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Why the Online Doctor of Engineering in Engineering Program from Penn State?
Penn State, long respected and consistently recognized for having one of the top engineering programs in the country, is proud to offer a high-quality online Doctor of Engineering in Engineering (D.Eng.) program through Penn State World Campus. Taught by respected Penn State faculty with strong academic credentials and real-world experience, the online D.Eng. program can position you for advancement to the highest-level leadership positions in research and engineering in both the private and public sectors.
As a D.Eng. student, you can learn to:
- research and develop new products or processes that can benefit industrial, governmental, or military entities
- analyze and synthesize critical information within your discipline, and, where appropriate, across multiple disciplines
- communicate the major issues of your discipline and effectively disseminate research findings through technical reports, presentations, and peer-reviewed papers
- lead high-performing research and development teams, divisions, and corporations
Customize Your Doctor of Engineering in Engineering Curriculum
The program offers an extensive selection of electives from more than 20 disciplines, allowing for a great deal of customized learning that can reflect your previous experience and/or desired career-advancement path. You will also learn through independent research in your chosen discipline.
Who Should Apply?
To be considered for admission to the program, students should hold a master's degree in engineering or a research-related field such as physics, math, or computer science. The most qualified candidates for the program will also have several years of experience working in the engineering field.
Information for Military and Veterans
Are you a member of the military, a veteran, or a military spouse? Please visit our military website for additional information regarding financial aid, transfer credits, and application instructions.
To graduate from Penn State's 45-credit online Doctor of Engineering in Engineering program, you must maintain a grade-point average of 3.0 or better in all course work including:
- at least 9 credits of required core courses
- at least 6 credits of research and statistics methods
- at least 15 credits of technical electives
- at least 15 credits of praxis research
Doctor of Engineering in Engineering Praxis Research
The D.Eng. program is flexible enough to provide opportunities for both discipline-specific and cross-disciplinary research. A doctoral committee consisting of a minimum of three faculty members (with three members on graduate faculty at Penn State) will oversee the research. When pertinent to the student’s praxis topic area and personal circumstances, an additional member can be added as a “special outside industry member” from the associated industry, military, organization, or governmental function. This doctoral committee will require demonstration of analytical and critical thinking, consistent with the expectations for a doctoral research program.
The program culminates with a 15-credit praxis research project focused on applied research executed in a real-world industry environment. You will identify an industry problem and use applied research methods to develop and present a proposed solution.
Required Courses (select 9 credits)
If students have previously taken one of the professional core courses, they may request a substitution.
Research and Statistic Methods (select 6 credits)
Electives (select 15 credits)
You can customize your learning to match your past experience and future goals by selecting 15 credits from a comprehensive list of technical electives. Review the following course pages to see a sampling of electives offered in each area. Not all courses listed are eligible to satisfy the Doctor of Engineering elective requirements, and students will work with their adviser to finalize their academic plan.
- Additive Manufacturing and Design
- Artificial Intelligence
- Data Analytics
- Ecosystem Management and Administration
- Electrical Engineering
- Engineering Management
- Geographic Information Systems
- Homeland Security – Base Program
- Homeland Security – Agricultural Biosecurity and Food Defense option
- Homeland Security – Counterterrorism option
- Homeland Security – Cyber Threat Analytics and Prevention option
- Homeland Security – Intelligence and Geospatial Analysis option
- Homeland Security – Public Health Preparedness option
- Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics
- Industrial Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering – Thermal Sciences
- Mechanical Sciences
- Nuclear Engineering
- Project Management
- Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems
- Software Engineering
- Systems Engineering
Praxis Research (15 credits)
If you're ready to see when your courses will be offered, visit our public LionPATH course search (opens in new window) to start planning ahead.
Costs and Financial Aid
Graduate tuition is calculated based on the number of credits for which you register. Tuition is due shortly after each semester begins and rates are assessed every semester of enrollment.
|How many credits do you plan to take per semester?||Cost|
|11 or fewer||$1,007 per credit|
|12 or more||$12,082 per semester|
Financial Aid and Military Benefits
Some students may qualify for financial aid. Take the time to research financial aid, scholarships, and payment options as you prepare to apply. Military service members, veterans, and their spouses or dependents should explore these potential military education benefits and financial aid opportunities, as well.
How to Apply
Deadlines and Important Dates
Your degree application, including receipt of all transcripts, should be received by the following deadlines to be considered complete.
- Summer Deadline: Apply by April 17 to start May 15
- Fall Deadline: Apply by July 15 to start August 21
- Spring Deadline: Apply by December 5, 2023, to start January 8, 2024
Thank you for your interest in applying to this program. Contact the program to discuss your educational goals, financial aid options, and application deadlines.
For admission to the Graduate School, you must hold either (1) a master of science or master of engineering degree in a suitable engineering or related technical field from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a master’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates. Students should have earned at least a 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) in their master’s program.
What You Need
Applications are submitted electronically and include a nonrefundable application fee. You will need to upload the following items as part of your application:
Official transcripts from each institution attended, regardless of the number of credits or semesters completed. Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation. Penn State alumni do not need to request transcripts for credits earned at Penn State but must list Penn State as part of your academic history. If you are admitted, you will be asked to send an additional official transcript. You will receive instructions at that time.
GPA and Test Scores — All applicants are expected to have earned a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.
Statement of Professional Goals — This statement should be concise and well-written. It should reflect your academic interests, research/praxis plan, and motivation, as well as how these further your career objectives. Please include the following sections in your statement:
Academic Interests (about half a page) — Discuss your academic interest in this D.Eng. program. In addition, propose a course work plan (i.e., review the program’s electives and discuss which courses would be most effective to help reach your praxis research and professional goals).
Praxis Research Interests and Rationale (about 1 page) — The praxis research should apply what you come to the program with and will learn in this program (methods/technology/theory) to research and solve a significant/complex problem from your work. The goal of this section is to describe to the admissions committee a problem you have identified and the research plan, goals, and deliverables, and how these will be supported. In other words, this section should reflect your ability to effectively communicate the maturity of your research aspirations.
This section should include:
- Problem motivation (i.e., background of the problem/how do you know this is a problem that should be addressed via the praxis?)
- Problem statement/hypothesis (i.e., one or two sentences stating what specific problem this praxis research is going to solve)
- Project purpose (i.e., describe how the praxis research will generally address the problem)
- Project plan goals (i.e., a bulleted list of what will be analyzed, designed/researched, and implemented)
- Project deliverables (i.e., what could ultimately be delivered as the solution to this problem, in addition to the required written praxis)
Career Objectives (about half a page) — This section should communicate a synergy between the education and praxis research accomplished in this program with your career/professional goals.
English Proficiency — The language of instruction at Penn State is English. With some exceptions, international applicants must take and submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum test scores and exceptions are found in the English Proficiency section on the Graduate School's "Requirements for Graduate Admission" page. Visit the TOEFL website for testing information. Penn State's institutional code is 2660.
References (3) — References should provide academic and professional perspectives. You will need to initiate the process through the online application by entering names, email addresses, and mailing addresses of three references. Upon submission of your application, an email will be sent to each reference requesting they complete a brief online recommendation regarding your commitment to success in an online program. Please inform all recommenders they must submit the form in order for your application to be complete.
At least one reference should be from your employer indicating they support the praxis topic and specifying what resources you will have access to in support of the topic, e.g., allocated time, lab support, data. This reference letter would ideally come from the immediate or area supervisor of the applicant.
Résumé or Vitae — Upload your résumé or vitae to the online application.
Writing Sample — Provide a published or unpublished paper, thesis, or another scholarly writing sample. This sample must be in English.
Interview — You will be asked to participate in an interview, either via internet-based video conferencing or in person.
Start Your Application
You can begin your online application at any time. Your progress within the online application system will be saved as you go, allowing you to return at any point as you gather additional information and required materials.
Begin the graduate school application
- Choose Enrollment Type: "Degree Admission"
- Choose "WORLD CAMPUS" as the campus
Checking Your Status
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You can use the knowledge gained from this program and the support of Penn State career resources to pursue careers in a variety of fields, depending on your goals.
Penn State World Campus Doctor of Engineering in Engineering students fulfill major program milestones during a campus residency.
For general questions about the program, contact:
Dr. Sven Bilén
Email: [email protected]
For general questions about Penn State World Campus, please contact
World Campus Admissions Counselors
Email: [email protected]