As an Engineer, you will face evolving, complex problems that require interdisciplinary approaches. Industries today are particularly interested in interdisciplinary engineering Ph.D. programs that emphasize both the full knowledge of engineering and specialized skillsets in a particular field. The Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Engineering at KSU is a unique doctoral program designed to meet these growing needs. 

By becoming one of our doctoral students, you will take part in an exciting interdisciplinary graduate program that encourages intellectual depth within your area of study. We also provide flexibility to allow for a range of learning across traditional engineering disciplines. Compared with traditional doctoral engineering programs which keep you focused on one engineering discipline, Kennesaw State’s Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Engineering program will extend your knowledge base outside your core undergraduate degree expertise to provide the training you need for a successful career in industry, academia, government, and entrepreneurship.

When you graduate from this doctoral program, you will have a well-defined research proficiency in a subject area and a broad-based knowledge in technological innovation.

In the Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Engineering program, you will work in laboratories with state-of-the-art instrumentation and facilities from all six departments in the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology: Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering Technology, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering. With these disciplines, doctoral students will conduct cutting-edge research and receive exceptional technical training and mentorship from our experienced world-class faculty.

This doctoral engineering program will provide you with opportunities to pursue coursework and interdisciplinary research in focus areas such as Intelligent Robotic Systems and Smart Infrastructure. As a Doctor of Interdisciplinary Engineering, you will contribute to groundbreaking research, new technologies, and innovative solutions that can transform lives. 

    • Collaborate with researchers and lead research teams from diverse backgrounds 
    • Enroll in courses like Research Design and Professional Practice to develop new ideas and establish innovative enterprises 
    • Accept a broad range of academically qualified students who previously pursued either further education out of state or other career opportunities to meet the growing market needs for the engineering workforce in Georgia 
    • GRE scores are an optional component of the application 
  • Selecting the right engineering Ph.D. program is pivotal to your success as an engineer. Here’s why you should choose the Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Engineering at Kennesaw State University.

    With our program, you’ll learn to: 

    • Synthesize and develop advanced engineering knowledge from multiple disciplines 
    • Conduct independent research in unexplored engineering fields
    • Become an engineering entrepreneur who can commercialize new ideas and establish innovation-driven enterprises 
    • Focus on research themes, including intelligent robotics and smart infrastructure, in your engineering program
    • Become uniquely equipped as an industry leader and technology innovator who can lead interdisciplinary engineering research projects 
    • Explore topics essential for all engineering career paths, including engineering education, grant writing, self-awareness, personal SWOT (Strengths-Weaknesses-Opportunities-Threats) analysis, and entrepreneurship 
    • Develop professional competencies in ethics, pedagogy, proposal writing, patenting, research team organization, and entrepreneurship 
    • Collaborate with teams of engineers, experienced faculty, and work independently to produce solutions to trending topics in technological research innovation 
    • Construct leading research with relevance that creates and refines skills with real-world applications amongst other engineering programs 
       
  • Applicants must have the following qualifications to be eligible for the Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Engineering program: 

    • An undergraduate or graduate degree in engineering, or a related degree (e.g., physics, mathematics, computer science) from an accredited college or university 
    • A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (on the 4.0 scale) or its equivalent 
    • Successful completion of Calculus I and Calculus II and at least one higher-level mathematics course (e.g., Calculus III, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, Discrete Mathematics) 
       

    Preference in admission will be given to applicants having relevant engineering or project management experience after earning a Bachelor of Science degree or a Professional Engineering license. 

    Applicants who possess an undergraduate degree outside of engineering will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

  • Students must apply through the Online Graduate Application portal. Transcripts must be sent in a sealed envelope or electronically directly to ksugrad@kennesaw.edu  

    • Official transcripts from each college and/or university attended. Must be in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically from the institution directly to ksugrad@kennesaw.edu 
    • A one-to-two-page Statement of Purpose describing career and educational goals, recent accomplishments and activities, research interest, and the targeted program focus area (Intelligent Robotic Systems or Smart Infrastructure). 
    • A resume or CV documenting: 
      • relevant engineering or project management experience (preferably research-focused) and  
      • a Bachelor of Science degree or Professional Engineering license will help with acceptance. 
    • Three (3) letters of recommendation from academic or professional contacts; at least two (2) recommendation letters must be from an academic contact. 
    • The GRE is optional and not required for admission into this engineering program, however applicants can supplement their application with an official copy of their GRE general test results. High quantitative scores will strengthen the application. 
    • There is a non-refundable $60 application fee. 

2021-2022 Application Deadlines 

Fall 2021: August 1 
Spring 2022: November 1 
Summer 2022: April 1 
**Note that the completed application, application fee and all required credentials must be submitted by the deadline date** 

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