Systems Science Program

The current COVID-19 crisis has made the whole world increasingly more aware of the relevance of Systems Science, its concepts and methodologies. How rapid and counter-intuitive is the exponential growth? Why are mathematical models and computer simulations important and helpful for real-world problem solving? How do social networks play a key role in contagion processes? Why can social distancing change the epidemic property of our social system? How critical are supply chain and healthcare systems management for saving lives in emergency situations? All of these are Systems Science questions. The abilities and skills to understand, model, predict and manipulate complex systems are more important than ever.

We, the Systems Science program at Binghamton University, are committed to disseminating those critically needed systems skills for a wide variety of professional and academic workforces for the betterment of our global society. We offer highly unique, internationally recognized, transdisciplinary learning and research experiences. Join us to make a difference to the world.

Programs Offered

  • PhD in Systems Science
  • MS in Systems Science
  • MS in Systems Science with Health Systems concentration
  • MS in Systems Science: Executive Health Systems concentration in Manhattan
  • MPA/MS in Systems Science
  • Advanced Graduate Certificate in Complex Systems Science and Engineering (available for all majors)

Selected Research Topics

  • Mathematical Modeling of Systems
  • Computer Simulation
  • Soft Computing
  • Machine Learning
  • Intelligent Control
  • Optimization
  • Statistical Modeling
  • Data Analytics
  • Information Theory
  • System Dynamics
  • Nonlinear Dynamics
  • Agent-Based Modeling
  • Game Theory
  • Computational Social Science
  • Complex Networks
  • Decision Making and Management
  • Health Systems; Sustainability
  • Transdisciplinary Research

Required Course Descriptions, Electives

Most of the courses are available fully online via Watson College’s EngiNet distance learning service.

Master's in Systems Science (MS SS)

Students must complete four required courses while maintaining at least a B average. Students will choose to complete either SSIE-520 or SSIE-523. 

Sample electives
Thesis option:

4 electives (at least one at 600-level) plus 6 credits of thesis work followed by oral presentation and defense.

Non-thesis option:

5 electives (at least one at 600-level) plus a project of at least 3 credits.

PhD in Systems Science (PhD SS)

Degree requirements include:

  • satisfaction of the learning contract, including proficiency in teaching and residence requirements
  • pass a comprehensive exam
  • presentation of a colloquium on proposed research
  • acceptance of a prospectus outlining dissertation research
  • submission of a dissertation, and
  • defense of a dissertation at oral examination

Application Deadline

Admission to the program occurs on a rolling basis.

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