Master's Degree Programs
The Systems Science and Industrial Engineering (SSIE) Department offers four master's degrees: Master of Science degrees in Systems Science (SS) and in Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE), a Master of Engineering (MEng) degree in Industrial Engineering and a Master of Engineering (MEng) degree in Systems Engineering.
The MS degree is chosen by students interested in continuing for a PhD degree and requires completion of a list of core courses. Requirements for admission are different for each degree program, as each serves students with different backgrounds. The programs can provide the flexibility required by part-time students, EngiNet (distance) students and full-time students.
The MS in Systems Science (MS SS) has the following requirements: students must complete at least 30 credit hours for a degree with a thesis, or at least 33 credit hours for a degree without a thesis. The required coursework includes computational tools, introduction to systems science, applied probability and statistics, modeling and simulation or collective dynamics of complex systems, and four approved electives plus 6 credits of thesis work (for thesis option) or six approved electives plus 3 credits of a termination project (for non-thesis option). At least one elective must be a 600-level course. You read about the experiences of other students previously in the Systems Science program here.
The MS in Industrial and Systems Engineering (MS ISE) has the following requirements: students must complete at least 30 credit hours for a degree with a thesis and at least 33 credit hours for a degree without a thesis including the required courses of applied probability and statistics, quality assurance for engineers, modeling and simulation, and enterprise systems engineering. In addition, students must complete four courses in an area of specialization or from a list of approved courses outside the department, one of which is at the SSIE 600-level. Lastly, students must undertake either of the termination requirement options:
- thesis: oral presentation and defense of the thesis;
- non-thesis: with departmental approval, the thesis requirement may be replaced by two approved elective courses and a project.
A health systems concentration is available for both MS programs. It is geared for professional or leadership roles in healthcare areas including hospital operations management, health systems engineering, bio-technology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, health information technology, consulting, and health policy. You can read testimonials from prior students of the health systems concentration programs here. The health systems concentration also exists as a one-year executive program in Manhattan.
In addition to the required courses of all students in the MSISE and MSSS programs, the student must take an additional required "core" course, i.e., SSIE 537 – Industrial & Systems Engineering in Healthcare and the student must take at least one of the approved health-care related courses in consultation with either the advisor or the graduate director, and the thesis or project must be healthcare related, chosen in consultation with the advisor.
The Master of Engineering (MEng) in Industrial Engineering (MEngIE) or in Systems Engineering (MEngSE) degree is also available. This degree equips graduates with the skills needed to be effective in industry and provides a balance of theory and practical knowledge for the practice of the profession. Taking advantage of the industrial resources in the Binghamton area allows the program to develop a realistic approach to integrating both engineering and non-engineering systems, such as those found in manufacturing, healthcare, and transportation, using a wide variety of industrial and systems engineering tools, such as modeling and simulation, statistical process control, scheduling, human factors, and supply chain management, among others. The MEng degree is a practice-oriented degree that culminates in a sequence of two courses that focus on engineering projects. The Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering is intended for individuals who are working full time and attending graduate school part time.