Dissertation

Proposal Defense

At least one year prior to the dissertation defense, candidates must present their research proposal to their Doctoral Dissertation Committee. At the completion of the proposal defense, the Doctoral Dissertation Committee will vote to either pass or fail the student. Students who fail the proposal defense will have to repeat the defense within a semester of their first attempt. If the student fails the proposal defense for a second time, he/she will be dismissed from the program, pending review of the Engineering Science and Systems Governance Committee.

Dissertation Defense

In order to complete the requirements for the doctoral degree, students will prepare and successfully defend a written dissertation in accordance with the format and procedures dictated by the Graduate School. Students must orally defend their completed doctoral research to their Doctoral Dissertation Committee. At the completion of the dissertation defense, the Doctoral Dissertation Committee will vote to either pass or fail the student. A majority vote is required to pass. If a student fails the exam, he/she may be dismissed from the program, pending review by the Engineering Science and Systems Governance Committee.

Doctoral Dissertation Advisor

A student admitted to the doctoral program must declare an advisor, with advisor’s approval, no later than the second semester that he/she is in the program. The advisor must be an Engineering Science and Systems program faculty.

Doctoral Dissertation Committee

The Doctoral Dissertation Committee can be constituted once the student has declared his/her doctoral dissertation advisor, and no later than the second semester that the student has been in the program. The committee will include a minimum of five members and a maximum of seven members. At least four members have to be Engineering Science and Systems program faculty. The committee can have one or more external members who are not Engineering Science and Systems program faculty. If the dissertation advisor and the doctoral student are affiliated with different tracks, it is required that at least one Engineering Science and Systems program faculty in the committee belong to the student’s track.

Residency Requirement

After entering the ENSS program, a candidate must complete 18 hours on campus within four consecutive semesters, with optional summer semester. Of these 18 hours, at least six are to be research credits.

Courses

The catalog description of the program core, track core and elective courses, and the dissertation research courses that are part of the Engineering Science and Systems Doctoral Program, is provided in the “Systems Engineering,” “Computer Science,” “Information Science,” and “Information Quality” sections of this catalog. Other courses may be approved in consultation between the student and his/her Doctoral Dissertation Committee.

Up to fifteen credit hours may be granted to the student for completing equivalent graduate coursework at other institutions. Such credit must be exclusive of thesis or other exit project credits, be no more than five years old at the time of transfer, and must have a letter grade of B or better. In some cases students may be equired to balance their transfer credit with a corresponding increase in research hours. Students interested in requesting a credit transfer should discuss the request with their doctoral dissertation advisor and appropriate track coordinator. The request must also be approved by the Engineering Science and Systems graduate coordinator and the dean of the Graduate School before the transfer of credit can be granted.

For a student with a MS in EIT Programs from UA Little Rock, all lecture credit hours earned in the MS program with grade B or above are counted towards the ENSS PhD’s program.