Feb 26, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Industrial Engineering, Ph.D.


College of Engineering  
Department: Industrial and Management Systems Engineering 

 


Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the Major, listed below.

The IMSE Department’s policy requires Ph.D. students to complete their doctoral major as full-time Tampa campus students. Other requirements include:

  • Undergraduate degree in engineering or mathemtaics/statistics
  • GRE minimum: Q 156 (71st percentile), V 154 (62nd percentile), AW 3.00 
  • Three letters of reference
  • Statement of Purpose including evidence of research potential

Curriculum Requirements


Total Minimum Hours 60 hours post master’s

  • Core Requirements - 12 Credit Hours
  • Electives - 18 Credit Hours minimum
  • Dissertation - 20 Credit Hours minimum
  • Remaining hours taken in electives or dissertation hours - 10 hours minimum

 

Total Minimum Hours 90 hours post bachelor’s

  • Core Requirements - 12 Credit Hours
  • Electives - 48 Credit Hours minimum
  • Dissertation - 20 Credit Hours minimum
  • Remaining hours taken in electives or dissertation hours - 10 hours minimum

Core Requirements (12 Credit Hours Minimum)


Additional requirements may be imposed by the candidate’s committee.

Must take the following 4 core courses:

Elective Courses (18 Credit Hours Minimum)


Elective courses must be approved by the major advisor in consultation with the Graduate Director. Students may choose electives from other departments with the approval of major advisor or Graduate Director. Contact the department for information. Also visit http://imse.eng.usf.edu

Comprehensive Exam


IMSE Ph.D. students must pass the written comprehensive exam consisting of material based on the four core courses.

Qualifying Examination


IMSE Ph.D. students must pass the Qualifying (candidacy) Exam for admission to Doctoral Candidacy. The purpose of the Exam is to determine if the student possesses adequate coursework background and intellectual maturity to conduct independent research. The Exam is administered by the student’s committee. The Exam includes an oral presentation and a written part. 

Proposal Defense


IMSE Ph.D. students must schedule a Doctoral Committee meeting to orally defend the dissertation research they propose to do. The student makes an oral presentation followed by questions from the Committee. Committee members can make suggestions based on the proposed research. At the end of the meeting, the Committee makes a decision as to whether the student may continue working on the dissertation topic (no form submission is required). 

Dissertation (20 Credit Hours)


Dissertation Defense


IMSE Ph.D. students must complete an oral dissertation defense judged by their Doctoral Committee. The student makes a presentation focusing on the innovative aspects of his/her research, followed by questions from the Committee. The Committee members may ask the student to make corrections before submitting the final dissertation document. After a successful dissertation defense, the student makes necessary corrections and submits a final dissertation document. 

Publication Requirement


Students must have at least two (2) (at least one accepted, the other submitted) refereed journal publications before graduation.

Remaining Hours (10 hours minimum)


Remaining hours taken in electives or dissertation hours.