Admission to the SSE doctoral program is made through the school’s Committee on Doctoral Admissions (CDA) and is based on a review of the candidate’s scholastic record, professional accomplishments and fit between his/her research objectives and those of the available SSE faculty. All admitted students must have the potential to advance the state of the art in their field of research. The CDA is chaired by the SSE associate dean with representation from each of the major doctoral programs.

To be considered for admissions, applicants must have an ABET accredited bachelors degree, preferably in engineering or science.

Required Application Materials

  • Statement of Purpose: Limited to three pages and should include academic interests, proposed course work, research interests and rationale, general career objectives and desired full/part-time status
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Official transcripts for all schools of higher learning (university, colleges, etc.) attended; >3.0 undergrad, >3.5 graduate
  • Master’s degree in a related area is strongly recommended
  • GRE test scores*
  • International applicants must submit TOEFL > 550 (scores for non-native speakers of English)
  • Three recommendations
  • Evidence of written work: such as a technical document written solely by the applicant; published work is most desirable
  • Letter of endorsement from employer for part-time studies

*All doctoral applicants are required to submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE) results. Applicants may submit GMAT scores in lieu of GREs for the doctorate in engineering management and enterprise systems.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the available doctoral advisors on the SSE website and identify those who they believe are most closely aligned with their desired areas of research in their Statement of Purpose. The Statement of Purpose not only represents the student’s interests, motivations and goals, but also is a reflection of his/her ability to communicate effectively and reflects the maturity of his/her research aspirations.

While applications are accepted in a rolling admissions process throughout the school year, due to limitations in available faculty advisors it is strongly encouraged that students complete their application submissions by March 15 for entry in the fall semester and by August 15 for entry in the spring semester. Applicants who have submitted complete applications by these dates will be notified of their admission decision by April 30 and September 30, respectively. Applications received after these dates will be considered for any remaining open positions and notified within four to six weeks after the complete application has been received.