Doctor of Engineering

The degree of doctor of engineering, like the degree of doctor of philosophy, represents the highest level of attainment in engineering study and practice. This degree is awarded to candidates who have pursued a broad program of study, completed an acceptable engineering internship, passed all prescribed examinations, submitted an acceptable practice-oriented dissertation, and met satisfactorily all requirements described here.

Following admission to graduate study, a student can initiate candidacy for the doctor of engineering degree by consulting with the advisor about the selection of an advisory committee. The committee should include the candidate's major advisor plus at least four other faculty members. The committee members should be representative of the departments included in the candidate's intended plan of study. This committee will aid the student in preparing the plan of study, which will include the course work and plans for an engineering internship, an outline of the project which the student plans to follow for the dissertation, and a program for completing residence requirements. Approval of the student's plan of study will signify acceptance of the student as a candidate for the degree of doctor of engineering. A person who has held the rank of assistant professor or higher at Missouri S&T is not eligible to become a candidate for the doctor of engineering degree at this institution.

Residence Requirements

A candidate for the degree of doctor of engineering will complete the equivalent of three years (six semesters) of full-time work beyond the bachelor's degree. Those candidates who hold master's degrees can meet the requirements by completing the equivalent of four semesters of full-time work beyond the master's degree. These conditions normally include a minimum of two semesters in residence at Missouri S&T with a graduate registration of at least 12 hours per semester. If any of the years of advanced work have been spent away from Missouri S&T, the Department Chair, upon recommendation of the student's advisory committee, will decide in each case whether these years may be properly regarded as having been spent under suitable guidance and favorable conditions. For the purpose of computing the equivalent of full-time work, the following table will be used.

12 to 16 hours per session 0.500 year
9 to 11 hours per session 0.375 year
6 to 8 hours per session 0.250 year
(6 to 9 hours, summer)
3 to 5 hours per session 0.125 year
0 to 2 hours per session 0.0

The doctor of engineering degree will be granted only if all graduate credit counted toward the degree has been obtained in the previous eight years unless a formal request for an extension is initiated by the advisor and approved by the department chair and the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies. An extension, if granted, may involve revision of the candidate's program to update course work and research.

Qualifying Examination

A qualifying examination will be administered by the mining engineering faculty. The faculty will waive the qualifying examination if the candidate obtains a GPA ≥ 3.0 for the first 15 credit hours of graduate work.

Course Work

The course work will normally include two areas of emphasis in engineering. A third technical area of emphasis should be selected from the physical sciences, computer science, mathematics, or another field of engineering. In addition, a non-technical group of courses of 9 to 12 hours should be included. This group could be selected from such areas as foreign language, law, engineering management, psychology, or sociology. The formal course work would be expected to consist of at least 65 hours with an average being about 72 hours. The allocation of the hours between the three technical areas will be at the of discretion the student's committee; however, at least nine hours in each area must be included to provide the depth desired.


The internship involves a minimum of one year of planned and approved high-level engineering experience. The candidate and the major advisor will plan the internship in cooperation with the interning organization (normally an industrial concern or government laboratory). The candidate then prepares a detailed proposal for the internship which sets forth the goals of the internship, the tasks to be accomplished, and the facilities at the intended site. This proposal must be approved by the candidate's committee, the major department chair and the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies prior to beginning the internship. At the time the internship is approved, the candidate's internship advisor* (the student's supervisor at the interning organization) will be added to the advisory committee. The organization must agree to visits to the internship site by the candidate's major advisor and/or advisory committee members. It also must be agreed that any results of the internship may be published by the candidate although reasonable proprietary rights of the interning organization will be protected. Responsibility for arranging the internship, including site selection and financial compensation during the period of the internship, lies with the candidate.

The internship and preparation of the candidate's dissertation are to be counted in terms of hours making up the total credit hours required for the degree. Approximately 18 to 25 hours credit for these phases of the degree will be regarded as a portion of the total requirement of 90 hours for the doctor of engineering degree.


The student is required to pass a comprehensive examination and a final examination during candidacy. The comprehensive examination planned and administered by the committee, will cover the course work contained in the candidate's plan of study. It will be both written and oral. The final examination, the candidate's oral defense of the dissertation, will be held in the presence of the advisory committee and others.


The dissertation embodying the results of an original engineering investigation must be written upon a subject approved by the major advisor. Normally the dissertation will be directly related to the candidate's internship. The dissertation must represent significant, creative, and independent engineering work. 

Procedures for Doctor of Engineering Candidates

1.    Completes admission requirements

2.    Passes as early as possible a qualifying examination

3.    Department chair reports the results of the qualifying examination to the school/college dean (Graduate Form IV)

4.    Consults with the advisor to select an advisory committee of at least five members. This should be done by graduate students who have completed 30
hours of graduate studies or who have obtained a master's degree. (A tentative program may be planned much earlier)

5.    Changes in committee membership will be processed using Graduate Form VI-A

6.    Solicits the aid of the committee in preparing a plan of study and internship. Note: (a) A standard format (Graduate Form VI-DE) must be followed, (b)
the plan is not to be sent to the department chair or school/college dean for approval until the student has passed the qualifying examination

7.    Major advisor requests the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies to authorize the advisory committee to administer the comprehensive examination after the candidate
has completed all courses on his or her doctoral program

8.    Advisory committee reports the results of this examination to the school/college dean (Graduate Form VII). A candidate is considered to have passed
if all, or all but one, of the advisory committee vote for passing. If failure is reported, the advisory committee recommends remedial measures to the
candidate. A second comprehensive examination may not be scheduled until after the lapse of 12 weeks. Failure of the second examination
automatically terminates the candidacy

9.    After the student passes the comprehensive examination for the doctorate degree, continuous enrollment must be maintained in accordance with
Policy Memo II-20 until the degree is completed or the candidacy is canceled

10. Candidate completes the engineering internship. The candidate's industrial supervisor is added to the committee at the beginning of the internship

11. Within four weeks of the beginning of the last semester, the student must check with the registrar to make application for diploma

12. The candidate and the advisor select the date, time and place of the examination and inform the school/college dean so that the examination can be
publicly announced at least one week in advance. A candidate is considered to have passed if all, or all but one, of the advisory committee vote for
passing. If failure is reported, the advisory committee recommends remedial measures to be taken before another examination is scheduled. Note: The
student must be enrolled at the time of the examination

13. Advisory committee reports results of final examination to the school/college dean on Graduate Form VIII, accompanied by approved copy of
dissertation, completed "UMI Doctoral Dissertation Agreement" form, and "Survey of Earned Doctorates" form

14. When all requirements have been met and payment of enrollment or examination fees made, the dean of the school/college forwards the approved dissertation to the Missouri S&T library. Student presents one copy to the department chair, one to the adviser, and retains a copy

15. Board of Curators grants degree upon recommendation of graduate faculty.

* The internship advisor is selected to have thorough education and experience, doctoral equivalency qualifications.

 For additional information please contact

Dr. Kwame Awuah-Offei
Graduate Program Coordinator
326 McNutt Hall
Phone (573) 341-6438
Fax (573) 341-6934
Shirley Hall
Senior Secretary
227 McNutt Hall
Phone (573) 341-6303
Fax (573) 341-6934