Systems Engineering

Division of Systems Engineering

Systems Engineering (SE) cuts across the traditional engineering departmental structure as a discipline that studies systems—be they electrical, mechanical, chemical, biological, or involving business processes and logistics—through information, decision, and control sciences. The Systems Engineering Program provides a unique curriculum for students with these interests as well as extensive research opportunities through the interdisciplinary Center for Information & Systems Engineering (CISE) and its industry connections.

Systems Engineering is a cross-disciplinary program, offered by the College of Engineering in cooperation with faculty from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and the School of Management. The program integrates courses from Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Management. Students in the program have access to these units’ state-of-the-art computational and experimental facilities.

The Systems Engineering program offers an undergraduate minor as well as Master of Engineering, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Through coursework, collaborative training projects, and dissertation research, students will learn to apply analytical, computational, and mathematical methods to all aspects of modern technology that require sophisticated modeling and intelligent information processing for design, management, and control. Students will receive instruction in communications and ethics as appropriate to the social impact and implications of Systems Engineering.

Graduates of the Systems Engineering program are equipped with the unique skills to adapt their knowledge and expertise to diverse application domains. These include, among others, automation, robotics and control; communications and networking; computational biology; information sciences; production, service systems, supply chains, and energy systems.


Prospective students should have a strong undergraduate background in engineering, mathematics, physics, computer science, or economics.

The Spring application deadline is October 1 for all applicants. We do not accept PhD applications for the Spring Semester.

Our Fall deadlines are as follows:

  • December 15—PhD applications from international and domestic students who wish to be considered for financial aid. International student applications to the MS and MEng programs who wish to be considered for financial aid
  • January 15—MS, MEng, or LEAP applications for domestic students who wish to be considered for financial aid
  • March 15—MS and MEng applications from students who are not seeking financial aid