Systems Science (PhD, MS)

Program Overview

The Systems Science and Industrial Engineering (SSIE) Department offers both the Master of Science (MS) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in systems science. The program offers a unique and internationally recognized curriculum that emphasizes faculty-student collaboration as well as teamwork across disciplines and various divisions of engineering, business and industry.

The MS in systems science emphasizes the complementary use of mathematical, computational and heuristic approaches to solving systems problems. Thesis, project and coursework-only options are available. Research areas include fuzzy logic, data analysis and knowledge discovery, uncertainty theories, generalized information theory, soft computing, intelligent control and robotics, decision making and complex systems.

A health systems concentration is available for the MS program. The department also offers a one-year executive MS in health systems based in Manhattan and a certificate program in complex systems.

Degrees Offered

  • PhD in Systems Science
  • MS in Systems Science

Internships, Research Opportunities and More

The department is dedicated to providing students with support at every level. For example, students may take advantage of the Watson Institute for Systems Excellence, a research institute for advanced studies at Binghamton University that unites students and sponsors from industry to conduct innovative research. Aside from the invigorating coursework, students also gain real-life experience through cutting-edge, industry-based research. In addition, Watson Career and Alumni Connections offers professional advice and services such as interview guidance, cover letter critiques and networking opportunities.

After You Graduate

Alumni transition easily into positions in academia and careers in industry. Graduates have been placed in companies such as IBM, Alta Devices and BAE Systems, and institutions such as the Mayo Clinic, General Electric Global Research and Tennessee Technological University.

Admission Requirements


There are many funding and scholarship opportunities at Binghamton. We encourage prospective students to review available program-specific scholarships and awards, and visit the program's website for additional information. PhD students who are registered and/or certified full-time will receive a scholarship that covers the cost of broad-based fees (this does not include international student fees). Note: Master's students are generally self-funded, although funding opportunities occasionally arise.

Accelerated/4+1 Degrees

You may also be interested in our accelerated/4+1 degree programs which allow students to complete their bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in just 5 years!

For more information, visit the Systems Science website.

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