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PhD Systems and Industrial Engineering

The Systems and Industrial Engineering program at University of Arizona is designed for those individuals wishing to pursue research at an advanced level. Only those who have already demonstrated an ability to pursue independent and scholarly work should consider applying for this program.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration:  
Starting in:  
Tuition Fee: $10,063 per semester
Location: Tucson, United States

The UA Department of Systems and Industrial Engineering offers several PhD, MS and MEng degrees, plus multiple graduate certificates. Concentrate your studies within the department’s globally significant research focus areas. Personalize your plan of study, and pursue your interests in systems engineering, industrial engineering or engineering management.

Program Structure

  • The Plan of Study is the student’s contract with the university concerning specific course requirements that the student must satisfy before becoming eligible for the PhD degree.
  • This includes a minimum of 54 units of course work, at least 36 of which must be SIE-type courses approved by the faculty advisor and the Graduate Studies Committee, plus at least 18 units of dissertation research.
  • In addition, at least 21 units of the course work must be taken from the SIE Department.
  • At most 3 units of independent investigation may also be included, provided the study covers a topic not available through normal courses, a tangible course project is submitted to the Graduate Studies Committee, and prior approval is obtained from the Graduate Studies Committee.

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“Choosing the Master’s program for Physiological Sciences at the University of Arizona was one of the best decisions I could have made in my education. Our department is warm and collaborative, offering an array of research topics and techniques underneath a vast and integrative umbrella of physiology. Beyond my research experience, I was presented with teaching opportunities, which I feel honed my skill of scientific communication. Having the dynamic research/teaching/class schedule not only kept me active but helped me reinforce material in multiple contexts. Overall, this program was exactly what I wanted in my segway into the medical sciences… and with my teaching assistantship paying for my tuition, how could I say no?”​

Andrew Wojtanowski // MS 2016


Career opportunities for graduates of the Systems and Industrial Engineering program at University of Arizona are outstanding. Over the years, graduates from these programs have found employment in the nation’s leading corporations, research institutes, and universities.

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