Systems Science Program

Whether you study on-campus, online or in Manhattan, the Systems Science graduate program at Binghamton University offers a unique, internationally recognized, transdisciplinary learning and research experience. In our program, you'll learn the concepts, principles and methods for understanding, modeling, analyzing, optimizing and improving various forms of complex systems.

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
  • 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

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.