2024-2025 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 21, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Course Catalog

College of Engineering and Computer Science

J. Cole Smith, Dean
223 Link Hall

About the College

Founded in 1901, Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) 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. The demand for individuals with degrees in engineering and computer science is greater than ever: Not only in traditional engineering settings, but also in areas such as law, medicine, public policy, finance, management, and communications.

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. ECS offers courses and programs that are designed to prepare leaders for a high-technology, diverse, and knowledge-based global community. Through courses and experiential learning, ECS offers students a breadth of opportunities and experiences that is unmatched by programs at most other universities.

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 ECS 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 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.

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; 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.

The Master of Science in Engineering Management program Master the next challenges in your career with a degree designed specifically for engineering professionals. Our rigorous 30-credit curriculum provides essential leadership, managerial, and technical skills taught by experienced Syracuse University faculty. Gain proficiency in engineering economics, technology management, and business solutions. Integrate technical and business skills to tackle complex problems and find sustainable solutions. Strengthen your knowledge of statistics, product development, simulation, and data analytics.

More information about Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science online graduate programs can be found at https://www.syracuse.edu/online/

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. Please see current guidance on taking standardized tests such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) as it pertains to your program of interest.

Please note that failure to see that transcripts, letters of recommendation, or standardized test scores 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. Doctoral fellows receive a stipend, plus a tuition scholarship of 30 credits for the academic year. Fellows devote full time to their studies and  dissertation research.

Graduate assistantships in the form of research assistantships and teaching assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis from among applications received by the due date corresponding to that program; 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 teaching instruction, while conducting their own graduate study.
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.

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




Combined Degree

Certificate of Advanced Study