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PhD - Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial Engineering University of Tennessee




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Course info


The program leading to the PhD is designed to develop the student’s ability to pursue independent and original research in industrial engineering and relevant fields and to teach both oral and written communication of the results of research to the scientific community and a variety of stakeholders.

Concentrations (Optional)

Energy Science and Engineering
Engineering Management

Credit Hours Required

  • A minimum of 72 graduate credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, exclusive of credit for the master’s thesis including
    • A minimum of 36 graduate credit hours of course work beyond the bachelor’s degree and 24-36 credit hours of doctoral research and dissertation work.
    • For a master’s program completed at another institution or in another field, the requirement may exceed the 36 credit hours of course work (other than research and dissertation) dependent on the previous program of study.

Non-Course Requirements

  • The student’s dissertation committee should include at least two ISE tenure-track or tenured faculty members and at least one member out of the ISE department.
  • The student needs to satisfactorily pass a comprehensive examination administered by the student’s dissertation committee.
    • The exam results are reported to the graduate director and filed in the department.
    • The comprehensive exam is given when the student is ready to apply for admission to candidacy.
    • A student may apply for admission to candidacy after successfully defending the dissertation proposal.
    • The comprehensive examination consists of both written and oral parts.
    • The student must demonstrate a mastery of the dissertation area, ability to think analytically and creatively, skill in using academic resources, and ability to complete the dissertation satisfactorily.
    • A minimum of 6 months must separate the comprehensive examination and the dissertation defense.
  • The student needs a successful public defense of the dissertation to receive the degree.

This course is also offered at UTSI Campus

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study PhD - Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial Engineering.

Full Time (72 credit hours)

Tuition fees

$31,139.00 (22,82,022) per year


Aug-21, Jan-22


Tickle College of Engineering

124 Perkins Hall,



37996, United States

Online/Distance (72 credit hours)

Tuition fees

$13,906.00 (10,19,101) per year


Aug-21, Jan-22


Tickle College of Engineering

124 Perkins Hall,



37996, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Admission to the PhD program requires an undergraduate degree and academic background that meets the admission criteria for the master’s program in industrial engineering or a master’s degree in industrial engineering (or a closely related field).

An applicant requesting admission to the Graduate School may be required to submit results of the TOEFL or IELTS. Minimum score requirements for admission to the Graduate School are:

  • a total score of 80 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT),
  • a 6.5 overall band score on the IELTS.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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