objective of this degree is to provide students with adequate
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.
A doctorate with focus on applied science requires a high level of
expertise in the theoretical aspects of the relevant scientific
principles. Experience with the details of the implementation of this
theory on realistic problems. Engineering practice as a focus for a
doctor of engineering degree is the study of the different aspects that
play a role in the transfer of technology from its inception in
research to the intended engineering environment. This requires a high
level of expertise in (1) theoretical aspects of the relevant
scientific principles; (2) solving the problems and understanding the
details of the transfer and application of the technology; and (3)
Doctor of Engineering (D.Eng.) degree is distinguished from a Doctor of
Philosophy degree as follows. Whereas a Ph.D. student is expected to
make a significant advance to scientific knowledge, a Doctor in
Engineering Management graduate is expected to have made a significant
and original contribution to the practice of transforming scientific
knowledge into technology. The D.Eng. student's work will demonstrate
a new advance in the application of advanced engineering and scientific
techniques to the practice of engineering and applied science.
following events must occur in the process of obtaining a Doctor of
Engineering degree. Some events may occur concurrently. (The
associated forms are available from the EMIS office or online):
- Acceptance into the program
and assignment of an academic adviser
- Preparation of a formal degree plan (form: Degree Plan—Doctor of Engineering)
Basic course work
Preliminary Counseling Exam
Advanced course work
- Selection of a research advisor and Supervisory Committee (form: Recommendation and Certification of Appointment of Supervisory Committee)
- Final Degree Plan (form:
Degree Plan—Doctor of Engineering)
- Selection of praxis topic
- Qualifying Examination and admission to candidacy (Form: Admission to Candidacy)
- Preliminary approval of the praxis report by the praxis advisor
- Praxis defense (form: Report on Thesis or Dissertation and/or Final Examination)
requirements for the Doctor of Engineering degree must be completed
within seven years of entry into the program and within five years
after the Qualifying Examination is passed.
2. Admission Requirements
Admission to the Doctor of Engineering program requires, at a minimum, the following items:
- a Bachelor of Science in an engineering discipline;
- a Master's degree in a technical area or in a managerial area, such as business administration or economics;
- official Graduate Record Examination General Test results that include a quantitative score in the top 80th percentile;
English is not a native language, a score of 600 or above on the Test
of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or its equivalent; and
- approval by the Director of the Engineering Management Graduate Program.
3. Initial Advising
entry into the Doctor of Engineering program, the Engineering
Management, Information, and Systems (EMIS) department assigns the
student a faculty advisor who acts as an academic advisor. The
selection of the advisor is an administrative decision that may or may
not be connected to the student's academic interests. The
responsibilities of this academic advisor are to examine the student's
prior background and current state of knowledge, and to recommend
courses to be taken in preparation for the Preliminary Counseling Exam
(PCE). At the outset, the student should identify whether the focus of
the doctorate will be in applied science or in engineering practice.
complete list of all graduate courses to be taken by the student is the
Degree Plan. The adviser and the student will prepare a formal Degree
Plan, based on the student's academic background and the declared
interests and objectives that presents clearly how past and proposed
coursework will satisfy the requirements for the degree. It should also
provide a semester-by-semester schedule for taking courses consistent
with current course-offering projections. The Degree Plan is submitted
to the Department Chair before the Qualifying Exam, but after the
appointment of the final Supervisory Committee.
4. Credit Requirements
minimum of 66 semester hours of course work beyond the baccalaureate
degree plus a minimum of 12 semester hours of praxis research are
required. Post-baccalaureate course work from other institutions and
other graduate degrees may be applied towards the degree requisites
subject to approval of the advisory committee. A minimum of 30 semester
hours of graduate study must be completed at SMU, including 12 hours of
praxis research and 18 hours of course work that have not been applied
towards any other SMU degree.
A degree plan must satisfy the following requirements:
- Engineering Management: 24 semester hours. 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. All graduate courses in engineering management in the
EMIS Department are acceptable for this category.
- Technical Specialty: 18 semester hours. These hours are in an
engineering or other technical area consistent with anticipated
doctoral work demands.
- Business/Economics: 9 semester hours. 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.
15 semester hours. 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
- Praxis: 12 semester hours. These are necessarily “in residence”
hours. The student registers for these hours in the course of
preparing the praxis project.
In addition, the degree plan must include the following courses, or their equivalents.
- EMIS 7362 Production Management
- EMIS 8361 Economic Decision Analysis
- EMIS 8362 Engineering Accounting
- EMIS 8363 Engineering Finance
- EMIS 8364 Management for Engineers
- EMIS 8360 Operations Research Models
- EMIS 8378 Optimization Models for Decision Support
and one of the following:
- EMIS 8371 Linear Programming
- EMIS 8373 Integer Programming
- EMIS 8374 Network Flows
- EMIS 7370 Statistics for Engineers
- EMIS 7377 Statistical Design and Analysis of Experiments
A course must not be counted as satisfying more than one category. The minor requirements may be satisfied by transfer credit.
graduate credit is earned for a course in which a grade of less than
“C-” is earned. Such courses do, however, count toward the total
grade-point average (GPA).
order to graduate, a student must have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0
scale. If at any point a student's GPA drops below 3.0, the student is
placed on academic probation. The student then has one semester to
raise his/her GPA back up to 3.0 or be dismissed from the program. For
part-time students, one semester is taken to mean six credit hours. It
is the policy of the Lyle School of Engineering that courses in which a
grade of “Incomplete” is received affect the GPA, effective the
semester in which the Incomplete was granted, rather than when it is
removed. Therefore, a student is considered to be on academic probation
if the grade on currently completed work in the course in which the “I”
was granted would cause the GPA to drop below 3.0.
6. Preliminary Counseling Examination
be eligible for advanced study, a student must demonstrate competence
in the basic material in engineering management and operations research
by passing the Preliminary Counseling Examination. This 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 semester hours have been completed.
exam is oral and given by an appropriate EMIS faculty group, generally
composed of two or three faculty members. The exam covers degree
fundamentals, and questions are predominantly drawn from the following
courses: EMIS 7362, 8360, 8361, and 8364. The student will be notified
in writing as to whether or not the PCE was passed. In case of failure,
the student may retake the exam. A second failure automatically removes
the student from the Doctor of Engineering program.
the goal of the PCE is to detect weaknesses in the background of D.Eng.
students, some students may be granted a conditional or partial pass. A
conditional pass indicates that there are weaknesses in the background
of the student that can be overcome 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.
exam will be administered near the beginning of the Spring and Fall
semesters. Normally, a student is allowed two attempts at the exam. The
EMIS faculty may allow a third attempt in exceptional circumstances.
7. Study Loads
normal study load for full-time graduate students is 12 semester hours
(9 semester hours if carrying an assistantship). The minimum study load
for full-time graduate status is 9 semester hours. Part-time graduate
students working 40 hours per week in industry normally carry 3 to 6
hours of work.
Lyle School of Engineering rules require a student in a graduate degree
program to be making “reasonable progress towards a degree.” The
counseling feature of this exam is to identify any areas of weakness in
those fundamental topics nominally considered as basic undergraduate
and/or core introductory graduate level material. To be considered to
be making reasonable progress, the student should take the core courses
EMIS 7362, 8360, 8361, and 8364 as early as possible, and take the
Preliminary Counseling Exam in the next semester following completion
of these courses.
8. Research Advisor and Supervisory Committee
passing the Preliminary Counseling Examination, the student must find a
research advisor and form a Supervisory Committee. It is the
responsibility of the student to find a faculty member willing to
provide a research topic or to supervise a topic of the student's
choosing. The research advisor must be a full-time SMU faculty member,
and is often the academic advisor.
preliminary Supervisory Committee consists of the research advisor and
at least two faculty members, whose role at this point is to approve a
Degree Plan. The Supervisory Committee remains in a tentative status
until it is formally constituted prior to the Qualifying Exam. At that
time the student and the research advisor finalize the composition of
the Supervisory Committee. Then the student obtains written consent of
the members, a written endorsement of the department chair, and submits
the list for certification by the Director of the Graduate Division
(form: Recommendation and Certification of
Appointment of Supervisory Committee).
Supervisory Committee must be composed of five or more members, at
least two of which must be full-time, tenure-track Engineering
Management faculty in the Department of Engineering Management,
Information, and Systems. Other members of the advisory committee may
come from related areas, such as engineering, business, or economics.
One committee member must be from outside of the Lyle School of
Engineering, and must have a terminal degree. The Chair of the
Department and the Dean of the Lyle School must approve the Supervisory
Committee. A praxis advisor from outside the department will be a
member of the committee, but cannot be the chair.
of the Supervisory Committee may change at any stage based on the
praxis topic, faculty availability, and the student's program
direction. Any committee changes must be approved by the department
chair (prior to the QE) or by the department chair and the Director of
the Graduate Division after its formal constitution. (A new form must
be submitted with each change).
9. Qualifying Examination and Admission to Candidacy
the completion of advanced coursework, the student takes the Doctoral
Qualifying Examination. Upon passing this exam, the student is admitted
to Doctoral Candidacy and may begin work on a praxis. The Qualifying
Exam is intended to determine if the student has sufficient depth of
knowledge in the chosen field to be able to perform original and
significant research. The Qualifying Examination is administered by the
student's Supervisory Committee and may be scheduled any time during
the year. The results of the exam are reported to the Chair of EMIS and
the Director of the Graduate Division.
qualifying examination marks the transition from preparation to
execution of the doctoral research. Once successfully completed, and
upon presentation of a research plan, the student is certified to
proceed with the research directly related to the praxis. Beyond this
point, the student is formally recognized as a doctoral candidate.
Transition into candidacy can occur after the following three
requirements are satisfied.
Written qualifying examination.
The written portion of the qualifying examination is composed of a
battery of five tests. A member of the advisory committee administers
each test. Each examiner has full discretion as to the choice of
material and the format and style of the written test. Usually, tests
are designed to measure knowledge in an area of expertise of the
instructor or on a topic from a course taught by him. Tests are
commonly "take home" exams over the course of a week or more. It is the
responsibility of the student to inquire as to the nature and format of
the exam and the availability of the instructor when scheduling the
exam. When the student is ready to proceed with the written portion of
the qualifying examination, and when all participating examiners have
been consulted and agree on a schedule, the academic adviser will issue
a memorandum to all members of the advisory committee formalizing the
schedule for this portion of the exam.
Written research proposal.
A formal document, describing in detail the proposed research project
that constitutes the praxis, must be submitted to the advisory
committee at least two weeks prior to the oral presentation. (The
requirements of a praxis are described below.) The proposal will (1)
outline the general technical scope of the project, (2) state the
economic and technical relevance of the work, and (3) give a time
schedule for accomplishing the project. It is expected that this
proposal will be worked out in close consultation with the faculty
member supervising the work and cognizant industry people when the
project is to be conducted off campus. Also, the student is expected to
adhere to the time schedule once the project is set into motion and to
keep the advisory committee informed on a regular basis of progress
The oral qualifying examination and proposal presentation.
The oral qualifying examination and the oral presentation of the
research project proposal may be presented following the successful
completion of the written qualifying examination and when the members
of the advisory committee have had time to review the written research
proposal. The oral qualifying examination is a continuation of the
written qualifying examination. At this time, the five examiners may
proceed with an oral examination of the student. After this, the
student presents the proposed praxis subject. The student must be
prepared to defend the proposal to the advisory committee and
additional members who will integrate the praxis committee.
satisfactory completion of the above requirements, the student may be
admitted to Candidacy to begin the praxis research. The approval for
admission is based upon the student’s: (1) passing of the Qualifying
Examination, (2) achievement of an academic record with a grade-point
average of 3.0 or better (4.0=A), (3) selection of a tentative title
and topic for the praxis, and (4) overall fitness, as judged by his
student will be notified in writing as to whether or not the Qualifying
Exam was passed. In case of failure, the Supervisory Committee will
also give a recommendation for either a re-exam or termination from the
Doctor of Engineering program.
10. Change of Research Advisor or Supervisory Committee
student may change research advisor, advisory committee, or praxis
committee at any point, subject to the approval of the EMIS chair. If
the research advisor is changed, the new research advisor may, at the
advisor’s discretion, require a new Qualifying Exam. In addition, if
the make-up of the supervisory committee changes substantially, the
EMIS chair may require a new Qualifying Exam to be taken with the newly
11. Doctoral Praxis
a culmination of the doctoral program, the candidate must perform a
suitable engineering praxis (practical engineering study) embodying the
results of a significant and original investigation and write a praxis
report. The scope of the praxis may be broad or narrow and may involve
engineering design, development, or any other major category of
engineering and applied science work. The praxis should demonstrate an
original application of advanced engineering and scientific techniques
to practice, hence it must involve the development and application of
project may focus on a well-defined practical problem or on a more
general theoretical development that is relevant to current engineering
practice. If the focus is a practical problem, economic considerations
must also be incorporated in the praxis. If the focus is more general,
the Supervisory Committee will determine whether or not economic
aspects will be required.
scholarship, including recognition of both previous and current work in
the subject area, is required. The praxis report should be suitable for
publication in an academic-quality journal.
praxis report must make an original contribution to the practice of
engineering or applied science, and is expected to be a mature and
competent piece of writing. Being the result of engineering and
management practice, it should have strong technical and quantitative
content, embody a managerial dimension, and demonstrate the use of the
highest standards of scientific investigation and reporting. The praxis
report format must follow the University guidelines as indicated in the
SMU Guidelines for Preparation of Theses and Dissertations.
12. Praxis Defense
completion of all other requirements, the candidate’s praxis defense
will be announced, registered with the Graduate Division, and
subsequently conducted by the Supervisory Committee. The candidate must
distribute copies of the praxis report to members of the Supervisory
Committee at least two weeks in advance of the praxis defense. This
defense, which is conducted orally, must enable the Supervisory
Committee to satisfy itself that the praxis: is an original piece of
research work, has been carried out in keeping with the highest
standards of investigation and reporting, and makes a contribution to
knowledge that is of value to the scientific community.
defense must be scheduled with the EMIS Department Office and posted in
the Lyle School of Engineering. This defense is open to the public,
with the possible exception of a period that is open only to committee
members and EMIS faculty, during which general questions in engineering
management may be asked. Satisfactory performance on this defense
constitutes the last requirement to be met for the D.Eng. degree.
successful completion of the praxis defense, the praxis director must
sign the abstract original, and all faculty members attending the final
examination must sign the original half-title page of the praxis. After
the praxis has been checked and approved by the Lyle School of
Engineering Examiner (and released by the Office of Research and
Graduate Studies), the original and as many as nine copies of the
praxis (five for the Lyle School and up to five for the student),
together with one extra copy of the abstract signed by the adviser and
one copy of the original half-title page with signatures must be
delivered to the Office of the Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies
before the final examination period in a regular semester and before
examinations in a summer term.