PhD in Systems and Entrepreneurial Engineering

For those students entering the program with an approved master’s degree:

  • 64 graduate hours is required
    • 32 hours must be formal graded coursework
      • 16 must be at the 500 level
      • 16 must be from the list of approved GE/IE Courses
      • A maximum of 4 hours of GE 597−Independent Study may be used to satisfy the elective coursework requirement
    • 32 graduate hours must be GE 599 thesis research credit
    • Qualifying examinations are required and should be taken no later than the third semester after initial enrollment.

A student entering with a bachelor’s degree has the option of a direct PhD program:

  • 96 graduate hours is required
    • 32 hours must be master's degree equivalent
    • 32 hours must be formal graded coursework
      • 16 hours must be at the 500 level
      • 16 hours must be from the list of approved GE/IE Courses
      • A maximum of 4 hours of GE 597−Independent Study may be used to satisfy the elective coursework requirement
    • 32 graduate hours required must be GE 599 thesis research credit
    • Qualifying examinations are required and should be taken no later than the fifth semester after initial enrollment.

As part of the reqirements to obtain an SEE PhD degree, students must maintain continuous registration throughout the program in GE 590 - Graduate Seminar.

The 96 graduate hours of credit may be divided into three stages of 32 hours each:

  • 32 hours generally represented by an MS degree or equivalent (Stage I)
  • 32 hours of course work beyond the MS degree (Stage II)
  • 32 hours of thesis work for the doctoral thesis (Stage III)

Stage I requirements are satisfied by completion of an MS degree in the Department or in a related engineering or technical discipline from the University of Illinois or other accredited university. A non-technical MS or MBA would normally not count toward the completion of Stage I. Such students would be required to enroll in one of the Master of Science Programs in the Department and satisfy the requirements therein in order to satisfy Stage I of the PhD degree.

In Stage II, a total of 32 hours of formal graded coursework are required, at least 16 of which must be 500-level engineering courses and at least 16 of which must be from the list of approved GE/IE courses. To advance to Stage II all students must pass the Qualifying Examination. To advance from Stage II to Stage III the student must pass the Preliminary Exam. Stage III is comprised of a minimum of 32 hours of GE 599 (Thesis Research) credit and a written dissertation followed by a final oral thesis defense.

The Preliminary Examination is taken after the Qualifying Examination. A minimum of six months should elapse between the successful completion of the doctoral Preliminary Examination and the doctoral final examination (oral dissertation defense).

A joint Ph.D./M.D. degree is also offered. More information is available at the Medical Scholars Program web site.