Doctor of Engineering with a Major in Engineering Management

The Doctor of Engineering with a major in Engineering Management is designed to provide students with preparation to meet doctoral standards in an applied science or engineering practice. Applied science as a focus for the doctoral degree refers to the study of advanced theory and its application to a practical problem in order to test and verify performance limitations.

The degree requires a high level of expertise in the theoretical aspects of relevant scientific principles and experience with details of the implementation of theory on realistic problems. Engineering practice as a focus for the degree is the study of different aspects that play a role in the transfer of technology, from its inception in research to the intended engineering environment, as well as relevant economic issues.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science or equivalent degree in a technical or applied science area, including mathematics, applied sciences, and all engineering disciplines.
  • A Master’s degree in a technical area or in a managerial area, such as business administration or economics.
  • Submission of official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test results with a minimum 80th-percentile quantitative score.
  • Score of 600 or higher on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or its equivalent, if English is not the native language.
  • Approval of the Director of the Engineering Management Graduate Program.

Degree Requirements

  1. Twenty-four (24) term hours of Engineering Management. These hours must come from graduate-level courses in quantitative and qualitative aspects of managing in a modern technical environment. Courses in the areas of engineering management, management science, operations research, operations management, production management, and other related fields may qualify.
  2. Eighteen (18) term hours in a technical specialty. These hours must be taken in an engineering or other technical area consistent with anticipated doctoral work demands.
  3. Nine (9) term hours of Business/Economics. These hours must come from courses in a graduate program. They should expand the student’s understanding of the economic issues and problems relating to the transfer and management of technology.
  4. Fifteen (15) term hours of electives. All elective hours must come from graduate-level courses and must be approved by the advisory committee. These courses should, in some way, complement and strengthen the student’s degree plan.
  5. Twelve (12) term hours of Praxis. These hours must be taken in residence. The student enrolls for these hours in the course of preparing the praxis project.
  6. The following courses, or their equivalents, included in the degree plan:
  7. Engineering Management:

    Operations Research:


    A course may not be counted toward more than one category. The minor requirements may be satisfied by transfer credit.

  8. Satisfactory completion of the Preliminary Counseling Examination, an oral exam covering degree fundamentals. The exam should be scheduled after the student has taken courses in production management, management for engineers, economic decision analysis, and operations research models, but before 24 term hours have been completed. Questions are drawn predominantly from the graduate courses EMIS 7362, 8360, and 8361. If the student fails the exam, he or she may retake it once. Since the exam’s goal is to detect weaknesses in the student’s background, the examiners may grant a conditional or partial pass. Such a pass indicates that the student’s weaknesses can be over-come by taking specific courses. In this situation, the student need not retake the exam but will be required to take one or more courses and achieve a grade of B or better.
  9. Satisfactory completion of the Doctoral Qualifying Examination.
  10. Satisfactory completion and defense of the doctoral praxis.