Doctor of Philosophy

Ph.D. Forms and Deadlines

You must have completed the equivalent of at least three years of full-time work beyond a bachelor’s degree to be considered for this program. As a student in the program, you will conduct original research under the supervision of an advisor, and write and successfully defend a dissertation.

Recent research dissertation titles have included:

  • Cognition-Based Approaches for High-Precision Text Mining, George J. Shannon, July 2017
  • Multi-Objective Combinatorial Optimization Problems in Transportation and Defense Systems, Hadi Farhangi,May 2017
  • Domain Independent Method to Assess System of Systems Meta-Architecture Using Domain Specific Fuzzy Information, Louis Edward Pape II, December 2015, INCOSE 2013 Doctoral Award Winner. 

More information on areas of research specialization and selected research topics can be found here.


Program Requirements and Core Courses


Residency Requirements

All students are expected to follow the Missouri S&T Graduate Student Residency requirements. Off-campus students can meet the department residency requirement with the following requirements: the Qualifying Exam must be taken on campus by the 5th semester of coursework; 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 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. 


Please refer to the graduate catalog for the program process and time limit, etc.



Contact Information:

Karen G. Swope
PhD Students
231 Engineering Management