Combine Business and Engineering Processes by Earning a Ph.D. in Engineering
As an experienced engineer, you have so much knowledge to give and the desire to both design and create new products and train the next generation of engineers. Through Liberty University’s Ph.D. in Engineering program, you can gain the technical expertise you desire as well as work on new projects that will contribute to the field of engineering as a whole.
In addition to contributing to engineering and improvements in society, you will also teach a 3-part course progression as a part of your degree completion. This will both develop your teaching skills and help you to prepare future engineers to follow in your footsteps.
If you are interested in advanced fields of engineering, applied physics, materials engineering, material science, and system design, then this Ph.D. in Engineering degree is for you. You can contribute to research, further your career, and collaborate with other engineering professionals as you work together in increasing your skills in business and the engineering process.
Why Choose Liberty’s Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Engineering Degree?
Our engineering doctoral degree provides you with the chance to develop and establish your credentials as a well-rounded senior engineer. You will gain not only skills in engineering, but you will also increase your teaching ability. Additionally, you will be involved in research projects that will help you gain hands-on experience as you are contributing to the general knowledge base in the field of engineering.
You will also have access to the Center for Research and Education (CERE) facility where you will be able to work with some of the latest technology and equipment. Throughout this program, you could even gain funding for your research from corporations, national labs, and research labs. With resources like these, you can easily continue your scholarly research.
What Will You Learn in Our Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering Degree?
Our doctorate in engineering bears Liberty’s Dean of Engineering’s philosophy of “Creationeering.” This involves the integration of engineering and business. You will learn design, analysis and synthesis, procurement, logistics, assembly, and many other aspects of the engineering process. In this Ph.D. in Engineering degree program, you will also learn about the business side of the engineering process. Subjects such as human resources, finances, legal, marketing/sales, and management are some of the topics you will learn.
You will also be heavily involved in research. In fact, 50% of your graduate assistantship will be dedicated to research, which will be related to “Simulating Genesis.” This is a project which uses different physics-based phenomena combined with multi-scale modeling capabilities to create a simulation of Genesis events.
You will also present 3 original journal articles and increase your teaching skills through a practicum. You will assist a faculty member in teaching an undergraduate course, then you will teach a course yourself with the faculty member’s help. Finally, you will teach the course alone. So you will experience 3 levels of teaching throughout this program.
In addition to teaching, you will be expected to communicate scholarly contributions in the oral context, so you will complete at least 1 conference presentation. When you have completed this program, you will not only have a Ph.D. but you will also have a number of scholarly accomplishments that will add more value to your résumé.
View the Degree Completion Plan, and check out our featured courses below for more information!
ENGR 725 – Continuum Mechanics
You will learn about the general theory of continuous media and its application to the theories of elasticity and fluid mechanics.
ENGR 741 – Inelasticity
This course covers plasticity, creep, viscoelasticity, and inelastic behavior in relation to microstructure-property relations, constitutive modeling at different length scales, and computational simulations
ENGR 743 – Damage and Fracture
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- History of fracture and development of fracture mechanics principles
- Linear elastic and elasticplastic stress analysis of cracked bodies
- ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) standards and applications of bioorganic molecules within biological systems
ENGR 745 – Fatigue
You will learn about the prediction and prevention of fatigue failure in metallic material.
Highlights of Our Engineering Doctorate Degree
- The School of Engineering plans to host a yearly workshop with other institutions both nationally and internationally in which research progress is promoted and discussed.
- You will graduate with 3 original, completed published articles.
- 50% of your graduate assistantship will be dedicated to research.
- You will have access to the latest technology and a qualified faculty who seek to know you personally and provide you with opportunities for education, research, and training in a Christ-centered environment.
- You may have the opportunity to collaborate with local engineering firms on projects that will benefit society.
- Liberty University’s Center for Engineering Research and Education (CERE), located in nearby Bedford County, Va., promotes research and development of all forms of energy generation, storage, and transmission.
Ph.D. in Engineering Degree Information
Career Opportunities for Engineering Ph.D. Graduates
- Applications engineer
- Director of engineering
- Engineering manager
- Project engineer
- Project manager
Admission Requirements for Doctoral Engineering Degrees
Every application is reviewed by the admission committee on a case-by-case basis, meaning there are no set minimums for acceptance. However, all applicants must submit the following documents* for admission:
- Admission application
- Official college transcripts showing a completed bachelor’s or master’s degree in engineering or another STEM field from an accredited institution
- Must have a GPA of 3.0 or above in most recent STEM degree
- Current Liberty undergraduate students seeking preliminary acceptance into a graduate program must complete a graduation application through their ASIST account
*Note that additional documentation may be requested by the admission committee after your application has been received.