The PhD in Systems Science and Mathematics is an academic doctoral degree designed mainly for full-time students interested in an academic, laboratory, and/or industrial research and development career in a specialized area of systems, control, or applied mathematics.

Full Support & Funding

Our PhD students are fully funded, including full tuition support and health insurance. As a doctoral candidate, you will also receive a generous stipend to cover living expenses. This support is guaranteed as you continue to make satisfactory progress towards your degree.

Degree Requirements

Students pursuing the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Doctor of Science (DSc) degrees in Electrical Engineering or Systems Science & Mathematics must complete a minimum of 72 credit hours of post-baccalaureate study consistent with the residency and other applicable requirements of Washington University in St. Louis and the Graduate School. These 72 units must consist of at least 36 units of course work and at least 24 units of research, and may include work done to satisfy the requirements of a master's degree in a related discipline. Up to 24 units for the PhD and 30 units for the DSc may be transferred to Washington University in St. Louis from another institution.


  1. Complete at least 36 hours of post-baccalaureate course work
  2. Pass a written qualifying examination, to be taken before the second academic year of the program
  3. Pass an oral preliminary research examination, to be completed within two years of passing the written qualifying examination, and at least one year prior to completion of the dissertation
  4. Satisfy the general residency requirement for the Graduate School (PhD) or the McKelvey School of Engineering (DSc)
  5. Satisfy the general teaching requirement for PhD degrees offered by the Graduate School; no teaching requirement for the DSc
  6. Write a doctoral dissertation that describes the results of original and creative research in a specialization within electrical engineering or systems science and mathematics
  7. Pass a final oral examination in defense of the dissertation research
  8. Take ESE 590 Electrical and Systems Engineering Graduate Seminar each semester