Doctor of Engineering with a Major in Engineering Management


Program Director: Eli Olinick, Ph.D. 



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

Applicants are required to satisfy these requirements:

1.    Master’s degree in a technical area from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association or completion of an international degree that is equivalent to a U.S. master’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing.

2.    Excellent academic performance in all completed coursework, with a minimum GPA of 3.400 on a 4.000 scale.

3.    Submission of a complete application, including a statement of purpose, official transcripts for all previous undergraduate and graduate studies and payment of appropriate application fee.

4.    Official GRE graduate school admission test results with a minimum 80th‑percentile quantitative score.

5.    Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can judge the applicant’s potential success as a doctoral student.

6.    Graduates from foreign countries are required to submit a notarized financial certification form. All international students whose native language is not English and who have not graduated from an American university must submit a minimum English language proficiency score before being considered for admission as follows:

• For the TOEFL, a minimum overall score of 80 out of 120 is required.
• For the IELTS exam, a minimum overall score of 6.5 is required.

7.    Approval of the Director of the Engineering Management Graduate Program.

Degree Requirements

In addition to meeting the Lyle School of Engineering requirements for the D.Engr. degree, candidates are required to satisfy the following:

1.    Twenty-four credit hours of engineering management. These credit 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 credit hours in a technical specialty. These credit hours must be taken in an engineering or other technical area consistent with anticipated doctoral work demands.

3.    Nine credit hours of business/economics. These credit 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 credit hours of electives. All elective credit 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 credit hours of praxis. These credit hours must be taken in residence. The student enrolls for these credit hours in the course of preparing the praxis project.

Engineering Management

  • EMIS 7362 Production Systems Engineering
  • EMIS 8361 Engineering Economics and Decision Analysis
  • EMIS 8362 Engineering Accounting
  • EMIS 8363 Engineering Finance
  • EMIS 8364 Engineering Management

 Operations Research

  • 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 Probability and Statistics for Scientists and Engineers
  • EMIS 7377 (STAT 5377) Statistical Design and Analysis of Experiment

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

6.    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 systems engineering, engineering management, engineering economics, and decision analysis and operations research models, but before 24 credit 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 goal of the exam 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 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.

7.    Satisfactory completion of the doctoral qualifying examination.

8.    Satisfactory completion and defense of the doctoral praxis.

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