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Binghamton University, State University of New York

Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science

Binghamton, NY


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A public university offering private-college quality

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. Binghamton University-SUNY has received top national rankings from many well-regarded publications. For instance, "US News & World Report" ranks Binghamton among the top 90 National Universities, the 40 Top Public Schools, and the Best Engineering Schools for graduate students. "The Princeton Review" has ranked Binghamton as a Best Public School, Best Northeastern School, and one of its Colleges That Pay You Back based on the quality of instruction and cost of tuition. Binghamton-SUNY is also among the "US News" top 20 Best Colleges for Veterans, and "GI Jobs" publisher Victory Media has included Binghamton on its Military Friendly Colleges list for 6 years.

Graduate study at the Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science

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, the Watson School, based in Vestal, NY, 15 minutes from Binghamton, has a graduate student body of more than 1000 students. Women account for more than 20% of Watson School's graduate students, and more than 70% of the graduate student body consists of international students. 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 more than 100 of the Watson School's graduate students supported on sponsored research awards. 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. Master's and doctoral degree programs are available in biomedical engineering, computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, industrial and systems engineering, systems science, materials science and engineering, and mechanical engineering.

Graduate engineering degree programs

The Watson School's Department of Bioengineering offers both the Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biomedical Engineering. The MS in Biomedical Engineering program requires 1.5 to 2.5 years of study to prepare students for academic and industry research careers. The PhD program takes anywhere from 3 to 5 years, with the goal of preparing graduates for research and development work. The Department of Electrical and Computer Science offers a MS and a PhD in Computer Science. The master's degree program requires between 8 and 10 courses, dependent on whether the student chooses the thesis, project, or comprehensive exam graduation option. Doctoral program students are required to earn a minimum of 24 credit hours in residence, pass 5 qualifying exams, present and defend a dissertation, and meet other academic requirements. The Department of Engineering offers a Master of Engineering (MEng) with a specialization in computer engineering or electrical engineering, a program that does not require a thesis or capstone project. The MS in Electrical Engineering program requires 18 to 24 months of full-time study, including a thesis or capstone project. The PhD in Electrical Engineering program requires 24 credit hours of research-area focused study; each program is tailored to the student's area of inquiry. The Department of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering offers 5 degrees in 2 areas of study. The industrial and systems engineering program leads to a MEng, MS, or PhD degree. The systems science program leads to a MS or PhD. Both programs also offer an executive master's degree 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. The department's mechanical engineering program leads to a MEng, MS, or PhD.

State-of-the-art research and laboratory 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. The building attained LEED Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council in 2013. 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 acoustics & vibrations, cyber security, 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, ten 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, Watson School Interim Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, and his colleagues built the largest metasearch engine in the world to improve database and information retrieval on the Internet. Professor Kanad Ghose, Chair of the Department of Computer Science, 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, Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department, 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. More than 100 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). The Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence (SPIR), a New York State program that provides funding for engineering and applied science graduate students to assist small and medium-sized businesses solve technical challenges. 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 and the National Science Foundation Bridge to the Doctorate. Additional scholarships and fellowships available include the Graduate Tuition Opportunity Program for minority students and the Yellow Ribbon Program for qualified veterans.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Engineering (M Eng)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Master of Science (MS)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 454
Doctoral Degrees 33
Other Advanced Degrees 3

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
Distance learning programs available? Yes
Terminal master's degree available? No

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test
Comp Exam Required for some
Thesis Required for some
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test
Comp Exam Required for some
Thesis Required


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE General Test
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE General Test

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 550
TOEFL IBT score: 80

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards February 15
Types of financial support available Fellowships
Research Assistantships
Teaching Assistantships
Health Care Benefits
Institutionally-sponsored Loans
Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 2.7%
Black or African American 3.23%
White or Caucasian 11%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.09%
Asian 3.66%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.09%
Two or more races 0.52%
Unknown 0%


Male (75%)
Female (24%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 108
Part-time - 0
Male (89)
Female (19)

Location & Contact

Address 4400 Vestal Parkway East
Binghamton, NY  13902-6000
United States
Contact Ms. Ellen Tilden
Coordinator of Graduate Programs, The Watson School
Phone: 607-777-2873

Binghamton University, State University of New York