2018-2019 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 25, 2024  
2018-2019 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Engineering and Computer Science

Teresa Abi-Nader Dahlberg, Dean
223 Link Hall

About the College

These are exciting times in engineering and computer science. Revolutionary changes in multiple areas continue to transform the operations of most traditional employers of engineers and computer scientists. The demand for individuals with degrees in engineering and computer science is greater than ever. In addition, new nontraditional opportunities for engineering and computer science graduates are opening in law, medicine, public policy, finance, management, and communications. Traditional tools and technical know-how are often no longer enough. Today’s engineers and computer scientists must possess a broader set of perspectives, experiences, and skills to contribute successfully in a dynamic, rapidly changing world.

Syracuse University College of Engineering and Computer Science (E&CS) offers courses and programs that are designed to prepare leaders for a high-technology, knowledge-based global community. Through courses in the college and across the University, E&CS offers students a breadth of opportunities and experiences that is unmatched by programs at most other universities.

E&CS students may choose from a variety of study options, including technical and non-technical minors, combined B.S./M.S. degree programs, and a combined undergraduate degree program between E&CS and the College of Arts and Sciences. The college also offers its students opportunities for co-op, study abroad, and undergraduate research.

Founded in 1901, E&CS enjoys a long-standing reputation for excellence and innovation. The college community is composed of outstanding students, faculty, and staff who are dedicated to personal excellence and success.

Educational Mission and Vision

The College Mission

The mission of the college is to promote learning in engineering and computer science through integrated activities in teaching, research, scholarship, creative accomplishments, and service.

The College Vision

The vision of the college is to earn recognition among universities for engineering and computer science programs that prepare leaders for a high-technology, knowledge-based, global community. The vision for E&CS is a distinct student-centered research university model for engineering and computer science education. Features of this model include the following:

  • the commitment that all programs relate directly to students and their learning experiences;
  • the commitment that research is an integral element of the learning environment;
  • the flexibility for students to pursue the diversity of learning opportunities available in a broad university setting; and
  • the commitment to world-class quality in courses and programs.

Graduate Program Overview

The College of Engineering and Computer Science was established in 1901, the fifth of the 11 schools and colleges within Syracuse University today. The college is dedicated to graduate as well as undergraduate education in engineering, computer science, systems and information science, and research. Its research efforts, which total nearly 25 percent of all sponsored research at Syracuse University, contribute significantly to student development as well as to the continued professional growth of the faculty. Graduate education and research, particularly at the Ph.D. level, are inseparable.

The faculty numbers 80 full-time members, most of whom are research scholars of national and international renown. Full-time graduate enrollment in the college totals approximately 1100 students.

Distance Programs

The College of Engineering and Computer Science has a long and proud history of preparing students to produce practical and sustainable solutions for the most important technological, scientific, and social challenges impacting the future. Through our highly interactive online degree programs, students develop the skills to address critical issues ranging from national security threats to building energy efficient systems. Our online master’s degree programs take education beyond theoretical learning with inclusive, interdisciplinary, and collaborative experiences that prepare graduates to solve real-world problems.

Through cutting-edge research, curricular innovations, and multidisciplinary collaboration, the Master of Science in Cybersecurity prepares students to identify, prevent, and counteract cybercrime. Students in the M.S. in Cybersecurity program develop the expertise to design and develop secure, assured systems. Curriculum focuses on: Design of new systems that are inherently secure; Protection of systems such as web, mobile, and critical infrastructures; Systems assurance through application of mathematical logic; Analysis and detection of malware and other cyberattacks; and Data mining and anomaly detection to identify suspicious cyber behavior.

The Master of Science in Computer Science program prepares students to discover groundbreaking solutions to the world’s most complex technological challenges. Through a curriculum that places an emphasis on mathematical evaluation, the program prepares students to: Incorporate emerging technologies into new system designs; Develop expertise in areas such as security and assurance, artificial intelligence, computer architecture, and advanced programming; and Build the analytical, critical-thinking, and mathematical skills necessary to take on advanced challenges.

The Master of Science in Computer Engineering program teaches students to create groundbreaking hardware, software, and assured solutions for new and emerging systems. The M.S. in Computer Engineering curriculum is crafted around our faculty’s groundbreaking research in the areas of: Artificial intelligence; The application of data mining methodologies; Assured systems that degrade the face of attack and failure; and The intersection of computational complexity, formal methods, and programing language semantics. Students learn innovative thinking strategies and solve computer engineering challenges in areas such as security and assurance, network systems, computer architecture, and advanced programming.

Students in all of our online programs complete an academically rigorous curriculum and learn in an online environment that mirrors the close interactions of traditional residential degree programs. Courses are taught by many of the same faculty members who teach on campus and faculty are trained in the unique aspects of teaching online. In addition to theoretical learning, our online programs challenge students with inclusive, interdisciplinary experiences that prepare them for real-world applications that enhance their computational, analytical, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills. More information about Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science online graduate programs can be found at http://engineeringonline.syr.edu

For a complete listing of faculty affiliated with the College of Engineering and Computer Science, see the Faculty section.


Applicants must complete the application for admission found online at www.applyweb.com/cgi-bin/app?s=syr. International students must take the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE); this requirement is rarely waived.

Please note that failure to see that transcripts, letters of recommendation, or GRE scores are provided may delay processing. It is advisable to apply as early as possible.

Nonmatriculated students may register through University College. Up to 12 credits of nonmatriculated graduate credit may be transferred toward a degree program if the applicant is subsequently admitted. Performance in courses taken for nonmatriculated credit carries considerable weight in evaluating the application.

Graduate Awards

Syracuse University fellowships are awarded competitively from applications received by January 1 on an all-University basis. Doctoral fellows receive a stipend, plus a tuition scholarship of 30 credits for the academic year. Fellows devote full time to their studies and are not assigned duties.

Graduate assistantships in the form of research assistantships and teaching assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis from among applications received by February 1; assistantships are usually not available at any other time of the year. Research assistants are required to assist their sponsoring faculty to perform research. Teaching assistants are required to assist with undergraduate/graduate instruction as well as to work on research projects.
Recipients of these assistantships receive a stipend in addition to a tuition scholarship for up to 24 credits per year.

Information about programs to support graduate students from ethnic minority groups (African, Latino, and Native American) that are underrepresented in science and engineering fields can be found in the publication Graduate Study: College of Engineering and Computer Science.
Securing loans and part-time jobs is the responsibility of the student.

To apply for fellowships or assistantships, check the proper place on the application for admission.




Combined Degree

Certificate of Advanced Study