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PhD in Engineering Management

College of Engineering


The industry leaders of tomorrow must earn their credentials today. Enroll in Western New England University’s PhD in Engineering Management and prepare to take your place at the top of your organization. In this full- or part-time program, you will learn the technical depth and gain the breadth of knowledge to become a successful researcher, practitioner, or educator in the management of engineering and technology. You will develop the skills needed to conduct rigorous research in areas related to the improvement, design, and management of projects and programs within complex human/technological systems, including engineering, healthcare, service, and logistical/transportation systems

Why Choose PhD in Engineering Management?

It is the philosophy of the program to graduate students who have the ability to create, evaluate, improve, design, and manage complex human technological systems. Additionally, students will demonstrate the ability, through dissertation research, to contribute to the body of knowledge in the field of engineering management. The systems include engineering/manufacturing systems, service systems, and logistical systems.

What Will You Study?

The PhD in Engineering Management focuses on developing skills needed to conduct rigorous research in areas related to the improvement, design, and management of projects and programs within complex human-technological systems. Students must take five core courses in Engineering Supply Chain, Optimization Methods I, Project Management, Seminar/Research Methods for Engineering Management, and Advanced Engineering Cost Estimation. A plan of study and advisory must be created in consulting with a faculty advisor after completion of core courses to complete remaining requirements.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

Admissions for the PhD in Engineering Management are rolling and applications will be reviewed after January 15 each year. Entry points into the program are during the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer terms. In addition to completing the online application with the nonrefundable $30 application fee, you will also need to submit an official copy of your transcript from all institutions attended for undergraduate or graduate study, and two recommendation forms sent directly to the Admissions Office by the evaluators. You will also need to submit an official score report for the GRE taken no more than five years prior to your application.

Candidates for the PhD in Engineering Management should possess a master’s or bachelor’s degree in engineering or closely related discipline. A cumulative GPA of at least a 3.5 (4.0 scale) will be required for admission. A GRE score from the last five years, with a combined verbal and quantitative score of at least a 300 with a quantitative score in at least the 50th percentile will be required for consideration. Candidates below established GPA and GRE requirements will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Candidates whose primary language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English. Applicants must also have evidence of completion of a probability and statistics course with a grade of at least a “C” and be able to demonstrate competence in at least one structured programming language (C++, FORTRAN, Visual BASIC, etc.).

Admissions Process
Faculty

Faculty

The personal attention you’ll receive from our faculty is unparalleled. They’ll become your mentors, learning partners, and colleagues during your education. Not only will you work with them in the classroom, but you’ll also have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty on research and development projects. Their interests are in areas such as supply chain management, discrete event systems, quality, reliability, global health, human factors and risk management.

How are Courses Offered?

How are Courses Offered?

Course Delivery: In-class with some online*
Total Credits: 57-87

There will be several delivery methods employed by this program. These methods are: 1) traditional in-class lectures, 2) mixed in-class lectures and online learning modules, and 3) dissertation and research advising. Most of the courses for the program require that candidates attend and participate in the traditional lecture-based curriculum. All lectures will be captured and available for online review.

The program will capture all lecture-based presentations using the echo360 lecture capture system.

* International candidates will be required to attend in-class sessions in order to be in compliance with student visa requirements.

Program Goals & Philosophy

Program Goals & Philosophy

It is the philosophy of the program to graduate students who have the ability to create, evaluate, improve, design, and manage complex human technological systems. Additionally, students will demonstrate the ability, through dissertation research, to contribute to the body of knowledge in the field of engineering management. The systems include engineering/manufacturing systems, service systems, and logistical systems. 

Goals/Principles

The goal of the program is to prepare graduates with the appropriate technical depth and breadth of knowledge so that they may be successful educators, researches, and practitioners in the management of complex human technological systems. The program will follow three principles in pursuit of this goal. In addition to passing the required coursework, students must also pass a comprehensive examination to demonstrate a mastery of Principles 1 and 2.

Principle 1: Provide a Solid Foundation and Depth in Engineering Management Theory and Practice
A solid fundamental understanding of a field is essential in order for students to be considered an expert in that field. This is true for Engineering Management as well. It is the fundamentals that a student will need to expand upon in order to contribute new knowledge to the field of engineering management. We place an emphasis on the fundamentals of the management of complex human technological systems and an emphasis on the modeling and analysis of such systems.

Principle 2: Provide Breadth Across Multiple Types of Human Technological Systems
Principles, tools, and fundamentals of engineering management have been rooted in engineering and manufacturing systems. These tools have also been successfully applied to other systems such as service and transportation/logistical systems. Today engineering managers can be increasingly found in banks, hospitals, amusement parks, airlines, and a variety of delivery agencies. On the surface, these industries appear different however; they all involve people, materials, information, equipment, energy, and capital. Therefore, the program will emphasize case studies and examples within the coursework that are applications in the following three areas: 
  • Engineering and Manufacturing Systems
  • Service Systems
  • Logistical Systems

Principle 3: Contribute to the Body of Knowledge in Engineering Management
A requirement of any Doctorate of Philosophy Program in Engineering is the expectation that graduating students will contribute to the body of knowledge in their chosen field by conducting research. This will be demonstrated by graduating students successfully completing a doctoral dissertation. Students conducting dissertation research will be guided by a selected advisor and advisory committee. Students must pass a dissertation approval examination in order to ensure they are prepared to conduct research. Upon the successful completion of research, graduating students will document the research results in a dissertation. Dissertations will be defended in front of advisory committees.

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