The Ph.D. in Engineering - Engineering Systems Management (Ph.D. ESM) will help produce the next generation of leading academics and industry experts in the different fields of ESM. The program addresses fundamental research problems of national and global importance for the 21st Century, centered on four concentration areas:

  • Supply Chain Management (SCM)
  • Sustainable Construction Project Management
  • Smart Cities Management
  • Engineering Management

ESM Ph.D. students work with AUS engineering faculty at the forefront of their fields, engaged in a wide range of disciplines, and hailing from some of the world’s best universities. The faculty’s commitment to research, in cooperation with other academic institutions and major industrial and government organizations, creates an ideal environment for candidates to acquire cutting-edge knowledge and cultivate their own research interests.

The program admits both part-time and full-time students. Full-time students may be considered for a competitive full scholarship for the duration of the program.

The program is taught in English and is composed of three phases:

  1. core courses, which include methodological courses related to key aspects of theoretical and applied research. Two courses are common to all concentrations.
  2. six elective courses designed to suit the research interests of candidates in one of the four areas with the aim of strengthening their knowledge in their area of research.
  3. development of a doctoral dissertation, allowing students to develop cutting-edge research competencies and generate original scientific work that can be published in reputed international journals.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Ph.D. ESM program is to educate future researchers, practitioners, innovators, and academics. The program seeks to give students cutting-edge knowledge, skills and abilities in engineering systems management that can be utilized to meet societal needs and shape contemporary market trends in the UAE, the region and globally.

Program Objectives

Graduates of the Ph.D. ESM program will be prepared to:

  • pursue successful academic, industry and/or government careers
  • conduct research independently across multidisciplinary areas
  • apply technical knowledge for long-term sustainable and economic development
  • act professionally and ethically in the practice of engineering systems management

Degree Plan

To qualify for graduation with a Ph.D. ESM degree, students must successfully complete a minimum of 48 credits with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00, as follows:

  • a minimum of 24 credits (8 courses) of required and elective coursework:
  • a minimum of 6 credits (2 courses) of required courses
  • a minimum of 18 credits (6 courses) of elective courses
  • a zero-credit seminar course
  • a minimum of 24 credits of research work (dissertation)

The expected minimum duration for completion of the Ph.D. ESM degree program is four years.

Required Courses

Students must successfully complete the following required courses:

  • ESM 701 Research Methods
  • ESM 702 Multivariate Data Analysis
  • ESM 795 Doctoral Seminar
  • ESM 799 Dissertation (for a minimum of 24 credits)
Program taught in:
  • English (US)
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2020
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