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Degree Programs

At the undergraduate level, we offer a BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering and at the graduate level, we have two programs -- one in Systems Science and another in Industrial and Systems Engineering. At the master's level, our department offers (MS) degrees in Systems Science (SS) and Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE).

Those pursuing MS ISE and MS SS degrees also have the option to choose a concentration in Health Systems. In addition, we offer a Master of Engineering (MEng) degree with a concentration in Systems Engineering.

The department also offers the 4+1 program for qualified undergraduates, which allows completion of requirements toward an MS either in Systems Science (SS) or Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) in a relatively short period of time (5 years). A similar program is also in place for an advanced degree from the School of Management.

The diversity of offerings within our department is one of our strengths.

Undergraduate Program in Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE)

The SSIE department's Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering (BS ISE) is designed to combine engineering skills, systems thinking and business/information processing. The emphasis is on the application of engineering fundamentals with a balanced treatment of theory, design and experience. To complete this BS degree in industrial and systems engineering, students must complete 64 credit hours. The degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

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Fast Track BS-MBA

The Watson School and the School of Management cooperate to offer a combined Fast Track BS-MBA program, which allows Watson students to earn an MBA in one additional year beyond the normal four-year BS degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering. Interested students should apply in their junior year, and can obtain more information from the Watson Fast-Track Masters in Business Administration Combined Degree Program page which includes a sample Program of Study (.xls, 70kb) for Industrial and Systems Engineering.

ISE Program Educational Objectives

ISE graduates should be capable of:

  1. designing, developing and managing complex processes and systems involving people, information, equipment and financial and material assets, with special emphasis on using statistics, design of experiments and simulation.
  2. joining and contributing to industrial, government and service organizations, and operating effectively in dynamic and uncertain environments with a high level of professional and ethical standards.
  3. independent learning, including being prepared for professional certifications and/or advanced degrees in reputable graduate schools in manufacturing, service and enterprise systems.
  4. communicating effectively and contributing in a diverse team environment.

Master's Degrees

The SSIE Department offers three master's degrees: Master of Science degrees in Systems Science (SS) and in Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) and a Master of Engineering (MEng) degree.

The MS degree is chosen by students interested in continuing on for a PhD degree and requires completion of a list of core courses. Requirements for admission are different for each degree program, as each serves students with different backgrounds. The programs can provide the flexibility required by part-time students, EngiNet (distance) students and full-time students.

The requirements to complete the MS in Systems Science (MSSS) are introduction to systems science, applied probability and statistics, systems problem solving, modeling and simulation, professional seminar, five approved electives, including a 600-level course (research level), and a termination requirement.

The MS in Industrial and Systems Engineering (MSISE) has the following requirements: students must complete 30 credit hours including the required courses of applied probability and statistics, quality assurance for engineers, modeling and simulation, and the science of manufacturing. In addition, students must complete four courses in an area of specialization or from a list of approved courses outside the department, one of which is at the 600 level. Lastly, students must undertake either of the following independent study options:

For both Master's Degrees, a Health Systems Concentration is also available: This concentration is designed for full-time students who have little or no experience in the healthcare sector. It is geared to prepare professional or leadership roles in the healthcare areas including hospital operations management, health systems engineering, bio-technology, pharmaceuticals, medical devises, health information technology, consulting, and health policy.

In addition to the required courses of all students in the MSISE and MSSS programs,  the student must take an additional required "core" course, i.e., SSIE 537 – Industrial & Systems Engineering in Healthcare and the student must take at least one of the approved health-care related courses in consultation with either the advisor or the graduate director, and the thesis or project must be healthcare related, chosen in consultation with the advisor.

The Master of Engineering (MEng) in Industrial Engineering (MEngIE) or in Systems Engineering (MEngSE) degree. 

This degree equips graduates with the skills needed to be effective in industry and provides a balance of theory and practical knowledge for the practice of the profession. Taking advantage of the industrial resource in the Binghamton area allows the program to develop a realistic approach to integrating both engineering and non-engineering systems, such as those found in manufacturing, healthcare, and transportation, using a wide variety of industrial and systems engineering tools, such as modeling and simulation, statistical process control, scheduling, human factors, and supply chain management, among others. The MEng degree is a practice-oriented degree that culminates in a sequence of two courses that focus on engineering projects.  The Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering is intended for individuals who are working full time and attending graduate school part time.

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Doctoral Degree in Systems Science and Industrial and Systems Engineering

The Department of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering offers the department offers two Ph.D. programs, one in Industrial and Systems Engineering and another in System Science. Research areas include uncertainty, fuzzy logic, optimization, intelligent systems, human factors/ergonomics, health systems, supply chain management, and the electronics manufacturing process, particularly in the areas of printed circuit board production and automated assembly.

The minimum requirements are:

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Last Updated: 1/9/12