Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science Binghamton University, State University of New York

Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science Binghamton University, State University of New York

Binghamton, NY
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The Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science at Binghamton University

Named for the founder of IBM Corporation, the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science at Binghamton University was founded in 1983. Today, Binghamton is home to the fastest-growing engineering school in the state, offering innovative bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs in 8 fields of study to nearly 3,000 students from around the world.

Curriculum uses a real-world approach and state-of-the-art technology to prepare students for top careers in engineering and computer science. Research programs in basic and applied science play an integral role in student education, with close to 30% of graduate students supported on sponsored research awards and teaching and graduate assistantships.

The Watson School is located near many of New York State's top high-tech industries, allowing students to take advantage of valuable industry partnerships and internships. Graduates of the Watson School have taken top positions in financial firms, high-technology businesses, research and development institutions, and management firms.

Binghamton Awarded Top Accolades

Binghamton University has received top national rankings from many well-regarded guidebooks, magazines, and research institutes for their academics, affordability, and programs. For instance, "US News and World Report" recently named Binghamton among the top 50 public universities in the nation for the school's 15th consecutive year. "The Princeton Review" has ranked Binghamton the premier public school in the Northeast and a best value nationally. The Fiske Guide to Colleges recognizes Binghamton as one of the "premier public universities in the northeast."

"The Princeton Review" also named Binghamton University's Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science among the best schools for computer science and computer engineering in the nation.

18 Graduate Engineering Programs

The Watson School offers 18 graduate degree programs in 8 fields of study. The Department of Bioengineering offers both the Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biomedical Engineering. The Department of Computer Science offers a MS and a PhD in Computer Science.

The Department of Engineering offers a Master of Engineering (MEng) in Computer Engineering. In electrical engineering, students can pursue a MEng, MS, or PhD.

The Department of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering offers 5 degrees in 2 areas of study. The industrial and systems engineering program leads to either a MEng, MS, or PhD. The systems science program leads to aMS or PhD. Both programs also offer an executive masters program in Manhattan with a focus on health systems.

Students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering can pursue a MS or PhD in Materials Science and Engineering. Their mechanical engineering program leads to a MEng, MS, or PhD.

State-of-the-Art Facilities

Research programs at the Watson School span academic departments and facilities while integrating the latest technology. The 125,000-square foot Engineering and Science (E&S) Building at the Innovative Technologies Complex (ITC), completed in 2011, is home to the mechanical engineering and electrical and computer engineering departments, and houses state-of-the-art laboratories for many research groups on campus. Adjacent to the E&S Building at the ITC are the biomedical engineering department and labs. In the center of campus, the Engineering Building houses the departments of computer science and systems science and industrial engineering as well as an advising office and career and alumni connections office. The school has developed an exceptional reputation in the areas of electronics packaging, information security, small scale systems, and intelligent systems.

There are 8 organized research centers on campus closely related to the Watson School, including the Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging Center (S3IP), Center for Advanced Microelectronics Manufacturing (CAMM), Center for Autonomous Solar Power (CASP), Center for Energy-Smart Electronic Systems (ES2), Integrated Electronics Engineering Center (IEEC), Center for Advanced Information Technologies (CAIT), Clinical Science and Engineering Research Center (CSERC), and Watson Institute for Systems Excellence (WISE).

Highly Accomplished Faculty Members

Since 2009, eight young faculty members from the Watson School have won career awards to support their research, including one recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). All faculty members bring a wide range of industry and research experience into the classroom and laboratory. For instance, Dr. Weiyi Meng, along with his colleagues, has built the largest metasearch engine in the world to improve database and information retrieval on the Internet.

Professor Kanad Ghose has completed research in high-performance computing and computer architecture that has been supported by grants from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), BAE, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), IBM, Intel Corporation, and NSF, among others.

Distinguished Professor Ron Miles conducts research on biomimetic acoustic MEMS sensors in a world-class 100 hertz cutoff anechoic chamber. His work has been supported by the NIH, NSF and DARPA.

Financial Aid Opportunities at Binghamton University

Binghamton University prides itself on offering a world-class education at affordable prices. National publications including "US News and World Report," "Kiplinger's Personal Finance," and the "Fiske Guide to Colleges" consistently rank Binghamton University among the best value universities in the nation.

Thirty percemt of current Watson School graduate students receive funding from industry and funding agencies, including the U.S. Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR). Approximately 850 competitive fellowships, graduate assistantships, research project assistantships, and teaching assistantships are awarded each year, including the prestigious Clifford D. Clark Graduate Fellowship Program for Diversity. Additional scholarships and fellowships available include the Dr. Bhagwan Gajwani Fellowship, University Women Female Graduate Student Scholarship, and the NSF-funded SUNY Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Bridge to Doctorate (BD) program.

Binghamton University -- A Premier Public University

Binghamton University was founded in 1946, and quickly established itself as one of the premier public universities in the nation. Programs are designed to offer a distinctly "global" educational experience and foster an interdisciplinary, inclusive campus environment. The university offers innovative and state-of-the-art facilities, including the Innovative Technologies Complex (ITC). The 4-building science complex is home to a multiclimate greenhouse, one of the largest teaching and research facilities of its kind. Binghamton's 4-year graduation rate is among the highest in the nation when compared with peer public research universities.

Binghamton University is located on 930-acres in Binghamton, New York, in the state's scenic Southern Tier, a safe and unaffordable location within driving distance of many urban centers such as New York City, Philadelphia, Boston and Washington, D.C. The Binghamton area offers many cultural attractions, including a regional opera company and symphony, Roberson Museum and Science Center, and the Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park, the fifth oldest zoos in the country.

Location & Contact

Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science

Binghamton University, State University of New York

4400 Vestal Parkway East
Vestal, NY 13850
United States

Ms. Ellen Tilden

Coordinator of Graduate Programs, The Watson School

Phone: 607-777-2873

Ms. Kishan Zuber

Recruiting and Admissions Coordinator

Phone: 607-777-2151
Fax: 607-777-2501

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Engineering And Applied Sciences Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Engineering (M Eng)
      Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 226
    • Doctoral Degrees 44
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 10
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? Yes
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


63% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 1,965
    • Accepted 1,253
    • Acceptance Rate 63
    • Enrolled 406
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 15
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships, Tuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Health Care Benefits, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students1021
    • Female Percentage22%
    • Male Percentage78%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students1021
    • Part-time Percentage33%
    • Full-time Percentage67%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino8%
    • Black / African American6%
    • White / Caucasian63%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian15%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander2%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown6%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty122
    • Full-time Percentage75%
    • Part-time Percentage25%
    • Female Percentage16%
    • Male Percentage84%




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