The PhD degree is usually a four year program which requires rigorous study and a high degree of emphasis on original research. Recent graduates have obtained positions in academic institutions, manufacturing, services, and consulting companies.
Following are the minimum requirements for admission to the Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering program.
(a) Completion of the following or equivalent courses:
(b) Programming competence in at least one of the following languages:
C, C++, or Visual BASIC
(c) Possession (or nearing the completion) of a master degree in engineering, physical science, or other related disciplines.
Total credit hours=minimum of 84 hours
Graduate Course Work: at least 60 credit hours; 60% of the PhD courses beyond the master’s degree (including dissertation) must be at 800 or higher level, and 60% of all graduate courses (incl. dissertation) must be at 700 or higher level.
Dissertation: at least 24 credit hours.
Required Courses: PhD in IE program requires IME 724 Statistical Methods for Engineers, three semesters of zero credit IME 777 IME Colloquium and CESP750D Engineering Research Writing classes
Major: at least 21 hours from a list of approved courses
Minor: at least 9 hours from a declared minor (usually one of the concentrations in industrial engineering, or computer science or psychology or other engineering disciplines). The concentrations in the IME graduate program are
Mathematics/Statistics: at least 6 hours in calculus-based mathematics and/or statistics from a list of approved courses.
Technical Electives: as many hours as necessary to satisfy the total hour requirements.
Note that minor and math/stat hours must add to at least 18 hours.
Before completing twelve PhD hours at WSU, a student must select an advisor and an advisory committee. With the help of the advisor, the student must prepare a plan of study that need to be approved by the advisory committee, graduate coordinator and graduate school before the preliminary and comprehensive exam is attempted. For details of the preliminary examination, please refer to IME website.
Before completing 18 PhD hours at WSU, a student must pass the preliminary examination administered by the department in at most two attempts. Students who could not pass the prelim exam in 1.5 years will be dismissed from the PhD program
Must pass the comprehensive examinations covering the major and minor areas. A student may attempt these exams no more than twice in each area. A student can enroll in dissertation hours only after passing the comprehensive exams.
Prepare a dissertation research proposal and pass an oral examination of the proposal. A student cannot attempt the examination more than twice. A student must be continuously enrolled in IME 976 after the dissertation approval examination.
Must pass an oral examination of the dissertation.
From the time the student is admitted to the program, no more than six years may elapse until requirements for the degree have been completed.
Up to 12 hours may be transferred from another accredited graduate school;
Must complete Professional and Scholarly Integrity Training Requirement, preferably during the first semester of the program.