Industrial Engineering

Graduate Admissions

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Admission Requirements

Entrance requirements into the graduate programs within the Department of Industrial Engineering are summarized below:

  • The Cullen College of Engineering requires a minimum of 3.0/4.0 G.P.A. over the last 60 semester hours or 90-quarter hours for the admission to the graduate programs.
  • Students who transfer from another graduate program must have at least a 3.0/4.0 G.P.A. on all graduate work completed.
  • Applicants for all graduate programs must submit official GRE scores.
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 79 (Internet based) or 213 (computer) or higher is required of International Students whose native language is not English (this does not apply if the applicant received a degree at a U.S. institution). IELTS score of 6.5 or higher is also acceptable.
  • All Ph.D. applicants should have completed an appropriate Master’s program with thesis or demonstrated ability for research and technical writing. Students who have not written a thesis will be required to demonstrate such capabilities through work at UH. Highly qualified students with a BS degree can also be considered for our Ph.D. program.
  • A degree in an engineering discipline is recommended. However, applicants with degrees in closely related fields may be accepted to the graduate program subject to completion of leveling courses approved by the IE Graduate Program Director. The students must obtain a grade of B or better in all leveling courses. Note that leveling courses are not counted toward the graduate program course requirement.

Each student is responsible for being familiar with the degree requirements as stated in the current UH graduate catalog.

 

Educational Background

The Industrial Engineering Department considers graduate admission applicants with a variety of undergraduate majors. However, all applicants are expected to have completed a minimal core of mathematics, science and engineering courses before admission can be granted. This core background is described below. Listed courses (or their equivalents) are required.

  • MATH 1431 Calculus I
  • MATH 1432 Calculus II
  • MATH 2433 Calculus III
  • MATH 3321 Engineering Math / Differential Equations
  • INDE 1331 Computing for Engineers
  • INDE 2333 Probability & Statistics I

Students who have completed all but six hours of the above core requirements and also satisfy all other admission requirements may be admitted for graduate study in Industrial Engineering. Completion of remaining core requirements remains a pre-requisite to graduate degree completion.

 

Domestic Graduate Application

Each applicant must submit the following:
Application Checklist — All documents must be uploaded BEFORE ADMISSIONS

  • UH Graduate School Application
  • 1 Unofficial copy of Transcript (uploaded)
  • Resume (uploaded)
  • GRE scores — Valid for 5 years from the original date taken (Upload to University code 6870) 
  • TOEFL scores — Valid for 2 years from the original date taken (University code is 6870) uploaded
  • IELTS scores — Valid for 2 years from the original date taken (University code is 6870)
  • 3 Recommendation Letters — with email addresses must be listed on the online application. At least two from former or current instructors who can comment on applicants academic work in detail.
  • Statement of Purpose Essay (uploaded)
  • $25 Application fee (cannot be waived) must be paid by credit card thru Apply Texas website (not using VISA)
  • Residency Information (on the Application form)
  • Bacterial Meningitis (must be sent to the Admissions Office)

NOTE: If you have not taken or need to retake GRE and/or TOEFL, please contact:
University of Houston
Counseling and Testing
226 Student Service Center 1
Houston, Texas 77204-3026
Telephone: 713-743-5444

Please read the following carefully:

  1. NO DECISION WILL BE MADE unless the application, fee, transcripts with ALL SEMESTERS’ grades posted, proof of degree earned, GRE are uploaded through your UH account and NOT SENT to the department.
  2. Official GRE scores must be received by the University of Houston-Main Campus.
  3. If you are in the last semester of your degree program, please request your transcript from your university and send it to the graduate school address (above) we must the last semester transcript as soon as possible as the final decision cannot be made without it.
  4. The awarded degree / diploma / degree certificate is required. If your institution issues a PROVISIONAL degree / diploma it is temporarily acceptable UNTIL the official original is received to the IE Department. It is mandatory that if you are approved for admission, your official original proof of degree awarded must be posted on our student records when you register for courses; if not, this will delay the review process when you apply for graduation.

Important Information to Remember:

  • ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE UPLOADED, FAILURE TO UPLOAD ANY OR ALL DOCUMENTS LISTED IN THE ADMISSION PROCEDURE WILL RESULT IN THE DECISION BEING DELAYED.
  • FALL APPLICATION PROCESS WILL BEGIN IN LATE FEBRUARY.
    SPRING APPLICATION PROCESS WILL BEGIN IN LATE OCTOBER.
  • ONCE ALL DOCUMENTS HAVE BEEN UPLOADED AND OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS HAVE BEEN SENT TO THE GRADUATE SCHOOL ADDRESS, PLEASE ALLOW THE DEPARTMENT TO CONTACT YOU THROUGH EMAIL WITH YOUR DECISION, DO NOT CONTINUALLY EMAIL ABOUT YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE THAT WILL DELAY YOUR PROCESS.
  • TRANSCRIPT TO-DO LIST ITEM WILL BE REMOVED MANUALLY.

 

International Graduate Application

Each applicant must submit the following:
Application Checklist — All documents must be uploaded BEFORE ADMISSIONS

  • UH Graduate School Application
  • ALL semester coursework completed and ALL earned grades / marks posted. Note: Transcripts / mark sheets must come from the university that that the college is affiliated with AND must be recognized as being an accredited institution by U of H — see next bullet
  • It is mandatory that any institution attended which is not accredited for recognition by our university must have their country’s Ministry of Education send a letter verifying the degree received is equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor of Science Degree -and- the institution attended is accredited for recognition by our university. You can also go to your country's consulate here for a letter verifying the same information. Please check on this to avoid delays in processing the paperwork.
  • Proof of Diploma, Degree, or Degree Certificate received IS REQUIRED IF not posted on official original transcripts
  • 1 Unofficial copy of Transcript in English (uploaded)
  • Resume (uploaded)
  • GRE scores — Valid for 5 years from the original date taken (Upload to University code 6870) 
  • TOEFL scores — Valid for 2 years from the original date taken (University code is 6870) uploaded
  • IELTS scores — Valid for 2 years from the original date taken (University code is 6870)
  • 3 Recommendation Letters — with email addresses must be listed on the online application. At least two from former or current instructors who can comment on applicants academic work in detail.
  • Statement of Purpose Essay (uploaded)
  • $75 Application fee (cannot be waived) must be paid by credit card thru Apply Texas website (not using VISA)
  • Financial Backing Form w/ Bank Statements (uploaded) if you are being supported please
  • International Address Form (uploaded)
  • Bacterial Meningitis (must be sent to the Admissions Office)
  • Passport Copy (uploaded)
  • Letter of Financial Backing — only valid for 6 months from the date written on them and the I-20 is not issued if the date is expired.  (uploaded)
  • Issuing of  I-20 — to the IE Department for the semester you want to attend (upload)

NOTE: If you have not taken or need to retake GRE and/or TOEFL, please contact:
University of Houston
Counseling and Testing
226 Student Service Center 1
Houston, Texas 77204-3026
Telephone: 713-743-5444

Please read the following carefully:

  1. NO DECISION WILL BE MADE unless the application, fee, transcripts with ALL SEMESTERS’ grades/marks posted, proof of degree earned, GRE, TOEFL, are uploaded through your UH account and NOT SENT to the department.
  2. Official GRE and/ TOEFL scores must be received by the University of Houston-Main Campus (NOT to the Department).
  3. If you are in the last semester of your degree program, please request your transcript from your university and send it to the graduate school address (above) we must the last semester transcript as soon as possible as the final decision cannot be made without it.
  4. The awarded degree / diploma / degree certificate is required. If your institution issues a PROVISIONAL degree / diploma it is temporarily acceptable UNTIL the official original is received to the IE Department. It is mandatory that if you are approved for admission, your official original proof of degree awarded must be posted on our student records when you register for courses; if not, this will delay the review process when you apply for graduation.

Important Information to Remember:

  • ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE UPLOADED, FAILURE TO UPLOAD ANY OR ALL DOCUMENTS LISTED IN THE ADMISSION PROCEDURE WILL RESULT IN THE DECISION BEING DELAYED.
  • FALL APPLICATION PROCESS WILL BEGIN IN LATE FEBRUARY.
    SPRING APPLICATION PROCESS WILL BEGIN IN LATE OCTOBER.
  • ONCE ALL DOCUMENTS HAVE BEEN UPLOADED AND OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS HAVE BEEN SENT TO THE GRADUATE SCHOOL ADDRESS, PLEASE ALLOW THE DEPARTMENT TO CONTACT YOU THROUGH EMAIL WITH YOUR DECISION.
  • TRANSCRIPT TO-DO LIST ITEM WILL BE REMOVED MANUALLY.

 

Application Deadlines and Start of Classes

Further inquiries regarding admission deadlines should be directed to Ms. Cyrena Edwards or Dr. May Feng. Please refer to UH's academic calendar for start of classes and important dates.

  Application Deadlines

International Application

MS
PhD

October 15 for Spring
March 1 for Fall

U.S. and Permanent Residents

MS
PhD

April 1 for Fall
December 1 for Spring

 

Tuition, Fees and Financial Support

Tuition and fee information can be found under Graduate Tuition & Fee. More information can be found under STUDENT FINANCIAL SERVICES (SFS).

Information can also be found on the University Web Page for any information related to graduate studies in the Industrial Engineering Department.

Financial support from the department, in the form of teaching or research assistantships, is only provided to Ph.D. students and it is highly competitive. Qualified graduate students are considered for an annual $1,000 scholarship for the first year. This scholarship also waives the out-of-state tuition and pays in-state tuition and fees.

For further information on financial aid and scholarships offered to students, please refer to UH's website on Fellowships & Scholarships.