Industrial Engineering, PhD IE
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.
Within the 60 hours of coursework, doctoral students with a major in industrial engineering must take at least 1 course in at least 4 of the 5 areas in the Department of Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering (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.