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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 prepares a dissertation
Ph.D. Course Requirements

All students in the IE Ph.D. program must satisfy the following course requirements:

  1. Deficiency courses: Undergraduate level courses to be specified in writing by the Graduate Advisor.
  2. Common core: 9 hours of IE core courses for the diagnostic examination.
    1. IE 5301 – Advanced Operations Research
    2. IE 5304 – Advanced Engineering Economy
    3. IE 5318 – Applied Regression Analysis
  3. Breadth courses: At least 3 hours in each of the 5 following categories.
    1. Traditional IE:
      1. IE 5303 – Quality Systems
      2. IE 5322 – Simulation and Optimization
      3. IE 5329 – Production and Inventory Control Systems
      4. IE 5342 – Metrics and Measurements
      5. IE 6302 – Facilities Planning and Design
    2. Manufacturing Systems:
      1. IE 5310 – Production System Design
      2. IE 5312 – Planning and Control Enterprise Systems
      3. IE 5320 – Enterprise Engineering Methods
      4. IE 5321 – Enterprise Analysis and Design
      5. IE 5330 – Automation and Advanced Manufacturing
      6. IE 5333 – Logistics Transportation Systems Design
      7. IE 5334 – Logistics Distribution Systems Design
      8. IE 5339 – Product Design, Development, Producibility, and Reliability Design
      9. IE 6310 – Industrial Robot Applications
    3. Human Factors:
      1. IE 5314 – Safety Engineering
      2. IE 5326 – Industrial Biomechanics
      3. IE 5331 – Industrial Ergonomics
      4. IE 5335 – Advanced Occupational Environmental Hygiene Engineering
      5. IE 5338 – Human Engineering
    4. Advanced Analytics
      1. IE 5305 – Linear Programming
      2. IE 5306 – Dynamic Optimization
      3. IE 5307 – Queuing Theory
      4. IE 5309 – Stochastic Processes
      5. IE 5311 – Decision Analysis
      6. IE 5319 – Advanced Statistical Process Control and Time Series Analysis
      7. IE 5332 – Nonlinear Programming
      8. IE 6303 – Combinatorial Analysis
      9. IE 6308 – Design of Experiments
      10. IE 6309 – Response Surface Methodology and Computer Experiments
    5. Systems Engineering/Engineering Management:
      1. IE 5351 – Introduction to Systems Engineering
      2. IE 5352 – Systems Engineering I
      3. IE 5353 – Systems Engineering II
      4. IE 5354 – Systems Engineering III
      5. IE 5345 – Management of Knowledge and Technology
      6. IE 5346 – Technology Deployment and Development
      7. IE 6305 – Engineering Management I
      8. IE 6306 – Engineering Management II

4. Depth courses: At least 24 hours of other coursework as determined by the supervising committee.

5. Research credits: At least 18 hours of research hours (6x97).

6. Dissertation credits: At least 9 hours of dissertation (6x99).  These 9 hours may be spread over two semesters as 6699 followed by 7399.

7. Waived credits: Up to 30 hours of M.S.-level organized coursework may be waived to meet any of the above organized coursework requirements.  Waived courses must meet the approval of the Graduate Advisor and the student’s Supervising Professor.

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 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.


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

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