PhD programs and curriculum
The purpose of the U-M Industrial and Operations Engineering (IOE) qualifying process is to perform a holistic assessment of a student’s performance during the first year of doctoral study and to evaluate the student’s potential for successful completion of the PhD.
Learn more: Qualifying process guidelines
The purpose of the preliminary examination is to determine if the student is adequately prepared to pursue doctoral research under the direction of a Dissertation Committee. The examination includes, 1) an evaluation of the student’s academic preparation, 2) evaluation of a detailed dissertation proposal, and 3) an oral examination.