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 Chapter 2

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, unless otherwise specified by the graduate program to which the student is applying. The Graduate School of Business requires master's degree applicants to submit a satisfactory score on the Graduate Management Admissions Test 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 may vary 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.

All complete applications are forwarded to the Graduate Studies Committee to which they are directed.

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.

Admissions test. 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 offered at international locations where computer-based testing is not available.

Current information about GRE, GMAT, and TOEFL test dates, locations, and registration procedures is published by the Educational Testing Service at http://www.ets.org/.

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 is given in the Law Services Information Book published by the Law School Admission Council. This publication is available from Law School Admissions Services, P O Box 2000, Newtown, Pennsylvania 18940-0998.

Conditional admission. A Graduate Studies Committee may, under certain conditions, consider evidence of admissibility in addition to the usual criteria. In such cases, the committee may recommend admission with special conditions regarding the number of semester hours to be taken and specific grade point average to be maintained. If these conditions are not met, the student may be barred from subsequent registration in the Graduate School. A student who chooses to work toward an advanced degree in an area in which undergraduate training is insufficient may be admitted with the understanding that coursework and other study must be undertaken to make up the deficiencies noted by the committee and that the makeup work will be in addition to the regular degree requirements.

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, or graduate research assistants.

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 up to six semester hours of credit in graduate courses, earned while he or she was enrolled as a nondegree student, applied to a graduate degree.

Exchange students. A student who is admitted to the University through a reciprocal exchange program is classified as a nondegree student. 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 graduate courses must provide the Graduate and International Admissions Center with a complete record of his or her previous university-level coursework, so that evaluators can determine the student's eligibilty for graduate-level study at the University. Providing this record does not guarantee the student's admission to graduate courses: he or she must also meet all course prerequisites and any other requirements affecting nondegree students.

An exchange student may later apply for admission to the University as a degree-seeking student, but only after completion of the exchange period. If the student is admitted as a degree-seeker, credit that he or she earned as an exchange student may be counted toward a University degree only on a limited basis and only with the approval of the student's dean.

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.] Graduate programs also have various admission deadlines for the spring semester, but none is 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 http://www.utexas.edu/student/giac/GAB.html.

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 grade point average, performance on the Graduate Record Examinations, if required, and letters of recommendation. University fellowships for continuing students are awarded on the basis on 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 may also be 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. Applicants to the Graduate School must submit a nonrefundable fee of $50 along with their credentials. The fee for applicants to the Master of Business Administration program in the Graduate School of Business is $125. The fee for applicants to the Master in Professional Accounting program (including students in the Professional Program in Accounting) is $80. Applicants who present academic credentials from any country other than the United States when applying for admission to any program of study except the Master of Business Administration and the Master in Professional Accounting programs (including the Professional Proogram in Accounting) must submit a fee of $75; international applicants to the MBA program pay the standard application processing fee of $125; applicants to the MBA or MPA programs must submit a fee of $100. Where 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.

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.

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