Catalogue 2017 - 2018

Doctoral Program in Engineering Management

General Information

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 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. These systems include engineering systems, healthcare systems, service systems, and logistical/transportation systems. Through a combination of coursework and directed research the Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management will provide a solid foundation and depth of engineering management theory and practice, provide breadth and depth across multiple types of human technological systems, and to contribute to the body and knowledge in engineering management.

Program Goals and Objectives

The goal of this program is to prepare graduates with appropriate technical depth and breadth of knowledge so that they may be successful educators, researchers, and practitioners in the management of engineering and technology. Graduates of this program will demonstrate:

A solid foundation and depth in engineering and management theory and practice;

A breadth across multiple types of human technological systems; and

An ability to contribute to the body of knowledge in engineering management.

These objectives will be assessed via coursework in related areas, class projects, dissertation completion, and publication of research work.

Program Structure

The following outlines the degree and curricular requirements for the program. In addition to the required coursework each student must complete a preliminary examination, a comprehensive examination, a proposal defense and finally a dissertation defense in order to obtain the degree. Students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students may also have no more than two course grades of C or lower.

Credit Hour Requirements

Graduate Coursework : at least 57 credit hours beyond BS; at least 30 credit hours beyond MS; 60% of the Ph.D. courses (incl. dissertation) must be at 700 or higher level and 70% of all graduate courses (incl. dissertation) must be at 600 or higher level.

Dissertation : at least 27 credit hours.

Preliminary Examination

Before completing five terms at Western New England University, a student (fulltime) must pass the preliminary examination administered by the department. A student may attempt the examination no more than twice. The examination will be based on the subject material from EMGT 619, EMGT 635, EMGT 648, EMGT 701 and EMGT 709.

Advisor, Advisory Committee and Plan of study

Before completing six terms at Western New England University, a student (fulltime) must select a major advisor and an advisory committee: With the assistance of the advisor, the student must prepare a plan of study that must be approved by the advisory committee and department chair before the comprehensive examination is attempted. Advisory committees will consist of at least three departmental members (one of which must be the major advisor) and at least one member from outside the department.

Comprehensive examination

Students must pass a comprehensive examination covering the major area of study. A student may attempt this examination no more than twice. This examination will be administered by the student's advisory committee and is intended to ensure that the student is prepared for dissertation research efforts. A student may enroll in dissertation hours only after passing the core course requirements.

Dissertation approval examination (proposal defense)

Students must prepare a written dissertation research proposal and present it orally. A student must be continuously enrolled in EMGT 770-799 (Dissertation) after the dissertation approval examination.

Dissertation defense

Students must successfully defend their dissertation through written and oral presentation. Students must complete this milestone within eight years of initial enrollment into the program.

Degree Requirements

Core courses (15-21 hours)

EMGT 619Engineering Supply Chain

3 cr.

EMGT 635Optimization Methods I

3 cr.

EMGT 648Project Management

3 cr.

EMGT 701Seminar / Research Methods for Engineering Management

3 cr.

EMGT 709Advanced Engineering Cost Estimation

3 cr.

A student who enters the program and does not have a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management, or a closely related field, will need to complete the following additional courses:

EMGT 643Design of Experiments

3 cr.

EMGT 644Quality Systems and Process Improvement

3 cr.

Elective Courses

EMGT 702Risk Assessment

3 cr.

EMGT 706Enterprise and Complex Systems for Engineers

3 cr.

EMGT 726Advanced Modeling and Analysis of Systems

3 cr.

EMGT 735Optimization Methods II

3 cr.

EMGT 740Scheduling and Sequencing

3 cr.

EMGT 765Special Topics in Engineering Management

1-3 cr.

Students may also enroll in no more than two MBA courses to satisfy any remaining course requirements. These courses require the approval of the student's advisory committee.

Dissertation Research (27 - 36 credit hours)

EMGT 770-799Dissertation Research

1-3 cr.

Total Credit Hours:24-36