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Industrial Engineering Ph.D Qualifier Exam

Industrial Engineering Ph.D Qualifier Exam

 

Ph.D. Qualifier Exam in IE
 

Exam Procedure

•The exam has two phases, namely, a written exam and an oral exam.

•The purpose of the written part is to measure the breadth of the student’s knowledge in IE. The student is expected to answer the questions related to two out of the five areas during the written exam. One of the two areas must be IE 501 or IE 532. The written exam is closed books/notes. 

•If a student fails from the written exam, s/he has to repeat the written exam in the following semester.  The student is allowed to choose different areas in each written exam.

If a student passes the written exam, s/he can take the oral exam after the written exam. The purpose of the oral exam is to measure the depth of the student’s knowledge in his/her Ph.D. research area. The student has to submit a short (maximum one page) statement describing his/her research field of interest. The student will be expected to answer technical questions related to his/her research field in front of an oral exam jury. 

 

•The oral exam jury will be formed by five faculty members (2 of the jury members must be from another university) based on the research field of the student. Student’s advisor may participate in the oral exam jury. If a student has 2 advisors, co-advisor of the student may participate to the jury as the 6th member but he/she does not have the right to vote.

 
Core areas and related courses*:

1.    Linear Optimization - IE 501 Linear Programming 
2.    Integer/Combinatorial Optimization - IE 502 Integer Programming 
3.    Stochastic Processes - IE 532 Stochastic Processes 
4.    Production Models - IE 568 Production Operations Management 
5.    Supply Chain Management - IE 563 Supply Chain Management 
 
*Related courses are specified only to describe the details of the core areas. The student is not required to have taken these courses before the Qualifier Exam.

Success Criteria

·         Written exam: A student must get at least 50% from each of the two selected areas. The written exam grade is the average of the two area grades. The overall passing grade for the written exam is 60%. If a student fails from the written exam, s/he has to take the entire written exam (two areas) again.
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·         Oral exam: Each faculty taking part in the oral exam must give either a Pass or a Fail grade. The student passes the oral exam if he/she gets more Pass than Fail grades.  
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·         A failed written or oral exam must be repeated in the following semester. The student passes the Ph.D. qualifier exam when he/she passes both the written and the oral exams. If a student passes the written exam but fails the oral exam, he/she needs to repeat only the oral exam in the following semester.
 

Faculty responsible for the written exam:
The IE Ph.D. qualifier exam committee will select the faculty members who will prepare and grade the questions for the written exam.
 
Faculty for the oral exam:
The IE Ph.D. qualifier exam committee will select the faculty members who will prepare and grade the questions for the oral exam.
 

Ph.D. Qualification exam dates: 

The written exam for the 2019-20 Fall semester will be on December 6, 2019. 
 
The oral exam will be given within one month after that semester’s written exam.
 

 

Exam Application Procedure:
 

Date

Action

Until the last day of Withdraw period

The student must register to IE 900 - Ph.D. Qualifier Exam, course.
The student must inform the 
Chairperson of the IE Ph.D. Qualifier Exam Committee (via email) his/her selection of two areas for the written exam.

IE Ph.D. Qualification Exam Committee
 
Assoc. Prof. Burcu Balçık (Chairperson)
Assoc. Prof. Ali Ekici
Assist. Prof. Dilek Günneç
Assist. Prof. Enis Kayış
Assoc. Prof. Erhun Kundakcıoğlu