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Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of the most common questions that prospective graduate students ask us. (Undergraduate students can also refer to the College of Engineering’s FAQ.)

Admission Questions

  • What are the admission requirements for your graduate and PhD programs?
  • Which tests are required for admission into IMSE’s graduate programs?
  • What if my GRE scores and GPA are not very good?
  • What percentage of applicants are accepted?
  • When are the admission decisions made?
  • How do I find my admission status?
  • What do I need to do after I’m admitted?
  • What if I still have questions about the admission procedures?

Application Procedures

  • How do I apply?
  • What are the application deadlines?
  • Where do I need to send my official application documents (such as transcript, GRE scores, TOEFL scores, IELTS, etc.)
  • What do I need to score on my TOEFL / IELTS?
  • My native language is not English but all of my schooling was done in English. Do I still need to provide a TOEFL score?
  • Are recommendation letters or a statement of purpose required?
  • What if I want to change, update, or reactivate my application?

Registration and Classes

  • What courses does the IMSE Department offer?
  •  When are IMSE courses offered?
  • How do new students register for classes?
  • How many classes can I transfer?
  • Are IE programs and classes available on a part-time or on-line basis?

Scholarships and Assistantships

  • What kind of job opportunities will be available when I graduate?
  • Are there any teaching (GTA) and research assistantships (GRA) opportunities available?
  • What are my on-campus job options?

UTA and IMSE Department

  • What is the information on the new student orientation?
  • How much is tuition?
  • How many students are in your program?
  • What does the University of Texas at Arlington look like?
  • I’m a new international student. Where can I get more information?

Admission Questions

  • What are the admission requirements for your graduate and PhD programs?
  • Which tests are required for admission into IMSE’s graduate programs?
    • Our programs require GRE and TOEFL (if English is not your first language or you have not received a degree from a US university) Minimum scores are listed under the admission requirements.

    • UT Arlington's code for submitting GRE and TOEFL scores is: 6013.

  • What if my GRE scores and GPA are not very good?
    • Students applying for the Master's or PhD program who do not meet the requirements of the unconditional admission can be admitted on a probationary admission with conditions specified by their Graduate Advisor.

  • What percentage of applicants are accepted?
    • There are no limits to the number of students we accept. If you meet the unconditional admissions requirements for your program, then you will be accepted. We also accept students on a probationary status for those who do not meet all the unconditional requirements, but have shown that they can succeed in our program. The Graduate Advisor will have to evaluate your credentials and the student would have to meet certain conditions in order to remain in the program.

  • When are the admission decisions made?
    • Our graduate advisors process applications as they are received, and make decisions on a rolling basis.  Do not ask to expedite your application.  Typical decision time can vary from two weeks to two months.

  • How do I find my admission status?
    • Please check your admission decision in your MyMav student center.  An official admission offer letter will also be sent to your physical address. 

  • What do I need to do after I’m admitted?
  • What if I still have questions about the admission procedures?
    • The admission website has an interactive FAQ that will answer most of your admission questions.

Application Procedures

  • How do I apply?
  • What are the application deadlines?
  • Where do I need to send my official application documents (such as transcript, GRE scores, TOEFL scores, IELTS, etc.)
    • Official documents with your name and student ID must be sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Office. We do not accept electronic copies, and the graduate school will not evaluate an unofficial document toward an application. No conditional admission will be granted without GRE scores.

 UTA Graduate Admissions
701 S Nedderman Dr.
Arlington TX 76019 / USA
  • What do I need to score on my TOEFL / IELTS?
    • For unconditional admission for the graduate program, a student would need to score a minimum 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. Students applying for the Master's or PhD program who do not meet the requirements of the unconditional admission can be admitted on a probationary admission with conditions specified by their Graduate Advisor.

  • My native language is not English but all of my schooling was done in English. Do I still need to provide a TOEFL score?
    • Graduate Studies requires an applicant whose native language is not English to submit a TOEFL score, unless he or she holds a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a US Institution.

  • Are recommendation letters or a statement of purpose required?
    • Although the Apply Texas application asks for contact information for recommendations, our department does not use this information.  For our masters programs, recommendation letters and a statement of purpose are fully optional.  Our PhD program requires three recommendation letters. 

    • If you choose to send recommendation letters, a statement of purpose, or other supplementary documents, please include your student ID and name on all documents and send them directly to our department.

IMSE Department
Attn: Admissions
500 West First Street
Woolf Hall, Room 420
Arlington, TX 76019
  • What if I want to change, update, or reactivate my application?
    • Please complete this online form.  Some changes may have fee. 

Registration and Classes

  • What courses does the IMSE Department offer?
  •  When are IMSE courses offered?
    • Our website has a copy of the most recent schedule in addition to a plan for course offerings until 2019.  The most accurate class schedule is the “Class Search” option on MyMav.

  • How do new students register for classes?
    • All new students must attend the IMSE Department orientation, which is usually a week before the first day of class. (Exact dates will be posted on our website).  At the orientation, you will be advised, given permission, and have your department advising hold removed to enroll yourself in classes through MyMav.

    • International students must also attend the orientation for the Office of International Education.

  • How many classes can I transfer?
    • You may transfer credit, but in general, no more than 6 hours of graduate credit will be transferred into our department. Please complete this form. Transfer equivalencies cannot be made before a student is admitted

  • Are IE programs and classes available on a part-time or on-line basis?
    • IE students are permitted to attend classes on a part-time basis. Similarly, students may take classes online, which is especially recommended for our working students. All of our programs are available online

Scholarships and Assistantships

  • What kind of job opportunities will be available when I graduate?
    • UT Arlington is in the middle of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, a major industrial center, which provides our students the opportunity to interact with local industry. We post these openings on our Facebook page, Twitter and the IMSE website

  • Are there any teaching (GTA) and research assistantships (GRA) opportunities available?
    • New PhD students are automatically considered for a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) or Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) position, according to the information on your submitted applications. For GRA awards, you may also contact the professor with whom you want to work and let him/her know your interests and qualifications. Our research faculty look for students with research experience or special skills that are useful in IE research. Publications in refereed journals or conference proceedings strengthen your case.

    • Students already in an IMSE graduate program must apply for a GTA position  in the semester before they wish to start (Fall semester applications are due in April; Spring applications are due in Novemeber).

  • What are my on-campus job options?
    • UTA has multiple on-campus jobs, which are flexible to students' schedules: 

UTA and IMSE Department

  • What is the information on the new student orientation?
    • You must attend the IMSE Department's Spring 2017 orientation on:

Thursday, January 12, 9:00am

Nedderman Hall, Room 100

    • The orientation will last approximately 1.5 hours. Afterward, MSIE students will be advised by Dr. Leboulluec. PhDIE students will be advised by Dr. Imrhan for their courses. MS Systems Engineering, MS Logistics, and MS Engineering Management students will be advised by Dr. Liles.  


    • Please bring your own laptop computer.
  • How much is tuition?
    • The average cost of tuition can be found here

  • How many students are in your program?
    • In Spring 2015, we had 610 students enrolled in our undergraduate and graduate programs. There were 180 undergraduate students, 389 master's students, and 41 doctoral students.

  • What does the University of Texas at Arlington look like?
  • I’m a new international student. Where can I get more information?
    • The Office of International Education provides assistance specific to international students, including this FAQ.

For more questions, please refer to the University-wide Catalog of Requirements and Policies.