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Online Doctor of Engineering

This online Doctor of Engineering in Engineering program provides a deep understanding of advanced engineering and high-level leadership principles, helping you prepare to direct high-performing research divisions or companies. This program incorporates the rigor of a Ph.D. but shifts the focus of career progression from academic research to leadership in an industrial or commercial setting.

Why the Online Doctor of Engineering in Engineering Program from Penn State?

Penn State, long respected and consistently recognized for having one of the top engineering programs in the country, is proud to offer a high-quality online Doctor of Engineering in Engineering (D.Eng.) program through Penn State World Campus. Taught by respected Penn State faculty with strong academic credentials and real-world experience, the online D.Eng. program can position you for advancement to the highest-level leadership positions in research and engineering in both the private and public sectors.

As a D.Eng. student, you can learn to: 

  • research and develop new products or processes that can benefit industrial, governmental, or military entities
  • analyze and synthesize critical information within your discipline, and, where appropriate, across multiple disciplines
  • communicate the major issues of your discipline and effectively disseminate research findings through technical reports, presentations, and peer-reviewed papers
  • lead high-performing research and development teams, divisions, and corporations

Customize Your Doctor of Engineering in Engineering Curriculum

The program offers an extensive selection of electives from more than 20 disciplines, allowing for a great deal of customized learning that can reflect your previous experience and/or desired career-advancement path. You will also learn through independent research in your chosen discipline.

Who Should Apply?

To be considered for admission to the program, students should hold a master's degree in engineering or a research-related field such as physics, math, or computer science. The most qualified candidates for the program will also have several years of experience working in the engineering field. 

Application Deadlines

  • Spring Deadline: Apply by October 4, 2024 to start January 13, 2025
  • Summer Deadline: Apply by March 7, 2025 to start May 19, 2025
  • Fall Deadline: Apply by June 6, 2025 to start August 25, 2025
  • Your degree application, including receipt of all transcripts and all letters of recommendation, should be received by the following deadlines to be considered complete.

Contact the Program

  • For general questions about the program, contact: 
  • Dr. Sven Bilén

  • For general questions about Penn State World Campus, please contact: 
  • World Campus Admissions Counselors


The School of Engineering Design and Innovation delivers effective engineering education and unrivaled research opportunities through active, collaborative, project-based, and professionally oriented classroom experiences. The school offers a variety of programs that partner faculty, students, and industry in the study of real-life engineering problems. Our programs teach students to solve real-life problems with innovative solutions. 

School of Engineering Design and Innovation

304 Engineering Design and Innovation Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2952