University Bulletin 2016-17

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Systems Engineering (DSc)

Degree requirements for the D.Sc. Program in Systems Engineering include a minimum of 67 graduate credit hours, up to 30 credit hours of which may come from an M.S. degree with the approval of the student's committee. Only courses with a grade of A or Bare eligible for transfer. A minimum of 36 graduate credit hours must be taken at the University of South Alabama. In addition to meeting graduate school requirements, the following requirements must be met:

  1. Completion of eighteen (18) credit hours of core systems engineering courses. These include four required courses - SE 601 - Systems Engineering Fundamentals, SE 602 - Risk and Failure Analysis, SE 603 - Integration, Test and Evaluation, and SE 606 Systems Architecture and Modeling. In addition, two more electives in the Systems Engineering subject area approved by the student's committee will be required.
  2. Completion of EG 501 Research Integrity and Ethics, prior to registering for dissertation hours.
  3. Successful completion of doctoral qualifying examination.
  4. Completion of eighteen (18) dissertation credit hours.
  5. Successful completion of written dissertation and oral defense of dissertation
Department of Systems Engineering Staff    
(251) 460-7993
Chair Dr. Robert Cloutier 
Associate Professor Dr. Henry D. Lester
Instructor Dr. Richard Kramer

Department of Systems Engineering web site
http://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/engineering/dsc-se 

The Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) Program in System Engineering offers students specialization in an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to engineering design of complex systems. Systems engineering is an interdisciplinary field of engineering that focuses on how complex engineering projects are designed and managed over their life cycles. The main objectives of the D.Sc. Program are to provide a unique interdisciplinary program that meets the needs of industry and the community in the area of systems engineering, to prepare graduates for leadership positions in applied research that require the use of systems engineering tools to solve complex engineering problems, and to capitalize on the opportunities that result from the interactions of a research university with industry. This program is designed primarily for students who wish to pursue research-based careers in industry and government. Coursework across several systems related disciplines is coupled with research on a topic pertaining to systems engineering.

Requirements for Regular Admission (with Master's degree):

In addition to meeting Graduate School requirements, the requirements for regular admission
with a Master's degree to the D.Sc. Program are as follows:

  1. A written statement of the applicant's professional goals and commitment to completing the degree requirements.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the student's academic and technical abilities.
  3. An M.S. degree in a discipline related to engineering (e.g. civil, computer, chemical, electrical, industrial, mechanical).
  4. A grade point average of 3.0 or greater (on a scale of 4.0) on all graduate coursework.
  5. A grade of B or higher for all graduate courses to be considered as transfer credits from previous institutions attended. Only graduate credits that have not been applied to another degree can be considered for transfer. Core course requirements can be waived by prior courses taken by the applicant, but the replacement credits must be attained in the program with electives. Use GS Form 2 to request credit transfers (http://www.southalabama.edu/departrnents/eforms/graduateschool/GSForm2transfernonUSAcredit.pdf)
  6. A minimum score of 151 in the Verbal portion and a minimum score of 151 in the Quantitative portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  7. For international students whose native language is not English, a minimum score of 79 on the Internet-based TOEFL, 213 on the computer-based TOEFL, or a minimum score of band 6.5 on the IELTS is required.

Requirements for Regular Admission (with Bachelor's degree)

In addition to meeting Graduate School requirements, the requirements for admission to the D.Sc. Program with a Bachelor's degree are as follows:

  1. A written statement of the applicant's professional goals and commitment to completing the degree requirements (Statement of Purpose).
  2. Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the student's academic and technical abilities.
  3. A B.S. degree in a discipline related to engineering (e.g. civil, computer, chemical, electrical, industrial, mechanical, etc.). [The D.Sc. admission committee reserves the right to review the coursework at the B.S. level before making an admission decision, particularly if the degree is from a non-US university or a university with non-accredited programs]
  4. A grade point average of 3.5 or greater ( on a scale of 4.0) on all undergraduate coursework. If the student has performed graduate level work, this will be considered separately, and will not be used to recalculate the required 3.5 undergraduate GPA.
  5. A grade of B or higher for all graduate courses to be considered as transfer credits from previous institutions attended. Only graduate credits that have not been applied to another degree can be considered for transfer. Core course requirements can be waived by prior courses taken by the applicant, but the replacement credits must be attained in the program with electives. Use GS Form 2 to request credit transfers (http://www.southalabama.edu/departments/eforms/graduateschool/GSForm2transfernonUSAcredit.pdf)
  6. Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  7. A minimum score of 151 in the Verbal portion and a minimum score of 151 in the Quantitative portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). [The D.Sc. admission committee reserves the right to accept professional credentials, such as licensure as a professional engineer, or relevant graduate coursework, in lieu of the GRE requirement]
  8. For international students whose native language is not English, a minimum score of 79 on the Internet-based TOEFL, 213 on the computer-based TOEFL, or a minimum score of band 6.5 on the IELTS is required.