Ph.D. in Engineering


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Admission Requirements

You may be admitted to the Ph.D. in Engineering program after satisfying the admission requirements set forth by the Graduate School, including a record that indicates the potential for a career in engineering research as evaluated by the program's admission committee. You should come to the program with a good understanding of engineering fundamentals. 

The minimum admission requirements set forth by the program are as follows:

  • A Bachelor of Science degree from an ABET-accredited program or equivalent, with a minimum 3.0 grade-point average
  • A Master of Science degree from an engineering program, with a minimum 3.5 grade-point average
  • Statement of Objectives
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores on the quantitative and analytical parts of the general exam
  • TOEFL scores (for international students)

If you are a current Wright State M.S. student, please include the following in your Statement of Objectives:

  • What research you have done
  • The name of the professor with whom you will do program research (only after this has been mutually agreed by the professor)
  • The names of two Wright State professors who will serve as references

In response to the closure of some ETS and IELTS testing centers due to Covid-19, GRE, TOEFL and IELTS score requirements are waived for applications received between 4/1/2020 and 8/20/2021. Applicants may choose to provide their test scores (if available) in their application, or to provide them at a later time. Applications will be reviewed according to the procedure described in section 2 of the "Program Policies and Procedures" document available at: Students admitted to the program without test scores will be admitted provisionally for one term only pending receipt of the test scores, consistent with Graduate School policy number 5010.3.

How to Apply

United States Students

To apply to the Ph.D. in Engineering program, submit an online graduate application to the Graduate School.

If you have any questions about the application, contact the Graduate School.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions website for information on international graduate student admissions requirements.

Transfer Credit

The standard procedures for transfer credit are:

Students entering the program with a relevant master's degree

  • The hours counted towards the master's degree will not exceed 30 hours. In addition, the 60-hour residency requirement must be met.
  • Upon the recommendation of the student's dissertation advisor and the approval of the program director and the Graduate School, graduate courses completed at another accredited academic institution may be transferred to a student's graduate academic record and applied toward the requirements of the student's Ph.D. degree program at Wright State.

Students entering the program with graduate credit beyond the master's degree

  • The credit to be transferred has not been applied toward an awarded degree. While credits that were applied toward an awarded master's degree are not eligible for transfer credit, they may be used, with program approval, to waive certain course requirements. The sixty-hour residency requirement must be met.
  • The student's dissertation advisor and focus area chair review the transfer of credit request and recommend the course(s) to be accepted for transfer credit.
  • The student was admitted and enrolled as a graduate student at the institution where the graduate credit was completed. In addition, the student must be or have been in good standing at that institution.

Students entering the program without the master's degree

The student may have up to 30 quarter hours of applicable graduate transfer credit posted on their Wright State academic record.

Financial Support

If you need financial support, you have several options to explore. A limited number of graduate assistantship positions are available each year.

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