Graduate Admissions FAQ
All application materials must be received by December 15, 2015 in order to be considered for fall 2016 admission.
It depends on which items have been received. If, for example, a test score or recommendation letter hasn't arrived by the deadline, the application will still be considered. Work closely with the Graduate Coordinator to commuincate when such items should arrive. Otherwise, applicants with incomplete files are at a disadvantage in the review process. It is essential that applicants ensure that their test scores arrive on time and that they communicate with their references early, so that their letters are received by the deadline or perhaps just a couple of days after the deadline.
Use the Application Status Check to monitor the arrival of application materials.
Not in general, now. However, there is an online Persian course offered each year. Please visit this page for more information.
The Graduate and International Admissions Center will send a notification to the email addresses you listed for your instructors in your application. The email will contain the required links and instructions your references need to complete the recommendation process. The recommendation consists of an electronic cover sheet and the ability for them to attach a PDF version of their letter.
- Be sure you have submitted and paid for the ApplyTexas application. No requests for recommendations will be generated and sent until the fee is paid. Please allow 24-48 hours before checking with your reference.
- Go to the Online Recommendation System to generate another email and to ensure that the email address listed for your references is correct.
- Ask your references to check their junk/spam folder.
No. Only letters submitted through the online system will be accepted.
Yes. While the Apply Texas application will only allow you to list 3 references, after this application is submitted & paid for, the Online Recommendation System permits applicants to send extra requests for recommendations beyond the original three.
You may, but keep in mind that such references tend to carry less weight with the admissions committee unless your professional work was of an academic nature (i.e., involved significant research and writing).
No. However, it is still required that all post-secondary coursework is submitted, regardless of which transcript it appears on. If you have completed a study abroad program that doesn't provide a transcript, such courses should appear on the transcript of your home institution.
There are no restrictions or specifications on the topic of your writing sample. While something related to the program to which you are applying is ideal, it is not required. Of greater importance is that the sample clearly illustrates your skills in research, writing, and analysis. This typically comes in the form of a research/seminar paper, or a part of an undergraduate/graduate thesis if applicable.
Your chances of admission will be negatively affected. In some cases, students who fall below the C/DMES minimum (3.50 GPA) are still offered admission, but this is generally without funding and possibly a conditional admission.
All applicants are automatically considered for TA/AI funding based on their application for admission. The only funding resource for which a separate application is required is the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship.
No. You may use the transcripts and most or all of the letters from your admission application. However, bear in mind that the FLAS requires that one letter be a language reference that speaks specifically to your skills in the language for which you seek FLAS funding. If one of the three Apply Texas references is not a language reference, you will therefore need to have an additional recommendation letter submitted.
Early February through mid-April.
No. You must reapply during the next application cycle, but some of your applications materials may be reused. These are usually transcripts, test scores (if they have not expired) and recommendation letters. Contact the Graduate Coordinator before submitting your next application to discuss the details of your application.
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