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The doctoral degree is usually a four-year program, which requires rigorous study and a high degree of emphasis on original research. Graduates of this program generally pursue careers in research and/or academia.

Educational Objectives

  • Provide graduates with advanced analytical skills in areas related to industrial and systems engineering;
  • Prepare students for independent research and development in a chosen area of specialization;
  • Provide graduates with full breadth of employment opportunities; and
  • Acquaint students with international aspects of industrial and systems engineering problems and the profession.

Graduation Requirements

A minimum of 90 credits is required for the Ph.D., including 30 credits from an accredited master’s degree.  If one enters the program without a master’s degree, then those requirements must be completed first.  The breakdown of credits is as follows.

Course    Credits   
Master’s Degree    30   
General Examination    12   
Breadth Requirement    6   
Advanced Electives/Research    27   
Dissertation Research    15   
Total    90   

The general examination credits entail the four required courses which are taken in the first year of study, namely:

  • ESI 6420 – Fundamentals of Mathematical Programming
  • ESI 6417 – Linear Programming and Network Optimization
  • ESI 6325 – Applied Probability Methods in Engineering
  • ESI 6546 – Stochastic Modeling and Analysis

The breadth requirement entails at least six credits of courses outside the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering to enhance your breadth of knowledge.  If you entered the Ph.D. program with a Master’s degree in a field other than industrial and systems engineering, you may apply to the Graduate Committee for a waiver of this requirement. Such an application should be submitted as soon as possible after entering the program, but no later than the completion of the first year of study.

In addition to these credits and required coursework, a student must successfully complete the General Examination and Qualifying Exam/Dissertation Proposal before admission to candidacy.  A successful defense of a written Dissertation completes the degree.


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