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PhD Information Systems Engineering

 Course Level
PhD
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
5 Years
 Start month
August

 Tuition fee

International
24135 USD
National
7945 USD

Application fee

International 60 USD
National 60 USD
Department
Computer and Information Science Department
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)88
TOEFL-PBT (min)480
GRE (avg)20
GMAT (avg)570
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About this course

The Ph.D. in Information Systems Engineering is designed to meet the need of engineers who want to be the technology leaders of the future. It is a 50 credit hour postgraduate program and can be pursued either on a full-time or a part-time basis. The classes are held in the evenings for the convenience of working engineers. The areas of specialization available in the program include information management and knowledge engineering, computer networks and computer architecture, intelligent systems and human/computer interaction, graphics and visualization, supply chain informatics, web services and security.

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Eligibility Criteria

General Requirements :

The University of Michigan requires a high level of proficiency in English, so that all students are able to participate fully in University life, both in and out of class. Applicants that do not speak English as their native language are required to provide proof of English proficiency.

Testing requirements
Who must take an English Proficiency test?

Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency and are required to provide an official score report of an accepted English Language Proficiency Test. Proficiency tests that are accepted are the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants only need to take one of these test options. Achieving the minimum score does not guarantee admission, only consideration.

English Proficiency Exemptions

Applicants who have earned or will earn a Bachelor or Master degree from an institution where the language of instruction is exclusively English are exempt from submitting an Official English Proficiency Score. Verification from the school may be required.

The following graduate degree programs will not grant this exemption and require submission of an accepted English Language Proficiency Test: 

  • Automotive Systems Engineering (PhD) - Effective August 26, 2015
  • Automotive Systems Engineering (MSE) - Effective August 26, 2015
  • Energy Systems Engineering (MSE) - Effective August 26, 2015
  • Information Systems Engineering (PhD) - Effective August 26, 2015
  • Manufacturing Systems Engineering (MSE) - Effective August 26, 2015
  • Mechanical Engineering (MSE) - Effective September 15, 2015

Applicants who have earned or will earn a Bachelor or Master degree from a country where the official language is English (United States of America, Australia, or England) are exempt from submitting an Official English Proficiency Score.

Testing Information :

All three test options are offered around the world.  The MELAB is also offered at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.  You will need to plan enough lead time to prepare for the exam, schedule a test date and allow for score reporting.  You may take any of the tests more than once, but only your most recent score will be considered.  Test scores more than two years old will not be accepted.

Requesting Official Scores
Official score reports must be requested in order to satisfy the admission requirement. 

TOEFL: Our ETS Institution Code for TOEFL registration is 1861. Individual department codes are not necessary for the TOEFL.  As long as the institution code is used, your scores will be electronically delivered to us.  

IELTS: IELTS scores are received electronically. An institution code is not required. Use the following information to locate the institution:  

University of Michigan-Dearborn - Graduate Studies
4901 Evergreen Road, 1055 Administration Building
Dearborn, MI 48128

MELAB: MELAB does not require an institution code.

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Course Modules

The course curriculum will consist of one required core course, four specialization courses, three elective courses, and a seminar course. Each student must submit a course plan with specified specialization area within one semester after starting the program.

Core Course (3 credit hours)
There is one required core course, ECE 576: Information Engineering.

Specialization Courses (12 credit hours)
Four courses must be selected in an area of concentration, with prior approval from the program director. At least two of these concentration courses must be 600-level courses.

Elective Courses (9 credit hours)
The student must take three elective courses, at least two of which must be from outside the student's concentration area.

Seminar Course (0 credit hours)
The student must register for and participate in the seminar course each semester after attaining candidacy and until the completion of the dissertation. The seminar course will be of pass/fail type and will not carry any credits.

Dissertation (26 credit hours)
The dissertation will be of pass/fail type and will not carry any letter grades.

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How to Apply

Are You Qualified to Apply?

All graduate applicants are required to meet the following minimum requirements for admission: 

  • Completion of a bachelor's degree from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association or completion of an international degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree from a college or university recognized and approved by the Ministry of Education or Commission responsible for higher education in the country where the degree is earned
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency. Proficiency tests that are accepted are the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Our TOEFL institution code is 1861.

Freshmen Applicants :

Submit an Online Application

  • To start your application, create or enter login details and follow on-screen instructions. Note: the application does not need to be completed all at once. Your login and password will allow you to return at a later date. It is important to remember your login information so you can later check your application status online.

Note: It is vital that your complete legal name (as shown on a driver's license or passport) is included on all materials submitted to ensure proper matching of supporting documents to your application. 

Complete Your Statement of Purpose

  • Please describe your post-graduation career plans. How will your education, experience, and development to date help support those plans? How will this graduate program help you to attain your goals? Preferred length is around 500 words.
  • Statements may be entered directly into the online application or can be separately emailed as a Word document or PDF to address provided below.

Gather Letter(s) of Recommendation

  • Complete your portion of the required form and share with your recommender(s). Your recommender(s) will then need to email or mail the completed forms and accompanying letter of support directly to Graduate Admissions, Dearborn Michigan.

Submit Current CV/Resume

  • Two-page limit for master's applicants; Four-page limit for doctoral or specialist applicants. Please include education information; work experience; research, teaching, or internship experience; professional affiliations, volunteer activities; community engagement; and relevant honors or awards.

Request Official College/University Transcripts

  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended must be provided. Academic records provided must show the course work completed and grades or test scores earned. 

International Academic Records

  • In cases where the original document is in a language other than English, a version in the native language AND an official English language translation must be provided. Its recommended that you do not send your copy of your original transcripts for submission. Materials received by the university for admission purposes will not be returned to you. 

Please note: International transcripts will require an additional evaluation, which will appear in your checklist as "UM-Dearborn Transcript Review".

Request Official Test Scores (if required for your program)

Test scores more than five years old will not be accepted. 

  • We advise use of your legal name as stated on your passport or birth certificate when registering for any standardized test and when completing the online application.

International Students :

Each graduate program has its own admission criteria. In addition to program admission requirements, please note the additional  requirements for International students described below.

Students may submit their application first and then send any additional materials later.  All correspondence must be in English and should contain the full name of the applicant.

  • International Checklist of Required Materials for Admissions
  • Completed application form and any program-specific supporting materials.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  • English Language Proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB)
  • Full Financial Support Information (Required for F and J Visa Students only)
  • Health Insurance
  • SEVIS DS-2019 Request Form (J Visa Students only)
  • Transfer Clearance document (required if student has a previous SEVIS I-20)

Send or drop off in person to: 
Office of Graduate Studies 
4901 Evergreen Road
1055 Administration Building
Dearborn, MI 48128-2406

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