PhD Program Committee
The PhD program in Engineering Management is managed by a program committee. This committee oversees the academic processes and takes the main decisions related to the organization of the PhD program. Decisions such as admitting new students, appointing PhD student supervisors, forming the qualification exam committees, and approving the PhD Thesis Proposals are taken by the PhD program committee. The current committee includes the following members:

1-      Dr. Fikri Dweiri, Assistant Dean For Research and Graduate Studies, Program Coordinator  ​  
2-      Prof. Mohammad Affan Badar, Head of IEEM Department, Member ​
3-      Prof. Refaat Hassan Abdel Razek, IEEM Department, Member
4-      Prof. Gordian Udechukwu Ojiako, IEEM Department, Member
5-      Prof. Abdul Kadir Hamid, ECE Department, Member
6-     Prof. Khalil Abdelrazek Khalil Abdelmawgoud, Head of Mechanical Engineering Department, Member
7-      Dr. Haşim Altan, Head of Architectural Engineering Department, Member
8-      Dr. Saleh Abu Dabous, Civil Engineering Department, Member

9-      Dr. Iyad Al Qasir, Head of Nuclear Engineering Department, Member

Admission requirements
  • Admission to this program is open to students holding BSc and MSc degrees in engineering from a recognized university with a minimum GPA of 3 out of 4 or equivalent. Students holding a B.Sc. degree in engineering from a recognized university with MSc degree, from a recognized university, in a filed related to engineering management with a minimum GPA of 3 out of 4 can also apply.
  • Applicants should satisfy the English Language proficiency requirement of 550 in TOEFL or 6.0 in IELTS if the medium of instruction in their Master’s degree was not English.
  • Applicants may be asked to give a presentation and to make an interview with the PhD program committee.
  • The admission to the program is competitive subject to the limit of the available seats
  • Any other conditions stipulated by the program committee.
  • Any other conditions stipulated by the college of graduate studies:            ( ).

Program Components 

The program requires a satisfactory completion of 45 credits of course and research components.  The course component includes 9 credits of compulsory courses (Core Courses), 9 elective credits, and a zero -credit seminar. The research component consists of a six–credit research proposal and twenty one-credit thesis. The research of the thesis could be either industrial-oriented or theoretical, or a combination of both.


Academic Courses

The program compulsory courses are as follows:

Course Code Course Title Credits
0475-760 Leadership and Innovation Management 3
0475-723 Decision Making and Analysis 3
0475-762 Total Quality Management 3
0475-791 PhD Seminar 0
0475-709 Qualification Exam 0
0475-792 PhD Research Proposal 6
0475-799 PhD Thesis 21

 Selection of the electives should be based on the following criteria:

1. At least one course should be taken from the following PhDEM elective Courses:

  • 0475‐711 Advanced Engineering Systems Optimization
  • 0475‐722 Engineering Design of Experiments
  • 0475‐763 Advanced Engineering Project Management
  • 0475‐765 Management of Technology
  • 0475‐781 Special Topics in Engineering Management​
  • ​0475-782 Independent studies in Engineering Management


2.  ​​Subject to approval of the  supervisor and program coordinator, no more than two courses maybe taken from the following courses:

  • Graduate Courses offered by other departments in the College of Engineering
  • Graduate Courses offered by the MEM program
  • Graduate Courses offered by the College of Business Administration


Qualification exam and PhD Thesis proposal flow chart
Program time limit
The minimum period of study for the degree is six semesters, whereas the maximum period is 10 semesters. The time limit may be extended, according to the bylaws, two additional semesters for the purpose of the defense of the thesis.
In addition, under some conditions, and subject to approval following the bylaws, the study may be postponed for no more than three semesters.

Course Description
Program procedures
UOS – ETS dual degree
After admission in the PhDEM program at UoS, the students may apply for a dual degree option offered jointly with École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS), Montreal, Canada.  This dual degree option is subject to acceptance by ETS. In this case, the students have to satisfy the graduation requirements of both UoS and ETS to obtain their dual degrees from both institutions. Students enrolled in the dual degree doctoral program will be working under joint supervision of a faculty member from the University of Sharjah and a faculty member from ETS. Moreover, students admitted in the dual degree take their qualification exam following ETS process (a 3-step synthesis examination – to be taken at ETS).
ÉTS (École de Technologie Supérieure) is one of the leading Canadian Universities in engineering education. UoS and ÉTS share common vision and objectives with respect to the role of such programs in preparing the students to address future engineering challenges and technology innovations within the wider context of socio‐economic developments. Furthermore, both universities consider engagement and collaboration with the community to be an integral part of their mission and both support such engagement by concrete efforts and programs in education and applied research.