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.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
    The minimum TOEFL score required is 79 for the internet-based test, with a minimum writing score of 20. The minimum TOEFL score for the paper-based exam is 550, with a minimum writing score of 58.
    TOEFL scores must be received directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS). The University of Houston's ETS Institutional Code is 6870.
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing Service)
    The minimum IELTS score required is an overall score of a 6.5, with a minimum writing score of 6.5. The testing agency should mail the official results directly to the University of Houston. That address is as follows:
    • University of Houston
      Graduate Admissions
      4302 University Dr., Rm. 102
      Houston, TX 77204-2012
  • 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 of the 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 Applicant

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

  • UH Graduate School Application
  • 1 official transcript (sealed envelope) should be mailed to:
    University of Houston Graduate School — Official transcript must be mailed before an admission decision is given.
  • 1 Unofficial copy of Transcript (upload to CollegeNet)
  • 1 Resume (upload to CollegeNet)
  • GRE scores — Valid for 5 years from the original date taken (Upload to University code 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 (upload to CollegeNet)
  • $25 Application fee (cannot be waived) must be paid by credit card thru College Net Application system website (not using VISA)

******ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE UPLOADED BY DEADLINE****** ONCE WE HAVE A STATUS ON YOUR APPLICATION, YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED.

Please read the following carefully:

  1. NO DECISION WILL BE MADE until the graduate school has received the following official documents: Transcripts, GRE, IELTS, and TOEFL scores. Upload them through your UH application account. Do not send to the department.
  2. Official GRE scores must be received by the University of Houston-Main Campus Graduate School.
  3. If you are in the last semester of your degree program, we must have the last semester transcript as soon as possible as the final decision cannot be made without it. All official transcripts, marksheets, and final official degree should be sent to the Graduate School, not the Industrial Engineering department.
    Request your transcript from your university and send it to the graduate school address:
    University of Houston
    Graduate Admissions
    4302 University Dr., Rm. 102
    Houston, TX 77204-2012
  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, PLEASE ALLOW THE DEPARTMENT TO CONTACT YOU THROUGH THE APPLICATION SYSTEM WITH YOUR DECISION.
  • 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
  • 1 official transcript (sealed envelope) should be mailed to:
    University of Houston Graduate School — Official transcript must be mailed before an admission decision is given.
  • 1 Unofficial copy of Transcript (upload to CollegeNet)
  • 1 Resume (upload to CollegeNet)
  • GRE scores — Valid for 5 years from the original date taken (Upload to University code 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 (upload to CollegeNet)
  • $75 Application fee (cannot be waived) must be paid by credit card thru College Net Application system website (not using VISA)
  • TOEFL scores — Valid for 2 years from the original date taken (University code is 6870)
  • IELTS scores — Valid for 2 years from the original date taken (University code is 6870)
  • 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.

******ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE UPLOADED BY DEADLINE******
ONCE WE HAVE A STATUS ON YOUR APPLICATION, YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED.

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-Graduate School (not to the Department).
  3. If you are in the last semester of your degree program, we must have the last semester transcript as soon as possible as the final decision cannot be made without it. All official transcripts, marksheets, and final official degree should be sent to the Graduate School, not the Industrial Engineering department.
    Request your transcript from your university and send it to the graduate school address:  
    University of Houston
    Graduate Admissions
    4302 University Dr., Rm. 102
    Houston, TX 77204-2012
  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, PLEASE ALLOW THE DEPARTMENT TO CONTACT YOU THROUGH THE APPLICATION SYSTEM 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 Dr. May Feng – Graduate Director/Advisor or Cyrena Edwards — Advisor Assistant. Please refer to UH's academic calendar for start of classes and important dates.

Application Deadlines International Domestic
Fall Semester March 1 April 1
Spring Semester October 15 December 1

 

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.