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Vol LXXXVII - July 2004
Graduate Catalog 2004-2006
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     Note: This Catalog is superseded by the 2005-2006 Catalog.

Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

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D.H. Liles
420 Wolff Hall

Admission Criteria | Continuation | Degree Requirements | Courses: IE

Area of Study and Degrees

Industrial Engineering

M.S., M.Engr., Ph.D.

Master's Degree Plans

Thesis, Thesis Substitute and Non-Thesis


D.H. Liles
420 Woolf Hall, 817.272.3092

Graduate Advisor

H.W. Corley
420 Woolf Hall, 817.272.3092

Graduate Faculty


Corley, Liles, Priest

Associate Professors

Chen, Huff, Imrhan, Rogers

Assistant Professor


Senior Lecturer



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 specialize in a particular area. A student pursuing a master's or doctoral degree may specialize in any area of industrial engineering such as General Industrial Engineering, Operations Research and Applied Statistics, Manufacturing Systems, Logistics, Enterprise Systems, and Enterprise Management.

The Department also participates in a college-wide Manufacturing Certificate program. In addition, the Master's of Logistics Program and the Master's of Engineering Management Program are offered in partnership with the College of Business Administration. The Logistics and Engineering Management Programs, as well as the certificate programs, are discussed elsewhere in this catalog.

Admission Criteria

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

For applicants with no prior training in engineering, the same minimum 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 will be based on the above-mentioned minimum criteria and results of graduate work.

Unconditional Admission Criteria

Unconditional Admission into the M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Industrial Engineering is granted if all of the following conditions are met.

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 9 hours completed at UTA. Other conditions, such as deficiency courses, may be specified by the Graduate Advisor.


The admission decision is deferred if insufficient information is available.


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.


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, 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

Students with degrees in other engineering disciplines may qualify for graduate study in industrial engineering after the completion of prescribed deficiency courses. Entering graduate students who are not proficient in engineering economy, probability and statistics, operations research, or industrial engineering design and analysis may be required to take deficiency courses to provide an appropriate background for graduate study in industrial engineering. For applicants with no prior training in engineering, the same deficiency courses will apply. In addition, courses in mathematics, physics, computer science, and basic engineering may be required.

Each graduate student will be required to take six courses as part of an industrial engineering core curriculum. The rest of the student's program will be elective, subject to the approval of the student's supervisory committee. The core curriculum is as follows:

  1. Three hours of coursework in probability and statistics approved by the graduate advisor.
  2. Three hours of coursework in operations research approved by the graduate Advisor.
  3. Three hours of coursework in engineering economy approved by the Graduate Advisor.
  4. Nine hours of industrial engineering design approved by the Graduate Advisor.

A final examination covering the coursework is required for each master's candidate. In the option involving a thesis, this final examination will be oral and will also cover the thesis. The final examination involved in the other two options will be written and/or oral.

Master of Science

The Master of Science Degree is a 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."

Doctor of Philosophy

The Ph.D. degree should normally require four years of full-time study or less after completion of the BS degree. A student's program will consist of coursework, independent study, and a dissertation in fields 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 the necessary courses to establish a background in science, mathematics, and engineering. Ph.D. requirements are listed in the catalog section entitled "Advanced Degrees and Requirements."

The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; completing course requirements in a later semester cannot change it. To receive credit for an R-graded course, the student must continue to enroll in the course until a passing grade is received.

An incomplete grade (the grade of X) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded X. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an X, the student must complete the course requirements. Enrolling again in the course in which an X was earned cannot change a grade of X. At the discretion of the instructor, a final grade can be assigned through a change of grade form.

Three-hour thesis courses and three- and six-hour dissertation courses are graded R/F/W only (except social work thesis courses). The grade of P (required for degree completion for students enrolled in thesis or dissertation programs) can be earned only in six- or nine-hour thesis courses and nine-hour dissertation courses. In the course listings below, R-graded courses are designated either "Graded P/F/R" or "Graded R." Occasionally, the valid grades for a course change. Students should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor or instructor for valid grade information for particular courses. (See also the sections titled "R" Grade, Credit for Research, Internship, Thesis or Dissertation Courses and Incomplete Grade in this catalog.)

Courses in Industrial Engineering (IE)

Course fee information is published in the online Student Schedule of Classes. Please refer to www.uta.edu/schedule for a detailed listing of specific course fees.

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