Industrial and Systems Engineering, Ph.D.

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Minimum Total Hours: 90

Program Code: D526

Program Requirements

Choose one of the following courses:3
Fundamentals of Engineering Statistical Analysis
Data-Driven Decision Making I
Data-Driven Decision Making II
Intelligent Data Analytics
ISE 5023Systems Optimization3
or ISE 5663 Systems Analysis Using Simulation
Systems Engineering
ISE 5033Systems Engineering3
or ISE 5813 Advanced Human Factors and Ergonomics
Additional Requirements
Elective Coursework (at least 9 hours as approved by the advisory conference committee and graduate committee)9
Additional Coursework30-44
Dissertation Research
ISE 6980Research for Doctoral Dissertation (minimum 28 hours)28-42
Total Credit Hours90


At least 12 credit hours of coursework must be taken in Industrial and Systems Engineering at the 5000-level or above.

At least 3 credit hours must be 6000-level courses in Industrial and Systems Engineering. This can include ISE 6990 Special Studies when approved by the Advisory Conference Committee.

The program requires between 18 and 30 hours of coursework beyond the M.S. Transferable hours are limited to 44.

General Requirements for Doctoral Degrees

A student should expect to spend at least the equivalent of three full academic years beyond the bachelor’s degree to obtain the doctoral degree. During this period the student will take appropriate graduate coursework, successfully complete the general examination, and successfully defend and submit the final dissertation.

All coursework applied to the doctoral degree must carry graduate credit.

The doctoral degree requires at least 90 post-baccalaureate hours, including both formal coursework and hours of research.

The minimum hour requirement for a specific doctoral degree program cannot be waived.

No more than one-half of the credit hours, both OU and overall, excluding Research for Doctoral Dissertation (6980), may be S/U-graded coursework.

The student must be in residence at OU for at least two consecutive 16-week semesters during the pursuit of the doctoral degree while enrolled and engaged in coursework or research activities as prescribed by the major academic unit.

For more detailed regulations and requirements for Doctoral degrees, please consult the Graduate College Bulletin: