Online PhD of Engineering: Industrial Engineering

Industrial Engineering

Tickle College of Engineering

Program Overview

Want to elevate your career in industrial engineering? Earn your Doctor of Engineering degree at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Our online doctorate program equips you with advanced research skills in a variety of areas, including analytics, deep learning, and operations research.

The Industrial Engineering PhD program offers two concentrations: Energy Science and Engineering or Engineering Management. Admission to the program requires at least an undergraduate degree with a relevant academic background.

Credit Hours

48 with a master’s degree
72 without a master’s degree

Cost Per Credit Hour*

In-State $815

Out-of-State $890


Asynchronous & Synchronous

Admission Terms

Fall, Spring, Summer

*Cost per credit hour is an estimate based on maintenance and university fees. Some programs may have additional course fees. Please contact your department for additional information on any related fees, and visit Tuition and Fees in Detail at One Stop.

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Earn Your Doctorate in Industrial Engineering

The PhD in Industrial Engineering program is designed for working professionals interested in learning and performing research in any of the broad areas of industrial engineering. Our faculty do research in the areas of analytics, deep learning, and operations research and have a broad array of application areas such as health care, power systems, manufacturing, supply chain, and others.

Online learners are able to attend online classes in real time or watch the recordings. After finishing the course requirements, they will work directly with their advisors on their research topics of interest, with the expectation that the final PhD thesis will consist of three research articles that are publishable in respected peer-reviewed journals.

Featured Courses

Students pursuing a PhD in Industrial Engineering will have the opportunity to take courses in diverse areas. Here are an examples of just a few:

IE 503: Research Methods in ISE

Introduction to basic research skills in Industrial Engineering, including literature review, research question identification and definition, scientific writing, paper revision, presentation, proposal development, network building, research ethics, and an overview of Industrial Engineering research methods. 

IE 522: Optimization Methods in Industrial Engineering

Classical optimization applied to constrained and unconstrained, non-linear, multi-variable functions; search techniques; decision making under uncertainty; game theory; and dynamic programming. 

IE 565: Applied Data Science

An introduction to applied data science including machine learning and data mining tools. Topics include supervised and unsupervised algorithms, techniques for improving model performance, evaluation techniques and software packages for implementation.  

IE 560: Introduction to Proofs-Real and Convex Analysis

An introduction to real and convex analysis for engineers providing groundwork for optimization and probability theory. Topics include convergence, completeness, compactness, and continuity. 

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Program Concentrations

The PhD in Industrial Engineering offers two concentrations

Energy Science and Engineering

Courses include energy science and technology, environmental and climate science, grid management, biofuels, and more.

Engineering Management

The engineering management concentration has an additional admission requirement of two years of relevant experience as a practicing engineer or scientist.

Ready to Lead the Way in Industrial Engineering?