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Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering Management

Ph.D. Handbook

Ph.D. Plan of Study

Ph.D. Forms

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) focuses on developing the necessary skills to perform and evaluate rigorous research in areas related to the design andmanagement of projects, programs, and complex human-technological systems.

The goal of the Ph.D. program is to prepare graduates for careers in teaching and research at academic institutions as well as in other public and private organizations characterized by innovation and technological leadership.

Doctoral Admission Requirements:

Admission to graduate programs in engineering management and systems engineering is in accordance with the general requirements for graduate degrees as specified in the Graduate Admission section of this Catalog. Specific requirements for the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering include the following: Applicants for the Ph.D. must have a bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited institution in engineering, engineering technology, applied science or applied mathematics, and at least 24 semester hours of graduate study approved by the graduate program director. An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 and a graduate GPA of at least 3.50(on a 4.00 basis) and GRE general aptitude scores are required. Students lacking adequate academic preparation may be admitted provisionally and may be required to complete coursework in addition to the graduate admission requirements. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 is required for all international students when English is not their first language. As part of the admission process, all applicants will go through an interview process. The applicant will be contacted by the graduate program director once the application and credentials are received to initiate the interview process. Students must also have an advisor prior to admission.

Doctoral Degree Requirements:

Curriculum requirements in engineering management are in accordance with the general requirements for Ph.D. degrees as specified in the Requirements for Graduate Degrees section of this Catalog. Specific requirements for the Ph.D. in engineering management include the following: The Ph.D. degree requires a minimum of 51 semester credit hours beyond an approved master's degree, with a minimum of 27 hours of postmaster's graduate course work and a
minimum of 24 dissertation hours.

Requirements in preparing for the Ph.D. program in engineering

Management include:

  1. Satisfactory completion of 51 credit hours of postmaster's degree credit or equivalent level of performance course work, including 24 credit hours of dissertation credit and a minimum of 27 credit hours of
    course work.
  2. Passing a written and oral candidacy examination at the end of the program of study course work.
  3. The successful defense of a written dissertation proposal before the completion of nine hours of dissertation research.
  4. The completion of a dissertation representing independent original research worthy of publication in a refereed scholarly journal.
  5. The successful public defense of the dissertation before an audience which includes an appropriately selected committee of faculty knowledgeable in the field of the project.
  6. Acceptance of a publication in a refereed scholarly journal.

 

Prerequisite Courses:  All students must have mathematics course work through the level of integral calculus matrix algebra or differential equations and a course in statistics (ENMA 420/520 or equivalent).

Master's-Level Courses: As part of their 27 credit hours of master's-level course work, all students must have completed the following engineering management leveling courses or their equivalent: ENMA 600, 603, and 604. Students may be admitted to the Ph.D. program deficient in these leveling courses, but as part of their plan of study, the student must take and successfully complete these courses at the earliest possible opportunity.

Plan of Study: The Ph.D. program is governed by a Plan of Study that is established by the student in conjunction with his/her advisor and guidance committee within the first nine credit hours of course work and will follow the established course requirements (below) unless a substitution to one or more courses is agreed upon between the advisor and student and approved by the graduate program director.

Course Requirements

PREREQUISITES
ENMA 420/520 - Statistical Concepts in Engineering Management Mathematics through the level of integral calculus, matrix algebra, or differential equations ENMA 600, 603 and 604 (or equivalent)

REQUIRED COURSES

ENMA 821 - Research Methods in Engineering Management , ENMA 711 - Methodologies for Advanced Engineering Projects and three additional 800 level courses , a course from each of the following three areas:

  1. Empirical Methods
  2. Analytics Methods
  3. Social Research Methods
  1. EMPIRICAL METHODS: Statistical techniques and research approaches. The course should cover statistical techniques up to (at least) multivariate statistics covering techniques such as Multivariate Regression Analysis, Principal Component Factor Analysis, Cluster Analysis, and Canonical Correlation Analysis. If possible an introduction to Structural Equation Modeling and non-parametric statistical analysis should be included.


    Courses to choose from:
    ENMA 863 - Robust Engineering Design
    Equivalent course (with GPD authorization)

  2. ANALYTIC METHODS: Mathematical and other quantitative analytic techniques including modeling, analysis and simulation approaches, and how they are applied within research. Methods such as system modeling, discrete modeling and simulation, System Dynamics, Agent Based Modeling, formal logic, and optimization methods should be addressed.


    Courses to choose from:
    ENMA 803 Optimization Methods
    ENMA 823 System Dynamics
    ENMA 702 Rational Decision Making
    ENMA 710 Modeling and Analysis of Systems
    Equivalent course (with GPD authorization)

  3. SOCIAL RESEARCH METHODS: Approaches common in the social sciences and humanities. Methods may include grounded theory (as used in social sciences), coding techniques, social (quasi-) experimentation, and fuzzy logic. Diverse data collection methods should be addressed including focus groups, interviews, surveys and questionnaires.

    Courses to choose from:
    ENMA 815 Systems Analysis
    ENMA 716 Complex Adaptive Situations Environment
    Equivalent course (with GPD authorization)

ELECTIVES (12 credit hours)

Engineering Management courses or courses from other departments in the Colleges of Engineering and Technology, Sciences, and Business and Public Administration. All electives must be at the graduate level and APPROVED BY THE Ph.D. GUIDANCE COMMITTEE AND GRADUATE PROGRAM DIRECTOR as part of the student's plan of study.

DISSERTATION RESEARCH:

Minimum of 24 credit hours

EXAMINATIONS:

A candidacy exam, dissertation proposal defense, and a public dissertation defense are required after completing all course work.

ALTERNATIVE FUNDING POSSIBILITIES FOR PHD STUDENTS:

http://www.odu.edu/ao/research/proposaldev/funding/student/index.shtml

Certificate of Professional Study in Engineering Management

The Certificate of Professional Study (C.P.S.) in Engineering Management is a non-degree certificate program for post master's degree students. The C.P.S. program is designed for working professionals who desire to continue their education beyond the master's degree level and advance to senior management positions. The program specifically prepares students for positions that involve the management of technology and the management of research and development projects and programs. Admission requires completion of an appropriate master's degree.

C.P.S. Program Requirements

The Certificate of Professional Study (C.P.S.) in engineering management is a non-degree certificate program for post master's degree students. The C.P.S. program is designed for working professionals who desire to continue their education beyond the master's degree and advance to senior management positions. The program specifically prepares students for positions that involve the management of technology and the management of research and development programs and projects. Admission requires completion of an appropriate master's degree.

The Certificate of Professional Study (C.P.S.) in engineering management requires the completion of 27 credit hours of post master's course work.

Students must take all courses through Old Dominion University. No transfer of courses is permitted for the C.P.S. program.