Systems Ph.D. (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Systems Engineering

Program Description

Are you looking to take a leadership role within a research group or company division or as a professor? The employment prospects for the graduates of this program, both in academia and industry, are remarkably high as demand for systems experts far outweighs their supply. We expect the graduates of the program to find employment in a variety of fields, including academia, and public, private and governmental agencies specializing in energy, healthcare, defense, aerospace, information technology, policy making, etc. The applicable areas are endless because systems science and engineering are essential to tackle today’s complex global challenges.

Contact Information

Phone: 607 254-8998

606 Rhodes Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • Systems Engineering
  • Systems Engineering (minor)


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Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall: Jan. 15

Requirements Summary:

Learning Outcomes

  • Breadth in understanding of complex systems.
  • Understanding and ability to apply methodologies to design, model, and optimize complex systems.
  • Cross disciplinary breath.
  • Ability and success in applying systems approaches via their PhD thesis to complex, multi-disciplinary research problems in some area of complex systems.