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MSCSE at a glance!
What is the MSCSE?
Who should enroll?
What are the objectives of the program?
Why should I be interested?

Can I use it today?
What are the topics addressed?
Where do I attend class?
What are the entrance requirements?
What are the graduation requirements?
What is a likely program duration?


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  • The MSCSE at a glance!

    The Master of Science in Control Systems Engineering (MS CSE) is a free standing degree program offered by the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology. Four different schools within the College are participating in the program: Chemical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Management, and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. The following information provides some insight into the degree.

    The MSCSE is designed both for practicing engineers and scientists as well as full time graduate students. Compressed video, tape, and Internet delivery from on-campus classes provide time and schedule flexibility to match busy work requirements. On- or off-campus, course options allow you to build a program that closely matches pertinent work topics and career paths. Professors connect their significant practical experience to the fundamentals.


    Engineers and scientists on the fast track. Persons who have (1) a bachelor's degree in engineering, (2) an undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or higher, and (3) the need to add new control engineering skills to better respond to continuing career opportunities and responsibilities.

    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.


    Times have changed. While control has always been important to processing, manufacturing, and environmental management; historically, technology has limited control devices to pre-computer mechanical, pneumatic, or electronic analogs of a Proportional-Integral-Derivative (PID) strategy. In most BS engineering programs, the student is required to take one course in dynamics and control. Unfortunately, that one course necessarily covers the analysis of the PID techniques. Today, computers allow the application of many advanced techniques such as model-predictive control, fuzzy-logic control, nonlinear control, multivariable control, neural network modeling, digital signal processing, data rectification, process optimization, fault detection, etc. Engineers in control positions require the knowledge and ability to apply those modern techniques. However, there is too much technology to incorporate all that is important within the single undergraduate control course of any mainstream engineering curriculum. A new plan of study, a new degree, is necessary to cover the material that is now becoming a part of standard industrial practice. On-the job training is not good enough for today's technical leaders. OSU's MSCSE program specifically addresses today's needs.

    Yes! The material you learn in class can have immediate application to your job. In some courses, with the permission of the instructor, on-the-job projects can be incorporated into classroom assignments. Where applicable, a homework assignment would read "Either do problem "X" from the back of chapter "Y"; or implement techniques "K", "L", and "M" from chapter "Y" on your job, and send a brief report on your application, method, and results." This option has several benefits. It enhances technology transfer from academe to practice. It also creates laboratory application experiences for the students, which enhances the educational benefit of the course. In addition, businesses get to explore the benefits of technology and directly participate in the student's work.

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
  • 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

Most anywhere! At your job site. On the road. In your home. Many participants in this program are working professionals. Courses will be delivered using 2-way video conferencing at existing sites in Oklahoma and videotape.  Ideally, students will attend classes in real time at a video conferencing site and participate in live discussions. Those unable to attend will be able to participate using videotapes of the classes and interacting with faculty members and other students through the Internet or by phone. More about distance learning

The usual standard for admission to the MSCSE program is to have a bachelor's degree in a mainstream engineering discipline from an ABET accredited (or equivalent) program with a 3.25 undergraduate GPA. Applicants not quite meeting these standards may be granted probationary admission based upon their overall academic and professional practice history and accomplishments. Technical degrees in other fields are acceptable, if either on-the-job experiences or formal courses have provided applicants with sufficient engineering background. More about the application process

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. More about the curriculum

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.  The maximum amount of time allowed by the graduate college to complete a Master's degree is seven years. Read more about the curriculum and view sample plans of study.

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