Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Documents and Forms

PhD Curriculum Degree Sheet

PhD Procedures Checklist

PhD Goals & Processes Explanation

PhD Annual Student Evaluation

GS6 Worksheet for SE Students

ENGR 795 Information and Registration

SE Graduate Student Handbook

Degree Summary

  • Minimum of 72 credits must be completed.
  • Minimum of 32 credits at the 500-level or above must be earned at Colorado State University after formal admission to a doctoral program.
  • No more than two courses at the 400 level taken at Colorado State University are permitted (no 400-level courses permitted for the 42-credit path).
  • No more than 10 credits of 500-level or higher graduate courses may be transferred from another accredited university.
  • Electives and course substitutions must be approved by the Program Advisor.

Advising and Progression Requirements

All Ph.D. candidates are expected to create a formal advising arrangement with a faculty advisor before joining the Ph.D. program to assist with advising, course selection, and research projects. To explore options for a faculty advisor, visit the faculty list.

All Ph.D. students are considered provisional until they complete a qualifying process and preliminary examination. For the qualifying process, each candidate must pass all core courses with a grade “B” or higher (B- and below are not acceptable grades). The preliminary exam is not a standard written or oral exam, rather it is an opportunity for the student’s Ph.D. committee to examine the student’s planned research activity and determine their knowledge of fundamental principles that specifically apply to the planned research.

Curriculum

Course delivery options allow you to study when and where it works best for you, whether that is attending in-person, streaming the lecture from your computer while it’s happening live on campus, or watching a recorded version at a time more convenient for you.

To see when courses are expected to be offered, please check our SE Courses page.

42-Credit PhD (with applicable master's)

ENGR 501 – Foundations of Systems Engineering (3 cr.)

ENGR 530 – Overview of Systems Engineering Processes (3 cr.)

ENGR 531 – Engineering Risk Analysis (3 cr.)

ENGR 502 – Engineering Project and Program Management (3 cr.)
        OR
    CIS 600 – Information Technology and Project Management (3 cr.)
        OR
    CIS 670 – Advanced IT Project Management (3 cr.)

ENGR 510 – Engineering Optimization: Method/Application (3 cr.)

ENGR 520 – Engineering Decision Support/Expert Systems (3 cr.)

ENGR 532 – Dynamics of Complex Engineering Systems (3 cr.)

ENGR/ECE 565 – Electrical Power Engineering (3 cr.)

ENGR/ECE 566 – Energy Conversion for Electrical Power Systems (3 cr.)

ENGR 567 – Systems Engineering Architecture (3 cr.)

ENGR 569 – Cybersecurity Awareness for Systems Engineers (3 cr.)

ENGR 570 – Coupled Electromechanical Systems (3 cr.)

ENGR 571 – Analytics in Systems Engineering (3 cr.)

ENGR 602 – Systems Requirements Engineering (3 cr.)

ENGR 603 – Introduction to Systems Test and Evaluation (3 cr.)

ENGR 667 – Advanced Model-Based Systems Engineering

MECH 513 – Simulation Modeling and Experimentation (3 cr.)

Other experimental courses as offered; check with SE advisor

  • ENGR 799A – Dissertation: PhD (variable credit each semester)

    Dissertation credits will be completed throughout multiple semesters.

Three credit hours of ENGR 795 (Independent Study) may be used towards the total of dissertation credits OR as one 3-credit course. If you have had your Ph.D. research, which was performed while enrolled at CSU, accepted for publication (completely or with minor revisions) in at least two peer-reviewed journal or conference proceedings, then you may be eligible for Independent Study credit. You must be first author on at least one of the papers accepted. Please work with your faculty advisor when planning publications to meet this requirement. To register for these credits, you will complete an ENGR 795 Independent Study form on this page, with faculty advisor approval, and submit to the Systems Engineering Program.

**Please note the 42-credit PhD option does not include space for electives.

72-Credit PHD

ENGR 501 – Foundations of Systems Engineering (3 cr.)

ENGR 530 – Overview of Systems Engineering Processes (3 cr.)

ENGR 531 – Engineering Risk Analysis (3 cr.)

ENGR 502 – Engineering Project and Program Management (3 cr.)
        OR
    CIS 600 – Information Technology and Project Management (3 cr.)
        OR
    CIS 670 – Advanced IT Project Management (3 cr.)

ENGR 510 – Engineering Optimization: Method/Application (3 cr.)

ENGR 520 – Engineering Decision Support/Expert Systems (3 cr.)

ENGR 532 – Dynamics of Complex Engineering Systems (3 cr.)

ENGR/ECE 565 – Electrical Power Engineering (3 cr.)

ENGR/ECE 566 – Energy Conversion for Electrical Power Systems (3 cr.)

ENGR 567 – Systems Engineering Architecture (3 cr.)

ENGR 569 – Cybersecurity Awareness for Systems Engineers (3 cr.)

ENGR 570 – Coupled Electromechanical Systems (3 cr.)

ENGR 571 – Analytics in Systems Engineering (3 cr.)

ENGR 602 – Systems Requirements Engineering (3 cr.)

ENGR 603 – Introduction to Systems Test and Evaluation (3 cr.)

ENGR 667 – Advanced Model-Based Systems Engineering

MECH 513 – Simulation Modeling and Experimentation (3 cr.)

Other experimental courses as offered; check with SE advisor

You may choose from the SE Suggested Elective list. This list is not exhaustive. If you find a graduate-level technical course that pertains to your professional goals and/or the systems engineering field, please contact the SE Program to check if it may apply as an elective.

Only the 72-credit Ph.D. curriculum allows electives.

A maximum of 6 credit hours at the 400 level is permitted. The remaining credits must be at the 500 level or above.

  • ENGR 799A – Dissertation: PhD (variable credit each semester)

    Dissertation credits will be completed throughout multiple semesters.

Three credit hours of ENGR 795 (Independent Study) may be used towards the total of dissertation credits OR as one 3-credit course. If you have had your Ph.D. research, which was performed while enrolled at CSU, accepted for publication (completely or with minor revisions) in at least two peer-reviewed journal or conference proceedings, then you may be eligible for Independent Study credit. You must be first author on at least one of the papers accepted. Please work with your faculty advisor when planning publications to meet this requirement. To register for these credits, you will complete an ENGR 795 Independent Study form on this page, with faculty advisor approval, and submit to the Systems Engineering Program.

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