Online Doctor of Engineering in Engineering Technology

Online Doctor of Engineering in Engineering Technology

The online Doctor of Engineering (Eng.D.) in Engineering Technology program is for advanced students who want to become leading experts in their field.

Doctorate programs generally fall into two categories: academic (research-oriented) and applied (practicum-based). The University of Maine’s Eng.D. in Engineering Technology combines the two philosophies where students work in a research area and develop expertise through applied and experiential learning to become successful in their academic or professional careers.

This program includes a concentration in Surveying Engineering Technology to cultivate specific skills integrated with industry needs.


Candidates must complete at least 42 graduate education credits, including a dissertation with three papers published in peer-reviewed journals or conference proceedings.


Candidates must take at least 30 credits of graduate courses and an additional 12 credits of surveying engineering technology thesis courses. Examples of courses include, but are not limited to:

  • ENM 586: Advanced Project Management (3 credits)
  • GEE 694: Graduate Engineering Internship and Experiential Learning (6 credits)
  • GIS 400: Geographic Information Systems II (4 credits)
  • GIS 420: Remote Sensing and Image Analysis (4 credits)
  • INT 601: Responsible Conduct of Research (1 credit)
    Must be taken to satisfy the Graduate School’s Responsible Conduct of Research requirements, and it may be substituted for one thesis credit. 
  • SIE 509: Principles of Geographic Information Systems (3 credits)
  • SVT 437: Practical GPS (3 credits)
  • SVT 475: Small Business Management (3 credits)
  • SVT 501: Advanced Adjustment Computations (3 credits)
  • SVT 511: Geodetic U.S. Public Land Survey Computations (3 credits)
  • SVT 512: Survey Business Law and Policy (3 credits)
  • SVT 513: Advanced Studies in Boundary Law (3 credits)
  • SVT 531: Advanced Digital Photogrammetry (3 credits)
  • SVT 532: Survey Strategies in Use of Lidar (3 credits)
  • SVT 541: Geodesy (3 credits)
  • SVT 542: Applied Hydrographic Surveying (3 credits)
  • SVT 598 Selected Studies in Surveying Engineering Technology (3 credits) 
  • SVT 699: Graduate Thesis/Research 

Comprehensive Examination

Also known as a preliminary exam, the comprehensive exam determines the candidate’s mastery of graduate coursework and ability to publish in peer-reviewed scholarly journals. Candidates will present a potential manuscript for publication, a research proposal, a professional survey report, or other approved document.

Qualifying (Final) Examination

The qualifying (final) examination is an oral exam in which candidates present a review of their work and defend it based on questions from the advisory committee. A unanimous approval is required.


In lieu of a traditional dissertation, candidates will produce at least three peer-reviewed papers converted into a thesis as defined in the University of Maine Graduate School Guidelines Policies and Regulations.

The dissertation/thesis should be an original contribution to surveying engineering technology and follow the “journal manuscript” or “using publications as dissertation” format. Candidates will prepare and submit peer-reviewed and accepted journal articles, which serve as the main body of the dissertation/thesis.



  • Graduate degree from an accredited college or university
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Application Materials

When you are ready to apply, please first review these application instructions. Then, submit the following:

  • Online application
  • Current resume or CV
  • Official academic transcripts from all institutions attended
  • 300-500 word essay explaining your motivation for earning an Eng.D. and your desired outcome
  • One letter of recommendation

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