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The Texas A&M University Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in industrial engineering. It is a research-oriented degree for individuals interested in a career in academia, consulting, or with an organization requiring advanced training. With the advice and approval of your advisory committee, you can develop a degree plan which matches your professional interests.

The traditional doctorate plan for the student who already has a master's degree must contain at least 64 credit hours, including credit for dissertation research hours. We also offer the Doctor of Philosophy for direct-entry study, allowing a student with only a bachelor’s degree to apply, effectively bypassing the master’s degree. If a student holds only a bachelor's, a total of at least 96 hours is required.

Doctoral students must maintain a 3.0 official GPR and a 3.0 GPR on degree plan courses. The dissertation is expected to be suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed (scholarly) journal.

Doctoral students are required to take three major exams: the qualifying exam, the preliminary exam (taken within six credit hours of the completion of formal coursework), and the final exam (also known as the defense). A formal proposal presentation is also required.

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