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Program/Degree
Systems and Industrial Engineering (PHD)  
Program Description

The Doctoral program is designed for those individuals wishing to pursue research at an advanced level.  Only those who have already demonstrated an ability to pursue independent and scholarly work should consider applying for this program.

Students must follow all policies and procedures online; which are outlined here.

Entrance Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Doctoral program, the candidate must have attained a Bachelor's in Systems Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or a related field.  Other factors that will be considered are as follows:

  • GPA in previous undergraduate work of at least 3.25 and graduate work of at least 3.50
  • Letters of recommendation
  • GRE scores of at least 500 verbal, 750 quantitative, and 700 / 5.0 analytical are expected.  In addition, international students should submit TOEFL scores (at least 575) and TSE scores (at least 50).
  • A match between faculty and student interests
 
Department/Academic Unit(s)

Systems & Industrial Engineering -

The Systems and Industrial Engineering (SIE) Department at the University of Arizona was established in 1961 as the nation's first department of systems engineering.  Since then, the SIE Department has achieved international prestige for its contributions to the inter-disciplinary design of large-scale complex systems involving people, technology, and information.  With the introduction of a modern industrial engineering curriculum in 1972 and a reliability and quality engineering degree in 1987, the department offers a truly diverse and successful graduate program.  Career opportunities for graduates of the Systems and Industrial Engineering programs are outstanding.  Over the years, graduates from these programs have found employment in the nation's leading corporations, research institutes, and universities.

 
College
College of Engineering  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Contacts
Admissions Contact
Linda K Cramer
520-626-4644
Graduate Program Coordinator
Linda K Cramer
520-626-4644
Director of Graduate Studies
Neng Fan
520-621-6557
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Cindy T Nguyen
520-621-0119
 
Tuition and Fees
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Please refer to the UA Registrar's's Office Special Course Fees for up-to-date information about special course fees. 

Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Doctoral program, the candidate must have attained a Bachelor's in Systems Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or a related field.  Other factors that will be considered are as follows:

  • GPA in previous undergraduate work of at least 3.25 and graduate work of at least 3.50
  • Letters of recommendation
  • GRE scores of at least 500 verbal, 750 quantitative, and 700 / 5.0 analytical are expected.  In addition, international students should submit TOEFL scores (at least 575) and TSE scores (at least 50).
  • A match between faculty and student interests
 
Standardized Tests

Required test(s):  GRE
Required GRE Subject tests: Verbal, Quantitative, Analytical

Recommended tests:
Recommended GRE Subject tests:

Minimum GRE Verbal: 153 (500)
Minimum GRE Quantitative: 159 (750)
Minumum GRE Written: 5.0

Minimum TOEFL: 79
Minimum IELTS: 7 (no subject area below 6)

 
Financial Aid

The Systems and Industrial Engineering Department offers Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships to those students demonstrating outstanding performance in their undergraduate and graduate careers.  Unfortunately we can't offer assistantships to all new incoming students.

 
Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: January 15
  • Spring: June 1

International Applicants:

  • Fall: January 15
  • Spring: June 1
 
International Conditional Admission
International applicants may be considered for conditional admission to this program at the department's discretion.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
NRC Taxon(a) for this program: Operations Research, Systems Engineering and Industrial Engineering

Degree Specifics

Degree Requirements

The Plan of Study is the student's contract with the university concerning specific course requirements that the student must satisfy before becoming eligible for the PhD degree.  This includes a minimum of 54 units of course work, at least 36 of which must be SIE-type courses approved by the faculty advisor and the Graduate Studies Committee, plus at least 18 units of dissertation research.  In addition, at least 21 units of the course work must be taken from the SIE Department.  At most 3 units of independent investigation may also be included, provided the study covers a topic not available through normal courses, a tangible course project is submitted to the Graduate Studies Committee, and prior approval is obtained from the Graduate Studies Committee.  SIE 900 Research units may not be counted toward a PhD Degree.  Students must take at least two and no more than three units of SIE 695a.  This class will be graded Pass/Fail.  To fulfill this requirement, the student must attend the department seminars during each semester enrolled.  Prior to completing the seminar requirement, the student must also give a research presentation to the class.

Subject to the approval of the Graduate Studies Committee, course work applied toward a Master's degree may be applied toward the PhD as well. Research credit that was applied toward a Master's degree cannot be applied toward the PhD degree.

            On the way to a PhD degree, students must pass three exams:  the Doctoral Qualifying Exam, the comprehensive exam (both a written and an oral component), and the final oral defense exam. The purpose and format of these exams are given below, and further details are available in the handbook for Doctoral Candidates published by the Graduate College

 
Minor Requirements

All PhD students must choose at least one minor subject area.  The purpose of choosing a minor is to add breadth to their training.  Minors are normally taken outside the department, but students may petition the Graduate Studies Committee for minor courses within the department.  A split minor between two departments is also possible.  All selections are subject to the approval of the Graduate Studies Committee.  The minor requires 12 units, split minors require 6 units from each area.

 
Student Handbook
http://sie.arizona.edu/graduate-handbook  

Program StatisticsInformation about these numbers

Program-level Information
Application Acceptance Rate 63%
Med. Time-to-degree (years) 4.50
 
Department-level Information
Enrollment Percent Male 75%
Enrollment Percent Female 25%
Enrollment Percent International 34%
Enrollment Percent URM 17%

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Last revised 29 Aug 2016