As one of the first and only online graduate programs in system dynamics, WPI’s online MS in System Dynamics program will give you the tools and expertise to strategically influence decision making using system dynamics, a computer-aided modeling technique for understanding complex issues. Our program has foundational roots in MIT, the birthplace of system dynamics, and is designed to help students from across a wide variety of industries improve their decision-making abilities, determine effects of business decisions, and analyze situations to identify paths of actions.

WPI’s online master of science in system dynamics will enable you to become a vital force for change in your organization by learning improved modeling techniques in system dynamics. As a WPI student, you’ll work with the best and brightest to understand how to:

  • Enhance your decision-making effectiveness
  • Prioritize and implement policy changes
  • Determine the effect of varying business decisions
  • Anticipate the impact of economic and market changes

WPI also offers an online graduate certificate in System Dynamics.

I would highly recommend taking system dynamics courses from WPI. The online learning program puts it all together for you by bringing the best people in the field together for an optimal learning experience.
Munaf S.O. Aamir
National Infrastructure Simulations and Analysis Center (NISAC)
Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico

Courses

Degree requirements: 10 courses, 30 credit hours. All courses include use of modeling and each course normally utilizes one specific application. You will work with a faculty advisor to develop a customized and relevant plan of study selected from the courses below.

REQUIRED COURSES

2 courses, (6 credits)

  • SD 550. System Dynamics Foundation: Managing Complexity
  • SD 551. Modeling and Experimental Analysis of Complex Problems

Level A

Select 2 or 3 courses, (6 to 9 credits)

  • SD 552. System Dynamics for Insight
  • SD 553. Model Analysis and Evaluation Techniques
  • SD 556. Strategic Modeling and Business Dynamics
  • SD 557. Latent Structures, Unintended Consequences, and Public Policy

Level B

Select three or 4 courses, (9 to 12 credits)

Level C: Electives

Select 1 to 3 courses (3 to 9 credits in consultation with your advisor)

  • SD 558. Introduction to Agent-Based Modeling
  • SS 590. Special Topics in System Dynamics (credit as specified)
  • Up to six credit hours of directed research
  • *MA 510/CS 522. Numerical Methods
  • *MA 512. Numerical differential equations
  • Approved graduate coursework in mathematics, organizational studies, economics, business, engineering, or applied sciences. This may include but not be limited to the following courses:
    • ACC 503. Financial Intelligence for Strategic Decision Making
    • FIN 500. Financial Information Management
    • FIN 521. Financial Management in a Global Environment
    • OBC 500. Group and Interpersonal Dynamics in Complex Organizations
    • OBC 536. Organization Design
    • OBC 537. Leading Change
    • CE 574. Water Resources Management
    • SYS 501. Concepts of Systems Engineering
    • SYS 521. Model Based Systems Engineering

*These courses are only offered on campus.

Prerequisites

Students must have an undergraduate degree, in any area of study, from an accredited university.

System Dynamics Society

As a member of the System Dynamics Society, WPI is leading the way in promoting the use of system dynamics modeling. System dynamics is commonly used by top-level managers and policy makers to improve decision making and strategic thinking.  

Designing Educational Programs in System Dynamics

Our faculty members describe the design and rationale for WPI's programs, with the goal of soliciting program-specific feedback from the system dynamics community. We also facilitate wider discussion about the appropriate content, design, and pedagogy of degree programs and courses in system dynamics.

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After Graduation

Graduates of the Online MS in System Dynamics program often advance in their current companies, work as consultants, and are hired at leading organizations including the Boeing Company, Fidelity Investments, Pratt & Whitney, NASA Langley Research Center, and Oracle.

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