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

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.

  • 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)

% 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:

Amy Donnerberg, Program Manager | Phone: (806) 742-3451 | Email: amy.donnerberg@ttu.edu

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