Doctor of Philosophy - Systems Engineering

Admission to the graduate program in Systems Engineering is limited to applicants with a BS degree in engineering and certain physical sciences, such as mathematics or computer science. Students must also have a superior academic record. Applicants are required to submit the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for admission evaluation. International applicants are also required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam.

A candidate for the PhD in Systems Engineering must complete the equivalent of at least three years of full time work beyond the Bachelor's degree. The content of all PhD programs are individually structured by the student in consultation with and approved by the student's advisory committee. All requirements for the degree must normally be completed within an eight year period. At appropriate points in their program, PhD students must pass both a Qualifying Exam and Comprehensive Exam. Off-campus students are expected to complete all requirements listed in the Missouri S&T Graduate Catalog under the section entitled Doctor of Philosophy Degree and follow all procedures listed under the Procedures for PhD Candidates.  

The total credit requirements for graduation are a minimum of 60 credit hours after the successful completion of MS degree in Systems Engineering or a minimum of 90 credit hours after a BS degree. Actual courses taken will be determined by the candidate's committee and his/her plan of study. The student is expected to complete all requirements listed in the Missouri S&T Graduate Catalog.

Residency Requirement
All students are expected to follow the Missouri S&T Graduate Student Residency requirements.  Off campus students can meet the 2 year residency requirement with the following requirements: the Qualifying Exam must be taken on campus during the first year of enrollment; the student will have at minimum two video conferences per month with his/her research advisor; the Ph.D. committee will include one person from the student’s professional work location, the appointment committee member must have a Ph.D. and be familiar with the chosen research; the student is expected to meet with the Ph.D. committee on a regular basis with at least two meetings per semester; the student is expected to be on campus a minimum of 16 days per year, visits may be spread over 4 campus visits; the Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam must be taken on campus; the student has the option of conducting research that is beneficial to the student’s professional work; the Defense of Dissertation must take place on campus.

Course Requirements
Core Curriculum: 24 Credit Hours
        SysEng 5101 Systems Engineering Analysis I
        SysEng 6102 Systems Engineering Analysis II
        SysEng 6104 Systems Architecting
        SysEng 6196 Systems Engineering Capstone
        SysEng 6105 Complex Engineering Systems Project Management
        SysEng 6103 Economic Analysis of Systems Engineering Projects        
        SysEng 6239 Architectures for Smart Engineering Systems
        SysEng 6321 Network Centric Systems Architecting and Engineering

Electives
: 36 Credit Hours
        Sys Eng Process Tools, Optimization & Statisitics - 12 Credit Hours        
        Research Specialization Hours - 24 Credit Hours

Research
: 30 Credit Hours

Requirements for Thesis
Students will conduct original research demonstrated by journal or referred proceedings, publications under the supervision of the doctoral advisor, and communicate their findings, write a dissertation on research conducted, and provide satisfactory defense of their dissertation in a final oral exam.

Qualifying Exam
The objective of the Systems Engineering PhD Qualifying Exam is to test the knowledge and understanding of the graduate student on systems engineering fundamentals and assess the student's level of knowledge in engineering statistics and optimization. The qualifying exam is a two day exam consisting of a written and oral part. For more information, contact the department.    

It is expected that the graduate student has a clear understanding of the research issues in the student's area of interest, its implications in industrial applications primarily in the industrial domain the student is working, possible impact of successful research contributions to systems engineering research and literature and should be able to identify up to five journals in this area. Prior to the oral exam, copies of the written exams prepared by the Systems Engineering Faculty will be provided to all faculty for each student. The oral exam is restricted to the areas of research specialization selected by each student and will continue until there is a consensus not to ask further questions by the faculty.

Comprehensive Exam
The student's advisory committee will administer the comprehensive examination after the student has completed the coursework for the PhD program. The examination is written and oral. Upon successful completion of the written examination, the student will be orally examined by the advisory committee. It is recommended that these exams be completed within a 30 day period.

Dissertation
The dissertation, embodying the results of an original investigation, must be written upon a subject mutually agreed upon between the student and the advisor(s).