I'm an undergrad student who is interested in pursuing a Masters degree in complexity science/complex systems in the U.S. I know some schools put this program under physics, math or computer science departments.

I'd like to know which schools that provide such a program. Unlike physics, maths or cs programs, it is not straight-forward to find out such a list. Any recommendations on how to get a complete list of schools that provide a masters degree in complexity science/complex systems?

  • I empathize with as I had the same issue (and ended up doing PhD in something else, but trying to hijack it to do things I want). – Piotr Migdal Jun 19 '13 at 15:51
  • BTW: What do you exactly mean by "complex systems" it is a wide term, covering a lot of very different fields. Statistical physics, mathematical modeling in biology, applied mathematics, complex networks, data-mining and machine learning, data science, etc... – Piotr Migdal Jun 19 '13 at 17:09
  • @PiotrMigdal "complex systems" is my edit there, i was checking what the OP meant by complexity science, and a quick google search gave me the impression that the terms are closely related. For instance, wikipedia redirects complexity science to complex systems. Feel free to rollback or re-edit the question, if you feel that it creates ambiguity – posdef Jun 19 '13 at 20:55
  • @PiotrMigdal That is the other problem. I think it is a safe a way to narrow down the list after I carefully check their curriculum. – Jill Clover Jun 20 '13 at 1:24
  • @PiotrMigdal Another problem is some school may name their program as "non-linear science","system science concentrate on xx", or other term I do not know yet. – Jill Clover Jun 20 '13 at 1:27

Try looking at speakers from conferences dealing with complex systems, e.g.:

You can also search for other conferences (e.g. at http://www.conference-service.com) and then check the speakers. Furthermore, looking at affiliations from recent (say - last few years) papers you like my lead to some good trails.

When it comes to webpages being hubs from complex systems, try looking at:

Some positions (including doctoral programs) and other resources are at http://www.barabasilab.com.

Also, some group websites are in my collections of links (Delicious: complexity and networks or search at my Pinboard).


Though Santa Fe Institute doesn't have a Master program, it has a Complex System Course.

  • ...and you can look at the second (or the first) affiliation of Santa Fe researchers. Usually they have one. – Piotr Migdal Jun 21 '13 at 13:43

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