The System Dynamics & Control (SDC) concentration in the Electrical Engineering graduate program offers a wide range of courses in this highly interdisciplinary field. Students study alongside those from other disciplines and learn both advanced theoretical techniques as well as practical real-world application. 

The SDC concentration is supported by the Center for Nonlinear Dynamics & Control with core skills in nonlinear systems control, modeling, system identification, analysis, optimization and prognostics & diagnostics. The Center works closely with industry and government funding bodies and operates the following laboratories: 

  • Advanced Control Theory and Applications
  • Automotive Research Laboratory
  • Dynamic Systems Laboratory
  • Heterogeneous Autonomous Vehicles Laboratory (HAVLab)
  • Mechatronic Systems Laboratory
  • Unmanned Surface and Underwater Vehicles Laboratory

Degree Requirements

Ten courses (30 credits) are required to complete a Master’s in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in System Dynamics & Control (SDC).

Required Core Courses:


And at least one Math course from:


Area Courses (at least 3 from):


Thesis Option Courses:


Breadth Courses:
Additional courses may be selected with the approval of your advisor to complement those above and to support your professional interests.

A Concentration Degree Plan is available here.

Degree plans must be submitted before registering for your first semester. The degree plan must meet general departmental requirements for graduation, and the specific SDC concentration requirements detailed above. The deadline for the submission of your degree plan for an SDC-Concentration MS degree is:

  • For full and part-time students:  before registering for your first semester.
  • For 5-year BS/MS students:  before registering for fall semester of your senior year.

Academic Advisors

Dr. Ahmad Hoorfar
Director of Graduate Studies


Shalini Sunkara, graduate of Villanova's Master's in Electrical Engineering program.

“Villanova offers a strong research-oriented graduate school program. It has extremely qualified faculty willing to help students excel in their areas of interest.”

Shalini Sunkara, Senior Project Electrical Engineer, Lutron Electronics

Mark Schaff, graduate of Villanova's Master's in Electrical Engineering program.

“The professors in Electrical Engineering are very easy to work with and the program itself is tailorable. I appreciated how I was able to select classes that matched my professional interests.”

Mark Schaff, Systems Engineering Lead, The Boeing Company


Jad Rabah works in the lab with Associate Professor Rosalind Wynne.

“Villanova's professors aren't only academics. They are industry experts who understand how things work. That makes them so much more valuable to us as students.”

Jad Rabah, Advanced Space Systems Engineer, Telesat Canada