Graduate Certificate in Complex Systems and Engineering

The Advanced Graduate Certificate program in Complex Systems Science and Engineering (CX) at Binghamton University offers students an opportunity to acquire knowledge and research skills in the emerging field of Complex Systems Science and Engineering, which connects several related research areas interdisciplinarily. Its educational goals are to push students to:

  • Become familiar with basic concepts and terms developed and used in Complex Systems Science and Engineering
  • Learn basic literacy of quantitative methods used in Complex Systems Science and Engineering (e.g., mathematical modeling, simulation, nonlinear statistics)
  • Acquire advanced knowledge and research skills in some areas of Complex Systems Science and Engineering that are relevant to their own research
  • Develop a broader research interest and intellectual openness/flexibility that go beyond their own areas of expertise

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What are Complex Systems?

Complex systems are networks of many components with nonlinear interactions which arise and evolve through self-organization. These properties can be found in many real-world systems, such as political organizations, human cultures/languages, national and international economy, stock markets, the Internet, social networks, global climate, food webs, brains, physiological systems, and even down to gene regulatory networks in a single cell. In all of those systems, a massive amount of microscopic components are interacting with each other in non-trivial ways, where critically important information resides in the relationships between parts, not necessarily within parts themselves. It is therefore imperative to construct a model of how such interactions form and operate in order to understand what will emerge at a macroscopic scale in the system.

Why should I get a certificate in Complex Systems Science and Engineering?

  • Get in on the ground floor of a rapidly advancing field of research
  • Apply systems science and engineering techniques and methodologies to your own research interests
  • Discover if you want to continue on with a systems science master's degree (your classes for the certificate will transfer in if you decide to continue on)
  • Add technical and engineering expertise to your resume with a program designed for an interdisciplinary perspective 

Program Requirements

The CX certificate program is open to graduate students in any major at Binghamton University (as an add-on certificate program), as well as non-matriculated students who seek continuing education (as a stand-alone certificate program). Applicants must have a minimum of 3.0 GPA in the discipline at the time of application, regardless of the program (either at Binghamton or at the previous/current institution).

Plan of study:

  • SSIE/BME 524. Graduate Seminar in Complex Systems Science (1 credit x 2 semesters; students must take it twice)
  • SSIE 523. Collective Dynamics of Complex Systems (3 credits) or ECON 696H: Agent-Based Policy Modeling (4 credits)
  • Two elective courses — one from Group A and the other from Group B (list of approved elective courses available at

With permission, an independent study may substitute for one of the elective requirements.

Application deadline

Admission to the program occurs on a rolling basis.