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Graduate Catalog | 2005-2007

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 350 acres, with more than 110 buildings. The enrollment is about fifty 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 one of the 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 eleven thousand graduate students are enrolled, and about seven hundred doctoral degrees and twenty-eight hundred master's degrees are awarded each year.

The administration of the Graduate School is the responsibility of the vice provost and dean of graduate studies. Graduate degrees are available in about a hundred 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.

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Statement on Equal Educational Opportunity

The University of Texas at Austin is committed to an educational and working environment that provides equal opportunity to all members of the University community. In accordance with federal and state law, the University prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, citizenship, and veteran status. Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is also prohibited pursuant to University policy.

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Title IX/ADA/504 Coordinators

Federal law prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender (Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972) and disability (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990). The University has designated the following persons as Coordinators to monitor compliance with these statutes and to resolve complaints of discrimination based on gender or disability.

Disability (Section 504/ADA)

For students and employees: Linda Millstone, Deputy to the Vice President for Employee and Campus Services and Director of Equal Opportunity Services, NOA 4.302 (101 East 27th Street), (512) 471-1849

Gender (Title IX)

For students: Teresa Brett, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, SSB 4.104 (100-B West Dean Keeton Street), (512) 471-1201

For employees: Linda Millstone, Deputy to the Vice President for Employee and Campus Services and Director of Equal Opportunity Services, NOA 4.302 (101 East 27th Street), (512) 471-1849

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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 to award bachelor's, master's, first-professional and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Texas at Austin.

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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's economy, serves the citizens through public programs, and provides other public service.

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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, research, the arts, or 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.

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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 Landscape Architecture MLA
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 Historic Preservation MSHP
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
Master of Science in Sustainable Design MSSD
Master of Science in Textile and Apparel Technology MSTAT [1]
Master of Science in Urban Design MSUD
Doctor of Audiology AuD [1]
Doctor of Education EdD
Doctor of Musical Arts DMA
Doctor of Philosophy PhD
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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.

School of Architecture
Architecture MArch, PhD
Architectural history MA
Architectural studies MSArchSt
Community and regional planning MSCRP, PhD
Historic preservation MSHP
Landscape architecture MLA
Sustainable design MSSD
Urban design MSUD

Red McCombs School of Business
Business administration MBA
Accounting MPA, PhD
Finance PhD
Management PhD
Management science and information systems PhD
Marketing PhD

College of Communication
Advertising MA, PhD
Communication sciences and disorders MA, AuD [2], PhD
Communication studies MA, PhD
Journalism MA, PhD
Radio-television-film MA, MFA, PhD

College of Education
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

College of Engineering
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
Materials science and engineering MSE, PhD
Mechanical engineering MSE, PhD
Operations research and industrial engineering MSE, PhD
Petroleum engineering MSE, PhD

College of Fine Arts
Art education MA
Art history MA, PhD
Dance MFA
Design MFA
Music MMusic, DMA, PhD
Studio art MFA
Theatre MA, MFA, PhD

John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences
Geological sciences MA, MSGeoSci, PhD

School of Information
Information studies MSInfoStds, PhD

College of 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
Mexican American studies [3] MA
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

College of 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
Human development and family sciences MA, PhD
Marine science MSMarineSci, PhD
Mathematics MA, PhD
Microbiology MA, PhD
Nutritional sciences MA, PhD
Physics MA, MSApplPhy, PhD
Plant biology MA, PhD
Statistics MSStat
Textile and apparel technology MSTAT [4]

School of Nursing
Nursing MSN, PhD

College of Pharmacy
Pharmacy MSPhr, PhD

Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
Public affairs MPAff
Public policy PhD

School of 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
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Ad Hoc Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program

In addition to established interdisciplinary academic programs, students may propose to construct an ad hoc interdisciplinary doctoral program that draws on the intellectual resources of several graduate programs and involves faculty members from more than one college or school. This procedure allows students who have been admitted to a graduate program to design a course of study that does not fit into an existing degree plan. Each program must be approved by the graduate dean.

Students interested in the ad hoc interdisciplinary doctoral program should consult the graduate adviser of the program to which they are admitted or to which they plan to apply. Additional information is available from the Office of Graduate Studies.

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Dual Degree Programs

Dual 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 dual program, the student must be accepted by both of the individual programs. Students who wish to enter a dual program that involves the JD degree should contact the Admissions Office in the School of Law first. Dual programs are offered in the following fields.

Dual Degree Programs
Advertising/Business administration MA/MBA
Advertising/Public affairs MA/MPAff
Asian studies/Public affairs MA/MPAff
Asian studies/Business administration MA/MBA
Communication studies/Business administration MA/MBA
Communication studies/Latin American studies MA/MA
Communication studies/Public affairs MA/MPAff
Community and regional planning/Geography MSCRP/PhD
Journalism/Business administration MA/MBA
Journalism/Latin American studies MA/MA
Journalism/Middle Eastern studies MA/MA
Journalism/Public affairs MA/MPAff
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
Law/Business administration JD/MBA
Law/Middle Eastern studies JD/MA
Law/Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies JD/MA
Law/Public affairs JD/MPAff
Law/Community and regional planning JD/MSCRP
Mechanical engineering/Business administration MSE/MBA
Middle Eastern studies/Business administration MA/MBA
Middle Eastern studies/Information studies MA/MSInfoStds
Middle Eastern studies/Public affairs MA/MPAff
Nursing/Business administration MSN/MBA
Public affairs/Business administration MPAff/MBA
Public affairs/Engineering MPAff/MSE
Radio-television-film/Business administration MA/MBA
Radio-television-film/Latin American studies MA/MA
Radio-television-film/Middle Eastern studies MA/MA
Radio-television-film/Public affairs MA/MPAff
Radio-television-film/Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies MA/MA
Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies/Business administration MA/MBA
Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies/Public affairs MA/MPAff
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Dual degree programs with other institutions. The dual degree programs listed above lead to two University degrees. Dual degree programs in biomedical engineering and in cell and molecular biology allow 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 similar program in neuroscience is pending final approval. A dual 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.

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Combined JD/PhD Programs

The School of Law and the Graduate School offer programs leading to the Doctor of Jurisprudence and the Doctor of Philosophy with a major in government or philosophy. These programs are designed to prepare students for academic careers in law or the cognate discipline or both. By counting law courses toward the PhD and courses in the cognate discipline toward the JD, students can save up to a year of coursework. The law school provides financial aid to students at the dissertation stage of the program. More information on the JD/PhD in government is available at (512) 471-5121; more information is also available on the JD/PhD in philosophy.

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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 paper or presentation; for master's portfolio programs, a practical experience may replace the paper or 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 the following areas.

  • African and African American studies
  • Cellular and molecular imaging for diagnostics and therapeutics
  • Communication, information, and cultural policy
  • Cultural studies
  • Dispute resolution
  • Gerontology
  • Interdisciplinary European studies
  • Mexican American studies
  • Nanoscience and nanotechnology
  • Nonprofit and philanthropic studies
  • Presidential studies
  • The study of religion
  • Women's and gender studies

Master's portfolio programs are available in the following areas.

  • Communication, information, and cultural policy
  • Dispute resolution
  • Gerontology
  • Nonprofit and philanthropic studies
  • The study of religion
  • Women's and gender studies

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

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Professional Development and Community Engagement

The Professional Development and Community Engagement Program (PDCE) in the Office of Graduate Studies is dedicated to ensuring that graduate students succeed at the University and in their careers. In a number of ways, PDCE encourages and supports graduate students who seek to become innovators and leaders. PDCE provides graduate courses, workshops, internships, and other structured opportunities for students to bring their expertise to bear on important community issues. The program serves as a clearinghouse, directing students to resources both on- and off-campus. PDCE also consults with graduate programs and departments, providing customized programs or help in developing resources and programs for their students.

Graduate School (GRS) courses that support PDCE are described in chapter 4. A complete description of PDCE initiatives is available from the Office of Graduate Studies.

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