About this Program

This program provides an interdisciplinary approach to support the realization, deployment, and maintenance of successful system solutions to complex problems. ODU’s Systems Engineering Master's program builds upon your technical background as an engineer. It is designed to provide in-depth, real-world practitioner expertise in engineering complex system solutions. In addition, this rigorous educational experience will help develop your skills in effectively addressing complex problems for both government and commercial organizations. Students in the program are introduced to core competencies for systems engineering, complex systems, modeling, systems analysis, complex problem solving needed for successful delivery of system solutions.

Program Highlights

  • The degree is directed at working professionals and traditional full-time students with technical undergraduate degrees

  • Courses are scheduled in the evenings

  • The complete program is available through Old Dominion University’s distance learning program and through the Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program

  • Capstone project integrates real-world experience with classroom concepts

Degree Level
Degree Earned
Master of Engineering
Systems Engineering
Delivery Modes


Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is a midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Architectural and Engineering Managers

$146,290 Median Salary

Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as architecture and engineering or research and development in these fields.

Computer and Information Systems Managers

$149,730 Median Salary

Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming.

Industrial Engineers

$90,340 Median Salary

Design, develop, test, and evaluate integrated systems for managing industrial production processes, including human work factors, quality control, inventory control, logistics and material flow, cost analysis, and production coordination.

Human Factors Engineers and Ergonomists

$90,340 Median Salary

Design objects, facilities, and environments to optimize human well-being and overall system performance, applying theory, principles, and data regarding the relationship between humans and respective technology. Investigate and analyze characteristics of human behavior and performance as it relates to the use of technology.


What are the requirements to apply for Systems Engineering at ODU?
Students entering the Master of Engineering program in Systems Engineering should meet the minimum university admission requirements Graduate Admission.

Admission to the Master of Engineering Management program is in accordance with Old Dominion University and Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology requirements for master's programs as specified in the Graduate Catalog. Admission requirements specific to this program include the following:

  • Undergraduate degree from an ABET-accredited program in engineering or engineering technology with a GPA of 3.00 (out of 4.00) or better

  • Students with an undergraduate GPA less than 3.00 on the required undergraduate degrees may be admitted provisionally based on their academic preparation, work experience, or professional society certification. GRE scores may be requested and be in the 60th percentile or higher.

  • A minimum score of 550 on university-level TOEFL scores for all international students when English is not their first language


Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $599
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $623
Cost Per-Credit $1,439

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to graduate students at Old Dominion University. Financial aid may be available in the form of University fellowships, tuition grants, and research assistantships. In addition to the financial aid offered by the University, graduate students may be eligible for aid and student loans administered by other agencies. For information about part-time employment, scholarships, and student loans, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.


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