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The Graduate School will not, ordinarily, approve the taking of the qualifying examination until the student has had a minimum of one continuous academic year of graduate work in courses, seminars, and directed or tutorial study. Sixty credits beyond the baccalaureate degree are the minimum requirement for the Ph.D. and not less than half of the total credits must be in work open only to graduate students. At least 24 must have been taken in residence at the University of Miami. A minimum of 12 dissertation credits must be taken. Graduate students studying for the Ph.D. who have received their master's degree in the same field must take at least twenty-four (24) hours in residence at the University of Miami in doctoral status.

The specific course requirements for the Ph.D. are established by the department as given below.


To maintain status as a graduate student, registration in each fall and spring semester is required. Otherwise, admission lapses and permission to re-enter must be granted. Doctoral students for whom course work is no longer appropriate and who are engaged in their dissertation should consult the following section.


A student must take a minimum of 12 hours of dissertation research except where otherwise stated. Not more than 12 hours of research may be taken in a regular semester, nor more than six in a summer session.

Leave of absence at this time assumes that no scholarly work in connection with the degree is being carried on by the student. Leave may be obtained by petition to the chairman of the major department followed by approval of the Graduate Dean. No credit is given for research until the dissertation is completed and successfully defended. Until then a grade of WIPN is registered. Credit is not granted for research in residence, but a fee is charged for each enrollment.


Once a student has completed all course and required research credits, he or she must enroll in "Research in Residence" status until the degree has been granted. "Research in Residence" status is considered full time enrollment. Time restrictions on obtaining degrees will be strictly enforced and can be waived only by the Dean of the Graduate School.


The student must spend at least two consecutive semesters beyond the first year's graduate work, wherever taken, in full-time study at the University of Miami. With departmental approval, a) one summer of full-time study in sessions I and II can be substituted for one semester of residence, or b) full-time study for two successive summers can be substituted for two regular semesters. Students will find that time is an important factor in their progress, for until the students have reached a satisfactory level of achievement as ascertained by the major department they normally will not be permitted to carry out full-time research. Residence requirements may only be altered by the Dean of the Graduate School.


A Supervisory Committee is usually appointed when a student is formally admitted to a doctoral program. It will consist of not less than five members, namely three from the graduate faculty, one from outside the department, and the chairman, who will be a regular member of the graduate faculty.

This committee is nominated by the chairman of the department. It is appropriate for. the chairman to consult with the student upon the membership of the committee. The Supervisory Committee is empowered to plan the course of study for the student; to determine deficiencies, if any; to set other requirements; to request applicable transfer of credit where appropriate and to make up and administer the qualifying examination.

When the student is admitted to candidacy, a Dissertation Committee is formed. This may be the Supervisory Committee, but it may also be a committee formed anew to undertake the duties of advising and passing upon the dissertation. The Dissertation Committee is nominated by the department, and is approved and appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School. As with the Supervisory Committee, it will consist of not less than five members, three from the graduate faculty, one from outside the program or department of concentration, and the chairman, who will be a regular member of the graduate faculty. The duties of the Dissertation Committee are:

  1. To consult with and to advise students on their research.
  2. To meet, at intervals, to review progress and expected results.
  3. To read and comment upon the draft dissertation.
  4. To meet, when the dissertation is completed, to conduct the final oral examination and to satisfy itself that the dissertation is a contribution to knowledge and that it is written in lucid and correct English and submitted in approved form.

The candidate is well advised to have a final acceptable typescript of the dissertation in the hands of each member of his/her committee at a time reasonably in advance of the final defense of the work.

Five copies of the dissertation in approved form on proper paper and nine copies of an abstract of not over 350 words will be handed in to the Office of the Graduate School at least one month prior to commencement, accompanied by The Certificate of Approval of doctoral dissertation defense.

No student gains the right to be recommended for the degree simply by fulfilling requirements. This right is reserved to the student's committee.


A written qualifying examination is to be taken by each doctoral degree candidate at the time that the student and the Supervisory Committee deem appropriate. The department may specify that the student must take an oral examination as well. In those cases, normally, the student shall pass the written examination before the oral examination is conducted. Upon completion of the examination process, the Supervisory Committee shall notify the Graduate School and the Department of Industrial Engineering that the student has passed or failed the examination. A student who fails the examination may be permitted to retake it, with the permission of the Supervisory Committee. Qualifying examinations normally will not be given during the summer months. The applicant must hold a 3.0 average on all credits attempted with no single grade below "C" at the University of Miami while a graduate student.

Each student in the Ph.D. program in Industrial Engineering has to take and pass 5 qualifying exams in the following areas: Management of Technology, Ergonomics & Biomechanics, Operations Research, Manufacturing Engineering, and Statistics & Regression analysis.

It is only upon satisfactory completion of the qualifying examination that the student becomes a candidate for the doctorate.


When the student has met all requirements and passed the qualifying examinations, admission to candidacy for the degree is approved. No student may receive the degree in the same semester or summer session in which he or .she is admitted to candidacy.


A final public oral defense of the dissertation is required. However, none but the members of the Dissertation Committee may interrogate the candidate.


Degree requirements must be completed within eight years of the time of admission to graduate work, and within four years of passing the qualifying examination.


Transfer of credit from another institution will not be made until the student has completed a like amount of credit at the University of Miami, and the transfer approved by the Supervisory Committee and the Dean of the Graduate School. Credit transferred is subject to the same recency rules as all other credit counted toward the degree, and is also subject to examination by the University of Miami. An official transcript of work to be transferred must be on file in the Graduate Office. Credits that pertain to and have been counted toward another degree cannot be transferred.


Leave of absence assumes that no scholarly work in connection with the degree is being carried on by the student. Leave may be obtained by petition of the chairperson of the major department followed by the approval of the Graduate Dean.


The purpose of the Ph.D. degree is to permit students to conduct in-depth studies in industrial engineering and to enhance their intellectual and research skills in the field.


The Student Graduate Advisory Committee will design a program of study with a minimum set of courses as listed below, plus a set of additional courses as deemed necessary. The committee will take into consideration the student's background, objectives, and special educational needs that will better prepare the student for conducting his dissertation research. The Advisory Committee will closely monitor the student's progress to ensure that all requirements have been met.

The Ph.D. requirements will consist of a minimum of 48 credit hours of course- work beyond the master's degree, with a minimum of 12 credit hours devoted to dissertation research. (A typical program may require 36 credits hours of course work and 12 credit hours of dissertation research beyond the master's degree.)

These credits will be expected to include the following courses or equivalent. If the student completed any of these courses as requirements for the master's degree, substitute courses may be selected with the approval of the Advisory Committee.

IEN 547 Computer Simulation Systems
I EN 612/MAS 603 Design of Experiments
IEN 642/MAS 647 Linear Programming and Extensions
IEN 657 Ergonomics and Occupational Biomechanics
IEN 660 Productivity Measurement and Evaluation (or advanced management course)
IEN 665 Advanced Production Systems

A list of other courses that are pertinent to the proposed concentration are given below. These courses are currently offered by the Department of Industrial Engineering as well as other Departments in the University of Miami, and from which the remaining 15 credits can be taken.

IEN 551 Accident Prevention Systems
IEN 557 Man-Machine Systems
IEN 558 Industrial Hygiene I
IEN 559 Industrial Hygiene II
IEN 651 System Safety Engineering
IEN 655 Human Factors and Management of Technology
IEN 657 Ergonomics and Occupational Biomechanics
IEN 658 Ergonomics and Special Population
IEN 659 Work Physiology
IEN 571 Engineering Entrepreneurship
IEN 572 Management of Technology
IEN 580 Advanced Engineering Economy
IEN 662 Productivity Planning and Improvement
IEN 672 Strategic Management of Technology
CIS 621 Management Information Systems
CIS 661 Introduction to Expert Systems for Management
CIS 662 Artificial Intelligence Programming for Business and Management
CIS 674 Neural Network Applications
MGT 651 Behavioral and Organizational Systems
MGT 652 Organizational Theory
MGT 658 Strategic Management
MGT 671 The Management of Innovation
ECO 660 International Economics
ECO 691 Managerial Economics
I EN 505 Robotics
I EN 506 Manufacturing Processes II
IEN 507 Computer Control in Manufacturing
IEN 509 Automated Assembly
IEN 607 New Product Development and Introduction
MEN 513 Kinematics for Robotics
MEN 517 CAD Applications Using Interactive Computer Graphics
IEN 643 Integer Programming and Network Flows
IEN 644/MAS 651 Nonlinear and Dynamic Programming
IEN 645/MAS 655 Stochastic Processes
IEN 646/MAS 656 Queuing Models
IEN 647 Production Systems Modeling and Simulation
IEN 664 Supply Chain Management
MTH 545 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
MTH 645 Introduction to Expert Systems
MTH 528 Combinatorics
MAS 606 Nonparametric Statistics
PSY 631 Advanced Psychological Statistics 1
PSY 632 Multiple Regression and Multivariate Statistics
PSY 633 Multivariate Correlation Methods in Psychology
MAS 601 Applied Regression Analysis
MAS 602 Applied Multivariate Statistics
IEN 668 Advanced Materials Handling and Facilities Design
IEN 699 Advanced Topics in Industrial Engineering (Computer Aided Process Planning) or (Advanced Manufacturing Processes)
EEN 511 Software Engineering
EEN 547 Expert Systems for Computer and Electrical Engineering
POL 551 Productivity in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors
POL 698 Special Topics (Technology and Public Policy)



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