PhD Degree Requirements

The program offers a Ph.D. degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering.  Students complete the following requirements to graduate:  course requirements, the written qualifying examination, the thesis proposal, and the dissertation defense.  Details of these steps are summarized in the following table and then discussed below.

A student with an MS degree in Industrial Engineering or a closely related field takes the qualifying examination after the first year of study.  The total period of study is approximately 4 years.   Students with backgrounds other than Industrial Engineering and students who have only a BS degree upon entering the program may take longer.

Requirement

Ph.D. after BS

Ph.D. after MS

Total credits

72

54+18 transferred

Research credits

24

24

Course credits

48

30

Seminar all semesters

Yes

Yes

Minimum ISE credits

30

21

600 Level ISE credits

12

12

Dissertation

Yes

Yes

Qualifying Exam

Yes

Yes

Thesis Proposal

Yes

Yes

Required courses

DOE

DOE

Elective courses

advisor approval

advisor approval

Summary of Ph.D. Requirements

Course Requirements

A Ph.D. student entering with a BS degree must take 16 courses.

A student entering the program with an MS from another university may transfer up to 18 credits (for appropriate courses with approval of the Graduate Director).  The student takes at least another 30 credits of course work at Rutgers with at least 21 credits in the ISE department at Rutgers – these courses begin with the number 540.  The procedure for transferring credits is given in Section 6. 

Students are required to take the following courses:

  • At least four ISE courses at the 600 level..
  • Design of Experiments (960:590)
  • One additional course (in addition to 960:590) in math or statistics at the 500 level or above.

The Qualifying Examination

The comprehensive exam tests students on their knowledge of the four core courses in Industrial and Systems Engineering, i.e,

540:510           Deterministic Models in Industrial Engineering

540:515           Stochastic Models in Industrial Engineering

540:560           Production Analysis

540:585           Systems Reliability Engineering I

If a student fails one or more sections of the exam, the graduate committee may recommend that the student repeat those sections.  If a student fails several sections and shows a serious lack of comprehension, the graduate committee may recommend that a student withdraw from the program.  Students may only repeat a section one time.  No exceptions.

For more information on the qualifying examination, dissertation proposal, and dissertation defense, view Graduate Handbook.