Ph.D. in Engineering Management

A frequent award winner for education in engineering management, this program features outstanding faculty from ExxonMobil, NCR, NASA, and a host of respected academic programs; several professors have won lifetime achievement awards and gained national recognition in the field. Just as important, the program’s open academic model nearly eliminates the boundaries between academia and industry, creating a vigorous collaborative environment for innovation and research. By joining in this collaboration, Ph.D. candidates can help advance the institute’s leadership in engineering management—and build an excellent foundation for a career in industry or research.

Faculty Distinctions

  • During his 25-year career, Professor Donald Merino served as a senior executive at Standard Brands, Exxon, Mobil, and Celanese (Hoescht), where he helped to initiate the Quality Management Program. He has received two centennial awards—one for engineering management, the other for engineering economy—from the American Society of Engineering Education.
  • With 35 years’ relevant experience at such industry leaders as Bell Laboratories and AT&T, Industry Professor Anthony Barrese came to Stevens from NCR, where he served as vice president and general manager of two divisions: the Teradata Industry Application Division and the Network Products Division.
  • Professor John Farr, the founding director of the program, has taught engineering management at West Point. The former editor of the Journal of Management in Engineering, he was also president of the American Society of Engineering Management. Currently he serves on the Air Force Studies Board of the National Academies and the Army Science Board.
  • An expert in the project management of complex systems, Assistant Professor Brian Sauser came to Stevens from ASRC Aerospace at NASA Kennedy Space Center. He has worked in government, industry, and academia for more than 10 years. He is nationally recognized for his work in space systems engineering, project management, and organizational learning and behavior for organizations that develop complex systems and enterprises.
  • With well over 50 journal articles and conference publications to his credit, Distinguished Professor John Boardman has held professorships at De Montfort University (U.K.) and the University of Portsmouth. He is a leader in the fields of systems thinking and understanding systems of systems behavior.
  • Industry Professor Leon Bazil was chair of the Cybernetics Department at St. Petersburg University in Russia. Among his research specialties are organization development simulation and business games.

Research Areas

Research revolves around four principal areas:

  • Enterprise architecting
    • The language to represent systems thinking; enterprise simulation
    • Enterprise profiling and semantic interoperability
  • Enterprise optimization
    • Risk-based multi-resource allocation and optimization
    • Stochastic system modeling and optimization
    • Mobile ad hoc wireless network reliability analyses
    • Information mining and data fusion
  • Systems and enterprise management
    • Managing for systems engineering – technical planning
    • System readiness levels (SRLs)
    • The resilient enterprise (collaboration between systems, engineering, and management)
  • Systems engineering, architecting, and test
    • Networked requirements modeling
    • Resilient and agile infrastructure
    • Risk-based architecting
    • Architecture patterns and reference architectures


The Systems and Enterprises Architecting Laboratory (SEAL) provides both onsite and online platforms for advanced innovation and research. The combined team room and computer lab hosts state-of-the-art engineering tools for requirements management and systems engineering; the “war room” ambience enables intensive, collaborative teamwork. The online environment—supported by two advanced videoconferencing facilities—enables the virtual collaboration among students, faculty, and industry for which the Systems Engineering & Engineering Management is renowned. In the industrial arena, SEAL often serves as an off-site retreat for systems architecting and design teams, as well as a place for collaboration among faculty, corporate/government users, and tool vendors.

Alumni Accomplishments

  • Three program alumni now hold professorships at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
  • Stevens Ph.D.s in engineering management have gone on to successful careers at internationally recognized universities, the U.S. Department of Defense, and many major defense contractors.

Admissions Requirements 

To enter the doctoral program in Engineering Management, you will be reviewed by the departmental graduate admissions committee. 

You will need to submit the following:

  • Completed application
  • Application fee
  • Official college transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Official or attested confirmation of bachelor's degree
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume or CV
  • GRE or GMAT scores
  • Writing Sample

International applicants (who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents) must also submit:

  • Official TOEFL score, sent to School Code #2819 - The requirement is waived if the applicant has a degree from a university in a country where English is the native language. 
  • Financial Verification Form or I-134

Admission is based on a review of your scholastic record and a match with the research interests of the faculty. Your academic performance must reflect your capability to pursue advanced studies and conduct independent research.

Degree Requirements

You must earn 84 graduate credits to complete the doctoral program. Of these credits, 15 to 30 must be earned through course work, and 30 to 45 via dissertation work. You may apply up to 30 credits from a master’s program toward your doctoral degree.

Within two years of your admission, you must take a written qualifying examination to test your communication skills and your ability to conduct independent research associated with your general dissertation topic area. After passing the qualifying examination and completing the required course work, you must take an oral preliminary examination to evaluate your aptitude for advanced research and your understanding of the subjects associated with your dissertation topics. Upon satisfactory completion of this oral examination, you become a doctoral candidate and start your dissertation research.

Doctoral research must be based on an original investigation, and the results must make a significant, state-of-the-art contribution to the field, worthy of publication in current professional literature. At the completion of the research, you must defend your thesis in a public presentation.