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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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The MSIE, MSSYEM, and MS Mfg Engr programs can be completed 100% online.

The Ph.D. SYEM is designed to be completed majority online. However, the program does require two summer residency terms — this means the student must be on campus for two weeks each of two consecutive summers taking courses (all of the required IE 6000 courses are taken during the summer). The student must also travel to campus for their final dissertation defense. The residency requirement is a strict requirement of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and our department cannot make any exceptions to this policy. All other required courses (and sufficient elective courses) can be taken online.

The Ph.D. IE is offered only on campus.


For questions concerning tuition and financial aid, you should contact student business services. They have a tuition and fees estimator you can use to estimate the cost and can also answer any questions you may have about tuition/financial aid. Liz Beaty (liz.beaty@ttu.edu), who manages distance education for the college of engineering, may also be able to help with questions regarding tuition for distance students.

Required Application Materials

We require all applicants to submit GRE scores (the GMAT is not considered a substitute) and transcripts from all post-secondary institutions. One reference letter and the Departmental Questionnaire are also required. We also require proof of English proficiency for international applicants. Optional materials include a statement of purpose and a resume/CV. The graduate school may have some additional required materials; if so, these will be listed on their website.

  • For the M.S. and Ph.D. application process: For more information on the application process:  

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Our department does not require an engineering degree for the program; however, we do require the following minimum background:

  • 3 hours of college level physics (with lab)
  • Calculus I, II, & III

Prospective students who apply without this background will be automatically rejected. If a prospective student who does not currently possess this background wishes to be considered for admission, the student must take any missing courses prior to applying and submit transcripts showing a grade of at least a 'C' in each course as part of their application.

We also require a course in probability and statistics at either the undergraduate or graduate level; however, students without this background will still be considered for admission, and, if admitted, will have the admission condition of a leveling course in probability and statistics. This leveling course requirement can be completed by taking either an undergraduate level course (won't count toward degree credit) or a graduate-level course (will count toward degree credit).

Veterans and Military

Texas Tech has a special military and veterans program that provides specialized support for current/past service men and women and handles the process of financial aid for this population. Please see http://www.depts.ttu.edu/mvp/

Contact Info

Name Responsibility Email
Liz Beaty Director, Distance Learning distance.coe@ttu.edu

Department of Industrial, Manufacturing & Systems Engineering
Texas Tech University
Box 43061
Lubbock, TX 79409-3061
P: 806.742.3543

For more information, please contact grad.imse@ttu.edu.