Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering - Graduate Programs

M.S. in Industrial Engineering

The Industrial Engineering Program is designed to provide the student with fundamental knowledge in multiple areas of industrial engineering. A student may pursue a broad based degree or they may specialize in a specific area such as general industrial engineering, manufacturing systems, ergonomics/human factors, or advanced analytics/operations research.

M. S. in Systems Engineering

The Systems Engineering Program is designed to provide students with both fundamental and applied management and technical knowledge to support the development of complex systems. Systems Engineering is that branch of engineering that develops systems, where a system is a collection of elements that work together as a unit.

Systems Engineering considers the total systems life-cycle from concept through disposal including stakeholder requirements, architecture, design and development, system use, system maintenance, and system disposal. A Systems Engineering curriculum must encourage a broad view rather than a focus on individual system elements or phases of development. This broad view, a systems view, reduces the likelihood of unintended consequences.

M.S. in Engineering Management

The Engineering Management Program is offered as an interdisciplinary program that integrates engineering and business concepts. The curriculum prepares an experienced professional engineer or scientist for a leadership role in planning, developing and managing firm's technological resources including people, technology and processes. Graduates acquire an understanding how to use the technical base to accomplish the organization's operational, strategic and competitive objectives.  This program is offered in partnership with the College of Business Administration.

M.S. in Logistics

The Logistics Program is designed to meet an increasing state, national, and international demand for professionals with technical or business education and experience in the area of logistics and supply chain. Such professionals will need a unique combination of technical and business knowledge and skills and will have technical experience and degrees in engineering, mathematics or business.

Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering

The Industrial Engineering Program for doctoral students is designed to prepare engineers to advance their degrees in industry, government, and academia.  This is a research focused program with areas of specialization in general industrial engineering, manufacturing systems, ergonomics/human factors, advanced analytics/operations research, or systems engineering/engineering management.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVE

The Certificate in UVS (Unmanned Vehicle Systems) is offered through the Industrial, Manufacturing, and Systems Engineering Department and will educate undergraduate students in the knowledge and skills required for design, development and operation of UVS including UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems), UGS (Unmanned Ground Systems), and UMS (Unmanned Maritime Systems). The certificate program will emphasize the common aspects of UVS such as sensors, actuators, communications, and more importantly, decision-making capabilities (autonomy).  This program aims at the dual goal of providing the UVS industry with a knowledgeable, locally available workforce and developing career opportunities for its participants. To this end, the IMSE Certificate in UVS will be awarded concurrently with a BSIE undergraduate degree.   

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The certificate is open to all degree-seeking students. Students should see the undergraduate advisor for the Industrial, Manufacturing, and Systems Engineering Department for admission to the program.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

Students must complete 15 hours of coursework as outlined below that include 6 hours of a core curriculum that is interdisciplinary and forms the basis of a common core in UVS Certificate and 9 hours of discipline specific curriculum. A combined GPA of 3.0 or better must be earned on all courses used to satisfy the certificate requirements.

Admission Criteria for the M.S. Programs

Applicants for the M.S. programs must hold an appropriate baccalaureate degree and must meet the unconditional admission criteria described below.  Applicants not meeting all criteria may be given a probationary or provisional admission.

Unconditional Admission Criteria

Unconditional Admission into the M. S. programs 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 3.0 in all prior graduate work.
  • A minimum score of 155 on the GRE Quantitative section and 146 on the GRE 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 gives to students with appropriate work experience.

For applicants with no prior training in engineering, the same minimum admission criteria will apply. In addition, their records will be reviewed in relation to the intended program of study, and specific remedial work may be required.

The acceptance of applicants who have already received a master's degree in engineering, other than industrial engineering, will be based on the above-mentioned minimum criteria and results of graduate work.

Performance on the GRE will not be the sole criterion for admitting applicants or denying admission to the master's program.  In cases where GRE performance does not meet the minimum requirements, all other qualifications presented by the applicant will be carefully evaluated for evidence of potential for success.

Probationary Admission

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.

Provisional Admission

An applicant unable to supply all required official documentation prior to the admission deadline, but whose available documentation otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission.

Deferral

The admission decision is deferred if the program is at capacity or sufficient information is not available to make an admission decision.

Denial

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.

Continuation

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 their 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. Appeal of a decision on continuation may be made through normal procedures outlined in the section of this catalog entitled "Grievances Other than Grades."

Requirements for the M.S. in Industrial Engineering

The M.S. degree in Industrial Engineering requires 30 hours of coursework beyond the baccalaureate degree for the non-thesis option, 27 hours of coursework plus a 3 hour capstone for the thesis substitute option, and 24 hours of coursework plus 6 hours of research for the thesis option.  The program includes such courses as:

  • Probability and Statistics
  • Regression Analysis
  • Operations Research
  • Engineering Economy
  • Quality Systems
  • Simulation and Optimization
  • Metrics and Measurement 
  • Production and Inventory Control Systems
  • Metrics and Measurement
  • Human Engineering
  • Facilities Planning and Design

Fast Track Program for a M.S. in Industrial Engineering

The Fast Track Program enables outstanding UT Arlington senior undergraduate students in Industrial Engineering to satisfy degree requirements leading to a master's degree in Industrial Engineering while completing their undergraduate studies. When senior-level students are within 15 hours of completing their undergraduate degree requirements, they may take up to 6 hours of approved senior level coursework designated by the Industrial Engineering Program to satisfy both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements. In the limiting case, a student completing the maximum allowable hours (6) while in undergraduate status would have to take only 24 additional masters level hours to meet minimum requirements for graduation.

Interested UT Arlington undergraduate Industrial Engineering students should apply to the Fast Track Program just prior to beginning their last 30 hours of their bachelor's degree. They must have completed at least 30 hours at UTA, achieving an overall GPA of 3.0 or better in all work done at UTA. Additionally, they must have completed 9 hours of specified foundation courses with a minimum GPA of 3.3 in those courses. Contact the Undergraduate Advisor or Graduate Advisor in Industrial Engineering for more information about the program.

Requirements for the M.S. in Systems Engineering

The M.S. degree in Systems Engineering requires 30 hours of coursework beyond the baccalaureate degree. The program includes such courses as:

  • Introduction to Systems Engineering
  • Requirements Engineering
  • Systems Architecture and Design
  • Management of Complex Systems
  • Advanced Operations Research
  • Advanced Engineering Statistics
  • Simulation and Optimization
  • Enterprise Engineering Methods
  • Engineering Management
  • Project Management
  • Advanced Engineering Economy
  • Management of Knowledge and Technology

Requirements for M.S. the in Engineering Management

The M.S. degree in Engineering Management requires 30 hours of coursework beyond the baccalaureate degree. The coursework is divided between the College of Business and the College of Engineering. The program includes such courses as:

  • Accounting Analysis
  • Engineering Management
  • Engineering Economics
  • Product Management
  • Project Management
  • Management of Knowledge and Technology
  • Statistics
  • Technology Development and Deployment

Requirements for M.S. in Logistics

Note:  The M.S. Logistics program is closed to new students.

The M.S. degree in Logistics requires 30 hours of coursework beyond the baccalaureate degree. The coursework is divided between the College of Business and the College of Engineering. The program includes such courses as:

  • Probability and Statistics
  • Operations Research
  • Production and Inventory Control
  • Production Systems Design
  • Enterprise Modeling
  • Logistics Information Systems
  • Logistics Transportation Systems Design
  • Logistics Distribution Systems Design
  • Business Logistics
  • Purchasing and Materials Management
  • Supply Chain Management 

Final Comprehensive Examination

A final comprehensive examination is required for each master's candidate.  It is taken in the last semester of the student’s program of study.

Transfer Credit

A student may transfer a maximum of 6 hours of graduate coursework from engineering, science, or business to the M.S. programs in the Department of Industrial, Manufacturing, & Systems Engineering.  The coursework must be appropriate for the degree program.   

Certificate in Unmanned Vehicle Systems

The Graduate Certificate in UVS (Unmanned Vehicle Systems) is offered through the Industrial, Manufacturing, and Systems Engineering Department and will focus on educating graduate students in skills required to design and develop UVS which will include the development and operation of Unmanned Aerial Systems, Unmanned Ground Systems, and Unmanned Maritime Systems.  The program aims to provide the UVS industry with a trained and knowledgeable workforce while at the same time training the participants and providing the skills required to advance their career.  The IMSE Graduate Certificate in UVS is offered as a standalone certification.  Similar Graduate Certificate in UVS programs are offered in the Mechanical and Aerospace, Electrical, and Computer Science Departments.  This multidisciplinary program consists of two common classes that are taken by all students from all of the participating disciplines.  Three additional specified classes complete the requirements for the certificate.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Admission into the Graduate Certificate in UVS requires:

  • A Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or current enrollment in an engineering graduate degree program at UTA with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Those who desire to complete the certificate program without enrolling in a graduate degree program must:
    1. Be admitted to UTA as a non-degree seeking student.
    2. Provide an essay detailing the applicant's background and skills as pertaining to UVS, his/her interest in a specific domain, and his/her expected benefit from completing this program.
    3. Provide two recommendation letters explaining how the applicant will contribute to the certificate program and how he/she will benefit by completing the program.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Admission into the Graduate Certificate in UVS requires:

Students must complete 15 hours of coursework and maintain 3.0 grade point average or better in the five program courses.  Course requirements are managed by the certificate program advisor.

Admission Criteria for the Ph.D. Program

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.  

Probationary Admission

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.

Provisional Admission

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.

Deferral

The admission decision is deferred if the program is at capacity or sufficient information is not available to make an admission decision.

Denial

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.

Continuation

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. 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 PhD Program

The BS to PhD track in Industrial Engineering requires 48 credit hours of coursework and additional credit hours of dissertation/research coursework.