PhD in Systems and Engineering Management

The Doctoral program in Systems and Engineering Management (PhD SYEM) is designed to prepare engineering management professionals for current and future leadership roles. The Bureau of Labor Statistics growth rates for engineering management professionals project that these roles will increase by 30% in the next decade.

Degree Requirements

Students in the PhD SYEM program are subject to all PhD degree regulations as outlined in the Graduate Catalog.  Students must submit transcripts, GRE Score, and three letters of recommendation as part of their packet for this program. International students must also submit TOEFL scores. A statement of purpose and a CV/Resume are recommended but not required. All items must be submitted electronically using the graduate school online application system.

Please see the Industrial Engineering Handbook for more detailed information on the PhD SYEM program requirements.

Core Curriculum

There are ten courses (30 semester credit hours) that constitute the core requirements for the PhD SYEM:

  • IE 5316 Simulation Models for Operations Analysis
  • IE 5320 Systems Theory
  • IE 5321 Decision Theory and Management Science
  • IE 5323 The Engineering Management Environment
  • IE 5325 Productivity and Performance Improvement in Organizations
  • IE 6323 Systems Management Global Environment
  • IE 6329 Systems Management Seminar
  • IE 6331 Advanced Theoretical Studies in Systems Management
  • IE 6399 Research Methods in Science and Technology
  • IE 7000 Research

Major and Minor (60 semester credit hours -- 30 core credit hours plus an additional 30 semester credit hours)

Course selection dependent upon degree plan approved by graduate advisor and Systems and Engineering Management Program Coordinator.

Dissertation Research (12 semester credit hours)

For More Information

The SYEM graduate advisor is Dr. Jennifer Cross.

If you have questions about the degree program, please contact him:

Dr. Milton Smith

Graduate Advisor | Industrial Engineering
Texas Tech University | MS 43061 | Lubbock, TX 79409-3061  

P: 806.742.3543 F: 806.742.3411 | email:

If you have questions about the distance learning program, please contact:

Amy Donnerberg, Program Manager | Phone: (806) 742-3451 | Email:

Brent Guinn, Sr. Director | Phone: (806) 742-3451 or (800) 528-5583 | Email: