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Industrial and Systems Engineering, Ph.D.

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The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University prepares students for successful careers as teachers, researchers, and leaders in academia, industry and the public sector. 

The program emphasizes the systems engineering, collaboration and engagement skills critical to addressing the complex societal problems of tomorrow. ISE graduate students tackle these problems in a supportive environment working with nationally-recognized faculty. 


A discipline that traces its roots to the Industrial Revolution, IES today includes a wide variety of occupational areas ranging from manufacturing to healthcare institutions. Our outstanding faculty and academic advisors will help ensure that whatever career focus you choose, you'll be fully prepared for impact in the workplace.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    69 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Program Outcomes:
  • The Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial and Systems Engineering program will prepare graduates to Demonstrate broad knowledge of industrial and systems engineering sub-disciplines and deep knowledge of a specific sub-discipline.
  • Effectively teach industrial and systems engineering methods and tools.
  • Independently perform research with mentoring from a faculty member.
  • Decompose systems into component parts and logically model and evaluate using mathematical, statistical and computational tools.
  • Construct and improve integrated systems or processes consisting of people, materials, information, equipment and energy considering life cycle factors.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    Schedule GRE®

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • At least one degree in Engineering or Computer Science; 
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering or Computer Science from an ABET accredited program with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above or Master of Science degree in a discipline related to Industrial & Systems Engineering with a cumulative GPA of 3.3; 
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Aptitude Exam score.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2193 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2193 USD per credit and a duration of .
  • National

    593 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 593 USD per credit and a duration of .
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Living costs for Greensboro

  • 1001 - 1540 USD/month
    Living Costs

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