The following is a summary of coursework and the requirements for a doctoral degree in the School of Systems and Enterprises:

  • Course & Research Work: 84 credits of graduate work in an approved program of study beyond the bachelor’s degree consisting of:
    • A maximum of 30 credit hours obtained in a master’s program
    • A minimum of 15 credits of additional graduate course work
    • A minimum of 15 credit hours of dissertation work
    • Completion of SSE core course requirements
    • Completion of Stevens Doctoral Signature Course
  • Examinations
    • Written and Oral Qualifying Examination
    • Dissertation Proposal Defense (also called Preliminary Examination)
    • Dissertation Defense (also called Final Examination)
  • Dissertation: The dissertation is the capstone of the doctoral program and should result in research that advances the state of the art in the chosen field. Dissertations may be written in a traditional format or composed of a portfolio where the main body of the dissertation integrates a set of refereed journals and peer reviewed conference papers which are included as appendices for the details. Regardless of the format, the results of the research must be deemed publishable in major scholarly journals. The following are the guidelines for publication prior to dissertation defense, but should be considered the norm:
    One (1) accepted peer reviewed journal article
    One (1) submitted peer reviewed journal article
    Two (2) presented refereed conference papers

The intent of this requirement is the belief that peer reviewed research produces a superior dissertation, providing a broad review of quality and dissemination of the results to a wider community. (See for specific formatting and submission information.)

All research that involves human subjects requires Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval.

Core Course Requirements

To ensure that every student has the skills to be successful in his/her chosen field, ensure consistency in skill set standards and provide a common experience between students, there are a number of core courses requirements.

Core courses required for all SSE doctorate degrees:

  • Systems Thinking – ES684 
  • Research Methods – SYS710
  • Doctoral Signature Course – PRV961

Area Specific

Selection of one (1) course from each of the following two areas (other courses may be accepted based on the approval of the advisor and the Associate Dean of Research):

Quantitative Methods

  • EM605 Elements of Operations Research
  • FE610 Stochastic Calculus for Financial Engineers
  • FE621 Computational Methods in Finance
  • SYS611 Modeling and Simulation
  • SYS645 Design for Reliability, Maintainability, and Supportability
  • SYS660 Decision and Risk Analysis
  • SYS670 Forecasting and Demand Modeling Systems
  • SYS681 Dynamic Modeling of Systems and Enterprise

Economics, Financial Systems & Policy

  • EM600 Engineering Economics and Cost Analysis
  • EM620 Engineering Cost Management
  • FE620 Pricing and Hedging
  • FE630 Portfolio Theory and Applications
  • FE635 Financial Enterprise Risk Engineering
  • FE655 Systemic Risk and Financial Regulation
  • FE680 Advanced Derivatives

Domain Specific - Selection of three (3) courses from degree domain

Domain Non-Specific - Selection of one (1) course from any domain

Note that each doctoral program might have additional core course requirements. Students should contact their advisor to ensure that they have complied with their specific program requirements. In general, these are courses that are required for the master’s degree in the area. It is recommended that the core course requirements are completed before the student enrolls in any elective courses.