The graduate program in industrial engineering is designed to provide the student with fundamental knowledge in the various areas of industrial engineering and with the opportunity to emphasize in a particular area. A student pursuing a doctoral degree may specialize in any area of industrial engineering such as General Industrial Engineering, Operations Research and Applied Statistics, Manufacturing Systems, Logistics, Enterprise Systems, Enterprise Management, and Ergonomics.
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Industrial Engineering is the highest degree offered by the IMSE Department. To be awarded the Ph.D., the student must demonstrate both superior scholarship and the capacity to perform original research. The two basic requirements are that a student:
- Attains a mastery of both general industrial engineering and a specialized subfield as determined by the IMSE Committee on Graduate Studies and demonstrated through examination;
- Completes a significant program of original research and prepare a dissertation.
Requirements and Courses
The Ph.D. degree should normally require approximately four years or less of full-time study after completion of the B.S. degree. A student's program will consist of coursework, independent study, and a dissertation in fields pertinent to the student's areas of interest. The program for each student will be planned by the student and a committee of faculty members. There is no foreign language requirement for the Ph.D. degree.
Students with undergraduate degrees in fields other than engineering will be required to take the necessary courses to establish a background in science, mathematics, and engineering. Ph.D. requirements are listed in the catalog section entitled "Advanced Degrees and Requirements."
Ph.D. Course Requirements
Typically, 72 semester hours of approved organized course work beyond the baccalaureate degree are required. These courses are concentrated in a major field chosen by the student. Some are normally taken in one or more complementary minor fields. A minimum of 9 hours of IE 6197 – 6997 (Research in Industrial Engineering) are required to prepare the dissertation proposal. Finally, at least 9 hours of IE 6399, 6699, or 6999 (Dissertation) are required to complete the research and write the dissertation. The courses IE 6197 – 6997 and IE 6399, 6699, and 6999 do not count toward the 72 hours of organized coursework. There is no foreign language requirement.
After the completion of 18 hours of coursework above the master’s degree, the student must demonstrate the potential to complete the Ph.D. program. This potential is assessed by a written examination and by the successful completion of the master’s core requirements. Upon meeting these requirements, a student may receive approval to continue in the doctoral program. The student must be working with a Ph.D. advisor by this time.
After the successful completion of the diagnostic evaluation, a student must start working on the dissertation and complete coursework requirements. The student and the graduate advisor will select a doctoral supervisory committee. The committee will consist of at least four members, three of whom must be from IMSE. The fourth may be a non-IMSE UTA graduate faculty member. The committee, and in particular, the chair, is responsible for the design and direction of the student's program and for conducting the comprehensive examination. After the student has passed the comprehensive examination, the doctoral supervising committee may be altered or expanded to accommodate the dissertation research needs of the student, but it must continue to include at least four members of the graduate faculty. Members external to UTA must be in addition to these four graduate faculty members and must be approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies.
Students are eligible to take the comprehensive examination after having completed most coursework requirements and having identified a viable dissertation research topic. The comprehensive examination may be written, oral, or both written and oral. It includes the preparation of a formal research proposal on the student’s dissertation work. The scope, content, and form of the comprehensive examination are determined by the student's supervisory committee. Upon passing the comprehensive exam, a student may receive approval to continue the dissertation work.
Degree Plan Worksheet
After passing the comprehensive examination, the student prepares the Degree Plan Worksheet, which is subsequently signed by the committee. This worksheet lists the courses taken as part of the Ph.D. program. This worksheet goes into the student’s academic file. This is an internal document and does not go to the graduate school.
The dissertation represents the culmination of the student's academic efforts. The dissertation demonstrates original, independent research and makes a significant contribution to knowledge. The dissertation committee monitors the progress of the student’s dissertation until it is ready for the oral defense before the committee.
Applicants for the Ph.D. program must have an appropriate academic background and must meet the unconditional admission criteria described below. Applicants not meeting all criteria may be given a probationary or provisional admission.
The Ph.D.program requires approximately four years of full-time study. A student's program will consist of coursework, independent study, and a dissertation in a field pertinent to the student's areas of interest. The program for each student will be planned by the student and a committee of faculty members.
Students with undergraduate degrees in fields other than engineering may be required to take necessary courses to establish a background in science, mathematics, and engineering.
Unconditional Admission Criteria
Unconditional Admission into the Ph.D. programs in Industrial Engineering is granted if all of the following conditions are met.
- A GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.
- A GPA of at least 3.3 in all prior graduate coursework.
- A minimum score of 155 on the GRE Quantitative section and 150 on the Verbal section.
- A minimum score of 79 on the TOEFL iBT, or equivalent, if English is not the applicant's native language.
- Adequate preparation in mathematics, science, and engineering.
- Preference is given to students with appropriate work experience.
Prospective students not meeting the conditions for unconditional admission may be granted probationary admission if their qualifications indicate a potential for success. Deficiency coursework may be required. Satisfying all deficiency requirements and maintaining a GPA of at least 3.0 in each of their first two semesters of graduate work may clear probationary status.
An applicant unable to supply all required official documentation prior to the admission deadline, but whose available documentation otherwise appears to meet unconditional admission criteria may be granted provisional admission.
The admission decision is deferred if the program is at capacity or sufficient information is not available to make an admission decision.
Denial of Admission
Prospective students who do not meet the admission criteria are denied admission. The Graduate Advisor may grant probationary admission if other factors suggest a potential for success in the graduate program.
In order to continue in the program toward graduation, each graduate student must:
- Maintain at least a 3.0 overall GPA in all coursework taken as a graduate student and in the program, and
- Demonstrate suitability for professional practice.
If questions are raised by graduate faculty regarding either of the above, the student will be notified and will be provided the opportunity to respond to the Committee on Graduate Studies in the Department. The Committee on Graduate Studies will review the student's performance and make a recommendation concerning the student's eligibility to continue in the program. An appeal of a decision on continuation may be made through normal procedures outlined in the section of this catalog entitled "Grievances Other than Grades."
BS to Ph.D. Program
The BS to Ph.D. track in Industrial Engineering requires 48 credit hours of coursework and additional credit hours of dissertation/research coursework.
Tuition and Fees
Fall 2018 Graduate Nonresident Tuition and Fees
Fall 2018 Graduate Resident Tuition and Fees
International students will want to submit financial documents/statements as they also submit application materials for admission.
International financial statement form
Our application priority dates are:
Fall: March 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: April 1
Applications are accepted after the published priority date for each term, but for guaranteed consideration of admission please submit the application and associated materials by the priority date. However, it is important to apply well in advance of your intended start date to be eligible for program-specific funding opportunities such as assistantships and fellowships. Keep in mind that departmental application processing times vary greatly and some programs require applications up to one year in advance.
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