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Degree Requirements

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Requirements for admission to PhD candidacy

Each student must take:

  • Foundations of Complex Systems (SYSEN 6000)
  • Doctoral Colloquium (SYSEN 8000)

Furthermore, it is expected that each student will take several courses in several of the areas below. The exact subset of courses required is at the discretion of the student’s Special Committee as it depends on the specific needs of each student.

Human-Centered Modeling

  • Microeconometrics of Discrete Choice (CEE 6640)
  • Methods for Social Network Analysis (SOC 6410)
  • Judgement and Decision Making (PSYCH 7050)
  • Goals, Needs and Desires (PSYCH 6840)
  • Perceptions (PSYCH 6050)
  • Managerial Decision Making (NBA 6630)
  • Consumer Behavior (AEM 6440)
  • Foundations of Social Research: Comparative Epistemologies (DSOC 6170)
  • Applied Econometrics (AEM 6120)

Risk, Uncertainty, Stochastic Modeling and Learning

  • Risk Analysis and Management (CEE 6970)
  • Applied Stochastic Processes (ORIE 6500)
  • Risk Simulation & Monte Carlo Methods (AEM 6061)
  • Risk Communication (COMM 6860)
  • Risk Measures (ORIE 6630)
  • Decision Making Uncertainty: Empirics (ECON 7120)
  • Probability (ORIE 6510)
  • Advanced Stochastic Processes (ORIE 6540)
  • Stochastic Dynamic Programming (ORIE 6570)
  • Simulation (ORIE 6580)
  • Statistical Principles (ORIE 6700)
  • Intermediate Applied Statistics (ORIE 6710)
  • Sequential Methods in Statistics (ORIE 6720)
  • Optimal Learning (ORIE 6750)
  • Bayesian Statistics and Data Analysis (ORIE 6780)

System Design and Optimization

  • Model-Based Systems Engineering (SYSEN 6100)
  • Systems Behavior and Optimization (SYSEN 6200)
  • Systems Architecture (SYSEN 6400)
  • Mathematical Programming I (ORIE 6300)
  • Mathematical Programming II (ORIE 6310)
  • Nonlinear Programming (ORIE 6320)
  • Interior-Point Methods for Mathematical Programming (ORIE 6325)
  • Semidefinite Programming (ORIE 6327)
  • Convex Analysis (ORIE 6328)
  • Combinatorial Optimization (ORIE 6334)
  • Foundations of Game Theory and Mechanical Design (ORIE 6350)

Complex Systems Science

  • Applied Dynamical Systems (MATH 7170)
  • Complex systems (TAM 6780)
  • Non-linear dynamics and Chaos (TAM 5780)
  • Asymptotics and perturbation methods (TAM 6130)
  • Theory of Computing (CS 6810)
  • Complex dynamical systems (MATH 6820)

In addition to these courses, each student will be required to complete two minors in either engineering, business, or the sciences (including social sciences) or other appropriate courses relating to areas such as health care, agriculture, etc. The criteria for how many and what courses must be taken in each minor are at the discretion of the committee members, although some fields may recommend their faculty to enforce specific guidelines.

Requirements for the Graduate Minor

A student majoring in another graduate field can obtain a Minor in Systems by successfully completing four courses, including SYSEN 6000 and SYSEN 6100. The courses must be approved by a member of the Field of Systems who is a member of the student's Special Committee. Any course used to satisfy requirements of the student's major field of doctoral study may not be used to satisfy the Minor in Systems.