Doctor of Philosophy in Energy Engineering

Admission Requirements

The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies' current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog.  Additional requirements include:

  1. B.S. degree in an engineering discipline from an ABET accredited program with a GPA of at least 3.0 or a M.S. degree in an engineering discipline with a GPA of at least 3.0. Students holding a B.S. degree in a science or other engineering-related field may be admitted to Qualified Status with an obligation to acquire background undergraduate engineering knowledge. The exact requirements will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
  2. Graduate Record Examination General Test for those with undergraduate degrees from non-ABET accredited programs.
  3. Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies' English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

Degree Requirements

Students seeking the Doctor of Philosophy degree at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all general requirements set forth by the Graduate School.  The following requirements are in addition to the UND graduate school general requirements for the Ph.D.; A minimum of 90 semester credits, including acceptable master’s degree work and credits granted for the dissertation and the research leading to the dissertation. Students who transfer graduate coursework may be able to apply those credits towards the program based on the maximum allowed by the School of Graduate Studies. These 90 credits should include:

1. Required Core Courses (15 credits):

ENE 501Managing Energy Resources and Policy3
ENE 510Energy Systems Engineering I3
ENE 511Energy Systems Engineering II3
ENGR 554Applied Project Management3
ENGR 556System Dynamics I3
Total Credits15

2. Remaining Coursework Electives (15 - 33 credits)*:

ENE 512Energy Systems Optimization3
ENE 522Energy Storage Systems l3
ENE 523Energy Storage Systems ll3
ENE 530Applied Engineering Business Analysis3
ENE 533Project Dynamics Strategy Modeling3
ENGR 558System Dynamics II3

Additional options should be selected in coordination with student's advisor and graduate program director

3. Required Research (30 - 48 credits)*: 

ENE 591Research in Energy Engineering30-48

4. Required Dissertation (12 credits):

ENE 999Dissertation in Energy Engineering12

After the inclusion of the required core courses and dissertation, students should then use a combination of 15 - 33 credits of remaining coursework and 30-48 credits of research, to acquire the combined total of 90 credit hours. 

Additional Requirements

  1. Successful completion of an oral comprehensive exam when at least 45 post baccalaureate credits have been completed. This exam will be based on core courses taken for this degree and their application to the student’s research. The exam will be administered by at least three graduate faculty members from the Institute for Energy Studies and its Faculty Affiliates. Candidates who fail the exam will be allowed one opportunity to repeat the exam. The reexamination must take place no later than 13 months after the initial exam attempt.
  2. Students must present to their advisory committee an annual oral progress report describing research progress.
  3. Preparation and defense of a dissertation documenting original and independent research on a topic related to energy engineering.
  4. At least two peer-reviewed conference, journal, or patent application submitted with the consent of the student's advisor
  5. Scholarly Tools:  Engineering and mathematics courses required to fulfill the requirements for those students admitted under Qualified Status.   Scholarly tools courses taken for graduate credit after a student has enrolled in a graduate program at UND may be counted to fulfill requirements listed in Item 1.
  6. There is no residency requirement for this program.