Graduate Catalog  2006-2007
     Note: This Catalog was published in August 2006 and supersedes the 2005-2006 Catalog.
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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
Gary M. Cole, M.A., Vice President for Development
Ron Elsenbaumer, Ph.D., Vice President for Research
John D. Hall, B.B.A., Vice President for Administration and Campus Operations
Frank Lamas, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs
Suzanne Montague, M.B.A., Vice President for Information Technology
Amy Schultz, Interim Vice President for Communications
Rusty Ward, M.S., Vice President for Business Affairs and Controller

Administrative Officers of Academic Units

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

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 approximately 25,000 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, School 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 to award baccalaureate, masterís and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation status of The University of Texas at Arlington.

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 ten-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, Fax: 817.272.5806. E-mail: For policy and additional information visit Web site:

Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct and Consensual Relationships Policy

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, Fax 817.272.5806. E-mail: For policy and additional information visit Web site:

UT Arlington/Fort Worth Center

UTA/Fort Worth strives to serve 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 has partnered with Tarrant County College (TCC) and now offers select UTA junior/ senior level Business Administration classes on TCC Northeast and Northwest campuses that lead to a BBA degree in Management.

UTA/Fort Worth offers master's degree programs tailored for working professionals. The cohort-based Accelerated MBA program starts each fall semester and takes 28 months to complete. The cohort-based Master of Science in Health Care Administration spans 24 months. The Master of Science in Engineering Management is also cohort in nature and takes 24 months from start to finish. The Scholars of Practice program is uniquely designed for graduate students seeking the Master of Education degree with Texas principal certification. This field-based administrator preparation experience spans five consecutive university semesters over a eighteen-month period. The Master of Science in Social Work is a cohort-based program for working professionals who want to get an MSSW degree with a concentration in Children and Families. These students will complete a 64-hour program. Systems Engineering courses are offered by the College of Engineering throughout the academic year. These UTA/Fort Worth Center programs and course offering are the highest quality and most affordable of their kind in the Tarrant County region.

In addition, UTA/Fort Worth provides non-credit professional development short courses, focused on cross-industry workplace needs, including: corporate ethics and values, teamwork, customer service, diversity and career survival.

UTA/Fort Worth is conveniently located 10 minutes east of downtown Fort Worth. The campus is situated between Randol Mill and Trinity Blvd., just west of East Loop 820, north of I-30, and South of 121. The address is 7300 Jack Newell Blvd. S., Fort Worth, TX 76118. 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 that 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. These include 24/7/365 technical support, digital library and online academic support. Several of the degree programs offered via the UT TeleCampus are collaborative with multiple UT campuses offering courses toward a single degree. To learn more about online collaborative programs and to view course offerings and descriptions please link to the UT TeleCampus at

With questions, please contact our support staff via e-mail at or toll-free phone at 1-888-TEXAS-16. Staff is available to assist you Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


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