Wayne State University

Wayne State University offers first U.S. Industrial Engineering doctorate program for working executives

DETROIT—Wayne State University’s Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering now offers managers and executives the opportunity to earn a research-intensive doctorate in industrial engineering while maintaining employment.

As business continues to globalize, proficiency in creating and managing systems that can adjust to society’s economic, social, technological and political-legal evolutions is essential. Today’s business managers and executives can gain a competitive edge through a doctorate program based in Detroit, the heart of the U.S. auto industry, that’s designed specifically for their experience level.

The first doctorate program of its kind in the United States, the Global Executive Track (GET) Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering complements students’ managerial positions by providing them with skills necessary to thrive in today’s global marketplace. Comprehensive research and coursework allows GET program students to foster their integrative thinking skills, global awareness and ability to produce sustainable value for organizations worldwide.

The program consists of two and a half years of coursework and two years of research. Courses address and explore topics such as product development and operations research. They are taught by a cohort of experts from such areas as business, industrial engineering and anthropology, as well as senior executives from industry.

Upon completion of the program, students will have gained a holistic understanding of both quantitative and qualitative research methodology and tools, and become better prepared to write scholarly research papers. To put learned research skills to practice before graduation, students complete two research studies and submit each to a publication.

“Wayne State’s industrial and systems engineering department is a world-class source for students to gain skills to compete in this rapidly growing field,” said Gloria Heppner, associate vice president for research at WSU. “The GET program is an excellent doctorate program.”

The program seeks candidates with a minimum of 10 years’ managerial experience, a bachelor of science in engineering and relevant master’s degree or MBA.

Co-directors of the GET program are Ratna Babu Chinnam, Ph.D, associate professor of industrial engineering in WSU’s College of Engineering, and Julia Gluesing, Ph.D., business and organizational anthropologist and research professor of industrial engineering at WSU’s College of Engineering.

For further information, visit http://www.ime.wayne.edu/execphd/index.php or send inquiries to get_info@wayne.edu.


Wayne State University is one of the nation’s pre-eminent public research universities in an urban setting. Through its multidisciplinary approach to research and education, and its ongoing collaboration with government, industry and other institutions, the university seeks to enhance economic growth and improve the quality of life in the city of Detroit, state of Michigan and throughout the world. For more information about research at Wayne State University, visit http://www.research.wayne.edu.