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The University of Texas at Arlington
Graduate Catalog 2002-2004

The University of Texas at Arlington

Executive Officers

James D. Spaniolo, J.D., President
Dana Dunn, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Kent Gardner, Ed.D., Vice President for Student Affairs
Mark D. Martin, M.L.A., Vice President for Development
Rusty Ward, M.S., Vice President for Business Affairs and Controller
John D. Hall, B.B.A., Vice President for Administration and Campus Operations
Ron Elsenbaumer, Ph.D., Interim Vice President for Research
Suzanne Montague, M.B.A.., Interim Vice President for Information Technology

Administrative Officers of Academic Units

Donald F. Gatzke, M.Arch., Dean, School of Architecture
Daniel D. Himarios, Ph.D., Dean, College of Business Administration
Jeanne M. Gerlach, Ph.D., Ed.D., Dean, College of Education
Bill D. Carroll, Ph.D., Dean, College of Engineering
Philip Cohen, Ph.D., Dean of Graduate Studies
Robert F. McMahon, Ph.D., Dean, Honors College
Beth S. Wright, Interim Dean, College of Liberal Arts
Elizabeth Poster, Ph.D., Dean, School of Nursing
Neal J. Smatresk, Ph.D., Dean, College of Science
Santos H. Hernández, Ph.D., Dean, School of Social Work
Richard L. Cole, Ph.D., Dean, School of Urban and Public Affairs

Graduate School Officers

Philip Cohen, Ph.D., Dean of Graduate Studies
Raymond L. Jackson, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Graduate School

University Profile

The University of Texas at Arlington is located on a modern, 392-acre campus in the center of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. The 18-acre UTA/Fort Worth Campus, Fort Worth's first state-supported university campus, offers high-demand graduate level courses in several disciplines. UTA/Fort Worth also houses the Automation & Robotics Research Institute. A rapidly growing library, well-equipped engineering and science laboratories, several specialized research centers and joint programs with other institutions of The University of Texas System as well as with other regional and national academic and research institutions provide graduate students at U.T. Arlington with excellent opportunities for advanced study and research. The campus and Metroplex area offer a wide variety of cultural and recreational opportunities, including museums, concerts, ballet, theater, family recreation, professional sports and other interests.

Founded in 1895 as Arlington College, a private liberal arts institution, U.T. Arlington has changed with the times and its surroundings, undergoing a maturing process and a succession of names, ownerships and missions. In 1959, it was elevated to senior college status and, in 1965, was transferred from the Texas A&M System to The University of Texas System. Its final name change came in 1967, when it became The University of Texas at Arlington.

With an enrollment of more than 21,000 students, U.T. Arlington is the second largest of the 15 institutions in The University of Texas System. The student body has become increasingly diversified with students representing almost every state in the United States and more than 100 countries. Graduate students comprise approximately 25 percent of the total enrollment. The University's academic units include the College of Business Administration, College of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts and College of Science as well as the School of Architecture, College of Education, School of Nursing, School of Social Work, School of Urban and Public Affairs and the Graduate School.

U.T. Arlington has emerged as a comprehensive teaching, research and public service university offering an array of bachelor's, master's, doctoral and special professional degrees and certificates. Its history of achievement can be attributed to an accomplished faculty, a dedicated student body, an increasing number of successful alumni and the maturation of the Dallas/Fort Worth area as a nationally and internationally significant metropolis.

Mission Statement

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research, teaching, and public service institution whose mission is the advancement of knowledge and the pursuit of excellence. The University is committed to the promotion of lifelong learning through its academic and continuing education programs and to the formation of good citizenship through its community service learning programs. The diverse student body shares a wide range of cultural values and the University community fosters unity of purpose and cultivates mutual respect.

As a University, we affirm our commitment to the following objectives:


The University of Texas at Arlington is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia, 30033-4097; telephone 404-679-4501) to award bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.

In addition, many of U.T. Arlington's academic departments and schools have received national Accreditation from specific agencies. These Accreditations are detailed under the individual listings for departments and schools in this catalog.


The government of U.T. Arlington is vested in a nine-member Board of Regents of The University of Texas System, nominated by the governor and approved by the Senate. The Office of the Chancellor is the chief administrative office of The University of Texas System and is located in Austin. The chief administrative officer of U.T. Arlington is the president, under authority of the Office of the Chancellor of the U.T. System and the Board of Regents. A complete statement of the authority and duties of the Regents and of the several officers, together with an account of the organization of the system, is published in the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System.

Equal Opportunity Policy Statement

The University of Texas at Arlington complies with the Equal Pay Act of 1963, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 11246, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, 1990, the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974 and the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System.

It is the policy of The University of Texas at Arlington that to the extent provided by these applicable laws no person shall, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, disabilities or veteran status, be denied employment or admission, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of or subject to discrimination under, any program or activity that it sponsors or conducts. It is also the University's policy to maintain an environment free from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Inquiries concerning the application of this policy and complaints of discrimination should be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 710 S. Davis Drive, Office and Classroom Building (OCB), 817-272-2106. E-mail: Web site:

Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct and Consensual Relationships Policy

The University of Texas at Arlington is committed to an academic and working environment free from inappropriate conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment is a prohibited practice under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for employees as amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1973, and for students under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Sexual harassment, sexual misconduct and consensual relationships between faculty members and the students they currently teach or supervise, and between employees in positions of authority and their subordinates, are prohibited under University policy and are sanctionable.

Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, insults, sexual threats, innuendoes and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature under circumstances where: 1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment (or a student's status in a course, program or activity); 2) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an employee is used as a basis for employment decisions affecting the individual (or in the case of a student, it is used as a basis for academic or other decisions affecting a student); or 3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with the individual's employment (or the student's educational experience), or of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive academic environment.

Inappropriate sexual behavior should be reported to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 710 S. Davis Drive, Office and Classroom Building (OCB), 817-272-2106. E-mail: Web site:

UTA/Fort Worth Campus

The mission of UTA/Fort Worth is to be the state university that serves the Tarrant County region with excellence in accessible, state-of-the-art and affordable higher education. UTA/Fort Worth is committed to:

UTA/Fort Worth offers the Accelerated MBA for working professionals. This cohort-based program takes 28 months to complete. There is also a cohort-based Health Care Administration Master's Program that spans 24 months. These are the most affordable programs of their kind in the region.

In fall 2002, three new programs commence. Included is a master's degree in education, "Scholars of Practice," with Principal Certification. This degree curriculum prepares a teacher to become a principal. The second new program is the Master's in Engineering Management, often referred to as "an MBA for engineers." And UTA/Fort Worth will exclusively offer a Ph.D. in Urban and Public Administration, with an education emphasis. This degree program prepares an administrator/principal to become superintendent of a school district.

UTA/Fort Worth is conveniently 10 minutes east of downtown Fort Worth. The campus is located off the Randol Mill Exit of Loop 820, just north of the I-30/Loop 820 interchange. An abundance of parking is available. Please access UTA/Fort Worth's Web site,, for more information. The main information phone number is 817-272-5988.

UT TeleCampus

Launched in May 1998, the UT TeleCampus is a service-driven central support system for online education initiatives among the 15 U.T. System institutions. Students may complete online courses and degree programs entirely at a distance and meet the same high-quality academic standards as their on-site equivalents. The UT TeleCampus provides extensive student services in addition to online learning opportunities.

Key to the UT TeleCampus operations are the following guiding principles:

For more information on the UT TeleCampus and its offerings, visit


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