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Intelligent Systems Engineering

School of Informatics and Computing

Departmental E-mail: isegrad [at] indiana [dot] edu

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(Please note that when conferring University Graduate School degrees, minors, certificates, and sub-plans, The University Graduate School’s staff use those requirements contained only in The University Graduate School Bulletin.)



Ph.D. in Intelligent Systems Engineering


A total of at least 90 credit hours of graduate-level (500+) coursework including:
at least 24 credits to fulfill the requirements of the ISE major;
at least 9 credits to fulfill the requirements of the University Ph.D. minor; and
the remaining credits can be received from regular courses, independent studies, and research.


The major is to be chosen in one of the six defined ISE tracks in Bioengineering, Computer Engineering, Cyber-Physical Systems, Environmental Engineering, Molecular and Nanoscale Engineering, and Neuroengineering or in general intelligent systems engineering. The major requires 24 credits approved by ISE and includes:

  • E500 (3 credits) or equivalent
  • One of E501-507 (3 credits) or equivalent
  • 9 credits of relevance to major
  • 9 other engineering credits

Remaining elective credits can be satisfied by IU courses in other units related to the student's area of study in engineering with permission of ISE.

Qualifying Exam

Qualifying exams include a written portion, tailored by faculty for students in each concentration, followed by an oral exam administered by the advisory committee. The exam should ensure a student is prepared to start Ph.D. research and should be at a level comparable to a professional paper covering technologies in areas related to the student’s expected research. The qualifying examinations will normally be administered at the end of major and minor coursework.

Dissertation Proposal

Prior to a student engaging in dissertation research, a research proposal must be approved by the student’s research committee.  The proposal is to be defended at a public colloquium.

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