The graduate program in industrial engineering is designed to provide the student with fundamental knowledge in the various areas of industrial engineering and with the opportunity to emphasize in a particular area. A student pursuing a doctoral degree may specialize in any area of industrial engineering such as General Industrial Engineering, Operations Research and Applied Statistics, Manufacturing Systems, Logistics, Enterprise Systems, Enterprise Management, and Ergonomics.
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Industrial Engineering is the highest degree offered by the IMSE Department. To be awarded the Ph.D., the student must demonstrate both superior scholarship and the capacity to perform original research. The two basic requirements are that a student:
- Attains a mastery of both general industrial engineering and a specialized subfield as determined by the IMSE Committee on Graduate Studies and demonstrated through examination;
- Completes a significant program of original research and prepare a dissertation.
Applicants for the Ph.D. program must have an appropriate academic background and must meet the unconditional admission criteria described below. Applicants not meeting all criteria may be given a probationary or provisional admission.
The Ph.D.program requires approximately four years of full-time study. A student's program will consist of coursework, independent study, and a dissertation in a field pertinent to the student's areas of interest. The program for each student will be planned by the student and a committee of faculty members.
Students with undergraduate degrees in fields other than engineering may be required to take necessary courses to establish a background in science, mathematics, and engineering.
Unconditional Admission Criteria
Unconditional Admission into the Ph.D. programs in Industrial Engineering is granted if all of the following conditions are met.
- A GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.
- A GPA of at least 3.3 in all prior graduate coursework.
- A minimum score of 155 on the GRE Quantitative section and 150 on the Verbal section.
- A minimum score of 79 on the TOEFL iBT, or equivalent, if English is not the applicant's native language.
- Adequate preparation in mathematics, science, and engineering.
- Preference is given to students with appropriate work experience.
Additional information about admission requirements.
The Ph.D. degree should normally require approximately four years or less of full-time study after completion of the B.S. degree. A student's program will consist of coursework, independent study, and a dissertation in fields pertinent to the student's areas of interest. The program for each student will be planned by the student and a committee of faculty members. There is no foreign language requirement for the Ph.D. degree.
Students with undergraduate degrees in fields other than engineering will be required to take the necessary courses to establish a background in science, mathematics, and engineering. Ph.D. requirements are listed in the catalog section entitled "Advanced Degrees and Requirements."
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Priority Application Dates
Fall | March 15
Spring | August 15
Summer | February 15
Applications are accepted after the published priority date for each term, but for guaranteed consideration of admission please submit the application and associated materials by the priority date. However, it is important to apply well in advance of your intended start date to be eligible for program-specific funding opportunities such as assistantships and fellowships. Keep in mind that departmental application processing times vary greatly and some programs require applications up to one year in advance.
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