Computer Systems Engineering Program College of Engineering Northeastern University

Computer Systems Engineering Program College of Engineering Northeastern University


Northeastern University Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) at Northeastern University offers students graduate degrees in 12 interdisciplinary programs at a leading institution of experiential education.

The department provides students with the opportunity to create individualized degree tracks that are tailored to their interests and experience. Students are also encouraged to complete research through collaborations with world-renowned faculty members across Northeastern's departments, and through partnerships with outside institutions and organizations. The department also participates in the university's innovative cooperative education program, which allows students the opportunity to develop industry experience while still enrolled as students.

Doctoral Degree in Computer Systems Engineering

The MIE department offers a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Computer Systems Engineering. The interdisciplinary degree presents students with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in careers related to software programming and the high tech sector. PhD students have a number of programs and tracks to choose from in order to allow for the highest level of flexibility around students' interests and backgrounds.

As with the master's degree, PhD students choose between CAD/CAM or Engineering Software Design programs. The CAD/CAM program blends mechanical and industrial engineering knowledge with CAD/CAM and computer science skills to offer students 3 tracks of study: design, manufacturing, and intelligent CAD/CAM. The Engineering Software Design program focuses on 3 areas of software engineering: object-oriented design and analysis, the construction and use of software components, and the development of server-side enterprise software systems.

Master's Degrees Available in Computer Systems Engineering

The MIE department offers the Master of Science in Computer Systems Engineering (MSCSE) through 2 distinct programs: CAD/CAM and Engineering Software Design (ESD). ESD students may choose to focus their degree program into one of 4 specialty areas: advanced software development, web development, human computer interaction, or virtual environments. Electives for the program may also be completed through the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the College of Computer and Information Science. Examples of elective courses available through the MIE department include Robot Mechanics and Control, Building Virtual Environments, and Operating Systems and Computer Architecture.

The MSCSE degree can be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis. CSE graduates have a high number of employment opportunities. Graduates hold positions in and around New York City, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Seattle, and near their alma mater in Boston.

Access to Interdisciplinary Research Centers and Laboratories

The MIE department supports 8 state-of-the-art, interdisciplinary research laboratories. The department's 2 additional research centers are also directly supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Research opportunities available through these centers cover a wide range of interests related to various areas of engineering, from robotics and mechatronics to virtual environment simulators. For instance, the Virtual Environments Laboratory conducts research and designs projects on issues related to virtual environments, training and assessment games, and embodies conversational agents. Recent projects created through the lab include virtual driving environments and a hazard detection game designed to test both new and aging drivers.

Supported by Interdisciplinary and Award-Winning Faculty Members

Most of the faculty members associated with the CSE program are from the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, but all have been involved in innovative research and laboratory programs and are widely recognized for their advancements to industry and research. Dr. Sagar Kamarthi has been presented the Dell K. Allen Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). Dr. Mieczyslaw Kokar is a member of several professional societies, including the Association for Computing Machinery and the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE). He is responsible for over 150 professional publications. Dr. Yingzi Lin has accepted 9 career awards and honors and has held a number of professional appointments during her career. She also currently directs Northeastern's Intelligent Human-Machine Systems Laboratory and co-directs the Virtual Environments Laboratory.

Faculty research interests cover a wide range of topics related to computer systems and engineering. Some topics of interest include neural networks, knowledge-based systems, information assurance, and human friendly mechatronics.

Financial Aid Opportunities

The financial aid office at Northeastern University is committed to helping students find the funds needed to complete their educations, including helping Boston residents find more than $10.5 million in financial assistance each year. In addition to federal loans and grants, Northeastern offers graduate students a number of departmental research and teaching assistantships.

Additional graduate student resources include the Double Husky Scholarship for students with bachelor's degrees from Northeastern; the Martin Luther King, Jr. Graduate Fellowship for African-American students with solid academics and financial need; and the Graduate Dean's Scholarship for students in the top third of their incoming classes.

Northeastern University -- An Experiential Research University

Founded in Boston, Massachusetts in 1898, today Northeastern University is considered one of the nation's premier experiential research universities. The university offers students access to more than 30 research centers that support collaborative, interdisciplinary research. Many of the nearly 170 graduate programs on campus are also involved with the university's cooperative education program, which provides students with opportunities to integrate professional, real-world experiences with traditional coursework in order to create a comprehensive education.

Northeastern has been recognized as one of the most climate conscious universities in the nation. The Sustainable Endowments Institute has awarded the university the highest score among Boston-based universities on their 2011 College Sustainability Report Card.

More information is available regarding graduate applications and graduate studies at Northeastern University.

Location & Contact

Contact Info
Stephen L. Gibson
Associate Director
Boston, MA 02115-5096
Phone: 617-373-2711
Fax: 617-373-2501

Degrees & Award

Programs Offered:
Offers Computer Systems Engineering (MS).
Degree Requirements:
For Master&Apos;S, Thesis Optional.
Degree Program Information:
Part-Time Programs Available.


Entrance Requirements:
For Master&Apos;S, GRE General Test. Additional Exam Requirements/Recommendations For International Students: Required&Mdash;TOEFL (Minimum Score 550 Paper-Based; 213 Computer-Based).
Application Deadline:
For Fall Admission, 2/15 Priority Date For Domestic Students, 2/15 For International Students. Applications Are Processed On A Rolling Basis.
Application Fee:
Student Statistics:
55 Applicants, 82% Accepted, 17 Enrolled.

Student Body

Student Population:
34 Full-Time (12 Women), 15 Part-Time (3 Women).

Financial Aid

Financial Aid:
In 2007&Ndash;08, 12 Students Received Support, Including 5 Teaching Assistantships With Full Tuition Reimbursements Available (Averaging $16,247 Per Year); Fellowships With Full Tuition Reimbursements Available, Research Assistantships With Full Tuition Reimbursements Available, Career-Related Internships Or Fieldwork, Federal Work-Study, Scholarships/Grants, Tuition Waivers (Full), And Unspecified Assistantships Also Available. Support Available To Part-Time Students. Financial Award Application Deadline: 2/15; Financial Award Applicants Required To Submit FAFSA.

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