DoctorateIndustrial Engineering

A Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in industrial engineering from Wichita State will prepare you for high-paying, high-demand career options in research, design, improvement and management of systems in manufacturing and service organizations. You’ll have access to some of the best research facilities in the country and the chance to work and research with faculty and industry professionals on campus and throughout Kansas’ largest city.

Learn how Industrial Engineering is the right fit for you.

Graduate Engineering students working in NIAR lab.

Applied learning at Wichita State

At Wichita State, applied learning is everything. In fact, every degree we offer has a guaranteed applied learning or research experience built right into it equipping you with the relevant skills and experience to make you workforce ready before graduation.

Admission to the program

To be admitted into the Ph.D. program, you must:

  • Have a minimum 3.25 GPA in all graduate coursework
  • Have a master’s degree in engineering, physical science or other related discipline
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must submit official, acceptable scores for either the TOEFL, the Academic Module of the IELTS examination, or the PTE-Academic test

For additional admission details, click on the link below.

Inside the Program

Grad student's career takes flight with Spirit internship

As a Shocker, you have access to a huge list of employers that provide internship opportunities for students looking to get hands-on job experience. 

Business grad Anushiya Shiley Gomes returned to WSU to earn her master’s, and in the process received a coveted internship at Spirit AeroSystems, one of Wichita’s top employers. 

Her time in the classroom gave her the background to succeed at Spirit. 


The Ph.D. in industrial engineering curriculum equips you with the knowledge and skills to conduct independent research–and offers advanced knowledge in the IME concentrations.

To earn the Ph.D., students must pass comprehensive exams, a dissertation approval exam and dissertation defense.


Whether you’re pursuing a promotion or preparing for a Ph.D., WSU’s vast industry connections, research opportunities and unmatched facilities create an environment for our engineering students to gain the expertise that leads to dream careers.