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Department ofEngineering Management & Systems Engineering

The Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering at Old Dominion University is one of seven departments in the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology. The Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering has received national and international recognition as a leader in education and research through its efforts in identifying, creating, and evaluating innovative approaches to engineering management and the management of technology. In 1995 and 2000, and 2002 the Department received the Excellence in Leadership Award for Graduate Education from the American Society for Engineering Management. The Excellence in Leadership Award represents the outstanding graduate program in Engineering Management in the United States for the year in which it is awarded.

The Department is home to ten full-time faculty. The Department has approximately 250 students in its graduate programs enrolled in the State of Virginia including TeleTechNet and Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program sites.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the minimum GPA your department requires for acceptance in the Master's Program?

We generally require a 3.0 or higher GPA. Under special circumstances we will consider a 2.8 or higher GPA given that you have done well on your GRE exams and/or have other factors influencing your admission such as several years work experience, other graduate course taken at another institution in which you received high marks, etc.

What are the minimum IELTS and/or TOEFL scores required for acceptance into your department?

We require a minimum IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.5, 550 paper based TOFEL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and 213 computer based test.

Do you require GRE exams and if so, what scores do you require?

If applying for a Master's level degree we require GRE exams if your GPA is 3.0 or lower. If applying for the PhD we require GRE exams and we look for scores over the 50 percentile.

What if I have missed the deadlines, can I still be accepted into the program?

In general, it is best to have all of the required documents sent by the posted deadlines. However in special circumstances the department may work with you.

International Students

If you are an international student, the deadlines are stricter as much more paperwork must be completed before you can be admitted to the University. As student it is your responsibility to ensure the appropriate documents are sent to the Office of Admissions and that they will process them if you are requesting an extension. The EMSE cannot make any EXCEPTIONS and will not contact the admissions office for you. Because the EMSE department receives all documents from the admissions office, we cannot make a decision on your acceptance until then.

Resident Students

While we still recommend that you submit all of your documents on time. On a case by case basis we may make an exception. Contact the Graduate Program Director to discuss your specific situation. In the event that you cannot be accepted in the program for the desired semester, you may enroll in courses as a non-degree student and depending on your performance in those courses along with the evaluation of the required documents the EMSE department may accept you the following semester. However, any exceptions are made at the discretion of the Graduate Program Director. International students cannot enroll as non-degree students without first being accepted to the University.

Can you waive documents for admission to the program?

The short answer is no. Admission requires all of the documents posted on their site. This is especially true for international students as the guidelines are stricter. Without exception, transcripts are required from all students and TOEFL exams or demonstrations of English language proficiency as per are required.

I have completed my Master's degree at ODU, can I transfer credits into the PhD program?

The requirement for the PhD program is 51 hours past the Master's degree, therefore Master's degree course cannot be counted toward PhD level work. Possible exceptions include taking more than the required course load for the Master's degree and/or other individual circumstances that may be approved by the GPD.

Since I entered the ODU MEM curriculum through a special Navy program I did not have to take the GRE. Would I now be required to take the GRE for entrance into the Engineering Management PhD program?

It depends. If you graduated with a high GPA and have the recommendation of a faculty member who is willing to serve as your PhD advisor, you may not have to take the GRE. However this is evaluated on a case-by-case basis and is at the discretion of the Graduate Program Director (GPD).

What is the first step to enroll in the PhD/DEng program?

The first step is to apply online and provide all of the required documents. If you have general questions about the requirements, you can contact the GPD.

When should I expect to hear back?

The Ph.D./DEng admission process consists of 2 phases. In the first phase you apply and submit your documents to the admissions office. When all documents are complete, they will forward your application to the department. The department reviews your application and decides if you meet the basic requirements. In second phase, you need to identify an advisor to work with depending on your area of interest. To do so, you first review the faculty research interests and then communicate with them to see if someone can be a main advisor.

Do I need to identify an advisor prior to getting admitted?

After you submit all of your documents and meet the necessary basic requirements, you need to identify an advisor to work with within the department.

Once you identify one (or more), give them a call and express your research interest. At this point you really should have a short write-up on your research area and interest to kick off a conversation with the faculty.

The rationale of identifying an advisor early on is that you don't want to complete all of your course work to realize that you cannot find someone who can advise you on what you want to do. Also the elective courses in the doctoral programs will be selected to support the dissertation or project. So it is important to identify the area of research and the advisor early on.

Is the PhD a distance learning program?

The PhD program is not a distance learning program, although a lot of our graduate classes are televised, some of our classes may require you to come to campus. You also need to come to campus for research meetings, presentations, milestones, etc. If the advisor (and dissertation committee) can you work from a distance, then that will reduce your trips to campus but still cannot be considered as a totally distance learning program.