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Doctor of Engineering Program

The College offers an interdisciplinary Doctor of Engineering (D.Eng.) program to provide the Commonwealth and the nation with exceptionally educated engineering practitioners. These individuals will have developed the highest possible capability to provide innovative solutions in specialized engineering endeavors. The graduates of the program will meet the highest standards for advanced level engineering and leadership positions in industry and government.


A minimum of 48 credit hours of graduate work beyond the master's degree is required including

  • 18 credit hours of core courses
  • At least 18 credit hours of graduate coursework in the student's area of specialization
  • At least 12 credit hours of applied doctoral project.

At least three fifths of the course work must be at 800-level.

The 18 credit hours of core courses are

ENGN 811 Methodologies for Advanced Engineering Projects (3 credit hours)
ENMA 604 Project Management (3 credit hours)
ENGN 812 Engineering Leadership (3 credit hours)
ENGN 813 Engineering Ethics (3 credit hours)
ENGN 611 Financial Engineering (3 credit hours)
ENGN 612 Engineering Corporate Management (3 credit hours)

Five specialization areas are available: Aerospace Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Modeling and Simulation. 

Admission Criteria

Consideration for admission to the Doctor of Engineering will require a formal application, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and two letters of recommendation. Also required is an essay describing the applicant's preparation for graduate work, personal and academic goals, and professional objectives. One of the letters of recommendation should be from an agency point of contact if a sponsoring agency is involved. Sponsorship does not necessarily imply financial support, but it rather focuses on the provision of a project and access to data, information, and means to apply and test a solution. A personal or telephone interview of the applicant with the Graduate Program Director will be required.

The minimum eligibility requirements for regular admission to the Doctor of Engineering program are: engineering experience of at least two years within the last five years and a master's degree with a grade point average of 3.50 out of 4.00 in an appropriate field from an accredited institution of higher education.

Continuation and Graduation Requirements

The continuation requirements are same as the continuation requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy programs. The requirements for the Doctor of Engineering degree are as follows:

  1. Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 48 credit hours of approved graduate work beyond the master's degree, including the doctoral project.
  2. Satisfactory performance on a diagnostic examination at the completion of nine credit hours of coursework. The purpose of this examination is to determine if the student has adequate background to pursue a doctoral degree. The diagnostic examination may only be repeated once.
  3. Satisfactory completion of a written and oral candidacy examination. The student will take the candidacy examination when he/she is within six credit hours of completing all the required coursework.  The candidacy examination may only be repeated once.
  4. Preparation and successful defense of a project concept proposal. The student will be required to prepare and present a concept proposal related to the work that will be undertaken for the doctoral project. The concept proposal will be defended before the doctoral committee.
  5. Submission of progress reports as deemed necessary by the doctoral committee.
  6. Written report of the project results. The doctoral project shall be documented in a manner consistent with advanced, professional work. The project report will follow the standard format for Old Dominion University dissertations and theses.
  7. Comprehensive oral defense of the doctoral project before the student's doctoral committee and a general audience.

The applied doctoral project must successfully demonstrate the student's mastery of the subject area and his/her ability to apply advanced technical knowledge to identify, formulate, and solve novel and complex engineering problems. The project must address a complex but practical problem currently faced by the public, industry, or government, and it must provide a solution that satisfy all the technical, social, political, economic, safety, sustainability and environmental requirements and/or constraints. The doctoral project committee will have at least three Old Dominion University faculty members certified for graduate instruction; two faculty members must be from the major department. The committee must also have at least one non-University person with special knowledge of the project subject area.