Curriculum in Doctor of Philosophy – Industrial Engineering
A candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in industrial engineering must comply with the rules and regulations as outlined in the WVU Graduate Catalog and the specific requirements of the Statler College and the Industrial and Management Systems Engineering Department.
The doctor of philosophy degree with a major in industrial engineering is administered through the college’s interdisciplinary Ph.D. program. The research work for the doctoral dissertation must show a high degree of originality on the part of the student and must constitute an original contribution to the art and science of industrial engineering.
All Ph.D. degree candidates are required to perform research and follow a planned program of study. The student’s research advisor, in conjunction with the student’s Advising and Examining Committee (AEC) will be responsible for determining the plan of study appropriate to the student’s needs. The underlying principle of the planned program is to provide the students with the necessary support to complete their degree and prepare them for their career.
Required core courses for the Ph.D. program are determined by the student’s area of emphasis. The research work for the doctoral dissertation may entail a fundamental investigation or a broad and comprehensive investigation into an area of specialization.
|A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4 is required in all courses|
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|Any BIOM, BMEG, CE, CHE, CHEM, CPE, CS, EE, IENG, IH&S, MAE, MATH, MINE, PNGE, PHYS, SAFM, SENG, or STAT courses 500-795, as approved by the student's AEC|
Plan of Study
Students who do not hold a baccalaureate degree in industrial engineering are required to take a set of undergraduate industrial engineering courses above and beyond the minimum coursework requirements.
Required core courses for the Ph.D. program are determined by the student’s area of emphasis. In general, Ph.D. students take approximately fifty-four hours of coursework beyond their baccalaureate degree, with a minimum of thirty hours in industrial engineering.
All students must take and pass a written qualifying examination. Normally, the qualifying examination is given no later than one semester after completion of eighteen credit hours toward the doctoral degree. This examination is designed to assess the basic competency of students in the industrial engineering field to determine whether or not they have sufficient knowledge to undertake independent research.
In order to be admitted to candidacy, the student must pass a candidacy exam, which is designed to evaluate the student’s overall ability to engage in high-level research.
A student who has successfully completed all coursework, passed the qualifying examination, and successfully defended the research proposal is defined as one who is a candidate for the Ph.D. degree.
At the completion of the dissertation research, candidates must prepare a dissertation and pass the final oral examination (defense) administered by their AEC.
In order to complete the Ph.D. requirements, a student must pass a final oral examination on the results embodied in the dissertation. This examination is open to the public and, in order to evaluate critically the student's competency, may include testing on material in related fields, as deemed necessary by the AEC. In addition, since the Ph.D. degree is primarily a research degree that embodies the results of an original research proposal and represents a significant contribution to scientific literature, the student must submit a manuscript on this research to the AEC.
Major Learning Outcomes
- Practice/teach Industrial Engineering and to initiate and develop leadership roles in education, business, industry and/or government.
- Continue professional development and life-long learning.
- Interact in society and business in a professional and ethical manner.
- Be proficient in written and oral communication and to utilize people-oriented skills in individual and team environments.
- Apply the skills from Industrial Engineering to be proficient in his/her chosen field.