This program is being replaced with a Rackham Ph.D. program beginning Fall 2019.  Please contact dbutle@umich.edu with any questions.

The ISE Ph.D. is a research-oriented degree designed to address the growing needs of industry for engineering professionals with advanced knowledge, technical skills and abilities to conduct high quality research in industrial and systems engineering.  The program offers concentrations in integrated design and manufacturing, decision science and operations research, and human factors and ergonomics. The ISE Ph.D. program requires core, concentration and cognate coursework, Qualifying and Preliminary Examinations, a written dissertation, and an oral defense of the dissertation. The Ph.D. degree is offered to exceptional students who have completed, with distinction, a Master’s degree in engineering, or a closely related field.

Student financial support:

The department offers a competitive financial aid package in the form of an appointment as a graduate student instructor (GSI) or research assistant (GSRA) to all admitted students without external funding or employment. 

All admitted students are required to register every fall and winter term until graduation or have an approved leave of absence.  Students are also required to follow the timeline for completing the program milestones, requirements, and expectations to remain in good standing in the program.

Currently employed students are encouraged to apply with evidence of employer support.

If you have additional questions, please contact the program chair: Dr. Yubao Chen

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Heinz Prechter Engineering Complex (HPEC)
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