Doctor Of Engineering

The Doctor of Engineering degree is designed to permit the engineer to study complex practical engineering problems.

Why Choose Lamar University


A doctoral degree looks great on a resume. The department is concentrates on applied industry-focused research. Current and past student research projects are list on our graduate student research page.


Lamar University is affordable with many students offered scholarships that come with instate tuition or TA/RA positions with tuition waivers.  Students can join the program without a master's degree.

Software Focused

Most students learn a programming language (Python, Javascript, R, Java) and advanced software libaries (CPLEX, Sci-Kit Learn, Tensorflow, NLTK).


The department allows students to take one course outside the department per semester.


We synchronize your research to the needs of industry and the job market.

Admissions Procedures

The D.E. admission decision is made by the IE graduate admission committee. Please contact the Graduate Advisor, Dr. Curry, for specific questions about requirements for the IE program.

For admission to the program, the student must meet the following requirements:

  1. The general requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies.
  2. Hold a bachelor's degree in a field of engineering or related discipline (math, physics, computer science or other related discipline). Individuals with Master's degrees have fewer preparatory courses. Individuals without engineering degrees might have additional coursework to build their understanding of the engineering field.
  3. Applicants to the D.E. program possessing a master’s degree are recommended. For the B.S. to D.E., the GRE is required in all cases, except when the student receives their B.S. from an ABET accredited program.

For more information, please see our Admissions information website.

The admission standards for the DE are significantly higher than the Masters of Science, Master of Engineering, and Master of Engineering Management. To be accepted in the DE program, applicants should have a strong academic background based on GPA and ranking of prior schools. Past research experience and skills with research tools (programming, optimization, statistics) are also considered.  Applicants should have a good GRE score typically above 308. Outstanding applicants can be admitted to the program without a master's degree. The department tries to provide TA/RA position for all full-time accepted students.

Degree Requirements

  • 27 semester hours of D.E. dissertation preparatory courses for students with a Master’s degree at the time of admission or 45 semester hours of D.E. dissertation preparatory courses for students with a B.S. degree at the time of admission. The preparation includes completion of one semester of ENGR 6320, Justification of Engineering Project.
  • Completion of a minimum of 4 semester hours of Professional Seminar (ENGR 6110).
  • Completion of a minimum of 30 semester hours of D.E. dissertation courses (ENGR 6603 and ENGR 6604) and satisfactory defense of D.E. dissertation.
  • Hours: 61 with masters degree / 79 without masters degree

For more information, see graduate catalog.

Current students see Doctor of Engineering guidelines and defense procures for detailed instructions.


Student Experiences

Graduate Program Overview

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Doctoral Student Advisor

Dr. James Curry