M.S. in Critical Infrastructure Systems
Critical infrastructure represents one of the great technical challenges of the 21st century.
Critical Infrastructure Systems is an interdisciplinary program that addresses the engineering, systems, and management challenges of the renewal and maintenance of critical infrastructure, represented by the complex network of highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, railroads, flood control structures, power grids, communications systems, green and other new infrastructure. Its aims are to help manage the capital improvement (rehabilitation, reconstruction, expansion, maintenance) and resource allocation process, create a robust and sustainable infrastructure that is resilient against multiple hazards through advanced asset management technologies, and build operational systems and programmatic capabilities for detection, protection, prevention, mitigation, and response to all hazards.
NJIT’s MS in Critical Infrastructure Systems draws on the university’s expertise in civil systems, lifecycle planning, asset management, program management, inter-dependent engineered systems, information systems, architecture, and management in a unique interdisciplinary curriculum designed to prepare skilled professionals to lead the effort to organize, analyze, manage, restore, upgrade, and secure the nation’s infrastructure across its multiple inter-dependent and complex sectors.
What do Critical Infrastructure Systems majors do?
The deterioration of the nation’s infrastructure beyond its useful life, and the rise of risks from climate change, pose major societal challenges. In order to plan for the optimal renewal of critical infrastructure, Critical Infrastructure Systems majors manage and engage in a range of value-added functions, including the high-technology based evaluation of the condition of the key lifelines of our economy, and the design and deployment of optimal holistic remediation and renewal solutions. As bridges collapse, dams breach, and water pipes burst, the scale of the diagnosis of the problems and their potential economic and safety impacts, and the identification and implementation of the optimal lifecycle renewal courses of action in maintaining and improving the country’s crumbling critical infrastructure, makes infrastructure renewal one of the great technical challenges of the 21st century. The certainty of future extreme events — natural disasters, accidents and manmade threats — the water-energy nexus, and the development of new infrastructure sectors and technologies, demand skilled resources and intelligent investment. Engineers, analysts and managers who specialize in critical infrastructure systems, evaluate, plan, engineer, build and maintain structures and infrastructure systems for future generations.
How can I find out more?
- Read our Master of Science in Critical Infrastructure Systems brochure
- Attend a graduate student open house
- Request information from our Graduate Admissions Office