Systems Engineering

2022 Best Systems Engineering Schools

68 Colleges in the United States
3,007 Systems Engineering Degrees Awarded
$90,261 Avg Early-Career Salary
Systems Engineering is about average in terms of popularity for degree programs. That is, it ranks #164 out of the 368 majors across the country that we analyze each year. So, you may have to do some digging around to find quality schools that offer the degree program. This list can help with that.

College Factual looked at 68 colleges and universities when compiling its 2022 Best Systems Engineering Schools ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 3,007 degrees in systems engineering during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Systems Engineering School

Best Systems Engineering Schools Your choice of systems engineering school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. In order to come up with a best overall ranking for systems engineering schools, we combine our degree-level rankings, weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each level.

You may want to choose one of the degree levels below to find the schools of most interest to you.

Systems Engineering Rankings by Degree Level

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Systems Engineering Schools list to help you make the college decision. More interested in schools in a specific area of the country? Filter this list by region or state.

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Best Schools for Systems Engineering in the United States

If you aren't interested in a particular degree level and want to know which schools are the overall best at delivering an education for the systems engineering degrees they offer, see the list below. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

10 Top Schools in Systems Engineering

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
184 Systems Engineering Degrees Awarded

It is hard to beat Massachusetts Institute of Technology if you wish to pursue a degree in systems engineering. Located in the midsize city of Cambridge, MIT is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #2 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means MIT is a great school overall.

There were approximately 184 systems engineering students who graduated with this degree at MIT in the most recent data year. Systems Engineering degree recipients from Massachusetts Institute of Technology get an earnings boost of approximately $40,339 over the average income of systems engineering majors.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MO
91 Systems Engineering Degrees Awarded

Washington University in St Louis is a wonderful choice for students interested in a degree in systems engineering. Located in the suburb of Saint Louis, WUSTL is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #28 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means WUSTL is a great university overall.

There were about 91 systems engineering students who graduated with this degree at WUSTL in the most recent year we have data available.

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#3

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
147 Systems Engineering Degrees Awarded

Johns Hopkins University is a wonderful option for students interested in a degree in systems engineering. Johns Hopkins is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Baltimore. A Best Schools rank of #19 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Johns Hopkins is a great university overall.

There were roughly 147 systems engineering students who graduated with this degree at Johns Hopkins in the most recent data year. Those systems engineering students who get their degree from Johns Hopkins University earn $19,639 more than the average systems engineering grad.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In VA
183 Systems Engineering Degrees Awarded

University of Virginia - Main Campus is one of the finest schools in the United States for getting a degree in systems engineering. University of Virginia is a very large public university located in the suburb of Charlottesville. A Best Schools rank of #38 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means University of Virginia is a great university overall.

There were roughly 183 systems engineering students who graduated with this degree at University of Virginia in the most recent year we have data available.

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#5

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In PA
72 Systems Engineering Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #13 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UPenn is a great university overall.

There were roughly 72 systems engineering students who graduated with this degree at UPenn in the most recent data year.

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#6

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Buzzards Bay, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In MA

Maritime is a small public school located in the suburb of Buzzards Bay. This school ranks 13th out of 72 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were about 20 systems engineering students who graduated with this degree at Maritime in the most recent data year.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In CA

USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Los Angeles. A Best Schools rank of #33 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means USC is a great university overall.

There were roughly 27 systems engineering students who graduated with this degree at USC in the most recent year we have data available.

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#8

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
127 Systems Engineering Degrees Awarded

Cornell is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Ithaca. A Best Schools rank of #16 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Cornell is a great university overall.

There were approximately 127 systems engineering students who graduated with this degree at Cornell in the most recent year we have data available. Soon after graduation, systems engineering degree recipients generally earn an average of $88,500 at the beginning of their careers.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
102 Systems Engineering Degrees Awarded

U-M is a fairly large public university located in the city of Ann Arbor. A Best Schools rank of #40 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means U-M is a great university overall.

There were approximately 102 systems engineering students who graduated with this degree at U-M in the most recent data year. Those systems engineering students who get their degree from University of Michigan - Ann Arbor make $20,339 more than the standard systems engineering graduate.

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#10

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
182 Systems Engineering Degrees Awarded

Located in the midsize city of Gainesville, UF is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 87 colleges for overall quality in the state of Florida.

There were roughly 182 systems engineering students who graduated with this degree at UF in the most recent year we have data available. Students who graduate with their degree from the systems engineering program report average early career wages of $81,100.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Systems Engineering Schools award.

Rank College Location
11 Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus Atlanta, GA
12 Northeastern University Boston, MA
13 Maine Maritime Academy Castine, ME
14 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL
15 Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester, MA
16 Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, NJ
17 George Washington University Washington, DC

Systems Engineering by Region

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Region
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New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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Systems Engineering is one of 40 different types of Engineering programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 47,427
Electrical Engineering 30,359
Civil Engineering 21,469
Computer Engineering 16,693
Chemical Engineering 13,575
Biomedical Engineering 12,198
General Engineering 11,110
Industrial Engineering 9,063
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 7,535
Materials Engineering 3,398

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
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