​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 13
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.