Industrial Engineering (Ph.D.)

The Doctor of Philosophy degree is conferred upon individuals who have demonstrated the ability to make original contributions to the knowledge in this field. The Ph.D. program develops experts and professionals who will continue in academic work, industry, or government. It encourages the attainment of excellence in research and scholarship necessary to catalyze the advancement of industrial engineering.

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. In general, applicants are required to have a Master of Science degree in industrial engineering or operations research with a minimum grade point average of 3.5. Students with an undergraduate degree in one of these areas and a grade point average of 3.5 or above may apply for direct admission to the Ph.D. program. In such cases direct admission will be predicated on the specific courses and strength of the undergraduate curriculum.

Applicants with an undergraduate major in mathematics, computer science, or the physical sciences, completed at an accredited institution, are also eligible for admission to this program, provided an evaluation concludes that the educational background includes sufficient background in analytically-oriented course work.

Global Executive Track Ph.D. Program

This is a unique track/curriculum designed to accommodate the busy schedule of working executives. Applicants for this cohort-based program are expected to bring ten years of experience with five years or more of significant managerial experience and management span of control, global experience, a technical B.S. Degree, and a relevant graduate degree. Upon completion of the program, the candidate earns a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering. Every year, a limited number of highly qualified, full-time working professionals are admitted for the Winter term (no admissions in Summer or Fall terms). Please visit the Global Executive Track Ph.D. website for more information. 

Industrial Engineering (Ph.D. Program)

Candidates for the doctoral degree must complete ninety credits beyond the baccalaureate, including thirty credits of dissertation direction. The thirty credit dissertation registration requirement is fulfilled by registering for the courses IE 9991, IE 9992, IE 9993, and IE 9994 (Doctoral Dissertation Research and Direction I, II, III, and IV, respectively), in consecutive academic year semesters. A preliminary examination, a written and oral qualifying examination, and an oral dissertation defense are required. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the Graduate School and the College of Engineering. Students should consult the Graduate School's regulations governing doctoral study.