The Dearborn Difference.
The College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) offers 5 doctoral programs: 4 full-time Ph.D. programs and one part-time Doctor of Engineering (D. Eng.) program. In CECS, we are committed to excellence. Our doctoral programs are administered and taught by tenure-track faculty with active theoretical and translational research interests. Students and faculty work collaboratively and develop strong mentor relationships.
Located in the automotive industry's global epicenter in Metro Detroit, the university has developed strategic partnerships with major automobile companies and suppliers. Faculty and students have a variety of opportunities and regularly collaborate on innovative research with industry partners.
We offer both the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and the Doctor of Engineering (D. Eng.)
Rackham Graduate School Ph.D. Programs
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.): Full-time five-year research-based programs. The programs are designed to train and develop students to become academic and research scholars. The four Ph.D. programs of the Rackham Graduate School of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor are located, administered, and offered by UM-Dearborn. These programs observe the standards for admissions, registration, degree requirements, awarding of degrees, and other administrative policies and regulations established by the Executive Board of the Rackham Graduate School.
Funding Support for Ph.D. Programs
The four Ph.D. programs are fully-funded. We understand the financial commitment of continuing your education, and we want to help. Students admitted receiving full-funding in the form of an appointment as Graduate Student Instructor (GSI), Research Assistant (GSRA), or a combination of both. This covers a competitive monthly stipend, health insurance, and tuition waiver.
Programs for Working Professionals
Doctor of Engineering (D.Eng.): Full-time or part-time program geared toward working professionals with prior professional experience in mobility and the automotive industry. This professional degree centers on engineering practice and application, problem-solving skills, and innovation to prepare graduates for technical leadership roles in the automotive and mobility industry.
Nevrus Kaja, Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering '19
Manager and Technical Lead at Ford Motor Company focused on Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning.
I chose to join the UM-Dearborn Ph.D. program due to its proximity and collaboration with industry, the committed and dedicated faculty, and its focus on applied research. Whether you are aiming to become a tenure-track faculty or a technical leader in industry, University of Michigan-Dearborn doctoral programs are designed to help you succeed. My experience throughout the program was fun, engaging, insightful and full of learning. I can truly say that my Ph.D. at UM-Dearborn opened my career path and enabled me to succeed professionally.
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Our graduate degree programs are designed for working professionals.