Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering - Leading Process and Product Improvement

Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering

Program Requirements

  1. Seventy five (75) credit hours of courses beyond the baccalaureate. A student with a master's degree may be able to transfer up to thirty (30) credit hours, with this decision being made by the doctoral committee at the time of admission:
  • The determination of how the master's level credits can be used to fulfill the requirements listed below is made at the time of admission.
  • For a student entering the program with a bachelor's degree, a maximum of twenty one (21) credit hours of 5000-level, post-baccalaureate graduate courses can be applied to the Ph.D. program; for a student entering the program with a master’s degree, a maximum of six (6) credit hours of 5000-level courses beyond the master's degree can be applied to the Ph.D. program.
  1. The credit hours are grouped into six areas as follows:
  • Eighteen (18) hours of breadth courses with three (3) hours of IME 7250 required.
  • Twelve (12) hours from the engineering management concentration area.
  • Nine (9) hours from one of the area of specialization course groups.
  • Eighteen (18) hours of electives chosen from the graduate offerings of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering or other departments appropriate to the student's research interest as mutually agreed upon by the student and the dissertation committee.
  • Three (3) hours of electives related to teaching methodology.
  • Fifteen(15) hours of IME 7300, Doctoral Dissertation.
  1. Successful completion of the comprehensive examination after completion of all course work.
  2. Successful oral defense of the dissertation and approval of the dissertation by the committee and the Graduate College.
  3. Successful completion of the teaching internship requirement.
  4. Residency Requirement: Enrollment on campus in four consecutive semesters or sessions.
  5. Research Tool: The required research tools are probability and statistics. Competency will be based on successful completion of STAT 6600 or equivalent with a grade of "B" or better.

Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
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