About SE

The Division of Systems Engineering (SE) is a unique interdisciplinary graduate program with emphasis on cutting-edge research on analytical and computational methods, aiming to design—and manage—human-made and physical systems across a broad range of applications. Our faculty come from different disciplines in Engineering, Arts & Sciences, Medicine and Business, who collaborate closely with the Center for Information & Systems Engineering (CISE).

SE offers the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Master of Science with thesis (MS), Master of Science non-thesis (MS) and Master of Engineering (MEng) degrees to graduate students interested in information, decision and control sciences, and in all application areas encompassing the modeling, analysis, simulation, control, optimization and management of complex systems. The flexibility of the field and the need for systems engineers with advanced academic training in real, cross-domain environments mean ample job opportunities and a positive career outlook.

PhD students work on projects funded by federal agencies and private companies, and are supervised by an interdisciplinary team. SE has 14 faculty members from within the College of Engineering, along with 16 affiliated faculty members from within the College of Engineering, as well as the College of Arts & Sciences, Questrom School of Business and the School of Medicine.

The SE program leads graduate students to Post-Bachelor’s PhD or Post-Master’s PhD degrees. Research activities focus on:

The Division also offers MS and MEng degrees with concentrations in:

  • Computational and Systems Biology
  • Control Systems
  • Energy and Environmental Systems
  • Network Systems
  • Operations Research
  • Production and Service Systems

With the Specialization Program, you can add an interdisciplinary career path to your MS or MEng degree. Any student can apply to add the Specialization Program in:

  • Data Analytics
  • Cybersecurity
  • Robotics

Master’s students may add the optional “with Engineering Practice” designation to their MS or MEng degree by completing an approved internship in their field of study.

The Engineering Practice option recognizes the power of combining rigorous academic coursework with supervised real-world research or industrial applications. Participating students add value to their academic experience with a related internship that enables them to both develop and apply their technical, project management and leadership skills. The degree rewards participating students with a designation recognized by employers and research institutions.

The Engineering Practice option is available to all College of Engineering graduate students, including international students.

SE also offers and Undergraduate Minor.