Department of Systems Engineering & Management

Department of Systems Engineering & Management
Program Details

Graduate Systems Engineering (GSE) Ph.D. Program
Current as of: 01/15/2014

Degree Type: PhD

Program Description
The Department of Systems Engineering and Management offers a doctoral program which leads to the award of a Ph.D. The Doctor of Philosophy degree is a research degree that recognizes mastery in the field of Systems Engineering, a demonstrated ability to conduct independent research and the dissemination of significant and original contributions to the Systems Engineering body of knowledge.
 
School and Program Admission Criteria
The general requirements for admission to the PhD program are as follows.
 
Degree Required
An engineering Masters degree (Aeronautical, Astronautical, Aerospace, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Industrial, Mechanical, Electrical, or Systems Engineering) is required. Other relevant Masters degrees, together with an engineering BS, may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Test Required: – GRE – 550V/650Q
GPA Required: OVERALL - 3.5
Waivers to the above criteria may be granted on a case by case basis. Therefore, individuals whose academic credentials fall below any of the above criteria may apply.
 
Degree Requirements
The PhD degree program consists of two phases:
Coursework
Phase 1 includes course work and examination period of 4-6 academic quarters. All Requirements for admission to candidacy (course work, examination, committee selection and approval of research prospectus) are met. A minimum of 36 hours (post-MS) consisting of 28 hours of integrated coursework which supports the student’s area of research specialization and 8 hours of mathematics. This coursework will normally be at the 600-level or above.
Dissertation
Phase 2 is dedicated to research. This lasts 12-24 months and the PhD candidate devotes their full attention to a research problem described in their prospectus, under the direction of an approved advisor and committee. At least 48 hours must be taken (at least one year residency requirement) of Dissertation Research, leading to the successful defense of the Ph.D. dissertation.