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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 facilitates collaboration with many departments across campus, including Environmental Science and Management, Geography, Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Public Administration and Policy, Urban Studies, Geology, Business, Engineering, Mathematics, Economics, Psychology, Sociology.

To get an idea of the breadth of the field see the Systems Science Links page.

We strive to keep the Frequently Asked Questions up to date. However, they are not an authoritative source.  Please check with your faculty advisor if you have questions.

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

The Systems Science program offers three interdisciplinary degrees, a Ph.D. a Masters degree, and a Systems Minor that is available to undegraduates across campus.

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

Students apply online, and the application process is administered through the School of the Environment/Systems Science.

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

A limited number of Graduate Assistantships are available in Systems Science, and are granted competitively to doctoral students. Currently, there are no postdoctoral positions available in Systems Science.