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Industrial Engineering, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #301 (ARWU) Manhattan, KS, United States
To pursue a PhD degree in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, the student must have a B.S. degree in engineering, mathematics, or physical science and be versed in several of the basic areas of industrial engineering. 
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Students that complete a PhD degree are able to:

  • Solve advanced engineering problems using discipline appropriate math, science, computation and analysis skill
  • Synthesize and evaluate information
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge in area of specialization
  • Recognize and apply state of the art techniques in the field
  • Communicate effectively in both written and oral forms
  • Plan and conduct scholarly activities that make original contributions to the knowledge base in the field of study.

Research in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering is conducted in five primary areas.


Improve how humans work with machines and each other. Develop safe and productive work environments.

Manufacturing systems

Design and improve manufacturing systems with respect to product quality and system productivity.

Operations research

Expand the methodologies available for solving decision problems in engineering, economics, business and social systems. Incorporates applied mathematics and computer technologies into solution methods.

Quality engineering

Control manufacturing cost through manufacturing process improvement. Diagnose quality problems to improve product quality.

Uncertainty representation and reasoning

Improve engineering decision making, which is based on many uncertainties and approximations.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    90 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Methods of Operations Research
  • Linear Programming
  • Network Flows and Graph Theory
  • Simulation of Industrial Management Systems
  • Applied Stochastic Processes and Theoretical Simulation
  • Industrial Queuing Processes
  • Advanced Topics in Quality Engineering
  • Applied Linear Statistical Models
  • Design of Experiments
  • Experimental Design for Product Development and Quality Improvement

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

Admission requirements:

  • Submit Online Application
  • Pay the $80 USD Application Fee
  • Submit Transcripts
  • Submit Copy of Passport
  • Submit Affidavit of Financial Support and Bank Statement

Tuition Fee

  • International

    960 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 960 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    425 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 425 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Manhattan

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Most graduate students are able to finance their education with a variety of financial assistance tools specific to graduate school:

  • Graduate Assistantships: Funded by individual departments and graduate programs, teaching, research and graduate assistantships are awarded based on a student's ability and promise.
  • Graduate Fellowships
  • Loans: Loans are available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have successfully applied for financial assistance
  • Traineeships: Traineeships are offered through the university or departments that have federally supported traineeships.

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