2020 Most Affordable Online Master's in Systems Engineering

By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020
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By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020

This list highlights 24 schools, all of which offer affordable online master's in systems engineering programs. Ranked #1, University of New Mexico offers an annual tuition rate of just $4,583. Prospective students can choose from either a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering - Space Systems Engineering or a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering - Space Systems Engineering. Kennesaw State University, ranked #2, offers an online Master of Science in Systems Engineering for only $6,894 per year.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 University of New Mexico $4,583
# 2 #2 Kennesaw State University $6,894
# 3 #3 Mississippi State University $7,335
# 4 #4 University of Virginia $8,115
# 5 #5 Northern Illinois University $8,185
# 6 #6 Arizona State University $8,512
# 7 #7 Old Dominion University $9,520
# 8 #8 University of Colorado Boulder $10,000
# 9 #9 University of Kentucky $10,275
# 10 #10 Iowa State University $10,425
# 11 #11 University of Florida $11,040
# 12 #12 University of North Dakota $11,460
# 13 #13 The University of Texas at El Paso $11,730
# 14 #14 University of Maryland Global Campus $11,862
# 15 #15 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide $12,402
# 16 #16 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville $12,464
# 17 #17 Florida International University $12,500
# 18 #18 University of Wisconsin - Madison $13,000
# 19 #19 National University $13,260
# 20 #20 University of Colorado Colorado Springs $13,263
# 21 #21 Auburn University $15,184
# 22 (tie) #22 (tie) Naval Postgraduate School $16,000
# 22 (tie) #22 (tie) University of California - Los Angeles $16,000
# 24 #24 Colorado State University-Fort Collins $16,275
#1
#1

University of New Mexico

Albuquerque (NM)
Annual Tuition: $4,583
Annual Tuition: $4,583
Annual Tuition: $4,583
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 54%
  • Acceptance Rate: 67%
  • Average SATs: 970 -1290
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,596
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 352
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (505) 277-0111

Example Classes: Advanced Mechanics of Materials, Deformation Analysis and Modeling, Orbital Mechanics, Satellite Communications, Small Spacecraft Design I, Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics and Controls

Online Master's Degrees

  • MS in Electrical Engineering - Space Systems Engineering
  • MS in Mechanical Engineering - Space Systems Engineering
#2
#2
Annual Tuition: $6,894
Annual Tuition: $6,894
Annual Tuition: $6,894
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 46%
  • Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • Average SATs: 1050 -1230
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 3,315
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,792
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (470) 578-6000

Example Classes: Applied Systems Reliability, Linear Regression Analysis, Reliability and Sustainability, Statistical Process Control, System Architecture, Total Quality

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Systems Engineering
#3
#3

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State (MS)
Annual Tuition: $7,335
Annual Tuition: $7,335
Annual Tuition: $7,335
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 61%
  • Acceptance Rate: 62%
  • Average SATs: 1070 -1280
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 872
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 964
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (662) 325-2323

Example Classes: Engineering Statistics II, Industrial Quality Control, Process Improvement Engineering, Production Control Systems I, Systems Simulation I, Thesis Research/ Thesis in Industrial Engineering

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering - Industrial Systems
  • Master of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering - Management Systems Engineering
  • Master of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering - Manufacturing Systems
#4
#4

University of Virginia

Charlottesville (VA)
Annual Tuition: $8,115
Annual Tuition: $8,115
Annual Tuition: $8,115
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 57%
  • Graduation Rate: 95%
  • Acceptance Rate: 27%
  • Average SATs: 1340 -1520
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 296
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 759
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (434) 924-0311

Example Classes: Ethics in Engineering Research & Practice, Introduction to Systems Analysis & Design, Optimization Models and Methods I, Stochastic Modeling I

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering
#5
#5
Annual Tuition: $8,185
Annual Tuition: $8,185
Annual Tuition: $8,185
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 49%
  • Acceptance Rate: 53%
  • Average SATs: 940 -1170
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 89
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 245
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (800) 892-3050

Example Classes: Economic Analysis of Engineering Projects, Engineering Project Management, Six Sigma Performance Excellence and Modern Problem Solving, Systems Engineering Management

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering - Engineering Management
#6
#6

Arizona State University

Tempe (AZ) (and 4 others)
Annual Tuition: $8,512
Annual Tuition: $8,512
Annual Tuition: $8,512
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 54%
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Average SATs: 1091 -1301
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 33,410
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 10,843
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Example Classes: Engineering Administration, Linear System Theory, Optimal Control Systems, Risk Management, Simulating Stochastic Systems, Software Analysis and Design

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Engineering - Systems Engineering
#7
#7
Annual Tuition: $9,520
Annual Tuition: $9,520
Annual Tuition: $9,520
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 51%
  • Acceptance Rate: 86%
  • Average SATs: 980 -1180
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 3,948
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,206
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (757) 683-3000

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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering
#8
#8
Annual Tuition: $10,000
Annual Tuition: $10,000
Annual Tuition: $10,000
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 66%
  • Graduation Rate: 69%
  • Acceptance Rate: 80%
  • Average SATs: 1140 -1360
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 631
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 688
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (303) 492-1411

Example Classes: Design for Mission-Critical and Software Real-Time Applications, M2M and IoT Interface Design and Protocols, Pressure, Force, Motion, and Humidity Sensors, Rapid Prototyping of Embedded Interface Designs, Sensors and Sensor Circuit Design, UX and Interface Design for Embedded Systems

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering - Embedded Systems
#9
#9

University of Kentucky

Lexington (KY)
Annual Tuition: $10,275
Annual Tuition: $10,275
Annual Tuition: $10,275
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 66%
  • Acceptance Rate: 96%
  • Average SATs: 1070 -1320
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 422
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,570
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (859) 257-9000

Example Classes: Manufacturing Seminar/Project, Modeling of Manufacturing Processes and Machines, Special Problems in Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Sustainability, Ethics, & Leadership in Manufacturing Organizations, Systems for Factory Information and Control, Topics in Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Manufacturing Systems Engineering (Non-Thesis Option)
  • Master of Science in Manufacturing Systems Engineering (Thesis Option)
#10
#10
Annual Tuition: $10,425
Annual Tuition: $10,425
Annual Tuition: $10,425
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 90%
  • Graduation Rate: 74%
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Average SATs: 1100 -1340
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 260
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,038
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (515) 294-4111

Example Classes: Decision Analysis in System Design, Engineering Management Theory, Engineering Risk Analysis, Systems Engineering & Analysis, Systems Engineering & Project Management

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Engineering in Energy Systems Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering
#11
#11

University of Florida

Gainesville (FL)
Annual Tuition: $11,040
Annual Tuition: $11,040
Annual Tuition: $11,040
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 88%
  • Acceptance Rate: 42%
  • Average SATs: 1310 -1470
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,029
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 3,401
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (352) 392-3261

Example Classes: Deterministic Methods in Operations Research, Digital Simulation Techniques, Systems Architecture, Systems Design, Systems Management

Online Master's Degrees

  • ME in Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • MS in Industrial and Systems Engineering
#12
#12

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks (ND)
Annual Tuition: $11,460
Annual Tuition: $11,460
Annual Tuition: $11,460
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 61%
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Average SATs: 1010 -1250
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,851
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (800) 225-5863

Example Classes: Alternative Energy Systems, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Energy Research and Independent Study, Energy, Resources and Policy, Special Topics in Sustainable Energy Engineering

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Engineering - Systems Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Energy Systems Engineering
  • Master of Science - Systems Engineering
  • Master of Science in Energy Systems Engineering
#13
#13
Annual Tuition: $11,730
Annual Tuition: $11,730
Annual Tuition: $11,730
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 86%
  • Graduation Rate: 37%
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,157
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,069
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (915) 747-5000

Example Classes: Systems Architecture and Design, Systems Engineering Project Practicum, Systems Integration, Verification & Validation, Systems Modeling & Simulation, Systems Requirements Analysis

Online Master's Degrees

  • 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
  • Master of Science in Systems Engineering - Systems Modeling and Simulation
#14
#14
Annual Tuition: $11,862
Annual Tuition: $11,862
Annual Tuition: $11,862
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 46%
  • Graduation Rate: 15%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 35,971
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 10,876
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (301) 985-7000

Example Classes: Design Considerations, Information Systems Infrastructure, Information Technology Foundations, Requirements Engineering, System Design and Development, System Integration and Test

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Information Technology - Systems Engineering
#15
#15
Annual Tuition: $12,402
Annual Tuition: $12,402
Annual Tuition: $12,402
  • Online Degrees: 5
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 49%
  • Graduation Rate: 28%
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 8,378
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,982
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (800) 522-6787

Example Classes: Fundamentals of Systems Engineering, Organizational Systems Management, System Architecture Design and Modeling, System Quality Assurance, System Requirements Analysis and Modeling, Systems Engineering Project

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Engineering Management - Systems Engineering
  • Master of Science in Unmanned & Autonomous Systems Engineering
  • Master of Systems Engineering
  • Master of Systems Engineering - Engineering Management
  • Master of Systems Engineering - Technical
#16
#16
Annual Tuition: $12,464
Annual Tuition: $12,464
Annual Tuition: $12,464
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 91%
  • Graduation Rate: 72%
  • Acceptance Rate: 77%
  • Average SATs: 1150 -1330
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 112
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,013
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (865) 974-1000

Example Classes: Advanced Application of Systems Modeling & Simulation, Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics, Lean Production Systems, Production and Inventory Systems, Reliability of Lean Systems

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Industrial System Engineering
  • Master of Science in Industrial System Engineering - Automotive Manufacturing
  • Master of Science in Reliability and Maintainability Engineering (Non-Thesis Option)
  • Master of Science in Reliability and Maintainability Engineering (Thesis Option)
#17
#17
Annual Tuition: $12,500
Annual Tuition: $12,500
Annual Tuition: $12,500
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 90%
  • Graduation Rate: 62%
  • Acceptance Rate: 54%
  • Average SATs: 1110 -1280
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 10,922
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,749
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (305) 348-2000

Example Classes: Advanced Engineering Economy, Industrial Financial Decision, Logistics Engineering, Quality Engineering, Total Quality Management

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Engineering Management - Systems Engineering
#18
#18
Annual Tuition: $13,000
Annual Tuition: $13,000
Annual Tuition: $13,000
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 61%
  • Graduation Rate: 88%
  • Acceptance Rate: 54%
  • Average SATs: 1300 -1480
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 290
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 604
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (608) 263-2400

Example Classes: Energy Resources, Fostering and Leading Innovations, Industrial Ecology: Sustainability Tools in Context, Renewable Energy Systems, Sustainable Facilities, Sustainable Microgrids

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Engineering in Engineering - Engine Systems
  • Master of Engineering in Engineering - Manufacturing Systems Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Engineering - Sustainable Systems Engineering
#19
#19

National University

La Jolla (CA)
Annual Tuition: $13,260
Annual Tuition: $13,260
Annual Tuition: $13,260
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 33%
  • Graduation Rate: 29%
  • Average SATs: 750 -1170
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,849
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 4,165
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WSCUC
  • Phone #: (800) 628-8648

Example Classes: 601 Systems Analysis & Design Evaluation, Advanced System Design, Global Trends in Technology, Introduction to Systems Design, Risk, Contracts, and Legal Issues, System Dynamics, Systems Analysis & Design Evaluation

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Engineering Management - Systems Engineering
#20
#20
Annual Tuition: $13,263
Annual Tuition: $13,263
Annual Tuition: $13,263
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 81%
  • Graduation Rate: 45%
  • Acceptance Rate: 93%
  • Average SATs: 1020 -1230
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 599
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 834
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (719) 255-3000

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

  • Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering
#21
#21

Auburn University

Auburn (AL)
Annual Tuition: $15,184
Annual Tuition: $15,184
Annual Tuition: $15,184
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 72%
  • Graduation Rate: 79%
  • Acceptance Rate: 84%
  • Average SATs: 1150 -1320
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 398
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,298
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (334) 844-4000

Example Classes: Advanced Engineering Statistics I, Linear Programming and Network Flows, Manufacturing/Production Economics

Online Master's Degrees

  • Dual M.B.A./M.I.S.E.
  • M.I.S.E. (Coursework Option)
#22
#22
Annual Tuition: $16,000
Annual Tuition: $16,000
Annual Tuition: $16,000
  • Online Degrees: 6
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,293
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WSCUC
  • Phone #: (831) 656-2442

Example Classes: Enterprise Systems Engineering, Formal Methods for Systems Architecting, Information Systems and Operations, Model Based Systems Engineering, System of Systems Engineering

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Joint Executive Systems Engineering Management (SEM-PD21)
  • Master of Joint Executive Systems Engineering Management (SEM-PD21) - Advanced Systems Architecting
  • Master of Joint Executive Systems Engineering Management (SEM-PD21) - Advanced Systems Engineering
  • Master of Joint Executive Systems Engineering Management (SEM-PD21) - System of Systems
  • Master of Science in Systems Engineering
  • Master of Systems Engineering Management - Systems Integrated Development
#22
#22
Annual Tuition: $16,000
Annual Tuition: $16,000
Annual Tuition: $16,000
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 61%
  • Graduation Rate: 92%
  • Acceptance Rate: 16%
  • Average SATs: 1300 -1530
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 5
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 359
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WSCUC
  • Phone #: (310) 825-4321

Example Classes: Engineering for Systems Assurance, Information Based Systems, Model-Based Systems Engineering, Systems Architecture and Design, Systems Reliability and Safety, Trusted Systems

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Engineering With Certificate of Specialization in Systems Engineering
#24
#24
Annual Tuition: $16,275
Annual Tuition: $16,275
Annual Tuition: $16,275
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 79%
  • Graduation Rate: 70%
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Average SATs: 1070 -1290
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,253
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,492
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (970) 491-1101

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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Engineering - Systems Engineering
  • Master of Science in Systems Engineering