12 PhD Programs in Systems Engineering

For those who want to be an expert in their field, a PhD is the degree of choice. A doctoral degree typically requires students to complete a substantial piece of research in the form of a dissertation or thesis. In many countries, a PhD program will require substantial coursework and passing qualifying exams as well. Many students are curious: What is a PhD in Systems Engineering? This degree inc… Read more

For those who want to be an expert in their field, a PhD is the degree of choice. A doctoral degree typically requires students to complete a substantial piece of research in the form of a dissertation or thesis. In many countries, a PhD program will require substantial coursework and passing qualifying exams as well.

Many students are curious: What is a PhD in Systems Engineering? This degree includes advanced study into the versatile, interdisciplinary field of systems engineering, which seeks to manage the technical, business, and human components of complex engineering projects and processes. Coursework typically covers the fundamentals of systems design, topics like risk analysis and management. Programs also often include elective coursework in other fields of engineering that graduates are likely to interact with in their careers.

Graduates with a PhD in Systems Engineering often have strong skills when it comes to creating visual models of complex problems and processes. They also excel at making and backing accurate, informed decisions, as well as generating creative solutions.

When enrolling in a PhD program, interested individuals should consider the cost of tuition and how long it is likely to take them to complete the degree. To get an accurate sense of how much a PhD will cost, individuals should contact their desired programs directly.

A graduate who holds a doctorate in systems engineering is likely to work as a systems engineer, but there are systems engineers in nearly every kind of industry. In these roles, graduates will design processes and develop models that address how all components of a system will work together to create a final product or result. Another option is to pursue research and teaching as a professor at a university, continuing to advance the body of knowledge in the field and pass it on to new students.

PhD programs in systems engineering can be found at many universities across the globe, and many are available in online formats. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Hong Kong

The Research Grants Council (RGC)of HKSAR will soon invite applications for the "Hong Kong Ph.D. Fellowship Scheme" 2019-2020. Students from worldwide will be recruited to pur ... +

The Research Grants Council (RGC)of HKSAR will soon invite applications for the "Hong Kong Ph.D. Fellowship Scheme" 2019-2020. Students from worldwide will be recruited to pursue their Ph.D. studies in Hong Kong. The scheme will support students selected through open competition. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Campus
 
University of Trento The Department of Industrial Engineering
Povo, Italy

Materials Science and Engineering: Biomaterials and biomedical technologies, Coatings and surface treatments, Corrosion and wear, Experimental characterization and numerical m ... +

Materials Science and Engineering: Biomaterials and biomedical technologies, Coatings and surface treatments, Corrosion and wear, Experimental characterization and numerical modeling of the material behavior, High-strength glasses and ceramics, Powder metallurgy, Polymers and composite materials, Materials and technologies for cultural heritage, Materials chemistry, Materials for energy, Nanostructured materials, mechanical properties, smart materials, materials production technologies, production process, Manufacturing processes. -
PhD
Full-time
English
Campus
 
University of Georgia - College of Engineering
Athens, USA

Much of our technological systems now require complex control functions to operate. The Dynamic Systems and Control program draws from many disciplines to develop new approach ... +

Much of our technological systems now require complex control functions to operate. The Dynamic Systems and Control program draws from many disciplines to develop new approaches and effective solutions to the analysis of systems and the design of control functions for them. -
PhD
Full-time
English
September 2020
Campus
 
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Rochester, USA

This multidisciplinary program builds on the fundamentals of traditional engineering and science combined with curriculum and research activities addressing the numerous techn ... +

This multidisciplinary program builds on the fundamentals of traditional engineering and science combined with curriculum and research activities addressing the numerous technical challenges of micro- and nano-systems. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English
24 Aug 2020
Campus
 
The George Washington University - School of Engineering & Applied Science
Washington, USA

The program is divided into two phases. The first phase involves a study of the learning fields that support the public domain from research focus and ending with qualifying c ... +

The program is divided into two phases. The first phase involves a study of the learning fields that support the public domain from research focus and ending with qualifying courses. The second phase of the original research consists of presenting the results through a written message and ending with a final examination. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English
13 Jan 2020
Campus
 
University of Pardubice
Pardubice II, Czech Republic

The PhD in IT in Public Administration, Computer Science study programme trains students to become highly qualified experts who are able to design, realise, professionally dev ... +

The PhD in IT in Public Administration, Computer Science study programme trains students to become highly qualified experts who are able to design, realise, professionally develop and apply information relating to communication technologies. Students learn to use modern computer-supported methods in their decision making processes. Graduates acquire knowledge of IT flows and economic processes in organisations and institutions. Graduates understand information and communication technologies and have a foundation in these technologies, which allows them to creatively apply this knowledge. Research and scientific activity are key elements of this study programme. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
4 years
English
September 2020
31 Mar 2020
Campus
 
Technical University of Liberec
Liberec, Czech Republic

The aim of the program is to provide candidates with complex Ph.D. studies in IT technologies and systems along with fundamental knowledge in economics.

The aim of the program is to provide candidates with complex Ph.D. studies in IT technologies and systems along with fundamental knowledge in economics. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
4 years
English
September 2020
Campus
 
IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca
Lucca, Italy

The track in Computer Science and Systems Engineering provides the doctoral student with a solid interdisciplinary background to analyze cyber-physical systems and develop sol ... +

The track in Computer Science and Systems Engineering provides the doctoral student with a solid interdisciplinary background to analyze cyber-physical systems and develop solutions for a variety of complex engineering problems. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
October 2020
Campus
 
Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
Bolzano, Italy

The purpose of this international Ph.D. program is to train a new generation of researchers able to carry out independent research in the areas of Advanced-Systems Engineering ... +

The purpose of this international Ph.D. program is to train a new generation of researchers able to carry out independent research in the areas of Advanced-Systems Engineering and give them the opportunity to transfer and exchange knowledge with national and international research centers and industries. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
October 2020
Campus
 
American University of Sharjah
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

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 o ... +

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. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English
September 2020
Campus
 
University of Georgia - College of Engineering
Athens, USA

Many of the key challenges for society involve systems that include fluid transport or thermal processes. The challenges include areas such as energy production or in the cons ... +

Many of the key challenges for society involve systems that include fluid transport or thermal processes. The challenges include areas such as energy production or in the consumption of energy to the heat transfer or fluid processes in complex systems. This program provides the opportunity to investigate several topics that provide a fundamental background to address these challenges. -
PhD
Full-time
English
September 2020
Campus
 
University of Georgia - College of Engineering
Athens, USA

Infrastructure systems support the basic needs and functions of modern industrialized society including energy, water and sewage, transportation, communications, and public fa ... +

Infrastructure systems support the basic needs and functions of modern industrialized society including energy, water and sewage, transportation, communications, and public facilities. Resilience is the capacity of individuals, communities, and systems to anticipate, prepare for, and adapt to changing conditions, recover from threats, and thrive in the future. -
PhD
Full-time
English
September 2020
Campus