Ph.D. in Systems Engineering

Systems engineering doctoral students

Program Overview

Offered on GW's main campus in Washington, D.C. through the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, the Ph.D. in Systems Engineering allows rising scholars to produce original research in the systems engineering field, such as applied enterprise systems engineering and analysis; business and program development; critical infrastructure systems; risk assessment and management; and beyond.

Students can expect to work closely with a faculty advisor in their chosen research area to create a curriculum plan and guidance for the doctoral dissertation. Students will also be expected to teach introductory-level courses to undergraduates, present conference papers and work with faculty on research grant applications.

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Faculty Advisor & Research Focus

It is highly recommended that prospective doctoral students determine a faculty member in the department with whom they would like to work under, as well as the research area of interest.

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Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in an appropriate area from an accredited institution.
    • If applicant has obtained a master’s degree, a minimum grade point average of 3.5 (on a scale of 4.0) is required.
    • If applicant has only obtained a bachelor’s degree, the minimum grade point average must be a 3.3 (on a scale of 4.0).
  • Successful submission of online application form, exam scores and other documents as outlined in the admissions requirements.