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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 program and prepare to take your place at the top of your organization. In this full- or part-time program, you will learn at a technical depth and gain the breadth of knowledge to become a successful practitioner, researcher, teacher, and mentor 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, quality, healthcare, service, and logistical/transportation systems. You have the option to complete the PhD in Engineering Management 100% online. This is an excellent option for working professionals interested in pursuing their program part-time at our nationally recognized university.

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 take 10 courses before beginning a dissertation research project, including five core courses that establish a foundation of knowledge from which each student can explore their area of interest. Core courses are Engineering Supply Chain, Operations Research, Project Management, Strategic Economic Decision Making, and Seminar/Research Methods for Engineering Management. After the core is complete, a plan of study is developed in consultation with a research advisor that considers the dissertation research of the student. Whether you pursue your studies on campus or fully online, you will work regularly with your advisor, a content expert in your field of interest. You can be confident that you will have support throughout your educational journey.

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.

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 top 40th 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 “B” and be able to demonstrate competence in at least one structured programming language (R, Python, C++, etc.).

Admissions Process

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.

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How are Courses Offered?

Course Delivery: In-class or online*
Total Credits: 57-72

Options for attending courses include fully in-class, fully online, as well as hybrid in-class and online to accommodate work and family. All lectures will be captured and available for online review. The program will capture all lecture-based presentations using the echo360 lecture capture system.

If you are interested in completing the program fully online, you will have an initial consultation with the Department Chair to discuss your goals and how an online approach could work for you, with particular attention to dissertation requirements. Once enrolled in program, you will be paired with a faculty advisor who will be a content expert in their field based on your research interests.

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

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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