D.Sc. Program in Systems Engineering

D.Sc. Degree Requirements

Degree requirements for the D.Sc. Program in Systems Engineering include a minimum of 67 graduate credit hours. It is possible to receive 24-30 credit hours if you have a STEM related M.S. degree with the approval of the program director.

Once accepted into the program, the student is required to successfully complete the core systems engineering courses which are intended to help you develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for systems engineering. During this course of study, you are considered a doctoral student.

SE 601 - Systems Engineering Fundamentals 3 credits
SE 606 - System Architecture and Modeling 3 credits
SE 602 - Risk and Failure Analysis 3 credits
SE 603 - Integration, Test and Evaluation 3 credits
SE 609 - Research Methods 3 credit
Electives Varies by student
Doctoral Research (at least 18 credits) Varies by student

Required Examinations in this program have two parts. There is a written component, and an oral component to each. These exams will be discussed in detail later in this handbook. The exams are:

  • Qualifying Exam: Written and Oral
  • Proposal Defense: Written and Oral
  • Dissertation Defense: Written and Public Oral Defense

If you enter the program with only a Bachelor’s degree, you will be required to obtain another 30 credits from the USA course catalog. Your course of study will be guided by your doctoral advisor.