Program Outline

The Engineering Science and Systems doctoral program leading to the Ph.D. degree is housed in the Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology. Faculty, curriculum, and resources for this program are contributed by six departments: Systems Engineering, Computer Science, Information Science, Engineering Technology, Construction Management and Civil and Construction Engineering, and Earth Science. The program is designed to provide a collaborative, interdisciplinary framework of graduate studies and research in engineering with exposure to the systems approach that is increasingly the hallmark of current research and development in the global engineering community. 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 electives, and 38 credit hours of dissertation research courses. Students enrolled in the Engineering Science and Systems Ph.D. program can select one of the four following tracks:

The Systems Engineering track focuses on design and analysis of systems and their architecture, integration of systems, decision and risk analysis, simulation, and optimization of systems that are part of the technical infrastructure that supports an organization’s application and information needs.

The Electrical and Computer Engineering track focuses on embedded systems, robotics, measurement techniques, design of analog and digital electronics and circuits, power systems, digital systems, coding, software systems and operating systems.

The Telecommunications and Networking Engineering track focuses on communications and mobile networking and protocols, advanced digital communications, digital signal processing, and antennas and wireless systems.

The Mechanical and Materials Engineering track focuses on advanced solid and fluid mechanics, MEMS and microsystems, vibration analysis, applied numerical and finite element methods, and smart materials.


Program Core

The program core provides students an introduction to the systems approach to engineering, as well as the mathematical and research methodologies and tools needed to successfully complete the Ph.D. studies. The 14 credit hours of program core courses are listed below:

  • Engineering systems component – Three credit hours

SYEN 7311 Systems Design and Analysis.

  • Engineering seminar component – Four credit hours (one credit hour per semester for four semesters)

SYEN 7192 Graduate Seminar.

  • Engineering ethics component – One credit hour

SYEN 7118 Research Ethics in Science and Engineering.

  • Engineering mathematical foundations component – Six credit hours

As advised by the advisor or track coordinator.