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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.

  • 3

    Traditional and contemporary leadership theory is analyzed to determine effective strategies for leading projects and innovation within an engineering context.

  • 3

    Develop competencies for leading new product/process development or participating in corporate spinouts using entrepreneurial skills within a corporation.

    • 3

      Covers the essential concepts and skills needed to make effective contributions on projects, on time and within budget.

    • or:

      Explores cultural differences and impact on business practices and team dynamics working on virtual project teams with global partner universities.

Research and Statistic Methods (select 6 credits)

  • 3

    This research methods course focuses on the development of competencies required to become a successful professional researcher in engineering fields.

    • 3

      Descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, power, estimation, confidence intervals, regression, one- and 2-way ANOVA, Chi-square tests, diagnostics.

    • or:

      Analysis of research data through simple and multiple regression and correlation; polynomial models; indicator variables; step-wise, piece-wise, and logistic regression.

    • or:

      Analysis of multivariate data; T-squared tests; partial correlation; discrimination; MANOVA; cluster analysis; regression; growth curves; factor analysis; principal components; canonical correlations.

    • or:

      Identification of models for empirical data collected over time. Use of models in forecasting.

      • Prerequisite

        STAT 462 or STAT 501 or STAT 511

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 drawn from programs including:

  • Acoustics
  • Additive Manufacturing and Design
  • Bioenergy
  • Data Analytics
  • Ecosystem Management and Administration
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Management
  • Geodesign
  • 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 – Geospatial Intelligence 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)

  • 15

    Provides Doctor of Engineering students with the opportunity to identify an applied research problem and develop a praxis research project to address the problem/question. Students will investigate the literature relevant to the selected area(s) of interest. Students will develop and implement a comprehensive praxis research project to address the problem. Students will also disseminate the results in both a scholarly presentation (final oral exam) and praxis (final praxis research document).

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