PhD in Systems Engineering (SE)

Systems Engineering (SE) offers the Post-Bachelor’s PhD (MS/PhD) and the Post-Master’s PhD which both provide opportunities for research in automation, control and robotics, communication and networking, computational and systems biology, information sciences, and production, service systems and supply chain management. As a cross-disciplinary program, it leverages the expertise of Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Management and Medical faculty from the College of Engineering, the College of Arts & Sciences, the Questrom School of Business and the School of Medicine. Graduate students are expected to complete a number of interdisciplinary courses and to fulfill the qualifying examination and dissertation defense requirements of the Program. In collaboration with the Center for Information & Systems Engineering (CISE), research areas pursued by applicants include, but are not limited to,

In conjunction with these interdisciplinary applications, students’ research activities focus on the use of methodologies such as

  • Optimization methods
  • Information theory
  • Control theory
  • Queuing theory
  • Applied probability and statistics
  • Simulation

How to Apply

Admission information, including an online application, can be found on the College of Engineering Graduate Programs website for Prospective Graduate Students.

Program Planning Sheet & Handbook

The PhD Program Planning Sheet provides a “snapshot” view of the curriculum. You will submit a final program planning sheet, with advisor signature, when you apply to graduate.

The SE PhD Handbook provides College of Engineering policies, program requirements, logistics and contacts.

For academic program information:

Please contact Elizabeth Flagg at eflagg@bu.edu.

For research opportunities and industrial collaborations:

Please contact Professor Ioannis Paschalidis, Director of CISE, at yannisp@bu.edu.

Graduate Bulletin

The College of Engineering Graduate Bulletinis the official resource for current curriculum information, college policies, and procedures.