Doctor of Philosophy in Systems and Entrepreneurial Engineering

A Master's degree is not required for admission to the Ph.D. program.

Students in the SEE master's program must take the Qualifying Examination before obtaining the M.S. degree; students entering the program with a master's degree earned elsewhere must pass the Qualifying Examination before or during their third semester in the Ph.D. program.

The 96 graduate hours of credit may be divided into three stages of 32 hours each, consisting of 32 hours generally represented by an M.S. degree or equivalent (Stage I), 32 hours of course work beyond the M.S. degree (Stage II), and 32 hours of thesis work for the doctoral thesis (Stage III). Stage I requirements are satisfied by completion of an M.S. degree in the Department or in a related engineering or technical discipline from the University of Illinois or other accredited university. A non-technical M.S. or MBA would normally not count toward the completion of Stage I. Such students would be required to enroll in one of the Master of Science Programs in the Department and satisfy the requirements therein in order to satisfy Stage I of the Ph.D. degree.

To advance to Stage II all students must pass the Qualifying Examination. To advance from Stage II to Stage III the student must pass the Preliminary Exam. Stage III is comprised of a minimum of 32 hours of GE 599 credit and a written dissertation followed by a final oral thesis defense.

The Preliminary Examination is taken after the Qualifying Examination. A minimum of six months must elapse between the successful completion of the doctoral Preliminary Examination and the doctoral final examination (oral dissertation defense).

Entering with approved M.S./M.A. degree

GE 599Thesis Research (min-max applied toward the degree)32
GE 590Seminar (registration for 0 hours every term while in residence)0
Approved GE and IE courses16
Elective courses – chosen in consultation with advisor (subject to Other Requirements and Conditions below) 16
Total Hours64

Other Requirements and Conditions1

Other Requirements and Conditions may overlap
Minimum 500-level credit hours applied toward the degree, all of which must from a College of Engineering department, including ABE and CHBE.16
The Elective courses must be at the 500-level and from a College of Engineering department including ABE and CHBE.
A maximum of 8 hours of IE 597 (or other approved independent study) may be applied toward the elective course work requirement.
At least 64 hours of credit, which may include GE 599, must be earned in residence.
Ph.D. exam and dissertation requirements:
Qualifying exam:2
Preliminary exam
Final exam or dissertation defense
Dissertation deposit
Minimum GPA:3.25
1

For additional details and requirements refer to the department's Graduate Programs Web site and the Graduate College Handbook

2

Qualifying Exam Information

Entering with approved B.S./B.A. degree

Master's degree equivalent32
GE 599Thesis Research (min-max applied toward the degree)32
GE 590Seminar (registration for 0 hours every term while in residence)0
Approved GE and IE courses 16
Elective courses – chosen in consultation with advisor (subject to Other Requirements and Conditions below) 16
Total Hours96

Other Requirements and Conditions1

Other Requirements and Conditions may overlap
Minimum 500-level credit hours applied toward the degree, all of which must from a College of Engineering department, including ABE and CHBE.28
The Elective courses must be at the 500- level and from a College of Engineering department including ABE and CHBE.
A maximum of 8 hours of IE 597 (or other approved independent study) may be applied toward the elective course work requirement.
At least 64 hours of credit, which may include GE 599, must be earned in residence.
Ph.D. exam and dissertation requirements:
Qualifying exam:2
Preliminary exam
Final exam or dissertation defense
Dissertation deposit
Minimum GPA:3.25
1

For additional details and requirements refer to the department's Graduate Programs Web site and the Graduate College Handbook

2

Qualifying Exam Information