Prospective SE Graduate Students

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At the heart of the Boston University College of Engineering’s mission is preparing the world’s citizens to advance the global economy and quality of life for all people. We invite and sustain a vibrant national and international student population, and a deep appreciation of global and cultural awareness and respect is a critical component of an engineering degree.

Recently, the Times Higher Education ranked the employability of BU graduates 11th compared to all universities in the world and 7th in the United States.

The Division of Systems Engineering (SE) is a unique interdisciplinary graduate program with an 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 comes from different disciplines in engineering, arts & sciences, medicine and business, and collaborate closely with the Center for Information and 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.

Fourteen faculty members from within the College of Engineering, along with sixteen  affiliated faculty members from within the College of Engineering, as well as the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Medicine and the Questrom School of Business, supervise dozens of PhD students working on projects funded by several federal agencies and private companies.

Research activities focus on:

Master’s Degree Concentrations:

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

Internship Degree Option: “With Engineering Practice Option”

Master’s students who obtain a paid or unpaid internship may add the optional “with Engineering Practice” designation to their Master of Science or Master of Engineering 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.

Specializations in Data Analytics, Cybersecurity, or Robotics

Master’s students can now add specializations in Data Analytics, Cybersecurity or Robotics to their degree program. These emerging fields are driving demand for engineering talent with critical skills in signals, big data, embedded systems, electronics, and instrumentation with applications across a diverse group of industries, including healthcare, finance, defense, manufacturing and social networking.

Late Entry Accelerated Program (LEAP) for Non-Engineering Degree Holders

Students who want to switch careers and enter the technology field, but whose undergraduate degree is not in engineering, can earn a master’s degree in any of eight engineering disciplines through the Late Entry Accelerated Program (LEAP). Students begin by taking foundational undergraduate engineering courses, then transition into graduate-level coursework to complete a master’s degree.

SE also offers an Undergraduate Minor.