Watson School Graduate Programs

Superior education. Boundless career opportunities.

The Watson School educates over 700 graduate students per year, 18 percent of whom are women and 67 percent of whom are international students. Our graduates are eagerly sought by high-technology businesses, financial firms, research and development institutions, and management firms. Many Watson graduates are employed at BAE, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Paine Webber and Goldman Sachs.

Graduate degree programs by department

Bioengineering

  • Biomedical Engineering (MS, PhD)

Computer Science

  • Computer Science (MS, PhD)

Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Computer Engineering (MEng)
  • Electrical Engineering (MEng, MS, PhD)

Systems Science and Industrial Engineering

  • Industrial and Systems Engineering (MEng, MS, PhD)
  • Systems Science (MS, PhD)

Mechanical Engineering

  • Materials Science and Engineering (MS, PhD)*
  • Mechanical Engineering (MEng, MS, PhD)
*University-wide degree offered through the graduate school

Research opportunities abound

Research programs play an integral role in graduate studies at the Watson School. In addition to those receiving University-sponsored teaching/research assistantships, over 100 graduate students are supported on research grants from government agencies and contracts from industrial partners.

Faculty are active in:

  • Applied nanomaterials
  • Bio-MEMS/NEMS
  • Computer security
  • Control systems
  • Electronics manufacturing
  • Electronics packaging (thermal, fluids, structural, electrical, materials, reliability)
  • Electronics, photonics
  • Human factors
  • Information hiding and digital imagery
  • Information systems
  • Materials synthesis and characterization
  • Microfluidic devices
  • Multi-core computer algorithms
  • Networking, virtual machines
  • Signal processing and communications
  • Solar power, photovoltaic devices
  • Simulation
  • Supply chain management

Funding

A number of traditional funding agencies and industries support the Watson School, including:

  • BAE Systems
  • Department of Defense
  • General Electric
  • IBM
  • Lockheed Martin
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • National Science Foundation
  • New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR)
  • Systems Research Center
  • Texas Instruments
  • Universal Instruments

Financial support

Competitive teaching and research assistantships are available to all graduate students in good academic standing. You may also be considered for federal and state financial support based on eligibility requirements.

To apply

Applications are considered for both spring and fall semesters and are reviewed on a rolling basis. For fall semester admission, apply during the months of January through April. For spring admission, apply from September through November. Assistantships and fellowships are awarded as part of the application approval process.

Your application should include:

  • official transcripts
  • two letters of recommendation
  • a personal statement including mention of your interests

International applicants should also include:

  • official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores
  • a statement of financial means

For more information and to apply, visit the Prospective Students section of our Graduate School admissions website.

Last Updated: 11/26/13