Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Manufacturing
Earn a doctorate degree in Manufacturing, meet the industry demand for technological expertise
Manufacturing has entered an era of dramatic transformation. Companies with a long track record of profitability can find themselves challenged to retain their momentum in a competitive global economy. New entrants to the field can rise to the top quickly — and plummet just as suddenly. In this new, quickly-evolving environment, success or failure depends largely on the ability to harness advanced technology. Implementing technological solutions enables businesses of any size to increase the speed and reliability of production, and to better customize products for a wide array of needs.
Capitol Technology University's online PhD program in manufacturing will prepared you, the manufacturing professional, to meet the challenges and maximize the opportunities presented by these revolutionary changes. Your expertise will be in high demand among companies seeking to introduce new technologies while mitigating the risk that can accompany such transformations. You'll be able to deliver solutions that can lower costs, streamline processes, and ensure the highest quality as your organization competes in the global marketplace. Through this uniquely designed doctoral program, you can undertake research that is specific to your professional needs and complete your degree while maintaining your career.
While completing the program, students will already be helping to advance the manufacturing industry through the creation of new knowledge and ideas. Through this research-based, online doctorate, students engage quickly in research and publishing without the limitations inherent in traditional coursework models. Graduates will be prepared for a variety of leadership roles in manufacturing, or for teaching roles in higher education.
As a doctoral student in manufacturing at Capitol Tech, you'll enter the program with a research idea and at least a committee chair. After enrollment, you'll work with your chair and research committee to further develop your research proposal. You'll then work independently to produce a meaningful body of original research of publishable quality. In the process, you'll also gain valuable insight into the legal, political, ethical, and social dimensions of your field of study.
This is a research based doctorate PhD degree where you will be assigned an academic supervisor almost immediately to guide you through your program and is based on mostly independent study through the entire program. It typically takes a minimum of two years but typically three years to complete if a student works closely with their assigned academic advisor. Under the guidance of your academic supervisor, you will conduct unique research in your chosen field before submitting a Thesis or being published in three academic journals agreed to by the academic supervisor. If by publication route it will require original contribution to knowledge or understanding in the field you are investigating.
As your PhD progresses, you move through a series of progression points and review stages by your academic supervisor. This ensures that you are engaged in a process of research that will lead to the production of a high-quality Thesis and/or publications and that you are on track to complete this in the time available. Following submission of your PhD Thesis or accepted three academic journal articles, you have an oral presentation assessed by an external expert in your field.
Learn around your busy schedule
Program is 100% online, with no on-campus classes or residencies required, allowing you the flexibility needed to balance your studies and career.
Proven academic excellence
Study at a university that specializes in industry-focused education in technology fields, with a faculty that includes many industrial and academic experts.
Expert guidance in doctoral research
Capitol's doctoral programs are supervised by faculty with extensive experience in chairing doctoral dissertations and mentoring students as they launch their academic careers. You'll receive the guidance you need to successfully complete your doctoral research project and build credentials in the field.
Dr. Bradford L. Sims
Dr. Sims has always been involved with technology starting with receiving a Commodore 64 for his birthday and teaching himself basic programming to do more with the Commodore 64. He went on to obtain a BS in Building Construction Management from Purdue University and worked coast to coast in the United States and briefly in Europe in the project management area of industrial construction and by default of his experience with technology being involved with the computer systems as well at each company. Later, he went back to Higher Education to obtain an MS in Building Construction from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from Purdue University that lead him to his first position as an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida. As he moved to different universities, he advanced in the administrative positions becoming a Department Head, Dean, Chief Academic Officer, and President. Now at Capitol Technology University, he is bringing together his background in construction and technology along with Capitol Tech’s strong cybersecurity to build the first degree programs in Critical Infrastructure design to help protect the nation. This is an area of special interest to Dr. Sims as he sees the needs of those protecting are critical infrastructure from cyber attacks to also understand how these facilities operate to better defend against such attacks.
Dr. Ian McAndrew
Dean of Doctoral Programs
An internationally recognized leader in aerodynamics research and expert on low-speed flight, Dr. McAndrew has five degrees: a PhD, two master’s degrees and two bachelor’s degrees. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Dr. McAndrew chairs several international conferences and journals and is invited to give keynote speeches all over the world. He started his career in the automotive industry as an engine designer, and has worked at several universities across the globe. Dr. McAndrew is dean of doctoral programs at Capitol.
Dr. Richard Baker
Director of Master’s Programs
Dr. Richard Baker is director of master’s programs at Capitol Technology University. He previously served as associate professor in Indiana State University’s Department of Aviation Technology, and as executive director of the Center for Unmanned Systems and Human Capital Development. Richard holds a BS in mathematics and an MS in computer science from Indiana State University. He received his doctorate in information systems from Nova Southeastern University.
The PhD program offers 2 degree completion requirement options.
- Dissertation Option: the student will produce, present, and defend a doctoral dissertation after receiving the required approvals from the student’s Committee and the PhD Review Boards.
- Publication Option: the student will produce, present, and defend doctoral research that is published as articles (3 required) in high-impact journals identified by the university and the student’s Committee. Students must receive the required approvals from the student’s Committee and the PhD Review Board prior to publication.
Prior Achieved Credits May Be Accepted
Tuition & Fees
Tuition rates are subject to change.
The following rates are in effect for the 2019-2020 academic year, beginning in Fall 2019 and continuing through Summer 2020:
- The application fee is $100
- The per-credit charge for doctorate courses is $915. This is the same for in-state and out-of-state students.
- Effective Fall 2020 active duty military receive a $100 per credit hour tuition discount for doctorate level coursework.
- Community College faculty and staff receive a 20% discount on tuition for PhD or DSc programs started by January 2021.
For 2020-2021 doctorate tuition and fees, click here.