An Interdisciplinary Approach
Systems engineering enables building, analyzing and managing a system—be it electrical, mechanical, chemical, biological or one involving business processes and logistics. Traditionally, engineering disciplines are defined through physical attributes: electrical engineers work with circuits and transistors, aeronautical engineers with airplanes and rockets. Systems engineering transcends the physical nature of what is designed or managed—if “it” consists of multiple interacting components performing a function that cannot be achieved by any one component alone, then “it” is a system, and systems engineers can work to understand and improve it.
What Do Our Graduates Do?
Our graduates pursue careers in a variety of industries and academic disciplines, where they are highly valued for their flexibility and versatility.
What our graduates are doing:
- Developing computer simulation packages for software providers
- Building and evaluating models for communication, computer and sensor networks
- Inventing new scheduling and production control algorithms for manufacturing enterprises
- Developing effective air traffic management systems
- Analyzing the feasibility of relying on teams of autonomous vehicles for military and civilian applications
Why Study at BU?
The BU College of Engineering has made a major commitment to systems engineering as a discipline. We recently created a Division of Systems Engineering with 13 participating faculty members and additional research affiliates from across the University. The division is closely tied to the Center for Information & Systems Engineering, an interdisciplinary research center that brings together researchers with expertise in engineering, computer science, mathematics and management. The center’s strong industry connections provide opportunities for internships, exposure to “real-world” systems engineering problems and eventual employment opportunities.
BU offers research-based Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy programs in Systems Engineering, as well as a professional Master of Engineering degree. Systems Engineering is also available to undergraduates as a minor.
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.
Master of Science (MS) with thesis in Systems Engineering (SE)
The Master of Science (MS) with thesis in Systems Engineering (SE) is designed to provide advanced training in systems engineering for students focusing on a research-oriented career in academia or industry.
Master of Science (MS) non-thesis in Systems Engineering (SE)
The Master of Science (MS) non-thesis in Systems Engineering (SE) program requires students to establish the necessary foundation of systems engineering in addition to advanced systems engineering coursework and requires the student to complete a project one-on-one with a professor or in an approved class setting.
Master of Engineering (MEng) in Systems Engineering (SE)
The Master of Engineering (MEng) in Systems Engineering is a professional degree program designed for students focusing on engineering, consulting, or management careers in industry, business, or government. The program provides flexibility in course selection to allow students to gain sufficient depth and breadth in their area of concentration while complementing these with courses outside their concentration area.
Master’s Degree Internship Degree Option: Engineering with Practice
The Engineering Practice designation, when added to an MS or MEng degree, recognizes the power of combining rigorous academic coursework with supervised real-world research or industrial applications.
LEAP: A Master’s Program for non-Engineers
A unique program that enables students without an undergraduate engineering degree to earn a master's degree in engineering.
Minor in Systems Engineering
Undergraduates can earn a minor in Systems Engineering, where they learn about building, analyzing and managing electrical, mechanical, chemical, biological or logistical systems, among others.