The program consists of a total of 76 credit hours, which include 14 credit hours of program core courses, 9 credit hours of track core courses, 15 credit hours of elective courses, and 38 credit hours of dissertation research. In addition, the student is required to:
- Maintain acceptable academic performance. If a student receives one C grade in his/her course work, he/she will be warned that his/her performance is unacceptable and that his/her status will be reviewed by the Engineering Science and Systems Governance Committee, which will suggest corrective actions. A student receiving two C grades or either a D grade or an F grade in his/her course work will be dismissed from the program, pending review by the Engineering Science and Systems Governance Committee;
- Pass candidacy examinations;
- Pass proposal defense;
- Publish and present at least one paper in a peer-reviewed national/international conference;
- Have at least one paper accepted for publication in an international reputed journal with the student as the first author; and
- Pass dissertation defense.