Texas Tech University

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.

Application 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.

Our department does not require an engineering degree for the program; however we do require the following minimum background:

  • 3 hours of college level physics (with lab)
  • Calculus I, II, & III

Prospective students who apply without this background will be automatically rejected. If a prospective student who does not currently possess this background wishes to be considered for admission, the student must take any missing courses prior to applying and submit transcripts showing a grade of at least a 'C' in each course as part of their application.

We also require a course in probability and statistics at either the undergraduate or graduate level; however, students without this background will still be considered for admission, and, if admitted, will have the admission condition of a leveling course in probability and statistics. This leveling course requirement can be completed by taking either an undergraduate level course (won't count toward degree credit) or a graduate level course (will count toward degree credit).

We require all applicants to submit GRE scores (the GMAT is not considered a substitute and transcripts from all post-secondary institutions. Three reference letters are also required. We also require the TOEFL for international applicants.

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

Core Curriculum

The doctoral program requires a minimum of 60 hours of coursework beyond the bachelor's degree, which may include up to 15 hours constituting a minor area. At least 12 hours of doctoral dissertation enrollment are also required for the doctoral degree. Transfer credits from a master's degree program are determined by the student's graduate advisor and the graduate school, with a maximum of 30 transfer credits allowed. W

Within the 60 hours of coursework, doctoral students with a major in systems and engineering management must complete the Ph.D. SYEM core described below (transfer courses may be used with approval of the student's advisor). A formal plan of study, detailing the major and minor courses and the Ph.D. committee, must be approved by the student's advisor and the Graduate Dean. The Ph.D. committee is typically made up of at least 3 Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering graduate faculty members and at least 1 graduate faculty member from outside Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering (for larger committees, a majority of faculty must always be from Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering). Further, the student must complete a qualifying exam, research proposal, and final dissertation defense. In addition, all Ph.D. IE students must have at least two refereed journal papers accepted for publication prior to their final defense. For more details on the degree requirements, please consult the IMSE graduate handbook.

Ph.D. SYEM Core:

IE 5311 Principles of Optimization or IE 5318 Principles of Operations Research Modeling with Spreadsheets
IE 5316 Simulation Models for Operations Analysis, IE 5319 Risk Modeling and Assessment, or IE 5346 Total Quality Systems
IE 5320 Systems Theory
IE 5321 Decision Theory and Management Science, IE 5322 Industrial Cost Analysis, IE 5324 Advanced Economics of Systems, or IE 5325 Productivity and Performance Improvement in Organizations
IE 5323 The Engineering Management Environment or IE 5329 Project Management
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

* Indicated courses used to fulfill the program's residency requirement. Courses are taught exclusively in the summer, when online students must be in-residence. Residency consists of a one-month summer session during each of the first two years of the doctoral program, in which the students must be on campus for the first two weeks of the term.

Dissertation Research (12 semester credit hours)

% Online

The Ph.D. program does require two summer residency terms — this means that you must be on campus for two weeks each of two consecutive summers taking courses (all of the required IE 6000 courses are taken during the summer). This is a strict requirement of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and our department cannot make any exceptions to this policy. All other required courses (and sufficient elective courses) can be taken online. 

Veterans and Military

Texas Tech has a special military and veterans program that provides specialized support for current/past service men and women and handles the process of financial aid for this population. Please see http://www.depts.ttu.edu/diversity/mvp/

Program Costs

Please see the university's Tuition and Fees Estimate Grids for the current resident and non-resident tuition, as well as the university's global fee document. The Whitacre College of Engineering also administers some additional fees for distance courses to cover the additional costs of those courses (A/V equipment, videographers, etc.).

Brent Guinn can answer any questions you may have about that fee.

For More Information

SYEM Departmental Contacts:

Graduate Committee Chair | admissions inquiries: 

Dr. Jennifer Cross

Admission Inquirires | Industrial Engineering

Texas Tech University | MS 43061 | Lubbock, Texas 79409-3061

P: 806.742.3543 | Email: Jennifer.cross@ttu.edu 

Dr. Milton Smith

PhD SYEM Graduate Advisor | Industrial Engineering

Texas Tech University | MS 43061 | Lubbock, TX 79409-3061  

P: 806.742.3543 F: 806.742.3411 | email: Milton.smith@ttu.edu

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

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