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Ph.D. in Systems & Engineering Management

Frequently Asked Questions

Required Ph.D. Coursework
Please see our S.Y.E.M. Ph.D. core class list. There are a total of 30 core course hours plus 12 hours of IE 8000 and 30 hours of electives (15 of which must be in IE), for a total of 60 hours plus 12 hours of dissertation (IE 8000). We accept a maximum of 30 transfer hours total (a maximum of 15 non-IE or IE-equivalent hours and 15 additional hours which MUST be IE equivalent) so at minimum students require an additional 30 hours of course work (10 courses) plus 12 hours of dissertation at Texas Tech. 4 of these courses must be taken over two consecutive summers (see below) and the remaining 6 can be taken at any time.

Required M.S. Coursework
Please see our S.Y.E.M. M.S. core class list. There are a total of 15 core course hours plus 15 elective hours (9 of which must be in IE or 6 with a formal minor declared). We accept a maximum of 6 transfer hours from another graduate program.

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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. The M.S. program can be completed 100% online.

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.

Required Application Materials
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.

Once you complete the intial application,you will recieve an email with a link to Recruiter,to ask you to log into recruiter to complete the application process.

We require that students applying for a Ph.D. have a M.S., M.A. or MBA. We also expect that all applicants have an engineering background at the B.S. level . We have accepted students without this background but may require leveling in this case . In addition to the background/leveling listed on p.4-6, we also expect applicants to have at least one semester of college chemistry and at least one semester of college physics. If applicants do not have this background, they may also require leveling in these two subjects.

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/

Contact Info

Name Responsibility Email Phone
Dr. Jennifer Cross Graduate Admissions Inquiries Jennifer.Cross@ttu.edu 806.742.3543
Dr. Milton Smith S.Y.E.M. Distance Graduate Advisor Milton.Smith@ttu.edu 806.742.3543
Brent Guinn Director, Distance Learning Brent.Guinn@ttu.edu 806.742.3451

Department of Industrial Engineering
Texas Tech University
Box 43061
Lubbock, TX 79409-3061
P: 806.742.3543
F: 806.742.3411