General Information & Regulations

The University of Texas at Arlington

University Officers

University Profile

Mission Statement



Equal Opportunity Policy

Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct and Consensual Relationships Policy

UT Arlington/Fort Worth Center

Center for Distance Education

University Officers

Executive Officers

Dr. Vistasp M. Karbhari, President

Ronald L. Elsenbaumer, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Carolyn L. Cason, Ph.D., Interim Vice President for Research and Federal Relations

John D. Hall, B.B.A., Vice President for Administration and Campus Operations

Jean M. Hood, B.S., Vice President for Human Resources

Frank Lamas, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs

James C. Lewis, M.B.A., Vice President for Development

Jerry Lewis, B.S., Vice President for Communications

Maurice Leatherbury, Ph.D., Vice President for Information Technology

Kelly Davis, B.B.A., Vice President for Business Affairs and Controller

Administrative Officers of Academic Units

Barbara Becker, Ph.D., Dean, School of Urban and Public Affairs

Jean-Pierre Bardet, Ph.D., Dean, College of Engineering

Philip Cohen, Ph.D., Dean of Graduate Studies

Donald F. Gatzke, M.Arch., Dean, School of Architecture

Jeanne Gerlach, Ph.D., Ed.D., Dean, College of Education

Daniel D. Himarios, Ph.D., Dean, College of Business

Pamela Jansma, Ph.D., Dean, College of Science

Michael Moore, Ph.D., Senior Vice Provost and Dean, Undergraduate Studies

Karl Petruso, Ph.D., Dean, Honors College

Scott D. Ryan, Ph.D., Dean, School of Social Work

Elizabeth Poster, Ph.D., Dean, School of Nursing

Rebeccal Bichel, M.L.I.S., Dean, Library

Beth S. Wright, Ph.D., Dean, College of Liberal Arts

Graduate School Officers

Raymond L. Jackson, Ph.D., Graduate Studies

University Profile

The University of Texas at Arlington is located in the heart of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, one of the fastest growing areas in the nation. UT Arlington is a Carnegie doctoral-extensive teaching, research and public service university offering an array of baccalaureate, master's, doctoral and professional degrees. A modern 392-acre campus a few blocks from downtown Arlington offers easy access to museums, concerts, ballet, theater, family recreation, professional sports and other amenities.

Founded in 1895 as Arlington College, a private liberal arts institution, UT Arlington has undergone a succession of names, ownerships and missions. The University was elevated to senior college status in 1959 and was transferred from the Texas A&M System to The University of Texas System in 1965. Its final name change came in 1967, when it became The University of Texas at Arlington.

The University of Texas at Arlington has an enrollment of about 34,000 students. The student body is diverse with students representing almost every state in the United States and more than 100 countries. The University's academic units include the School of Architecture, College of Business, College of Education and Health Professions, College of Engineering, Honors College, College of Liberal Arts, College of Nursing, College of Science, School of Social Work, and School of Urban and Public Affairs. Additionally, the Graduate School oversees the administration of academic programs beyond the baccalaureate level.

In response to societal needs, UT Arlington has evolved into a renowned university within the state and one of emerging position nationally and internationally. The University's history of achievement can be attributed to its outstanding faculty; a strong student body; a record of success by graduates in their respective fields; and the growth 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 is committed to comprehensive programs of academic research. This research effort requires attracting and retaining scholars who promote a culture of intellectual curiosity, rigorous inquiry, and high academic standards among their fellow faculty and the students they teach.
  • The University prepares students for full, productive lives and informed and active citizenship. To that end, we have developed undergraduate and graduate curricula and classroom practices that engage students actively in the learning process. Outside the classroom a wide range of student organizations and activities contribute to the learning environment. Our service learning program offers students the opportunity to supplement their academic study with internships in a variety of community settings, testing their skills and aptitudes and challenging their values. State-of-the-art teaching technologies, distance education, and off-site instruction afford access to off-campus as well as traditional students. Non-degree certificate and continuing education programs offer practical, aesthetic, and intellectually stimulating opportunities for community learners, for individual courses or a sustained program of study.
  • The mission of a university can be achieved only when its students, faculty, staff, and administrators value and promote free expression in an atmosphere of tolerance, responsibility, and trust. The University regards these attributes as prerequisites for any community of learners and vigilantly strives to maintain them.
  • Mindful of its role as a resource to the community, locally, nationally, and internationally, the University continually seeks partnerships with public and private concerns in order to advance the economic, social, and cultural welfare of its constituencies. We serve the needs of the North Texas community by sponsoring public lectures and academic symposia, as well as artistic, musical, and dramatic productions.


The University of Texas at Arlington is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, master's 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 UT 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.

Since 1993, students and faculty of The University of Texas at Arlington have benefited from its membership in Oak Ridge Associated Universities. ORAU is a consortium of 98 colleges and universities and a contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. ORAU works with its member institutions to help their students and faculty gain access to federal research facilities throughout the country; to keep its members informed about opportunities for fellowship, scholarship, and research appointments; and to organize research alliances among its members.

Through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), the DOE facility that ORAU operates, undergraduates, graduates, postgraduates, as well as faculty enjoy access to a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Students can participate in programs covering a wide variety of disciplines including business, earth sciences, epidemiology, engineering, physics, geological sciences, pharmacology, ocean sciences, biomedical sciences, nuclear chemistry and mathematics. Appointment and program length range from one month to four years. Many of these programs are especially designed to increase the numbers of under-represented minority students pursuing degrees in science- and engineering-related disciplines. A comprehensive listing of these programs and other opportunities, their disciplines, and details on locations and benefits can be found in the ORISE Catalog of Education and Training Programs, which is available at, or by calling either of the contacts below.

ORAU's Office of Partnership Development seeks opportunities for partnerships and alliances among ORAU's members, private industry and major federal facilities. Activities include faculty development programs, such as the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards, the Visiting Industrial Scholars Program, consortium research funding initiatives, faculty research and support programs as well as services to chief research officers.

For more information about ORAU and its programs, contact:

Ronald L. Elsenbaumer

Vice President for Research

ORAU Councilor for The University of Texas at Arlington

Monnie E. Champion

ORAU Corporate Secretary (865.576.3306); or

Visit the ORAU home page (


The government of UT 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 UT Arlington is the University president, under authority of the Office of the Chancellor of the UT 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

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, the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act 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), Room 103, 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 the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act 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.

Inquiries concerning the application of this policy and complaints of sexual harassment should be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 710 S. Davis Drive, Office and Classroom Building (OCB), Room 103, 817.272.2106. Email: For policy and additional information visit Web site:

UT Arlington/Fort Worth Center

UT Arlington/Fort Worth Center strives to serve the Fort Worth community with excellence in accessible, state-of-the-art, and affordable higher education. The Fort Worth Center is committed to:

  • meeting the lifelong learning needs of working professionals
  • offering graduate programs in convenient times and formats including evenings and weekends
  • having the vision and flexibility to capitalize on global opportunities that address the economic development needs of the community
  • UT Arlington/Fort Worth Center offers master degree programs tailored for working adults. The Executive MBA cohort program is designed for upper-level executives and can be completed in 15 months. The cohort-based MBA program starts every fall and spring semester and takes 24 months to complete. The cohort-based Master of Science in Healthcare Administration spans 24 months. The Scholars of Practice (M.Ed.) program is uniquely designed for graduate students seeking their Master of Education degree with Texas principal certification. This field-based administrator preparation experience spans five consecutive university semesters over an 18-month period. The Master of Science in Systems Engineering is a 36-hour program offered by the College of Engineering that consists of classroom and online instruction. The program takes 24 months to complete. The Master of Science in Information Systems provides managers of various functional business areas the necessary knowledge to effectively interface with the Information Technology organization and can be completed in just 17 months. The School of Urban and Public Affairs offers a Master of Public Administration cohort at the Fort Worth Center. The degree can be completed in 24 months and is focused on Urban Management. The Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice cohort program at the Center can be completed in 24 months. The Master of Science in Social Work is now being offered at the Fort Worth Center, which can be completed in 24 months. The Master of Science in Real Estate program accepts students every semester and can be completed in as little as one year. A sustainability concentration is offered in the MS in Real Estate program and is available in Dallas and Fort Worth. These UT Arlington/Fort Worth Center graduate programs are the highest quality and most affordable of their kind in the Tarrant County region.
  • In addition, UT Arlington/Fort Worth Center provides select non-credit professional development and continuing education courses in downtown Fort Worth. The Center’s Gallery 76102 is a community art space exhibiting contemporary work from local artists. Since its opening it has become an integral part of the Fort Worth art community.
  • UT Arlington/Fort Worth Center has an excellent central location in downtown Fort Worth at 1401 Jones Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102. Please access the UT Arlington/Fort Worth Center's Web site,, for more information. The main information phone number is 817.272.5988.

    Center for Distance Education

    The Center for Distance Education serves as an information and coordination site for distributed education efforts at UT Arlington. University undergraduate and graduate courses and degree programs are delivered off-campus in numerous electronic formats, including videotape/DVD, videoconferencing and via the Internet. Center staff promote and support the use of both established and emerging digital tools for teaching and learning.

    For more information on the Center for Distance Eduction, located at 201A E. Abram St., call 817.272.5727 or 888-UTA-DIST. Fax: 817-272-5728. E-mail: Web site: