Global executive track (GET) Ph.D.

Academic excellence with proven outcomes

The Global Executive Track (GET) offers a world-class, practitioner-oriented doctor of philosophy in Industrial Engineering. The GET program at Wayne State University challenges you to take your thinking and professional career to new heights at a distinguished university

If you are a mid- or senior-level working professional with at least 10 years of experience, looking to expand your career opportunities, set yourself apart in a competitive industry and achieve a rigorous doctoral degree in engineering through a research-focused, structured, and comprehensive program, look no further.

See immediate impact

The GET program at Wayne State prepares executives to create social, intellectual, and economic value for their organizations and society at large. As a learning partner, you'll obtain immediate value in the program so you can apply research knowledge to your work within your first year while completing significant, high-quality research relevant to your organization.

A history rooted in excellence

The College of Engineering at Wayne State University has been a strong innovator and advocate for practitioner-focused academic degrees. Launched in 2008, the Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial Engineering: Global Executive Track program is one of a kind. The program is formatted to allow students to continue working while they pursue their studies  in fact, the expectation is that they will remain employed in a position that allows them to apply what they are learning while they complete the program.

Whatever your role or career stage, our comprehensive leadership programs will prepare you for the challenges ahead.

Ideal candidates

  • Hold a bachelor's degree in engineering ana d master's in industrial engineering, operations research, engineering management, or master's business administration.
  • Have at least 10 years of technical experience and at least five years of leadership experience.
  • Be dedicated to creative leadership, continuing intellectual development, creating a collaborative learning experience, and enhancing one's organization and community.
  • Be a demonstrated leader with initiatives with complex, cross-organizational impact.
  • Be committed to completing a rigorous four-year doctoral program requiring in addition to class time at least 15 hours of study per week.

Fast-track your leadership growthand your careerthrough a transformative learning experience. Each program journey offers an Industrial & Systems Engineering core curriculum, with additional courses in global business and leadership. In addition to the course curriculum, personalized advising, individual projects that address your business challengesand the opportunity to become a Wayne State Warrior. Go farther than you thought possible.

Peter Varma
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The GET program is unique in that it is specifically designed for experienced technology and engineering professionals and provides unparalleled access to world-class business leaders and professors. I know of no similar engineering doctoral program.

Peter Varma
Graduate Ambassador & Product Development Director
Industrial and Systems Engineering & S&P Global


Dr. Ratna Babu Chinnam, GET Program Director and Chair of the Industrial & Systems Engineering Department

Dr. Nancy Philippart, GET Program Co-Director

Mark Garrison, GET Program Manager