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University Program: Master of Science

Master of Science is a graduate degree for those wishing not only to acquire fundamental knowledge, but also to contribute to the advancement of knowledge through independent, original research. The program prepares students for careers as

  • practicing systems engineers,
  • research engineers

and serves as a stepping stone towards the doctorate. The program consists of four components:

  • Core courses supplying the fundamentals of systems and decision sciences.
  • Elective courses through which the student can expand and deepen the knowledge relevant to his/her research.
  • Research conducted under the guidance of a faculty advisor, and leading to a master's thesis.
  • Colloquium, a regular meeting of graduate students and faculty for presentation and discussion of contemporary systems problems and research.

A candidate for the Master of Science degree must fulfill the general requirements of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the following specific requirements:

  • Complete an approved plan of study consisting of at least 32 credit hours.
  • Present a thesis proposal.
  • Author or coauthor at least one manuscript of a technical paper.
  • Pass a final examination of the thesis.

What kind of financial aid is available?

The department of Systems and Information Engineering makes every attempt to completely fund (with tuition, health insurance, and a stipend) all students for their first year. Subsequent years can be funded through Research and Teaching Assistantships.

For more information, please see the Master of Science Handbook.