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.
WHAT IS THE MSCSE?
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.
WHO SHOULD ENROLL?
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
WHAT ARE THE OBJECTIVES OF THE
To improve the participant's ability to:
- Implement modern control
- Keep up with the latest control
and data acquisition strategies
- Deal with noisy, nonlinear and
- Develop new production and quality
- Work with real-time, distributed
- Develop advanced control
- Continue to learn concepts, tools,
WHY SHOULD I BE INTERESTED?
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.
CAN I USE IT TODAY?
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.
WHAT TOPICS ARE ADDRESSED?
- 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
- Lyapunov stability
- Model-predictive control on multivariable, nonlinear,
nonstationary, noisy processes.
- Robust nonlinear control system design
- Failure of superposition of effects, phase-plane analysis,
- 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
DO I ATTEND CLASS?
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
WHAT ARE THE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS?
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
WHAT ARE THE GRADUATION
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
WHAT IS A LIKELY 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. The
maximum amount of time allowed by the graduate college to complete a
Master's degree is seven years.
more about the curriculum and view sample plans of study.
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