​MS in Systems Science & Mathematics

The Master of Science in Systems Science & Mathematics is an academic master's degree designed mainly for both full-time and part-time students interested in proceeding to the departmental full-time doctoral program and/or an industrial career.

  • The MS degree requires 30 units, which may include optionally 6 units for thesis or independent study.

  • Required courses (15 units) for the MS degree include:

ESE 551Linear Dynamic Systems I3
ESE 553Nonlinear Dynamic Systems3
ESE 520Probability and Stochastic Processes3
ESE 415Optimization 3
and one chosen from the following courses:
ESE 524Detection and Estimation Theory3
or ESE 544Optimization and Optimal Control
or ESE 545Stochastic Control
or ESE 557Hybrid Dynamic Systems
Total Units15

ESE 516 may be substituted for ESE 415.

  • The remaining courses in the program may be selected from senior- or graduate-level courses in Electrical & Systems Engineering or elsewhere in the university. Courses outside of Electrical & Systems Engineering must be in technical subjects relevant to systems science and mathematics and require the department's approval.
  • ESE 590 Electrical & Systems Engineering Graduate Seminar must be taken each semester. Master of Science students must attend at least three seminars per semester.
  • The degree program must be consistent with the residency and other applicable requirements of Washington University and the School of Engineering & Applied Science.
  • Students must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2 out of a possible 4.0 over all courses applied toward the degree.

The following courses are approved by the department as electives.

Any 400 or 500 level course in engineering, physics or mathematics with the following exceptions listed below.

The following courses ARE NOT approved by the ESE department as electives.


Requests for exceptions to this policy may be submitted to the department chair with the approval of the academic advisor of the student.