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Applied Systems Engineering (M.E.)

Applied Systems Engineering (M.E.)

Program Description

The Applied Graduate Systems Engineering (ASE) program is offered by the Graduate School of Engineering and Management, Department of Systems Engineering and Management www.afit.edu/ENV. The ASE program confers a Master of Engineering (ME) in Applied Systems Engineering and is available to part-time distance learning (DL) students only. ASE is nominally a 36-month program, depending on class availability and student course load. Program requirements for ASE are similar to the Graduate Systems Engineering (GSE) program with the key difference being the replacement of the thesis. In lieu of a 12-credit thesis, ASE students must complete at least two engineering analysis courses and one capstone project.

For more information about online/distance learning (DL) SE programs, or about general DL opportunities and application procedures, please visit AFIT Office of Extension Services, www.afit.edu/DL/.

Admissions Requirements

Degree Required: Any engineering degree (Aeronautical, Astronautical, Aerospace, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Industrial, Mechanical, Electrical, or Systems Engineering) or a degree in Engineering Science. A degree in science (e.g. physics), math or computer science will be considered for admission to a non-ABET Master of Science program on a case-by-case basis. Courses in calculus-based physics and dynamical systems (circuits or engineering dynamics) are required.

Mathematics Required: Ordinary Differential Equations

Test Required: GRE - 153V/148Q (within the last five years) 

GPA Required: Overall - 3.0; Mathematics - 3.0; Major - 3.0 

Waivers to the above criteria may be granted (on an individual basis) by the Department of Systems and Engineering Management. Therefore, individuals whose academic credentials fall below any of the above criteria may still apply.

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Outcomes & Objectives

Program Educational Objectives

The program takes students with traditional engineering backgrounds (mechanical, electrical, computer, aeronautical, etc.) and produces graduates who understand, and can effectively use, the tools and techniques of systems engineering and systems science. Within a few years after graduation, graduates are expected to:

  • Make positive programmatic and/or system engineering impacts, resulting in successful outcomes
  • Employ sound systems engineering processes and tools across the acquisition lifecycle
  • Provide technical leadership to teams; promote and facilitate integration and communication across interdisciplinary teams; sustain and increase an effective professional and technical network

Student Outcomes

The following student outcomes are those competencies that students are expected to achieve by program completion. Graduates will:

  • thoroughly understand the SE processes across the lifecycle
  • apply SE processes and sound engineering principals in a systematic manner to solve contemporary defense-focused problems
  • proficiently use analytical tools for implementing SE processes and methods
  • effectively communicate technically complex ideas and concepts in both written and spoken formats
  • develop a detailed understanding in at least one Air Force relevant domain (air, space or cyberspace) or technical speciality

Program Chair

Lt Col Amy M. Cox

Degree Information

Degree Type: Master's


Delivery Method: Distance Learning


Degree Requirements

  • Core Coursework (16 hours)
  • Mathematics (4 hours)
  • Specialization Track (12 hours)
  • Analytical Toolset (12 hours)
  • Capstone (4 hours)

Graduate School Catalog
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