How do I apply for admission?


Our application process is a two-step process which includes:

  1. Meeting the requirements set forth by the Graduate School and International Education.
  2. Receiving a positive review by the Graduate Review Committee within the Department of Industrial Engineering.

To begin the application process please review the Graduate School and International Education website.

The Graduate School and International Education has specific requirements for admission to graduate standing:

  • A grade-point average of 3.0 or better (A=4.00) on the final two years of course work taken prior to receipt of a baccalaureate degree from a government-recognized higher education institution; or
  • Conferral of a post-baccalaureate graduate degree (excluding professional degrees, or post-graduate diplomas) from a government-recognized HEI; and
  • A score on a standardized examination that is acceptable to the degree program, unless program is exempted by the Dean of the Graduate School; and
  • Proof of English language proficiency.

The Department of Industrial Engineering requires:

  • a completed application
  • valid GRE score
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • three letters of recommendation
  • Students whose native language is not English are required to submit 'official' valid TOEFL/IELTS scores.
    However, if a non-native English speaking student has received a degree from a US or UK institution, this TOEFL/IELTS requirement may be waived.
    For admission requirements, the University of Arkansas defines a satisfactory TOEFL score as: 550 (paper-based TOEFL) / 79 (internet-based TOEFL) and above.
    (Please see English Proficiency for more information.)

Once you have completed the online application process found here, the Graduate School and International Education will send you an email from, outlining how to activate your “Student Center” in the UAConnect portal. This email will also contain your University of Arkansas identification number.
(Please include your identification number on all correspondence, as it will assist us in finding your files quickly.)

You will be able to provide the email address for your references in UAConnect, they will then be notified of your need for a letter of recommendation. The CV/Resume and Statement of Purpose can also be uploaded to your Student Center in UAConnect, once it is established.

The Graduate School and International Education will communicate with you through the Student Center to complete the application process. Please continue to monitor the portal in UAConnect to see what items, if any, are still needed to complete your application.

Response times from the Graduate School and International Education will vary, depending upon the volume of applications and time of year.

The Graduate School and International Education will send us all of your academic documents after they have reviewed your complete application, so there is no need to send a duplicate package of information to the department.

The normal process: students first gain acceptance by the Graduate School and International Education, then gain acceptance by the Industrial Engineering Department. The decision for acceptance into the Department is made by a committee, not individual faculty members.
Acceptance into our program does not require faculty support.

Regarding funding; each semester a limited number of Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis. The Department routinely evaluates all accepted applicants for research and teaching assistantship. If you are interested in support, please indicate this on your application.
Acceptance into the program does not guarantee an Assistantship will be awarded.

  • Students without a master’s degree may be admitted to the PhD program in Industrial Engineering. Those students must complete an additional 30 hours of coursework comparable to the requirements of a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering.


To ensure full consideration for fellowships applications must be complete and to the Department of Industrial Engineering before February 1st for fall, and October 1st for spring.

Beyond that we evaluate complete applications until we run out of time at the end of each semester. Then we stop and defer remaining applications to the next semester.
Funding decisions will be made by March 15 for fall and November 15 for spring. All current unfunded and newly accepted students are automatically considered for funding.

Additional requirements may be found on the Graduate School and International Education page.

Information on Fellowships can be found here.


Contact the department’s Grad Program Coordinator:
Dr. Haitao Liao