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Doctorate Degree in Engineering and Applied Sciences

Professionals with a Doctorate degree in Engineering and Applied Sciences contribute to the field of Engineering through the development and design of independent research with a multidisciplinary approach. These research projects are a contribution to the scientific and technological areas of study. These professionals also foster a link with the fields of manufacturing, services, government and education through the development of initiatives that promote technological advancement.

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Importance of a Doctorate Degree

Professionals with a Doctorate degree in Engineering and Applied Sciences contribute to the field of Engineering through the development and design of independent research with a multidisciplinary approach. These research projects are a contribution to the scientific and technological areas of study. These professionals also foster a link with the fields of manufacturing, services, government and education through the development of initiatives that promote technological advancement.

Opportunities

Professionals who complete the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Engineering and Applied Sciences will contribute to their research areas with innovative knowledge, discover new scientific perspectives, and develop new technical and professional skills.

Even though joining the academia would be the most obvious route for any Ph.D. candidate, we expect them to make their contributions to the public and private sectors through the innovation of their research.

A Doctorate student’s research, knowledge and academic work often leads to important changes in many of the areas of economic development.

Main and Complementary Areas of Study

The Doctorate Degree in Engineering and Applied Sciences offers a main area of study focused on Engineering, and a complementary area focused on Applied Sciences.

The Doctorate candidates may choose one of the following areas of study:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

 

In the area of Applied Sciences, candidates may choose one of these for their complementary area of study:

  • Computer Science
  • Geospatial Science and Technology
  • Engineering Management
  • Business Administration
  • Environmental Management
  • Manufacturing Competitiveness

Courses and Credits

  • Main Area (Engineering) Courses 12
  • Complementary Area (Applied Sciences) Courses 9
  • Concentration Courses 12
  • Doctoral Seminar Courses 6
  • Course on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods 3
  • Doctoral Dissertation 18

Total of credits required to complete the program 60

Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering and Applied Sciences Flowchart

Admission Criteria

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Science, Management or related areas
  • Minimum Bachelor’s GPA of 3.00
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) results
  • Essay of research purpose and objectives
  • Updated copy of resume
  • Interview with faculty member specialized in main research area

Total of credits required to complete the program 60

Faculty

Our faculty features engineers and other professionals with doctorate degrees from universities in and outside of Puerto Rico. Our professors have also led research in their areas of study, and have extensive practical experience in their profession.

Laboratories and Equipment

Our laboratories are geared toward these main areas of study:

  • Structure and Mechanic Behavior of Materials
  • Building Materials
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Roads and Transportation
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering Simulations
  • Computing and Networks
  • High Performance Computing
  • Virtual Wireless Lab for Information Security
  • Processing of Digital Signals
  • Systems of Quality and Continuous Improvement
  • Ergonomics and Human Factors
  • Management and Operation Processes Simulation
  • Lean Six Sigma
  • Engineering Materials
  • Mechatronics
  • Fluid Mechanics

Accreditation

Middle States Comission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

License

Consejo de Educación de Puerto Rico (CEPR)