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Why ODU for Engineering Management and Systems Engineering?

ODU's engineering management and systems engineering PhD program allows you to work with expert faculty to develop innovative solutions and conduct ground-breaking research.

You'll take courses that blend highly theoretical knowledge with applied and pragmatic research. Then, you'll learn rigorous evaluation techniques to solidify your findings.

When you graduate, you will be prepared to teach and research at academic institutions, work at national research labs, or be a technology leader in public and private organizations that focus on innovation and technological leadership.

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5x Winner

of the American Society for Engineering Management Founder's Award for Excellence in Engineering Management Education and Practice

Ranked #17

Best Online PhD in Engineering Management: Students Before Profits, 2020 - NonprofitCollegesOnline.com

Required Courses

  • 48 credit hours minimum

You will take:

  • Three core courses in engineering research and multivariate statistics.
  • Two elective courses from a range of topics such as engineering design, big data, systems analysis, reliability and maintainability, and risk analysis.
  • At least three subject area courses based on your research focus.
  • At least 24 credit hours of research.

Online Learning Environment

Participate in live, regularly scheduled online class meetings and access course materials online from any location. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

Careers in Engineering Management & Systems Engineering

  • University Professor
  • IT Manager
  • Lead Engineer
  • Program Manager
  • Lead Technology Officer

Calculating Cost

  • In-state Virginia Residents$547 per credit hour*
  • Out-of-state Students$595 per credit hour

Rates are effective Summer 2019 and subject to change.
* In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

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How to Apply

Admission to this program is competitive. The number of students admitted depends partly on the advising load of faculty with matching research interests. In addition to general ODU admission requirements, you must have:

  • A master's degree or equivalent in Engineering Management, Systems Engineering, or Industrial Engineering with a minimum 3.50 GPA from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • A bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA from an ABET-accredited program in engineering or engineering technology, or from an accredited program in applied science.

Meet your Team

You'll have a dedicated academic advisor for this program.

Contact us if you have questions about admission requirements, transferring credits, or application deadlines.