Ph.D. DEGREE REQUIREMENTS


Please refer to IE Graduate Information Guide and the Purdue Graduate School's "Policies and Procedures for Administering Graduate Student Programs" for official Ph.D. program requirements.

In general, the program consists of the following tasks:

  1. At least 24 credit-hours of course work beyond the requirements for the master’s degree,
  2. Satisfactory completion of the prerequisite and core course requirements,
  3. Submission of a formal research proposal,
  4. Passing a preliminary examination in the specific area of expertise, and
  5. Defense of an acceptable dissertation in a final examination*.

*at least one year must elapse between the preliminary and final examinations.

Credit Requirements for Plan of Study (Ph.D.) Credit-Hours
Master’s Degree Can include previous courses from master’s degree Up to 30
Course Work at Purdue (must be for a grade and must complete with a B grade or better) Engineering Economics/Decisions
(IE 545, IE 546)
3
Human Factors and Cognitive Engineering
(IE 556, IE 559, IE 577)
3
Manufacturing Processes and Production Systems
(IE 566, IE 570, IE 575, IE 579)
3
Optimization and Stochastic Processes
(IE 535, IE 536, IE 580, IE 581)
3
Two 3 credit-hour 600 level industrial engineering courses taken at Purdue, excluding unlabeled IE 690 (individual project) courses and IE 699 6
At least one related field of study outside the area of industrial engineering is required 6
Additional courses that pertain to your area of research Varies
Research Credits IE 699 Ph.D. Thesis Research
(DO NOT INCLUDE ON PLAN OF STUDY)
Varies
Minimum Total Credit-Hours
for a PhD
90

A minimum of 60 credit-hours of course work plus IE 699 thesis research must be completed beyond the master’s degree (can use up to 30 credit-hours) along with at least two semesters of full-time study in continuous residency for a total 90 credit-hours.