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Frequently Asked Questions about General Aspects of the Systems Science Program

1. What is the Systems Science program all about?

Systems Science is a multidisciplinary field of study which deals with quantitative approaches to the way "things" interact, and the behaviors which emerge as a result of that interaction. The "things" can be -- anything. How do atoms interact to cause molecules to happen? How do people interact to cause organizations to happen? How do computer networks, transportation networks, and support networks among married women in Morocco form and evolve, change and grow? The breadth of the Systems Science approach can be read in the names of the departments at PSU we work with: Anthropology, Business, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Economics, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Engineering & Technology Management, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Psychology, and Sociology.

To get an idea of the breadth of the areas of concern, you might want to follow the pointers on the Systems Science Links page.

You may want to obtain a hardcopy packet of information from the Systems Science Program office.

Every attempt is made to keep these Frequently Asked Questions up to date. However, they are not an authoritative source -- for that you must consult the primary source documents and your faculty advisor.

2. What kinds of degrees does the Systems Science program offer?

The Systems Science program offers two interdisciplinary degrees, a Ph.D. and a Masters degree. The participating academic departments also offer their own disciplinary Masters degrees.

3. How and where do I apply for admission to the degree programs?

All applications are administered through the Systems Science program office.

4. Is financial assistance available from the Systems Science program?

There are no Teaching Assistantships available from Systems Science, but there may be some within the participating departments. A limited number of Graduate Research Assistantships are available, and granted competitively to those students who have demonstrated a superior ability for work within the field. Currently, there are no postdoctoral positions available in Systems Science.