The degree requires a minimum of 72 graduate credit hours that include core and elective course work and a thesis. Coursework is valid for ten years towards a PhD degree; any exceptions must be approved by the Director of the ORwE program and the student’s advisor.
Prerequisites for the PhD in Operations Research with Engineering Program:
1. Programming (CSCI 261)
2. Data Structures (CSCI 262)
Students entering in the fall semester must have completed the Programming (CSCI 261) prerequisite or equivalent. Students may take CSCI262 during their first semester of study. Students will only be allowed to enter in the spring semester if they have developed a course program such that they are able to take the qualifying exam within 3 semesters.
24 credits of core courses
12 credits of elective courses
12 additional credits
At least 24 research credits are required. The student’s faculty advisor and the doctoral thesis committee must approve the student’s program of study and the topic for the thesis.
Qualifying Examination Process and Thesis Proposal
Upon completion of the core course work, students must pass a written qualifying examination and complete a qualifying research project to become a candidate for the PhD ORwE degree. The proposal defense should be completed within ten months of passing the qualifying exam.
Students may transfer up to 24 hours of graduate-level course work from other institutions toward the PhD degree subject to the restriction that those courses must not have been used as credit toward a Bachelors degree. The student must have achieved a grade of B or better in all graduate transfer courses and the transfer must be approved by the student’s Doctoral Thesis Committee and the Director of the ORwE program.
In addition to the institutional guidelines as described in the bulletin, we impose the following criteria regarding unsatisfactory progress: Unsatisfactory progress will be assigned to any full-time student who does not pass the core courses within the first year and a half of their study. Unsatisfactory progress will also be assigned to any student who does not complete requirements as specified in his or her admission letter. Any exceptions to the criteria regarding unsatisfactory progress must be approved by the ORwE committee. Part-time students develop an approved course plan with their advisor.
Required Course Curriculum in the Operations Research with Engineering Program
All PhD students in the Operations Research with Engineering Program are required to take a set of core courses that provide basic tools for the more advanced and elective courses in the program.
Elective Courses (12 credits) - Students are required to take 4 courses from the following list.
EENG517 Theory and Design of Advanced Control Systems
MATH532 Spatial Statistics
MATH537 Multivatiate Analysis
MATH/CSCI542 or EBGN528 Simulation
MATH582 Statistics Practicum
MEGN592 Risk and Reliability Engineering Analysis and Design
MNGN538 Geostatistical Ore Reserve Estimation
MTGN450/MLGN550 Statistical Process Control & Design of Experiments