Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering - Graduate Programs

Programs in Industrial Engineering

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 master's or doctoral degree may concentrate 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.

In addition, the department offers the Master of Science in Systems Engineering Program. The Department also participates in a college-wide Manufacturing Certificate program. The Master of Science in Logistics Program and the Master of Science in Engineering Management Program are offered in partnership with the College of Business Administration.

Program in Systems Engineering

The Systems Engineering program is designed to provide students with both the 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 customer requirements and concept through 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, enables better system performance and reduces the likelihood of unintended consequences.

Students may obtain a Master of Science in Systems Engineering and then pursue a PhD in Industrial Engineering with a focus on Systems Engineering.

Program 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.

Program 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.

Logistics is an interdisciplinary field of study which comprises the entire set of functions associated with the flow of goods, information, and payments among suppliers and consumers from organization of raw material to final recycling or disposal of finished goods. The integration of engineering and business content is done in a fashion that prepares an experienced professional engineer or manager for a leadership role in planning, developing, implementing and managing the firm's logistics and supply chain capabilities in the global marketplace. The overall purpose of the Logistics Program at UT Arlington is to provide graduates with the understanding needed to manage the firm's logistics and supply chain systems and infrastructure and to accomplish the organization's operational, strategic and competitive objectives.

Admission Criteria for Master's Program in Industrial Engineering

Applicants for the master's degree who hold a baccalaureate degree in engineering must meet the general minimum requirements described below. Applicants not meeting all criteria may be admitted on a probationary basis.

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 the primary criterion to deny 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.

Unconditional Admission Criteria

Unconditional Admission into the M.S. Industrial Engineering program 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 148 on the GRE Quantitative section and 146 on the GRE Verbal section (600 and 400, respectively, on the old scale).
  • A minimum score of 500 on the handwritten TOEFL (213 on the computer-based version, or 79 on the TOEFL iBT, or 6.5 on the IELTS) if English is not the applicant's native language.
  • Adequate preparation in mathematics, science, and industrial engineering.

Probationary Admission Criteria

Prospective students not meeting the conditions for unconditional admission may be granted probationary admission if their GPA is at least 2.6 and if their qualifications indicate a potential for success. Deficiency coursework in IE, mathematics, or other courses relevant to the IE degree program may be required, at the discretion of the graduate advisor. Probationary status may be cleared by satisfying all deficiency requirements and achieving a GPA of at least 3.0 in the first two semester of graduate work.

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 sufficient information is not available to make an admission decision.

Denial

Prospective master's students with a GPA below 2.6 may be denied admission at the discretion of the Graduate Advisor. The Graduate Advisor may grant probationary admission if other factors suggest a potential for success in the graduate program.

Continuation

The Industrial Engineering Graduate Program, in fulfillment of its responsibility to graduate highly qualified professional engineers, has established certain policies and procedures. In addition to requirements of the Graduate School listed elsewhere, to continue in the program toward graduation each industrial engineering graduate student must:

  1. Maintain at least a B (3.0) overall GPA in all coursework taken as a graduate student and in the MSIE program , and
  2. Demonstrate suitability for professional engineering practice.

At such time as questions are raised by industrial engineering 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 Industrial Engineering. 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."

Degree Requirements for Master's Program in Industrial Engineering

The MS degree in Industrial Engineering requires 36 hours of coursework beyond the baccalaureate degree in Industrial Engineering for the non-thesis option, and 24 hours plus a thesis for the thesis option.

Engineering students without a baccalaureate industrial engineering degree must take seven or eight courses (21 or 24 credit hours) for the industrial engineering core curriculum. The remaining 12 or 15 hours will be IE electives. For the thesis option, these students must satisfy all core course requirements, in addition to the thesis. The core curriculum is as follows:

  1. Three hours of of introductory Industrial Engineering coursework for students without a baccalaureate industrial engineering degree.
  2. Three hours of coursework in engineering statistics approved by the graduate advisor.
  3. Three hours of coursework in operations research approved by the graduate advisor.
  4. Three hours of coursework in engineering economy approved by the graduate advisor.
  5. Twelve hours of industrial engineering design approved by the graduate advisor.

A final comprehensive examination is required for each master's candidate. For the thesis option, the examination will be oral and will cover the thesis. For the non-thesis option, the examination will be written.

Master of Science

The Master of Science Degree is a 36 credit hour research-oriented program which consists of a thesis option, thesis-substitute option, and a non-thesis option. M.S. degree requirements are given under the catalog section entitled "Advanced Degrees and Requirements."

Master of Engineering

The Master of Engineering Degree is an engineering practice-oriented program. The degree is a 36 credit-hour program in which a maximum of six credit hours may be earned by an acceptable design project report, internship, or additional coursework. Applicants for this degree must have a baccalaureate degree in an engineering discipline. M.E. degree requirements are given under the catalog section entitled "Advanced Degrees and Requirements."

Fast Track Program for a Master's Degree 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 9 hours of 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 (9) while in undergraduate status would have to take only 27 additional hours to meet minimum requirements for graduation.

Interested UT Arlington undergraduate Industrial Engineering students should apply to the Industrial Engineering Program when they are within 30 hours of completing their bachelor's degrees. 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 and in the last 30 hours. 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.

Admission Criteria for M.S. in Systems Engineering

Unconditional Admission

Unconditional admission into the M.S. Systems Engineering program 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 or prior graduate work.
  • A minimum score of 148 on the GRE Quantitative section and 146 on the GRE Verbal section (600 and 400, respectively, on the old scale).
  • A minimum score of 500 on the handwritten TOEFL (213 on the computer-based version, or 79 on the TOEFL iBT, or 6.5 on the IELTS) if English is not the applicant's native language.
  • Adequate preparation in mathematics, science, and engineering, or other appropriate field.
  • A minimum of two years of industry experience.

Probationary Admission Criteria

Prospective students who do not meet the conditions for unconditional admission are granted probationary admission if their GPA is 2.6 or greater. Students granted probationary admission must achieve a GPA of at least 3.0 for the first two semesters completed at UTA. Unconditional admission may then be granted. Other conditions, such as deficiency courses, may be specified by the Graduate Advisor.

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 sufficient information is not available.

Denial

Prospective students with a GPA below 2.6 may be denied admission at the discretion of the Graduate Advisor. The Graduate Advisor may grant probationary admission if other factors suggest a potential for success in the graduate program. Denial will not be based solely or primarily on GRE performance. In cases where test performance is relatively poor, all other qualifications presented by the applicant will be carefully evaluated for evidence of potential for success in the program.

Degree Requirements for M.S. in Systems Engineering

The M.S. degree in Systems Engineering requires 36 hours of coursework. The coursework is in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering. The program includes such courses as:

  • Introduction to Systems Engineering
  • Systems Engineering I
  • Systems Engineering II
  • Systems Engineering III
  • Advanced Operations Research
  • Advanced Engineering Statistics
  • Simulation and Optimization
  • Enterprise Engineering Methods
  • Enterprise Architectures and Frameworks
  • Engineering Management I
  • Engineering Management II
  • Project Management
  • Advanced Engineering Economy
  • Management of Knowledge and Technology

Admission Requirements for M.S. in Engineering Management

Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree in science, mathematics, engineering or other appropriate field.

Unconditional Admission

Unconditional admission into the Engineering Management Program 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 or and in all prior graduate work.
  • A minimum score of 148 on the GRE Quantitative section and 146 on the GRE Verbal section (600 and 400, respectively, on the old scale).
  • A minimum score of 500 on the handwritten TOEFL (213 on the computer-based version, or 79 on the TOEFL iBT, or 6.5 on the IELTS) if English is not the applicant's native language.
  • Adequate preparation in mathematics, science, and engineering or other appropriate field. Industrial experience is preferred.

Probationary Admission Criteria

Prospective Engineering Management students not meeting the conditions for unconditional admission may be granted probationary admission if their GPA is 2.6 or greater. Students granted probationary admission must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 for the first two semesters completed at UT Arlington. Other conditions, such as deficiency courses, may be specified by the Graduate Advisor.

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 insufficient information is available.

Denial

Prospective students with a GPA below 2.6 may be denied admission at the discretion of the Graduate Advisor. The Graduate Advisor may grant probationary admission if other factors suggest a potential for success in the graduate program.

Degree Requirements for M.S. in Engineering Management

The M.S. degree in Engineering Management requires 36 hours of coursework. The coursework is divided between the Department of Information Systems and Operations Management and the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering. The program includes such courses as:

  • Accounting Analysis
  • Engineering Management
  • Engineering Economics
  • Management Sciences
  • Quality Management
  • Product Management
  • Project Management
  • Management of Knowledge and Technology
  • Simulation and Optimization
  • Technology Development and Deployment

Admission Requirements for M.S. in Logistics

Unconditional Admission

Unconditional admission into the M.S. Logistics program 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 or prior graduate work.
  • A minimum score of 148 on the GRE Quantitative section and 146 on the GRE Verbal section (600 and 400, respectively, on the old scale) or 500 on the GMAT.
  • A minimum score of 500 on the handwritten TOEFL (213 on the computer-based version, or 79 on the TOEFL iBT, or 6.5 on the IELTS) if English is not the applicant's native language.
  • Adequate preparation in mathematics, science, and engineering or other appropriate field, and three years of experience.

Probationary Admission Criteria

Prospective students not meeting the conditions for unconditional admission may be granted probationary admission if their GPA is 2.6 or greater. Students granted probationary admission must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 for the first two semesters completed at UT Arlington. Other conditions, such as deficiency courses, may be specified by the Graduate Advisor.

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 insufficient information is available.

Denial

Prospective students with a GPA below 2.6 may be denied admission at the discretion of the Graduate Advisor. The Graduate Advisor may grant probationary admission if other factors suggest a potential for success in the graduate program.

Degree Requirements for M.S. in Logistics

The M.S. degree in Logistics requires 36 hours of coursework. The coursework is divided between the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering and the Department of Information Systems and Operations Management. 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 Approved Electives

Doctor of Philosophy

The Ph.D. degree should normally require approximately four years or less of full-time study after completion of the BS degree. 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. 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 necessary courses to establish a background in science, mathematics, and engineering. Students with non-IE engineering degrees may be required to take deficiency IE courses. Ph.D. requirements are listed in the catalog section entitled "Advanced Degrees and Requirements."

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 work for Ph.D. students.
  • A minimum score of 155 on the GRE Quantitative section and 150 on the Verbal section (700and 450, respectively, on the old scale).
  • A minimum score of 500 on the handwritten TOEFL (213 on the computer-based version, or 79 on the TOEFL iBT, or 6.5 on the IELTS) if English is not the applicant's native language.
  • Adequate preparation in mathematics, science, and industrial engineering.

Probationary Admission Criteria

Prospective students not meeting the conditions for unconditional admission, but whose records otherwise indicate adequate preparation for starting the Ph.D. degree, may be granted probationary admission. Students granted probationary admission must achieve a GPA of at least 3.0 for the first two semesters as a doctoral student, after which unconditional admission may be granted, providing all other requirements for unconditional admissions are met. Other conditions, such as deficiency courses, may be specified by the Graduate Advisor.

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 sufficient information is not available.

Denial

Applicants who do not satisfy the conditions for any of the above categories of admission will be denied admission.

Continuation

The Industrial Engineering Graduate Program, in fulfillment of its responsibility to graduate highly qualified professional engineers, has established certain policies and procedures. In addition to requirements of the Graduate School listed elsewhere, to continue in the program each industrial engineering graduate student must:

  1. Maintain at least a B (3.0) overall GPA in all coursework taken as a graduate student and in all IE courses taken , and
  2. Demonstrate suitability for professional engineering practice.

At such time as questions are raised by industrial engineering 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 Industrial Engineering. 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

In addition to the basic PhD requirements, the BS to PhD track in Industrial Engineering requires 30 credit hours including 18 hours of diagnostic coursework, a three credit hour elective and 9 credit hours of research coursework.