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Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering

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
Ph.D. Course Requirements

Typically, 60 semester hours of approved organized course work beyond the baccalaureate degree are required (24 beyond the MSIE degree). 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 18 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 60 hours of organized coursework. There is no foreign language requirement.

  • Entering graduate students with an acceptable non-IE MS degree must complete:
    • Any required deficiency courses to be specified in writing by the Graduate Advisor.
    • 18 hours of IE core and application courses.
    • At least 24 hours of advanced courses.
    • At least 18 hours of research hours (6x97).
    • 9 hours of dissertation (6x99). These 9 hours may be spread over two semesters as 6699 followed by 7399.
  • Entering graduate students with the MSIE degree from UTA must complete:
    • At least 24 hours of advanced coursework, as required by the supervising committee.
    • At least 18 hours of research hours (6x97).
    • 9 hours of dissertation (6x99). These 9 hours may be spread over two semesters as 6699 followed by 7399.

      Note: In addition to the above courses, students with any other MS degree (Engineering Management, Logistics, or Systems Engineering) from the UTA IMSE department must take all IE core courses (IE 5301, IE 5304, IE 5318) not already taken, plus deficiency courses as assigned by the Graduate Advisor or Ph.D. supervisory committee.

  • Entering graduate students with an IE MS degree from another university must complete:
    • Any IE core courses (from IE 5301, IE 5304, IE 5318) needed to take the diagnostic examination.
    • At least 24 hours of advanced courses as required by the supervising committee.
    • At least 18 hours of research hours (6x97).
    • 9 hours of dissertation (6x99). These 9 hours may be spread over two semesters as 6699 followed by 7399.
  • B.S. students entering the PhD program directly must complete:
    • Any required deficiency courses to be specified in writing by the Graduate Advisor
    • At least 18 hours of IE core and application courses for the diagnostic examination.
    • At least 30 hours of other coursework as determined by the supervising committee.
    • At least 18 hours of research hours (6x97).
    • 9 hours of dissertation (6x99). These 9 hours may be spread over two semesters as 6699 followed by 7399.

      Note: Students may apply for the MSIE degree upon completing 36 hours of course work and passing the diagnostic examination.

Diagnostic Evaluation

After the completion of 18 hours of course work above the Master’s degree, the student must demonstrate the potential to complete the PhD 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.

Supervisory Committee

After the successful completion of the diagnostic evaluation, a student must start working on the dissertation and complete course work requirements. The student and the Graduate Advisor will select a doctoral supervisory committee. The committee will consist of at least three members from IMSE. 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 three members of the graduate faculty. Members external to UT Arlington must be in addition to these three graduate faculty members and must be approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Comprehensive Examination

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.

Dissertation Defense

The dissertation represents the culmination of the student's academic efforts. The dissertation demonstrates original, independent research and makes 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.

Admissions Criteria
Ph.D Industrial Engineering

Unconditional Admission

Unconditional admission into Ph.D. program is granted if all 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
  • A minimum total score of 155 on the GRE Quantitative section and 150 on the GRE Verbal section (700 and 450, respectively, in 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

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.