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Title: Ph.D. Programs in Systems Engineering

Ph.D. Programs in Systems Engineering
Prepared by James Rodenkirch and Michael Harper
  • This presentation provides a cornerstone for a
    Ph.D. in Systems Engineering at Southern
    Methodist University by benchmarking various top
    programs in the United States. The schools
    selected offer a Ph.D. in SE with no other
    programs connected or in conjunction with the a
    SE degree.

Schools Researched
  • Alabama
  • Auburn University, AL (BS, MS, PhD, CE)
  • University of Alabama
  • Huntsville (B.S, M.S, PhD, CE)
  • Tuscaloosa (B.S, M.S, CE)
  • Arizona
  • University of Arizona (B.S, M.S, PhD, CT)
  • California
  • California Institute of Technology (CT)
  • San Jose State University (B.S, M.S)
  • Naval Postgraduate School (M.S, Short Courses)
  • University of Northern California (M.S)
  • University of San Diego (B.S)
  • University of Southern California (B.S, M.S, PhD)

Schools Researched
  • Colorado
  • Colorado School of Mines, CO (M.S)
  • National Technological University, CO (M.S, CT)
  • Colorado State University Pueblo (M.S)
  • Connecticut
  • Eastern Connecticut State University, CT (B.S,
  • Rensselaer at Hartford CT (M.S, CT)
  • University of New Haven, CT (B.S)
  • District of Colombia
  • George Washington University (B.S, M.S, PhD, CT)
  • Florida
  • Embry-Riddell Aeronautical University, FL (B.S)
  • University of Florida (B.S, M.S, PhD)

Schools Researched
  • Georgia
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (B.S, M.S)
  • Hawaii
  • Hawaii Pacific University (B.S)
  • Idaho
  • University of Idaho (M.S)
  • Iowa
  • Iowa State University (M.S)
  • Kentucky
  • University of Kentucky (M.S)

Schools Researched
  • Louisiana
  • Grambling State University, LA (B.S)
  • Louisiana State University
  • Baton Rouge (B.S, M.S, PhD)
  • Shreveport (M.S)
  • Louisiana Tech University (B.S, M.S, PhD)
  • Maine
  • Maine Maritime Academy (B.S.) (Marine SE)
  • Maryland
  • University of Maryland (M.S)
  • Massachusetts
  • Boston University, MA (PhD)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA (M.S,
  • Northeastern University, MA (M.S, PhD)

Schools Researched
  • Minnesota
  • University of St. Thomas, Minnesota (M.S)
  • Mississippi
  • Mississippi State University (B.S, M.S, PhD)
  • Missouri
  • Washington University, Missouri (B.S.)
  • New Hampshire
  • University of New Hampshire, NH (PhD)
  • New Jersey
  • Berkeley College, NJ (A.S)
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology, NJ (B.S, M.S,
  • New Brunswick University, NJ (B.S, M.S, PhD)
  • Stevens Institute of Technology, NJ (M.S, PhD, CT)

Schools Researched
  • New York
  • United States Navel Academy, NY (B.S)
  • United States Military Academy, NY (B.S)
  • North Carolina
  • North Carolina AT State University, NC (M.S)
  • North Carolina State University, NC (M.S)
  • Western Carolina University, NC (B.S)
  • Ohio
  • Air Force Institute of Technology, OH (M.S, CT)
  • Case Western, OH (B.S, M.S, PhD Strong)
  • Ohio University, Ohio (B.S, M.S)
  • Wright State University, OH (B.S)
  • Youngstown State University, OH (B.S)

Schools Researched
  • Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma State University, OK (M.S)
  • Oregon
  • Oregon State University (M.S, PhD)
  • Portland State University (M.S, Certificate,
    Workshop, short course, Continuing Education)
  • Pennsylvania
  • Penn State Great Valley, PA (M.S)
  • University of Pennsylvania, PA (B.S, M.S, PhD)
  • Tennessee
  • Tennessee State University, TN (M.S, PhD)
  • University of Memphis, TN (B.S, M.S)
  • University of Tennessee Knoxville (B.S, M.S, PhD)

Schools Researched
  • Texas
  • Texas Tech University (M.S)
  • University of Houston
  • Main Campus (M.S)
  • Clear Lake (M.S)
  • Southern Methodist University (M.S)
  • West Virginia
  • West Virginia University Institute of Technology
    ( M.S)
  • Wisconsin
  • University of Wisconsin System Milwaukee campus
    (M.S, Certificate)

Synopsis of Ph.D. Programs
  • Schools with Ph.D. in SE
  • Boston University
  • MIT
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • University of Virginia

PhD Systems Engineering
  • University
  • Boston College
  • Boston MA
  • http//
  • The Doctor of Philosophy Degree
  • The Systems Engineering PhD is available to
    students interested in focusing their research on
    interdisciplinary work that transcends a specific
    engineering application domain to include areas
    such as information and control systems,
    optimization and mathematical programming,
    stochastic dynamic systems, applied probability
    and discrete event dynamic systems.

Boston University
  • School and Department
  • College of Engineering
  • Center for Information and Systems Engineering
  • Faculty
  • Full Time 20
  • Areas of Student Research
  • Discrete Event and Hybrid Systems
  • Information and Control Systems
  • Optimization and Mathematical Programming
  • Service Systems
  • Stochastic Dynamic Systems
  • Transportation and Energy Systems
  • Wireless and Computer Networks
  • Supply Chain Management and Control


Boston University
  • Unique Features
  • Faculty from all College of Engineering
    departments participate in the PhD
    interdepartmental systems engineering committee
    which administers the interdepartmental Ph.D.
    degree program in that field. In addition, the
    graduate students with a strong research interest
    in information, decision, and control sciences
    may select to pursue the PhD in systems
    engineering degree by gaining admission into an
    individual College of Engineering department.
  • Information and systems engineering research at
    Boston University is strong and accomplished, but
    it is spread across departments and Colleges
    within the University.


Boston University
  • Admission Requirements
  • Normally requires a bachelor's or master's degree
    in engineering or its equivalent in a closely
    related field
  • Concise statement of personal and research goals
  • Official transcripts of previous study
  • Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
    General Test
  • At least two letters of recommendation
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    is required for international students whose
    native language is not English
  • Students seeking a PhD degree in Systems
    Engineering must earn admission to any of the
    departments in the College of Engineering and
    satisfy the requirements set by the student's
    home department graduate committee in
    coordination with the College of Engineering PhD
    Interdepartmental Systems Engineering Committee.

Boston University
  • Degree Requirements
  • A minimum of 64 credits applicable to their
  • 32 credits must be structured courses
  • 28 credits of which must be at the 500 level or
  • A minimum of 16 credits of research/dissertation
    is required
  • There are no structured course requirements for
    post-master's PhD students, but such students are
    required to complete 32 credits applicable to
    their degree, all of which must be at the 500
    level or higher
  • A minimum of 8 credits of research/dissertation
    coursework is required
  • Coursework used to fulfill the PhD degree
    requirements may not be used to fulfill the
    requirements of any other degree program

Boston University
  • Degree Requirements (Continue)
  • Students must pass two written comprehensive
    examinations covering basic knowledge in (a)
    applied mathematics and (b) one area of
    specialized study selected from the following
    aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering,
    electrical engineering, computer engineering,
    systems engineering, mechanical engineering, or
    manufacturing engineering
  • Both qualifying examinations are limited to two
  • All PhD students must take the applied
    mathematics examination the first time it is
    offered after matriculation
  • Students will be given one additional attempt if
    the first is not successful
  • All PhD students must complete both qualifying
    examinations by the end of their fifth semester

Boston University
  • SE Courses
  • ENG AM 704 Adaptive Control of Dynamical Systems
  • ENG MN 510 Production System Analysis
  • ENG MN 725/ENG SC 725 Queuing Systems
  • ENG SC 740/BE 740 Parameter Estimation and System
  • ENG SC 754 Dependable Distributed Systems

Note that there were over thirty courses in the
college indicating they were Systems Engineering.
Only courses that had the word systems was
used as part of the SE Courses.
Boston University
  • Minor
  • Not Required
  • Dissertation
  • Within one year of becoming a candidate, the
    student is expected to present an oral
    dissertation proposal to the prospective
    dissertation committee and obtain approval for
    the written dissertation prospectus
  • Upon approval of the committee members and the
    departmental graduate associate chairman, the
    student submits the PhD Dissertation Prospectus
    Defense Form to the department office
  • The dissertation committee must consist of
    College of Engineering (tenured or
    tenure-earning) faculty
  • A "Special Service Appointment" form must be
    submitted to the Associate Dean for Research and
    Graduate Programs for approval of all committee
    members from outside the University

Boston University
  • Delivery Options
  • Must satisfy a minimum of two consecutive
    semesters as a full-time student

PhD Engineering Systems
  • University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • http//
  • The Doctor of Philosophy Degree
    (Technology, Management and Policy)
  • A pilot program focused for which engineers
    receive an education in and conduct integrative
    original, fundamental, generalizable research on
    engineering systems with an emphasis on the
    societal implications on the system and of the

Note Engineering Systems and not Systems
Engineering based on review, it passes for a
Ph.D. in SE.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • School and Department
  • School of Engineering
  • Engineering Systems Division
  • Faculty
  • Full Time 30
  • Areas of Student Research
  • Technology and Policy, Transportation, System
    Design and Management, and Logistics. Groups
    include the Lean Aerospace Initiative (LEI), Fast
    and Flexible Manufacturing, and the Internet and
    Telecom Convergence groups.
  • Unique Features
  • Strong partnerships with industry (Compaq,
    Motorola, Eastman Kodak) as part of a research
    effort for the Leaders for Manufacturing
    Program at the school.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Admission Requirements
  • Outstanding academic performance in undergraduate
    degree programs
  • Strong Technical Background
  • 3.0 GPA for undergraduate engineering degree, 3.2
    for others
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one
    from an ESD faculty member
  • GRE Test (600 in quantitative analytical
    aptitude each and 500 in verbal skills)
  • Degree Requirements
  • Complete an approved plan of study
  • 66 units core 48 units in a technical elective
    and 3 classes in a minor
  • Doctoral exam (two parts) after completing one
    year of course work


Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Degree Requirements (Continued)
  • Qualifying Exam
  • Doctoral committee formation
  • At least 3 classes in a Minor
  • Thesis proposal
  • Complete a defense of the dissertation

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • SE Courses
  • Systems Theory
  • Design and Architectures
  • Socio-technical
  • Enterprise Systems
  • Research Methods
  • Remaining four classes are agreed to by the
    students doctoral committee.
  • Minor
  • At least 3 classes in a Minor

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Dissertation
  • Twenty four hours in approved program/field of
    study. Each candidate is advised by a four
    member supervisor committee. The committee
    consists of at least three members of the
    schools ISE department and one from outside the
    department (e.g., recognized leader in industry
    or academia outside the ISE department).
  • Delivery Options
  • On campus

PhD Systems Engineering
  • University
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • New Jersey
  • http//
  • The Doctor of Philosophy Degree
  • The School of Engineering in the Systems
    Engineering and Engineering Management department
    offer a Doctor of Philosophy in Systems
    Engineering. The degree is designed to develop
    the capability of one to perform research or
    high-level design in systems engineering or
    engineering management.

Stevens Institute of Technology
  • School and Department
  • School of Engineering
  • Systems Engineering and Engineering Management
  • Faculty
  • Full Time 12
  • Areas of Student Research
  • e-Systems Engineering Initiative
  • Agile Systems Engineering
  • Value Chain Enterprise Systems
  • Network Centric Systems


Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Unique Features
  • Offers a unique forum for developing, discussing
    and exchanging ideas in technology. Known as
    Technology Ventures Incubator or TVI. It is a
    place where faculty, students and colleagues in
    industry jointly nurture the process of
    conception, design and marketplace realization of
    new technologies. It supports Technogenesis by
    nurturing new technologies from innovation to
    implementation. Its purpose is to
  • To assist in accelerating the commercial
    application of high value technology emanating
    from within and outside Stevens
  • To increase the number and quality of linkages
    between technological entrepreneurs and the
    Stevens community
  • To promote the development of intellectual
    property between Stevens and technological
  • To stimulate the creation of new, higher-value
    jobs and contribute to economic development in
    New Jersey


Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Admission Requirements
  • Admission to the doctoral program is made through
    the departmental graduate admissions committee,
    based on review of your scholastic record.
  • An undergraduate degree in engineering or related
    disciplines with a "B" average or better from an
    accredited college or university is generally
    required for graduate study in one of the
    departments programs.
  • A master's degree is generally required before a
    student is admitted to the doctoral program.
  • It is required that any applicants requesting
    research assistantship appointments and
    applicants to the Ph.D. program provide evidence
    of the ability to carry out independent work.
  • GRE scores are not required but may be submitted
    in support of the application.
  • Your master's level academic performance must
    reflect your capability to pursue advanced
    studies and perform independent research.


Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Degree Requirements
  • Ninety credits of graduate work in an approved
    program of study beyond the bachelor's degree are
    required for completion of the doctoral program.
  • Up to 30 credits obtained in a master's program
    can be included in this program. Of the remaining
    60 credits, 15 to 30 credit hours of course work
    as well as 30 to 45 credit hours of dissertation
    work are required.
  • Within two years from time of admission, you must
    take a written qualifying examination that is
    intended to test your comprehension of
    undergraduate and master's level engineering
    fundamentals and mathematics.
  • Upon satisfactory performance in the qualifying
    examination, and completion of the required
    course work, you must take an oral preliminary

Stevens Institute of Technology
  • SE Courses
  • SYS 595 Design of Experiments and Optimization
  • SYS 640 System Supportability and Logistics
  • SYS 645 Design for Reliability, Maintainability,
    and Supportability
  • SYS 605 Systems Integration
  • SYS 611 Modeling and Simulation
  • SYS 650 System Architecture and Design
  • SYS 612 Project Management of Complex Systems
  • SYS 655 Robust Engineering Design
  • SYS 620 Simulation-Based Costing and Acquisition
  • SYS 660 Decision and Risk Analysis
  • SYS 625 Systems Operational Effectiveness and
    Life-Cycle Analysis
  • SYS 635 System Maintainability and Maintenance
  • SYS 800, SYS 801, SYS 900 and SYS 960

Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Minor
  • None
  • Dissertation
  • Upon satisfactory completion of the preliminary
    examination and all course work, you will become
    a doctoral candidate and start your dissertation
  • Doctoral research work must be based on an
    original investigation and the results must make
    a significant, state-of-the-art contribution to
    the field, and must be worthy of publication in
    current professional literature.
  • At the completion of the research, you must
    defend your thesis in a public presentation.
  • Doctoral candidates are encouraged to hold a
    private defense with his or her committee several
    weeks prior to the public defense.
  • At that time, the committee should raise issues
    with the candidate prior to the public defense.

Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Delivery Options
  • Via web for certificate in SE

PhD Systems Engineering
  • University
  • University of Virginia
  • Charlottesville, VA
  • http//
  • The Doctor of Philosophy Degree
  • A research degree providing the student with
    advanced and individual research in the area of
    Systems and Information Engineering. The program
    includes four components course work, research,
    seminar, and involvement in the intellectual life
    of the university.

University of Virginia
  • School and Department
  • School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Department of Systems and Information Engineering
  • Faculty
  • Full Time 18
  • Areas of Student Research
  • Modeling and Simulation of Systems
  • Management of Engineering
  • Construction of Decision Aids for Specific
    Decision Makers
  • Environmental and Ethical Aspects of Systems


University of Virginia
  • Unique Features
  • Start career close to senior management and with
    immediate exposure to critical strategic issues
  • Frequent client interaction and on-site exposure
    to the systems under
  • Diverse areas of concentration with research
    focused professors
  • Commonwealth Graduate Engineering
  • Distance Learning Program for Masters Degrees
  • Admission Requirements
  • One year of undergraduate calculus including
    differential equations
  • Working knowledge of at least one high level
    programming language
  • Two undergraduate courses in calculus based
    probability and statistics
  • Mathematical programming or linear algebra
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Average GRE Score (1300)

University of Virginia
  • Admission Requirements (Continued)
  • Admissions essay
  • Completed coursework with a Grade Point Average
    (GPA) of 3.0 or better
  • Completion of the GRE
  • Passed the qualifying examination
  • Received approval for the dissertation proposal
  • Presented at least one seminar
  • Degree Requirements
  • Complete of an approved plan of study
  • Pass a qualifying exam
  • 26 hours of coursework beyond the masters degree,
    including 6 hours of graduate mathematics
  • Oral and written comprehensive exam
  • 24 credit hours of research

University of Virginia
  • Degree Requirements (Continued)
  • Present a dissertation proposal
  • Present at least one seminar
  • Publish at least one conference proceedings paper
  • Admission to candidacy for the degree
  • Pass a final exam of the dissertation
  • Graduate System Engineering Courses
  • Introduction to Systems Engineering
  • Systems Management and Integration
  • Knowledge Based Systems
  • Risk Analysis
  • Environmental Systems Analysis
  • Total Quality Engineering

University of Virginia
  • Graduate System Engineering Courses (Continued)
  • Case Studies in Systems Engineering
  • Research methods in Systems Engineering
  • Advanced System Simulation
  • Response Surface Methods for Product and Process
  • Sequencing and Scheduling
  • Minor
  • None

University of Virginia
  • Dissertation
  • The student requests appointment of the
    dissertation examining committee using Form G105.
    The student's recommendations concerning
    membership of the examining committee should be
    based on knowledge of the nominated faculty
    members' academic and professional backgrounds,
    research interests, and availability's,
    supplemented by discussions with the nominees,
    and by discussions with the student's faculty
  • The examining committee should be composed of at
    least 5 faculty members.
  • At least 3 members of the examining committee
    must be from the Department of Systems and
    Information Engineering (not including jointly
    appointed faculty).
  • At least one committee member must be from
    outside the SIE department.
  • Delivery Options
  • On campus