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Graduate Study

Admission and


of Study

Members of
Graduate Studies




1.  Graduate Study


The University of Texas at Austin, established in 1883, is a major research institution. It is the largest member of The University of Texas System. The University has grown from one building, two departments, eight faculty members, and 221 students on a forty-acre tract to a campus of more than three hundred acres, with more than 110 buildings. The enrollment is about forty-nine thousand.

The faculty includes Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize winners and members of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The University awards the second largest number of doctoral degrees in the United States and is one of three southwestern members of the Association of American Universities.

The Graduate School (which does not include the School of Law) was established in 1909. More than ten thousand graduate students are enrolled; more than seven hundred doctoral degrees and more than twenty-five hundred master's degrees are awarded each year.

The administration of the Graduate School is the responsibility of the vice president and dean of graduate studies. Graduate degrees are available in about ninety fields. Each academic area that offers a graduate degree has a Graduate Studies Committee, a group consisting of all the assistant, associate, and full professors who are active in that graduate degree program. The Graduate Studies Committee recommends students for admission to the program, sets program-specific requirements for the graduate degrees in that area, and recommends students for admission to candidacy for degrees. Graduate education is the responsibility of the members of Graduate Studies Committees. One member serves as the graduate adviser to register and advise all graduate students, to maintain records, and to represent the Graduate School in matters pertaining to graduate work in that area.

Statement on Equal Educational Opportunity

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For students:
Teresa Brett, Dean of Students, SSB 4.104 (100-B West Dean Keeton Street), (512) 471-1201
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The University of Texas at Austin is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, telephone number (404) 697-4501) to award bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees.

The Mission of the University

The mission of the University is to achieve excellence in the interrelated areas of undergraduate education, graduate education, research, and public service. The University provides superior and comprehensive educational opportunities at the baccalaureate through doctoral and special professional educational levels. The University contributes to the advancement of society through research, creative activity, scholarly inquiry, and the development of new knowledge. The University preserves and promotes the arts, benefits the state economy, serves the citizens through public programs, and provides other public service.

The Nature and Purpose of Graduate Work

Graduate work at the University is divided into disciplines. These are normally associated with departments; they may, however, be broader in scope, involving courses and research in several departments. The candidate for an advanced degree presents work done in a chosen major area, but usually he or she is also expected to have done supporting work on an advanced level (upper-division or graduate) in one or more relevant areas. There are three components of graduate study: coursework, independent study, and independent scholarly research leading to a report, thesis, recital, dissertation, or treatise. In some areas, internships, field studies, and other professional experiences may also be an integral part of the program. The proportion of each type of study varies according to the previous training of the student and the nature of the major area.

The objective of graduate study is to develop the intellectual breadth and to provide the specialized training necessary to a career in teaching, in research, or in the professions. Emphasis is placed on the knowledge, methods, and skills needed for scholarly teaching, original research and problem solving, intellectual leadership, creative expression, and other modes of achievement in the student's discipline.

Graduate Degrees

The Graduate School offers the following degrees.

Master of Arts   MA
Master of Architecture   MArch
Master of Business Administration   MBA
Master of Education   MEd
Master of Fine Arts   MFA
Master of Music   MMusic
Master in Professional Accounting   MPA
Master of Public Affairs   MPAff
Master of Science in Applied Physics   MSApplPhy
Master of Science in Architectural Studies   MSArchSt
Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning   MSCRP
Master of Science in Computational and Applied Mathematics   MSCAM
Master of Science in Computer Sciences   MSCS
Master of Science in Economics   MSEcon
Master of Science in Engineering   MSE
Master of Science in Geological Sciences   MSGeoSci
Master of Science in Information Studies   MSInfoStds
Master of Science in Marine Science   MSMarineSci
Master of Science in Nursing   MSN
Master of Science in Pharmacy   MSPhr
Master of Science in Science and Technology Commercialization   MSSTC
Master of Science in Social Work   MSSW
Master of Science in Statistics   MSStat
Doctor of Education   EdD
Doctor of Musical Arts   DMA
Doctor of Philosophy   PhD

Fields of Study

Graduate degrees are offered in the following fields. A complete list of fields in which graduate courses are taught is given in the appendix.

Architecture   MArch, PhD
Architectural studies   MSArchSt
Community and regional planning   MSCRP, PhD
Business Administration
Business administration   MBA
Accounting   MPA, PhD
Finance   PhD
Management   PhD
Management science and information systems   PhD
Marketing administration   PhD
Advertising   MA, PhD
Communication sciences and disorders   MA, PhD
Communication studies   MA, PhD
Journalism   MA, PhD
Radio-television-film   MA, MFA, PhD
Curriculum and instruction   MA, MEd, EdD, PhD
Educational administration   MEd, EdD, PhD
Educational psychology   MA, MEd, PhD
Foreign language education   MA, PhD
Health education   MA, MEd, EdD, PhD
Kinesiology   MA, MEd, EdD, PhD
Mathematics education   MA, MEd, PhD
Science education   MA, MEd, PhD
Special education   MA, MEd, EdD, PhD
Aerospace engineering   MSE, PhD
Architectural engineering   MSE
Biomedical engineering   MSE, PhD
Chemical engineering   MSE, PhD
Civil engineering   MSE, PhD
Electrical and computer engineering   MSE, PhD
Energy and mineral resources   MA
Engineering management   MSE
Engineering mechanics   MSE, PhD
Environmental and water resources engineering   MSE
Manufacturing systems engineering   MSE
Materials science and engineering   MSE, PhD
Mechanical engineering   MSE, PhD
Operations research and industrial engineering   MSE, PhD
Petroleum engineering   MSE, PhD
Fine Arts
Art education   MA
Art history   MA, PhD
Design   MFA
Music   MMusic, DMA, PhD
Studio art   MFA
Theatre   MA, MFA, PhD
Liberal Arts
American studies   MA, PhD
Anthropology   MA, PhD
Arabic studies   MA, PhD
Asian cultures and languages   MA, PhD
Asian studies   MA
Classics   MA, PhD
Comparative literature   MA, PhD
Economics   MA, MSEcon, PhD
English   MA, PhD
French   MA, PhD
Geography   MA, PhD
Germanic studies   MA, PhD
Government   MA, PhD
Hebrew studies   MA, PhD
History   MA, PhD
Latin American studies   MA, PhD
Linguistics   MA, PhD
Middle Eastern studies   MA
Persian studies   MA, PhD
Philosophy   MA, PhD
Portuguese   MA, PhD
Psychology   MA, PhD
Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies   MA
Slavic languages and literatures   MA, PhD
Sociology   MA, PhD
Spanish   MA, PhD
Women's and gender studies   MA
Library and Information Science
Library and information science   MSInfoStds, PhD
Natural Sciences
Astronomy   MA, PhD
Biochemistry   MA, PhD
Cell and molecular biology   MA, PhD
Chemistry   MA, PhD
Computer sciences   MA, MSCS, PhD
Ecology, evolution, and behavior   MA, PhD
Geological sciences   MA, MSGeoSci, PhD
Human development and family sciences   MA, PhD
Marine science   MSMarineSci, PhD
Mathematics   MA, PhD
Microbiology   MA, PhD
Nutrition   MA
Nutritional sciences   PhD
Physics   MA, MSApplPhy, PhD
Plant biology   MA, PhD
Statistics   MSStat
Nursing   MSN, PhD
Pharmacy   MSPhr, PhD
Public Affairs
Public affairs   MPAff
Public policy   PhD
Social Work
Social work   MSSW, PhD
Intercollegial Programs
Computational and applied mathematics   MSCAM, PhD
Medieval studies   PhD
Neuroscience   MA, PhD
Science and technology commercialization   MSSTC
Writing   MFA

Joint Degree Programs

Joint degree programs are structured so that a student can pursue graduate work at the University in two fields and fulfill the requirements of two degrees; in programs leading to two master's degrees, the degrees are awarded simultaneously. To enter a joint program, the student must be accepted by both of the individual programs. Students who wish to enter a joint program that involves the JD degree should contact the Admissions Office in the School of Law first. Joint programs are offered in the following fields.

Asian studies/Public affairs   MA/MPAff
Asian studies/Business administration   MA/MBA
Latin American studies/Community and regional planning   MA/MSCRP
Latin American studies/Public affairs   MA/MPAff
Latin American studies/Business administration   MA/MBA
Latin American studies/Law   MA/JD
Latin American studies/Communication   MA/MA
Middle Eastern studies/Business administration   MA/MBA
Middle Eastern studies/Communication   MA/MA
Middle Eastern studies/Law   MA/JD
Middle Eastern studies/Library and information science   MA/MSInfoStds
Middle Eastern studies/Public affairs   MA/MPAff
Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies/Business administration   MA/MBA
Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies/Communication   MA/MA
Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies/Law   MA/JD
Communication/Business administration   MA/MBA
Communication/Public Affairs   MA/MPAff
Public affairs/Business administration   MPAff/MBA
Public affairs/Law   MPAff/JD
Public affairs/Engineering   MPAff/MSE
Public Affairs/Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies   MPAff/MA
Law/Business administration   JD/MBA
Community and regional planning/Geography   MSCRP/PhD
Community and regional planning/Law   MSCRP/JD
Manufacturing systems engineering/Business administration   MSE/MBA
Nursing/Business administration   MSN/MBA

Joint degree programs with other institutions. The joint degree programs listed above lead to two University degrees. The University also offers two programs in which students simultaneously pursue a University degree and a degree from another institution. A joint degree program in biomedical engineering allows students to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. A joint degree program in business administration allows students to pursue a Master of Business Administration degree from the University and the degree of Maestria en Administracion from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.

Master's and Doctoral Portfolio Programs

The goal of master's and doctoral portfolio programs is to recognize and encourage cross-disciplinary research and scholarly activity. A portfolio program usually consists of four thematically related graduate courses and a research presentation; for master's portfolio programs, a practical experience may replace the presentation. The portfolio must include courses offered by at least two graduate programs other than the student's major program. Portfolio programs are approved by the Graduate School. Although the certification requirements of each program are independent of the requirements for graduate degrees, courses included in the Program of Work may, with appropriate approval, be counted toward certification. Upon completion of both degree and portfolio program requirements, the student's University record reflects portfolio certification.

Doctoral portfolio programs are available in cultural studies, dispute resolution, gerontology, interdisciplinary European studies, Mexican American studies, presidential studies, urban studies, and women's studies. Dispute resolution is also available as a master's portfolio program.

Information about portfolio programs is available from the Office of Graduate Studies and at

Intellectual Entrepreneurship Program

In response to the changing professional environment today's students face, the Office of Graduate Studies seeks to provide education that encompasses the kinds of competence, the knowledge, and the skills future academic professionals will need. Preparing to teach well in higher education is one aspect of a graduate student's development. However, those with graduate degrees also need to hone effective writing, communication, and other professional skills for use not only in the classroom but also in nonteaching arenas.

Professional development courses are one way the Graduate School seeks to help students become citizen-scholars. Graduate School (GRS) courses are designed to teach students how to adapt to a variety of audiences--so that they can write scholarly articles, develop grant proposals, secure book contracts, use knowledge to generate informed and responsible public policies, facilitate innovation in commerce and business, and effectively instruct a variety of student populations. These courses are open to all University graduate students.

Graduate School courses are described in chapter 4.

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Graduate Catalog
Chapter 1 - Graduate Study
Chapter 2 - Admission and Registration
Chapter 3 - Degree Requirements
Chapter 4 - Fields of Study
Chapter 5 - Members of Graduate Studies Committees
Appendix - Course Abbreviations

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