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.

We encourage students of limited means to apply for a waiver of the application fee.  Please email enggrad@bu.edufor further details.

Program Planning Sheet & Handbook

The SE Masters with Thesis Program Planning Sheet (see Masters Handbook, Forms tab) provides a “snapshot” view of the curriculum that post-bachelors PhDs must complete.  Post-masters PhD students refer to the core offerings in order to prepare for the PhD Qualifying exam.  Post-bachelors PhD students will submit a final program planning sheet, with advisor signature, following the Prospectus Defense when you are eligible to apply to graduate with a masters while continuing PhD studies.

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

For academic program information:

Please contact Elizabeth Flagg at

For research opportunities and industrial collaborations:

Please contact Professor Ioannis Paschalidis, Director of CISE, at

Graduate Bulletin

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