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4-Year Plan

The Systems Engineering Doctoral Program is designed to be completed in four years. Use the below as guidance for planning your individual route through the program.

Year 1 – Program of Study

  • Develop and officially complete the formal program of study
  • The graduate committee is formed by the major professor in consultation with the student
  • R&D topic is selected and approved by major professor
  • At least one committee meeting is held

Year 2 – Comprehensive Exam Topic

  • Develop the comprehensive exam topic
  • At least one committee meeting is held

Year 3 – Proposal Defense

  • 75% complete R&D activity report is presented to committee;
  • The comprehensive exam is taken
  • The leadership program is completed by this stage.

Year 4 – Dissertation Defense