Ph.D. in Systems Engineering
|Major Code: 9097||Degree Awarded: Doctor of Philosophy|
|Age Restriction: N||Admission Status: graduate|
|Delivery Mode/s: classroom only||Location/s: main campus|
|Admission Materials: 3 letters of recommendation, résumé, objectives, GRE|
The Ph.D. program in systems engineering is designed to provide advanced education and research opportunities to qualified students with master's degrees. The program prepares students to conduct independent scholarly work, teach in academia or pursue advanced research careers in government, commercial or private sectors.
Applicants should have a master's degree in systems engineering from an accredited institution, though applicants with degrees in other engineering disciplines, physical sciences, computer science or mathematics will also be considered. Applicants must have a graduate degree GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. International applicants must submit paper-based TOEFL scores of 550 (or the equivalent computer- or Internet-based scores) or higher in addition to the GPA requirement. All students are required to have a combined verbal/quantitative GRE score of 315 or higher (using the 130-170 point per part scoring system).
General admission requirements and the process for applying are presented in the
The program is ideally suited to applicants with a master's degree in systems engineering and admissions preference will be given to these applicants. If an applicant does not have a master's degree in systems engineering, five master's-level core courses (or equivalents as determined by the department) are required to be successfully completed before beginning doctoral-level coursework, as follows:
The Ph.D. in systems engineering requires a minimum of 48 semester credit hours beyond the master's degree including 24 semester credit hours of doctoral-level coursework and 24 semester credit hours of dissertation research. In addition to the 24 semester credit hours of coursework, the student's major advisor may require additional courses to better prepare the student for conducting research in the selected topic.
Following successful completion of all necessary coursework, students must pass a comprehensive examination and then prepare a written dissertation proposal and have their dissertation topic approved by a committee formed according to graduate policy. Students who successfully pass the comprehensive examination and have their dissertation topic approved are then admitted to candidacy for the doctoral degree.
Students admitted to candidacy must then conduct the necessary research to prepare a written dissertation satisfying the elements agreed to by the student's doctoral committee and successfully defend the dissertation research and the written dissertation for the committee.
A candidate should have at least one technical paper in review for a refereed journal before the dissertation defense and have completed one conference paper and presented that paper at a recognized conference.
General degree requirements are presented in the
The coursework consists of a set of required courses and a set of elective courses as outlined below. Students who are newly admitted must submit a program plan of study and have that program plan approved by their designated major advisor and department head before registering for any course to be applied toward graduation requirements. Students must not register for any course not on their approved program plan without the approval of their major advisor and department head.
There are four required courses that all students must take as listed below. In addition, students must take at least four elective courses, subject to the restrictions shown below.
SYS 6010 Advanced Topics in Decision and Risk AnalysisCredit Hours: 3Discusses advanced analytical methods for complicated decisions involving uncertainties, opposing objectives, and limited or excessive information. Also discusses advanced analytical methods for dealing with strategic decisions.
SYS 6020 Advanced Topics in Systems Modeling and AnalysisCredit Hours: 3Builds on material covered in . Advances practical working knowledge of the systems analysis process, modeling and simulation technology. Includes advanced techniques related to decision and data analysis using discrete-event simulation.
SYS 6030 Advanced Topics in Process EngineeringCredit Hours: 3Allows investigation of advanced topics, tools, principles and methodologies in process engineering. Also investigates advances in modeling standards, process metrics, system process modeling, business process modeling and workflow process modeling.
SYS 6040 Seminar in Systems EngineeringCredit Hours: 3Covers contemporary issues in systems engineering. Includes a wide range of advanced topics such as modern requirements analysis methods, process engineering, decision and risk analysis, engineering modeling and design, team dynamics and productivity, and system analysis and design.
In consultation with the major adviser, the student selects four courses applicable to the program and the student's intended research focus. Latitude is permitted with the consent of the major advisor. The advisor may require the student to take additional courses (beyond the minimum total of eight) if it is felt these courses are needed for research preparation.