Doctorate in Interdisciplinary Engineering


Gain the Skills Needed to Succeed as Independent and Productive Investigators in Multidisciplinary Analysis and Design

Engineering StudentsThe School of Engineering and UAB Online are working together to offer you a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Engineering. This Ph.D. program takes advantage of the world-renowned research centers across UAB by providing a robust curriculum and faculty expertise from many research areas. In today’s work force, students must be educated in more than one area to remain competitive and have successful careers whether they are in academia or from industry. Companies are particularly interested in graduates with an education that emphasizes breadth of knowledge as well as depth in a particular field. Today’s professionals must be able to effectively function between disciplines in order to keep up with rapid market shifts and technological advances. The Interdisciplinary Engineering program offers students a foundation for utilizing methods and insights from several fields of study and combining them into novel approaches for solving today’s problems.

Benefit from a High Quality, Interdisciplinary Research and a Rigorous Academic Curriculum with Faculty from a Variety of Disciplines.

Interdisciplinary collaborations between the School of Engineering, School of Medicine, the Schools of Business and Public Health and the College of Arts and Sciences engage students in a curriculum and research topic that promotes study in two or more disciplines.  

There are two tracks offered by the program: Computational Engineering and Environmental Health and Safety Engineering. The Computational Engineering track provides students an extensive foundation and innovation opportunities in interdisciplinary aspects of enabling technologies including computer aided geometry design, computational fluid dynamics, computational structural dynamics, and many more. Students in the Environmental Health and Safety Engineering track investigate the human and environmental mechanisms which influence environmental, human, and ecosystem health and safety. Students then learn and apply the skills needed to evaluate and implement prevention and remediation strategies for solving health and safety problems.

What Career Opportunities Would I Have?

Current students in the program come from diverse backgrounds and interests including, but not limited to, biomedical engineering, virtual reality, business management, power generation, nursing, physics, and water treatment. Graduates of the Interdisciplinary Engineering Ph.D. Program have been successful in the following fields, as well as others.
  • Science
  • Engineering
  • Public Health
  • Medicine
  • Business

Should I Apply?

You should apply if you want to change your world by earning a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Engineering, further your knowledge through professional development or have broader influence through improving your career opportunities.

UAB Online is a user-friendly virtual campus that offers fully accessible courses to the first-time online student as well as to returning technology-proficient online students. We are here to take the difficulty out and put the world changing learning opportunities in!

What Can UAB Online Offer Me?

You will receive immediate benefits as a UAB student and eventually as an alumnus. You will be proud to say that you are a UAB student because UAB is a world class institution recognized all over the world for excellence in research and innovation. You will benefit from a faculty and staff who work together to create and deliver relevant, high quality, and innovative programs that will serve your community.

You will have immediate access to the Sterne Library which houses more than one million items. Sterne also provides electronic access to contents of more than 35,044 serials and 72,000 electronic books.

UAB is such a special place. What do you want to know today? Let us help you change your world!