M.S. in Engineering & Technology Management @ OSU


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The Master of Science in Control Systems Engineering is a free-standing degree program provided by the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology.  Participating schools within the College include: Chemical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Management, and Mechanical and
Aerospace Engineering.  The curriculum has been designed to meet the following objectives:

To improve the participant's ability to:

  • Implement modern control techniques
  • Keep up with the latest control and data acquisition strategies
  • Deal with noisy, nonlinear and nonstationary processes
  • Develop new production and quality control procedures
  • Work with real-time, distributed software
  • Develop advanced control procedures
  • Continue to learn concepts, tools, and skills

Topics addressed include

Core Topics Supplemental Topics
  • Design and analysis of feedback control systems using frequency-domain and state-space methods

  • Model-based process control

  • Mathematical representations of systems

  • Controllability, observability, state estimation, and parameter identification

  • Lyapunov stability

  • Model-predictive control on multivariable, nonlinear, nonstationary, noisy processes.

  • Robust nonlinear control system design

  • Failure of superposition of effects, phase-plane analysis, limit-cycles

  • Introduction to optimal control

  • State feedback and state observers

  • Digital data acquisition and signal processing
  • Real-time software development
  • Adaptive control
  • Intelligent systems
  • Neural network
  • Fuzzy Logic
  • Robotics: kinematics, dynamics and control
  • Production control
  • Discrete event simulation
  • Information systems
  • Statistical process control
  • Designed experimentation
  • Digital signal processing
  • Engineering systems reliability evaluation
  • Software engineering
  • Chemical process instrumentation and control
  • Computer networks

Entrance Requirements
Information regarding entrance to the MSCSE Degree can be found on our Admissions Page.

Graduation Requirements
There are two options for the MSCSE degree: Research and Creative Component. The creative component option consists of 33 semester credit hours (SCH). At least three courses are selected from a set of four core courses. One course must be selected which has a significant project that can count as the creative component. Two additional courses must be chosen from one particular category to establish depth. The five remaining courses can come from throughout the approved list of courses. The research option consists of 30 semester credit hours (SCH), of which six hours consist of research. A list of program courses can be found here.

Research Option

Creative Component Option

  • 3 courses from the 4 core courses
  • 3 courses from the 4 core courses
  • 6 SCH  of research
  • 1 course which has a significant project that can count as the creative component
  • 2 additional courses from any one category to establish depth
  • 2 additional courses from any one category to establish depth
  • 3 additional courses from throughout the approved list of courses
  • 5 additional courses from throughout the approved list of courses

The core courses are...

  • CHE 5853 - Advanced Process Control
  • ECEN 5713 - Linear Systems
  • MAE 5463 - Nonlinear Systems Analysis and Control
  • MAE 5473 - Digital Control Systems

In addition to the core control courses, we offer five areas of control-relevant specialization (off-campus video or TV offerings are from a limited subset of these courses). The five areas are Signal Processing, Modeling, Analytical/Numerical Methods and Simulation, Equipment/Software/Operating Systems, and Systems and Control. The courses that fall in these areas are shown in the following table.

Signal Processing


Analyit/Num Methods and Simulation

Systems and Control


ECEN 5513 CHE 5473 CS 5513 CHE 4843 BAE 5413
ECEN 5523 ECEN 5783 CS 5543 CHE 5853 CS 4273
ECEN 5763 MAE 5043 CS 5013 ECEN 4413 CS 4283
ECEN 5783 ECEN 5733 CHE 5703 ECEN 5413 CS 5273
ECEN 5793 STAT 5053 MAE 5093 MAE 4053 CS-interfacing
ECEN 6423 STAT 5303 MAE 5563 MAE 5433 MAE 5373
ECEN 4773 STAT 5513 MATH 4583 MAE 5453 MAE 5483
IEM 4103 IEM 4113 MATH 5023 MAE 5463 MAE 5493
IEM 5103 IEM 5133 MATH 5553 MAE 5473 ECEN 5123
STAT 5053 IEM 6713 MATH 5593 MAE 5483 ECEN 5253
STAT 5053   MATH 4553 ECEN 5713 ECEN 5293
STAT 5303   ECEN 5113 ECEN 6453 ECEN 5553
STAT 5513   IEM 4713 MAE 6463 IEM 5803
    IEM 5013 MAE 6483 IEM 4723
    IEM 5033 MAE 5923 IEM 6113
    IEM 5643 MATH 5523 BAE Int’l st’d in des
    IEM 5703 IEM 4613  
    IEM 5713 IEM 5613  
    IEM 5913 IEM 5633  
    IEM 6023    
    IEM 6513    

No more than 2 courses can be from the 4xxx* category, and none from the student's undergraduate major, may be used in the MSCSE degree plan.

Some students who have been out of school for a while would want to take GENG-4010, Engineering Mathematics Review, to prepare for the MS Courses. GENG-4010 is a credit course, but does not count toward the MSCSE requirements.

Courses without numbers are currently being developed or are planned. All other course descriptions are in Appendix A.

In addition, students may take up to 6 SCH in a special problems course when approved by the MSCSE Program Director.

Preferably, for off-campus students choosing the creative component option, the creative component project would be a control application for their employer which would benefit the employer as well as demonstrate the student's ability to integrate a wide range of control relevant topics.

Program Duration
The MSCSE program is meant to be flexible, permitting you to build a strong degree that directly addresses your needs and prepares you for the future. The pace at which you pursue the degree will largely be determined by your specific circumstances. Three examples of MSCSE enrollment are presented below:

Fast Track Example (SCH = Semester Credit Hours)
Year Fall Spring Summer
1 6 SCH 6 SCH 3 SCH
2 6 SCH 6 SCH 3 SCH
3 3 SCH (Creat. Comp.)


Normal Track Example (SCH= Semester Credit Hours)
Year Fall Spring Summer
1 3 SCH 3 SCH  
2 3 SCH 3 SCH 3 SCH
3 3 SCH 3 SCH  
4 3 SCH 3 SCH 3 SCH
5 3 SCH (Creat.Comp.)    


On-Campus (Thesis Option, Minimum SCH)
Year Fall Spring Summer
1 9 SCH 9  SCH 3 SCH
2 9 SCH 3 SCH

Plan of Study
The following examples are used to illustrate possible course roll outs for a plan of study.  Courses may or may not be offered in an order that fits these examples exactly.  Please refer to the official course rollout when designing a plan of study. Please use the Excel spreadsheet to allow us all the information needed to create an official plan of study.  You may send your excel spreadsheet to Amanda Holley at  Current students may wish to contact  Brenda Johnson, Asst. Director, regarding their plan of study. A Plan of Study should be filed with the Graduate College prior to enrolling in the 17th credit hour of a program.

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