Graduate Degree Programs
Pursue your graduate engineering degree at the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. You’ll not only get an advanced education through our nationally recognized programs, you’ll join a community that is making an impact through use-inspired, interdisciplinary research.
We have the resources — from world-class labs and state-of-the-art equipment to an innovative, entrepreneurial educational environment — that you need to pursue your educational and career goals. From a breadth of fellowship and funding options to opportunities to get you started and industry connections to help accelerate your career, the Fulton Schools has the resources to help you be successful.
Our faculty are among the top in their fields, garnering recognition and successfully competing for large grants that further our research endeavors in health, energy, sustainability, security and education.
As a major university serving a large metropolitan area, we have strong ties to industry and government agencies, enabling our students to pursue real-world research and form important career-building relationships.
The Fulton Schools offers all of the resources of a large institution, with the personalized attention of a smaller community. With lots of sun and easy access to a wide range of activities, you’ll enjoy living in the beautiful Southwest.
Admission criteria vary slightly from program to program. Click on any program’s “Admission” link to see the admission criteria for that program.
Our aerospace engineering graduate program encourages independent and innovative study. Modern computational and laboratory facilities are available to support timely research investigations. Our program stresses a solid foundation in technical fundamentals, communication and professionalism, along with access to several interdisciplinary programs. A broad-based curriculum is offered in design, systems and control; fluid mechanics science and engineering; mechanics and dynamics of solids; and transport phenomena, thermodynamics and energy.
Aviation management and human factors
The MS Tech program in aviation management and human factors focuses on preparing graduates for a career in the aviation industry and is the foundation for further advanced study. Courses are offered at the Polytechnic campus, with some courses offered online. The program is designed for flexibility, permitting the student to select a combination of courses in technical and supporting areas, to meet individual goals.
The doctoral program in biological design seeks to develop a new type of scientist by training students in core disciplines related to biomedicine and biotechnology while simultaneously preparing them to participate successfully in the interdisciplinary research teams of the future. The research emphasis is on projects that are use-inspired, contributing directly to solutions for important societal challenges. This is a highly mentored program of personalized study that provides significant interaction with the large and vibrant local research community. Students are expected to complete the program in four to five years.
Our biomedical engineering faculty deliver specialized expertise in neuroscience and neurorehabilitation, biomedical device and sensor design, tissue and biomaterials research, molecular and medical imaging, health care systems engineering and synthetic biology. As a leading state university, we have the resources and research networks to promote our students’ work by providing access to collaborators in research, medicine and industry from around the world.
The chemical engineering program is designed to bridge the gap between knowledge of engineering sciences and creative engineering practice while increasing breadth and depth of knowledge. Our graduate research emphasis areas include atmospheric aerosols, biomolecular engineering, biosensors, chemical therapies for neurodegenerative diseases, colloidal science, electrochemistry, advanced materials, engineering education, fuel cells, inorganic membranes, process design and operations, protein synthesis, transport phenomena in living systems and water purification.
Civil, environmental and sustainable engineering
Our civil, environmental and sustainable engineering programs emphasize sustainability as an integrated approach to engineering that focuses on the long-lasting improvement of the human condition. Our faculty are actively engaged in many local, national and international research efforts that have powerful impacts in economic and environmental development. As a graduate student, you will choose a specialty in one of our areas of focus: environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, hydrosystems engineering, structural engineering, sustainability engineering or transportation engineering.
The computer engineering program provides the knowledge and skills necessary to advance and develop new paradigms for the design, system integration, testing, evaluation and deployment of state-of-the-art hardware and software systems that include computing, communications and networking (wired and wireless), control functions, sensing, signal processing and actuation. It is a multidisciplinary program that builds on the fundamentals of computer science, electrical engineering and applied mathematics, with a balance between hardware and software courses. Students must choose a concentration: computer systems engineering or electrical engineering.
The computer science program is designed for students seeking to expand their knowledge of computer science or computation. This program reflects the dual nature of computer science as both a scientific and engineering discipline by placing emphasis on both theory and practical applications. The interdisciplinary strength of the program is enhanced by the opportunity for students to have a concentration in cybersecurity or arts, media and engineering.
Our multidisciplinary program in construction engineering combines the design principles of civil engineering with the business knowledge of construction management, preparing you for a career working at the interface of design and construction. ASU serves a major metropolitan area, providing you with access to ongoing construction projects in the city. Graduate studies encompass geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, transportation engineering, and construction engineering and management-related topics.
Our construction management program began more than 50 years ago to serve the construction industry of Arizona and the Southwest. We are working in alternative project delivery methods, front-end planning, asset management, cleanroom construction, computer applications in construction, concrete construction, trenchless construction methods, performance information procurement systems, productivity, safety and risk and sustainable development.
Opportunities for study in the electrical engineering graduate program include control systems, electromagnetics, antennas and microwave circuits, electronic and mixed-signal circuit design, electric power and energy systems, signal processing and communications, solid-state electronics and arts, media and engineering. Students are involved in a variety of research activities and have access to state-of-the-art facilities including the electromagnetic anechoic chamber, the wireless communications lab and the integrated circuit fabrication clean room.
The MEng is designed for working professionals and delivered entirely online to meet the unique needs of professional engineers. It is a practice-oriented degree. In the MEng program, multiple emphasis areas are available with additional areas under development. Within each area, there are specific course requirements in addition to the general program requirements. Students can select one of several areas of study available, such as: embedded systems; modeling and simulation; quality, reliability and statistical engineering; and systems engineering. Engineers who enter the MEng program have the opportunity to gain valuable experience applicable to their industry while gaining an advanced degree. Convenience and flexibility are key advantages of this program. The MEng, which can be earned entirely through distance learning, is a 30-credit-hour degree program that does not require GRE results, a thesis or on-campus attendance.
The MS consists of a core set of courses designed to develop applied analytical expertise across disciplinary boundaries, with direct applications of advanced design principles to system design, management and control. The expertise developed in the core curriculum is reinforced through focus areas that provide flexibility for the student, including alternative energy, mechanical, electrical and manufacturing engineering. The degree will offer options for students culminating in a master’s thesis, or an applied project
Engineering education systems and design
Engineering education systems and design is a transdisciplinary PhD program aimed at advancing understanding of the engineering education ecosystem. The goal of the program is to enable long-lasting improvement of the learning process and infrastructure in engineering education at all levels by emphasizing the study of education as a complex ecosystem that takes into account the multiple inputs, outputs and interactions within an educational setting. A typical student will enter the program with a master’s degree in an engineering or a related discipline; will complete six three-credit core courses; and will select from areas of specialization such as education system design, educational policy and implications, learner analytics, design of online educational environments, assessment of impact of educational innovations or engineering student identity formation and pathways.
Engineering science (software engineering)
The MSE in engineering science with a software engineering concentration offers specialized courses founded on the fundamentals and principles of software engineering. The program provides the knowledge and skills needed to work as a software engineer or software task leader on large and small projects using either agile methodologies or formal capability maturity model integration approaches. The program addresses major software development methodologies, techniques, tools and processes for developing and managing software projects. The curriculum is based on the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge under the leadership of the IEEE Computer Society. Each course will place an emphasis on applied assignments and projects that are relative to the student’s workplace.
The program is only available through distance learning, supported through online courses available from the Fulton Schools.
Environmental and resource management
The MS in environmental and resource management degree provides students with a background in the sciences, engineering, environmental science, natural resource management, environmental health and safety, or other affiliated areas with the regulatory and technical background to mitigate the environmental impact of industrial sources of pollution, ensure compliance with environmental regulations, and manage and preserve natural ecosystems. The curriculum focuses on areas such as environmental law, air pollution, soil and groundwater contamination, environmental toxicology, hazardous waste management, natural resources, worker health and safety, and international environmental laws and policies. Classes in the master’s degree program are available in both face-to-face and online formats.
Graphic information technology
The MS Tech with a concentration in graphic information technology provides students with the opportunity to study within the various areas of graphics and cross media. The areas include commercial photography, multimedia, variable data digital printing and publishing, production management and industrial training, and internet and web development. The degree program has two campus options: ASU Online or Polytechnic campus. Either campus selection can be completed at a distance.
Human systems engineering MS
The MS in human systems engineering in the Fulton Schools provides students with opportunities for practical experience in diverse organizations and laboratories as well as internships in a variety of settings. The program is hands-on and challenging, and the field is growing quickly, creating opportunities for further study and employment. The areas of application include consumer psychology, human factors and user-experience design, industrial and organizational psychology, and learning design. Recent graduates are working at places like Intel, Boeing, GoDaddy, Mayo Clinic, PayPal, Motorola, Google and the Air Force Research Lab. Recipients of our master’s degree have also gone on to pursue doctorates at ASU and other prestigious institutions.
Human systems engineering PhD
The human systems engineering PhD (formerly called simulation, modeling and applied cognitive science) describes a growing transdisciplinary field (including the disciplines of psychology, engineering and computer science) that explores how people interact with technological and social systems in contexts that include transportation, medicine, military, computing and other complex systems. Cognitive science provides the foundation necessary for integrating human capabilities and limitations into complex sociotechnical systems (i.e., the practice of cognitive engineering), and the application of cognitive science relies heavily on simulation and modeling methods.
Our industrial engineering program is strongly focused on industrial statistics and quality engineering, applied operations research, production and supply-chain logistics and enterprise information systems in challenging manufacturing and service environments. We combine knowledge from the physical, mathematical and social sciences to design efficient manufacturing and service systems that integrate people, equipment and information. Our faculty are internationally recognized for their research, conducting many funded, state-of-the-art research projects for both government and industry.
Through the curriculum, graduates design and implement information technology solutions, develop and implement enterprise databases, perform technical analysis of systems and networks, design and create technical graphic and geographic technology solutions, and serve as information technology and communications security experts. The program focuses on developing the ability to conceptualize, organize and realize information technology projects that meet the needs of users within an organizational or societal context. Program course work encompasses core technologies and a specialization area with a culminating project experience.
Management of technology
The MS Tech with a concentration in management of technology prepares students for leadership roles as technically proficient professionals in technology-driven organizations, whether private or public. Students are prepared to successfully transition into leadership positions in their field of expertise and to move into a general leadership role outside their area of technical expertise as their careers grow.
Our masters program in manufacturing engineering has the combination of topics from manufacturing processes (e.g., how materials are altered in either shape or properties) and the processes of manufacturing (e.g., manufacturing systems and management). Students can follow their interests by developing deeper expertise in either manufacturing processes or the processes of manufacturing. The program consists of a core set of courses designed to provide all students with advanced knowledge of manufacturing fundamentals and an introduction to systems engineering.
Materials science and engineering
Our graduate program in materials science and engineering is one of the largest in the U.S. The flexibility of the program structure encourages students to explore topics at the boundaries between traditional disciplines. There are many research thrusts spanning a wide range of cutting-edge and cross-disciplinary topics that include understanding the structure-property relationships of nanomaterials, applications in energy, security and sustainability.
ASU’s mechanical engineering graduate faculty and students conduct innovative research in all of the traditional core areas of mechanical engineering with applications to some of society’s most pressing problems in energy, environment, human health and transportation. We offer a broad-based curriculum in design, systems and control, fluid mechanics science and engineering, mechanics and dynamics of solids, transport phenomena, thermodynamics and energy.
Robotics and autonomous systems
The master’s program in robotics and autonomous systems will bring together students from various engineering backgrounds and allow them to take advantage of the broad variety of available courses and faculty on the topics of robotics and autonomous systems. Learn about robotics, artificial intelligence, autonomy, control systems, machine learning, human-machine interaction, and other exciting fields of study in order to develop the next generation of intelligent robots.
The software engineering degree program focuses on developing advanced knowledge and abilities in the design and application of software. Students will learn to apply engineering principles to software development, including design methodologies, operation principles and maintenance and testing approaches. The program involves the application of engineering principles to software development including design methodologies, operation principles, and maintenance and testing approaches. The MS in software engineering degree program is offered on the Polytechnic campus.
Solar energy engineering and commercialization
The solar energy engineering and commercialization graduate program offers advanced interdisciplinary education, enabling graduates to pursue careers that involve solar energy and its utilization. Students select courses from both technical and nontechnical tracks, including solar energy policy and business.
The MSE in sustainable engineering is a multidisciplinary graduate program ideal for professionals and graduate level students with engineering and physical science backgrounds who wish to design a flexible, online, individualized plan of study. Courses cover such sustainable engineering topic areas as energy systems and alternative energy production, water, transportation, earth systems engineering, industrial ecology, life cycle assessment, environmental technologies, green construction practices, and sustainable technology systems. The goal of sustainable engineering is to enable long-lasting improvement of the human condition. Sustainable engineering transcends traditional engineering education by integrating considerations of complex social, environmental, political, and economic factors into engineering theory and practice in order to achieve more economically, technically, environmentally, institutionally and socially efficient and robust solutions.
The PhD in systems engineering is a transdisciplinary graduate program offered by the Polytechnic School, one of the Fulton Schools. The program is aimed at advancing the understanding of complex engineering systems, where these systems are inclusive of technological aspects as well as social, cultural, environmental, and other interacting components that impact the input, output and interactions within a system. The program will prepare students to identify, model, analyze, interpret, optimize and manage the multidimensional interactions of the ever-increasing complexity of modern societal and technological challenges. The core provides the foundation for systems thinking, systems identification, systems modeling and systems design and analysis using diverse disciplinary methodological approaches. Students in this doctoral program will use the capacity to evaluate complex systems and a depth of mathematical maturity to study problems for which complexity is impeding progress.
The MS program in user experience combines topics in web, human factors, visual displays and technical communication to make products, systems and services useful, usable and desirable. Students learn how to research user needs, identify criteria for successful products and services, prototype those products and services, and refine them through usability testing and other user-centered methods. User experience skills are increasingly valued by industry, yet are not typically covered in-depth in traditional engineering or technical communication programs. Students with a master’s degree in user experience will enhance their employment potential.