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2. Admission



Graduate Admission

A summary of the general requirements, application fees, deadlines, and procedures for graduate admission follows. Prospective students should refer to the Graduate Catalog for further information.

Requirements. General requirements for admission to the Graduate School are:

  1. A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or proof of equivalent training in a foreign institution.
  2. A grade point average of at least 3.00 in upper-division (junior- and senior-level) coursework and in any graduate work already completed.
  3. An official score on the Graduate Record Examinations General Test (GRE), unless otherwise specified by the graduate program to which the student is applying. The graduate program of the Red McCombs School of Business requires master's degree applicants to submit a satisfactory score on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) and doctoral degree applicants to submit a satisfactory GRE or GMAT score. Applicants to joint degree programs with the School of Law must submit a satisfactory score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) as well as on the GRE or GMAT.
  4. Adequate subject preparation for the proposed major. Evidence of adequate preparation varies by program, but examples include letters of reference, auditions, samples of work, and personal statements.
  5. A recommendation for acceptance by the Graduate Studies Committee for the proposed major area.

International students whose native language is not English must also submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language.

Applicants may simultaneously apply to more than one graduate program with no additional fee. All complete applications are forwarded to the Graduate Studies Committee to which they are directed. Admissions decisions are based on a careful review of all aspects of the applicant's file. Scores on standardized tests such as the GRE are not used as the sole criterion for making an admissions decision or ending consideration of the applicant. (Exception: For graduates of foreign institutions, a minimum score may be required on English-language proficiency tests such as TOEFL.) In considering test scores, the applicant's test score is compared with those of other applicants of similar socioeconomic status. Information regarding specific admissions criteria is available from each graduate program.

When there are more qualified applicants than can be adequately instructed by the faculty or accommodated in the facilities, the Graduate Studies Committee for the proposed area may deny admission to students who have met the prescribed requirements. All admissions must be approved by the graduate dean.

Applicants who feel that their grade point averages or test scores are not valid indicators of ability should explain their concerns in a letter to the graduate adviser of the program to which they are applying.

Admission tests. The Graduate Record Examinations General Test (GRE), the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) may be taken by appointment at computer-based testing centers throughout North America and at selected international sites. A paper-based version of each test is also offered.

Current information about GRE, GMAT, and TOEFL test dates, locations, and registration procedures is published by the Educational Testing Service.

Applicants to joint programs with the School of Law must also take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), administered by Law School Admission Services. Information about the LSAT is published by the Law School Admission Council.

Graduate School Select Admission Program. The Graduate School Select Admission Program allows graduate programs to recommend academically outstanding University undergraduates for admission to seek a graduate degree.

Nominations are forwarded to the Graduate School by the graduate advisor or graduate admissions office of the graduate program with a recommendation by the Graduate Studies Committee for acceptance. Undergraduate candidates may be extended an offer of admission and financial aid as early as the junior year, conditional upon completion of the baccalaureate degree. Application and transcript fees are waived and some graduate programs may waive submission of GRE scores. Admitted students may enroll in graduate courses at undergraduate tuition rates during the senior year and reserve the courses for graduate credit, potentially reducing the length of time to the graduate degree and associated costs of the student's graduate education.

Additional information is available from the graduate dean or the graduate advisor of the nominating graduate program.

Conditional admission. Almost all of the students who are admitted to the Graduate School have qualifications equal to or better than the minimum standards outlined above. However, a Graduate Studies Committee may recommend, with the consent of the graduate dean, that a student be admitted to the Graduate School with conditions. The Graduate Studies Committee may require the student to maintain a certain grade point average or to take a certain number of semester hours of coursework. A conditionally admitted student may also be required to remedy deficiencies in undergraduate preparation by taking upper-division or graduate courses. The graduate adviser notifies the student of these conditions at the time of admission. A student who does not fulfill the conditions within the specified time may be barred from subsequent registration in the Graduate School. If the student changes his or her major before the conditions have been fulfilled, the conditions remain in effect unless the graduate adviser for the new program, on behalf of the Graduate Studies Committee, petitions the graduate dean and receives approval for them to be changed.

Admission as a nondegree student (graduate). An individual who wishes to take graduate coursework without becoming a candidate for an advanced degree may apply for admission to a graduate program as a nondegree (graduate) student. The applicant must submit an application and transcripts of all college coursework to the Graduate and International Admissions Center; Graduate Record Examinations scores are not required. Admission must be recommended by the graduate adviser for the program and approved by the graduate dean. Enrollment as a nondegree student is limited to one year. Nondegree students are not eligible to be teaching assistants, assistant instructors, graduate research assistants, academic assistants, or assistants (graduate).

A nondegree (graduate) student who decides to seek a degree must submit an application for admission to the Graduate and International Admissions Center by the program's deadline, meet all admissions requirements, and pay the normal application fee. A degree-seeking student may petition to have applied to the master's degree up to six semester hours of graduate credit earned while he or she was enrolled as a nondegree (graduate) student.

Exchange students. A student who is admitted to the University through a reciprocal exchange program is classified as a nondegree student, either graduate or undergraduate. An exchange student may not register for more than two long-session semesters and one summer session. The transferability of academic credit to the student's home institution is determined by the home institution.

An exchange student who wishes to take a graduate course must obtain the approval of the instructor and of the graduate adviser for the program that offers the course, must meet all course prerequisites, and must meet any other requirements affecting nondegree students. An exchange student may later apply for admission to the University as a degree-seeking graduate student. To do so, he or she must submit, by the graduate program's deadline, the usual test scores, application fee, and other required material.

Exchange students admitted as nondegree (graduate) students. If the nondegree (graduate) exchange student is later admitted to the Graduate School as a degree seeker, the Graduate Studies Committee may ask for the graduate dean's approval to include on the student's master's degree Program of Work up to six hours of graduate classwork that he or she completed as a nondegree (graduate) exchange student. All requirements related to courses that may be counted toward graduate degrees apply, including rules concerning courses counted toward another degree.

Exchange students admitted as undergraduate nondegree students. If the undergraduate nondegree exchange student is later admitted to the Graduate School, graduate courses that he or she took as an undergraduate nondegree exchange student may not be counted toward a graduate degree.

Recommended application dates for graduate study. Each graduate program sets its own application deadline. February 1 is often the deadline for the summer session and the fall semester, but some programs set different dates. Applicants should consult the Graduate Admission Bulletin for a list of individual graduate program deadlines. Few graduate programs admit new students for the spring semester; those that do have deadlines no later than October 1. It is the responsibility of the applicant to meet the deadline for the program of interest to him or her. The bulletin is available from Graduate and International Admissions and at

Financial aid. The usual deadline for an applicant seeking financial aid to submit all materials is February 1 for summer or fall admission or October 1 for spring admission. Specific graduate programs may have earlier or later deadlines. Financial aid decisions are made soon after these program deadlines, and applicants whose materials have not been received may not be given full consideration. Applicants should contact the program of interest to them for current deadlines.

International students should apply as early as possible. The international student's record of work (including the score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language taken within the past year) will be evaluated by the Office of Graduate and International Admissions before being forwarded to members of the Graduate Studies Committee of the academic area involved and the dean of the Graduate School.

Fellowships. University fellowships, which are administered through the Graduate School, are awarded to both new and continuing graduate students in most academic areas. A student must be nominated by the graduate adviser in the student's academic program for any fellowship administered by the Graduate School.

University fellowships for entering graduate students are awarded on the basis of scholastic excellence and adequate preparation for graduate study in the student's chosen field, as shown by his or her academic record and letters of recommendation. University fellowships for continuing students are awarded on the basis of the student's record since entering the Graduate School, including performance in relevant coursework and research or creative activity, letters of recommendation from University faculty members, and the endorsement of the graduate adviser; financial need is also considered. There are additional specific qualifications for many of the competitive fellowships awarded by the University and by graduate programs.

Generally, fellowships require no service from the recipient. Some fellowships provide for payment of tuition and required fees in addition to the stipend.

Application processing fee. When more than one fee is applicable, only the higher one must be paid. Some applicants may be eligible for a waiver of the application fee on the basis of documented financial need.

U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and University undergraduates. Applicants to the Graduate School must submit a $50 nonrefundable fee along with their credentials. The fee for applicants to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program in the Red McCombs School of Business is $125. The fee for applicants to the Master in Professional Accounting (MPA) program, including students in the Professional Program in Accounting (PPA), is $80.

International applicants. Applicants who present academic credentials from any country other than the United States must submit a $75 nonrefundable processing fee to the Graduate School along with their credentials. The fee for applicants to the MBA program is $125. Applicants to the MPA and PPA programs must submit a fee of $100.

Enrollment deposit. Some graduate programs require students to pay a nonrefundable enrollment deposit upon admission to indicate that they accept the offer of admission. For students applying to joint degree programs, one deposit serves to confirm the student's intention to enroll in both programs. When both programs require a deposit, only the higher fee is required. The deposit is applied to the payment of fees when the student enrolls. Students who demonstrate financial need may qualify for assistance to cover the deposit.

An enrollment deposit is assessed in the following graduate programs:

Program      Degree      Deposit

Accounting      MPA      $400.00
Business administration      MBA, Option I      400.00
Nursing      MSN, PhD      200.00
Radio-television-film      MA, MFA, PhD      200.00


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