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Earn your PhD in Systems Science & Mathematics at the McKelvey School of Engineering for the opportunity to develop and optimize complex systems including information systems, quantum systems and telecommunication networks.
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.
Additionally, doctoral students may also qualify for one of the fellowships:
The PhD in Systems Science and Mathematics is an academic doctoral degree designed for full-time students interested in an academic, laboratory or industrial research and development career in a specialized area of systems, control or applied mathematics.
Students pursuing the degree 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 may be transferred to Washington University in St. Louis from another institution.
The following milestones provide an example of how PhD students are expected to progress toward their degree. Students who enter the program with a master's degree may be able to shorten this timeline by one year or more.
- Complete at least 36 hours of post-baccalaureate course work
- Pass an oral qualifying examination, to be taken before the second academic year of the program
- 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
- Satisfy the general residency requirement for the Graduate School
- Satisfy the general teaching requirement for PhD degrees offered by the Graduate School
- Write a doctoral dissertation that describes the results of original and creative research in a specialization within electrical engineering or systems science and mathematics
- Pass a final oral examination in defense of the dissertation research
- Take ESE 590: Electrical and Systems Engineering Graduate Seminar each semester
The deadline to apply for the PhD in Systems Science & Mathematics is Dec. 15.
As COVID-19 is making it difficult for many students to be able to safely take the GRE General test, the test is optional for this program in Fall 2023.
Visit the Application Checklist for complete details on what's required in your application packet. If you have any questions, check out our admissions FAQs or contact Stacia Burd, Graduate Program Advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.