dearborn Annual Tuition $15,285 Systems Engineering Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#17 #17 University of California - Los Angeles Annual Tuition $15,400 Systems Engineering Degrees: Master's
#18 #18 Colorado State University-Fort Collins Annual Tuition $15,525 Systems Engineering Degrees: Master's and Doctoral
#19 #19 Wright State University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $16,200 Systems Engineering Degrees: Master's
#20 #20 Georgia Institute of Technology Annual Tuition $16,300 Systems Engineering Degrees: Master's
#21 #21 Pennsylvania State University-World Campus Annual Tuition $16,740 Systems Engineering Degrees: Master's
#22 #22 University of Arizona - Engineering Annual Tuition $17,235 Systems Engineering Degrees: Master's
#23 #23 North Carolina State University Annual Tuition $17,714 Systems Engineering Degrees: Master's
#24 #24 Portland State University Annual Tuition $18,555 Systems Engineering Degrees: Master's
#25 #25 Naval Postgraduate School Annual Tuition $19,200 Systems Engineering Degrees: Master's
  • Annual Tuition: $5,550
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Application of Database Management Systems; Data Communication for Managers; Knowledge Management; Project Management; Systems Engineering Design
  • Annual Tuition: $7,344
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Example Classes:
    Applied Systems Reliability; Linear Regression Analysis; Reliability and Sustainability; Statistical Process Control; System Architecture; Total Quality

Online Master's Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $7,515
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 65%
  • Example Classes:
    Engineering Economy; Industrial Ergonomics; Production Control Systems; Systems Simulation
  • Annual Tuition: $8,576
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 77%
  • Example Classes:
    Complexity, Engineering and Management; Cost Engineering; Optimization Methods; Requirements Management, Verification and Validation; Risk and Vulnerability Management of Complex Interdependent Systems; Robust Engineering Design
  • Annual Tuition: $9,624
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 91%
  • Example Classes:
    Finance & Accounting for Engineering Managers; Leadership for Engineers; Project Estimation and Risk Management; Space Communications; Space Mission Analysis; Spacecraft Environment Interactions

Online Master's Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $9,960
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 33%
  • Example Classes:
    Decision Making with Uncertainty; Knowledge Management I; Problems in Engineering Management and Systems Engineering Capstone; Survey of Finance and Engineering Economics; Systems Engineering; The Management of Technical Organizations

Online Master's Degrees (1)

Online Doctoral Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $10,095
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Example Classes:
    Decision Analysis in System Design; Engineering Management Theory; Engineering Risk Analysis; Systems Engineering & Analysis; Systems Engineering & Project Management
  • Annual Tuition: $11,312
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Example Classes:
    Modeling of Manufacturing Processes and Machines; Sustainability, Ethics, & Leadership in Manufacturing Organizations; Systems for Factory Information and Control
  • Annual Tuition: $11,550
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Example Classes:
    Fundamentals of Systems Engineering; Organizational Systems Management; System Architecture Design and Modeling; System Quality Assurance; System Requirements Analysis and Modeling

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $11,862
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Design Considerations; Information Systems Infrastructure; Information Technology Foundations; Requirements Engineering; System Design and Development; System Integration and Test
  • Annual Tuition: $13,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 68%
  • Example Classes:
    Creating Breakthrough Innovations; Energy Resources; Industrial Ecology: Sustainability Tools in Context; Key Legal Concepts for Professionals; Sustainable Facilities; Sustainable Microgrids
  • Annual Tuition: $13,140
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 70%
  • Example Classes:
    Access Networks; High Availability and Disaster Recovery; Network Essentials; Planning and Implementing Architecture Secutiry; Routing and Switching; Storage Area Networks

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $13,312
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    601 Systems Analysis & Design Evaluation; Advanced System Design; Introduction to Systems Design; System Dynamics
  • Annual Tuition: $13,410
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Example Classes:
    Engineering Administration; Linear System Theory; Optimal Control Systems; Risk Management; Simulating Stochastic Systems; Software Analysis and Design

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $14,950
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Impact on Design & Production; Project Planning, Execution and Closure; Quantitative Analysis for Systems; Schedule and Cost Control Techniques; System Dynamics, Modeling, and Simulation; Systems Acquisition Processes and Standards
  • Annual Tuition: $15,285
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 63%
  • Example Classes:
    Design and Analysis of Experiments; Human Factors; Human Factors and Ergonomics; Industrial Ergonomics; Safety Engineering; Vehicle Ergonomics
  • Annual Tuition: $15,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: 22%
  • Example Classes:
    Engineering for Systems Assurance; Information Based Systems; Model-Based Systems Engineering; Systems Architecture and Design; Trusted Systems
  • Annual Tuition: $15,525
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 77%
  • Example Classes:
    Electrical Energy Generation Systems; Energy Conversion for Electrical Power Systems; Energy Networks and Power Distribution Grids; Engineering Optimization: Method/Application; Introduction to Power System Markets; Software Development Methodology
  • Annual Tuition: $16,200
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 96%
  • Example Classes:
    Ethics in Engineering Research and Practice; Human-System Interaction & Usability Engineering; Probability for Engineers; Production & Service Systems Analysis; Six Sigma for Engineers
  • Annual Tuition: $16,300
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 55%
  • Example Classes:
    Analysis and Synthesis; Human Systems Integration Analysis and Synthesis; Leading Engineering Teams; Lifecycle and Integration; Sensor Systems Analysis and Synthesis; Systems of Systems and Architectures
  • Annual Tuition: $16,740
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 71%
  • Example Classes:
    Deterministic Models and Simulation; Probability Models and Simulation; Software Architecture; Systems Verification Validation and Testing

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $17,235
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 77%
  • Example Classes:
    Engineering Statistics; Linear Systems Theory; Stochastic Modeling; Systems Engineering Processes

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $17,714
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 50%
  • Example Classes:
    Agent-based Mechatronics Systems; Automated Systems Engineering; Capital Investment Economic Analysis; Mechatronics Design; Production Planning, Scheduling and Inventory Control; Real-Time Control of Automated Manufacturing
  • Annual Tuition: $18,555
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • Example Classes:
    Business Process Modeling & Simulation; Hardware Software Integration; Integrative Workshop; Logistics Engineering; Reducing Risk in Decision Making; Reliability Engineering
  • Annual Tuition: $19,200
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Enterprise Systems Engineering; Formal Methods for Systems Architecting; Information Systems and Operations; Model Based Systems Engineering; System of Systems Engineering
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