UT Austin
Graduate Catalog


Graduate Study

Admission and Registration

Degree Requirements

Fields of Study

Members of Graduate Studies Committees

Course Abbreviations

Chapter 1: Graduate Study

Libraries and Other Academic Resources

The University Libraries

The University libraries are a resource center for Texas and the Southwest, as well as a national resource center for library materials on Latin America, Texas, the history of the American South and West, and nineteenth- and twentieth-century British, French, and American literature. The library system includes the General Libraries, the Center for American History, the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, and the Joseph D. Jamail Center for Legal Research: Tarlton Law Library. The General Libraries are the Perry-Castaneda Library, the Undergraduate Library, the Collections Deposit Library, and several branch libraries and special collections.

The online catalog, UTCAT, available on public terminals in the library and by remote access, includes most items in the General Libraries, the Center for American History, and the Humanities Research Center and has partial listings for the Law Library.

Detailed information about University libraries is given in General Information.

Perry-Castaneda Library

This six-level open stack library contains more than two and a half million books and is the main library of the University. It serves most subject fields but emphasizes the humanities; the social sciences; business; education; nursing; social work; and European, East European, Asian, Middle Eastern, Hebraic, and Judaic studies. Special materials include United States and United Nations official documents, current journals and newspapers, and a large collection of microforms. Traditional reference and computer-based information services are offered and photoduplication services are available during most hours the library is open. Graduate students may consult subject bibliographers to identify useful resources and gain access to them.

Center for American History

The Center for American History is a special collections library, archive, and museum that facilitates research and sponsors programs on the historical development of the United States. The center supports research and education by acquiring, preserving, and making accessible research collections and by sponsoring exhibitions, conferences, fellowships, and grant-funded initiatives. Research collection strengths are the history of the South, the Southwest, the Rocky Mountain West, congressional history, and specific national topics.

Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, housed in the Harry Ransom Center and the Flawn Academic Center, is a complex of rare book libraries and special collections, primarily in the humanities but including also social science and history of science research materials. Its particular strength is in twentieth-century British, French, and American literature. Among the important collections in photography, theatre arts, and film are the Gernsheim History of Photography Collection. The center houses about a million books, thirty million manuscripts, five million photographs, and more than one hundred thousand works of art.

Law Library

The Joseph D. Jamail Center for Legal Research: Tarlton Law Library is one of the largest academic law libraries in the country, with over nine hundred thousand volumes of codes, statutes, court decisions, administrative regulations, periodicals, textbooks, and treatises on law and related fields. It offers a strong collection of foreign and international legal materials.

Special Collections and Branch Libraries

The University has a variety of special collections that serve the research needs of scholars in many fields. The Edie and Lew Wasserman Public Affairs Library, located near the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, provides information resources on the creation, implementation, and evaluation of public policy. The library collects Texas state publications and is an official depository for United States and Canadian government documents. Financial reports and budgets for cities, counties, and states are also available in the library.

The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, an international resource for research in Latin American studies, contains almost eight hundred thousand volumes of books, pamphlets, and journals in addition to manuscripts, maps, newspapers, and microfilms. It includes materials on any subject related to Latin America or written by a Latin American, regardless of language.

The branch libraries are the Architecture and Planning Library, the Mallet Chemistry Library, the Classics Library, the McKinney Engineering Library, the Fine Arts Library, the Walter Geology Library, the Life Science Library, the Kuehne Physics-Mathematics-Astronomy Library, the Balcones Library Service Center, and the Marine Science Library in Port Aransas. Reference services are available at all branch libraries, and most branch libraries provide computer-based information services.

Other Libraries in Austin

The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, located on campus, is operated by the National Archives and Records Administration. This library is a valuable resource for the study of the twentieth century. Faculty members and students also have access to other public and private libraries in the Austin area, including several special-interest libraries.

Research Facilities

The University offers some of the most extensive university research facilities in the United States. There are about ninety organized research units on campus and many other informally organized laboratories; they give graduate students the opportunity to conduct laboratory and field research in almost all fields of study. Internships are also offered in many fields.

Facilities associated with specific degree programs are described in chapter 4.

Academic Computing and Instructional Technology Services

Academic Computing and Instructional Technology Services supports the University's academic and research programs by providing an information-technology-based environment, technological capabilities, and staff to assist students, faculty and staff members, academic departments, and research centers with their learning, teaching, research, and outreach activities. ACITS maintains a Web site at http://www.utexas.edu/cc/.

ACITS provides information services; access to desktop computing, general-purpose timesharing systems, and high-performance computing systems; technical support, training and consulting services, facilities management, information on standards and practices, and software tools; and a state-of-the-art, reliable, secure, and ubiquitous telecommunications infrastructure with related services for data, voice, and video systems.

More information about ACITS' facilities and services is given in General Information.

Cooperative Arrangements

A cooperative arrangement between The University of Texas System and the Texas A&M University System allows a graduate student at one institution to use unique facilities or courses at the other institution with a minimum of paperwork. The graduate student registers and pays fees at the home institution and may retain any fellowship or financial assistance awarded by it. Space must be readily available, and the instructor or laboratory director of the proposed work must consent to the arrangement. Approval must be given by the graduate dean of each institution.

A similar arrangement among component institutions of The University of Texas System has been authorized by the chancellor and the Board of Regents. The University has active arrangements with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Science Park in Bastrop County.

A cooperative arrangement between the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Texas at El Paso allows doctoral students who focus their work on the United States-Mexico border to receive their degree from UT Austin after conducting a portion of their coursework and research at UT El Paso. Social science faculty members from both campuses serve as instructors and committee members.

Cooperative Degree Programs

With appropriate approval, the University of Texas at Austin and another component of The University of Texas System may enter into a cooperative agreement in which one component serves as the degree-granting institution while some or all of the courses in the degree program are taught at the other component. The component that grants the degree is the sponsoring institution. A student who enters such a cooperative program is admitted on the understanding that institutional sponsorship of the program may change during the student's enrollment. The student's continuation in the program will not be affected by such a transfer of sponsorship, but the student will become subject to the policies and procedures of the new sponsoring institution, which may differ from those of the original sponsor. The student will receive his or her degree from the component that sponsors the program at the time of the student's graduation.

Financial Aid


University fellowships, which are administered through the Graduate School, are awarded to both new and continuing graduate students in most academic areas. Students must be nominated by their graduate advisers for any fellowship administered by the Graduate School. Additional information on University fellowships is given at http://www.utexas.edu/ogs/outreach/finaid/#gradfell.

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.

Deadlines for financial aid. General deadlines for submitting all materials for financial aid are February 1 for summer or fall admission and October 1 for spring admission. However, some graduate programs have earlier or later deadlines. Applicants for fellowships and other forms of financial assistance should contact the program of interest to them for current deadlines.


Various teaching, research, and academic assistantships are awarded by the departments. These appointments require specific service. Nonresidents and international students who hold assistantships may, under certain conditions, pay tuition and fees at the rate charged to state residents. An applicant to the Graduate School may indicate on the admission application that he or she would like to be considered for a teaching assistantship or a research assistantship. Enrolled students should apply directly to the department in which they would serve.

Additional Financial Aid

The University's Office of Student Financial Services administers several long-term loan programs, the College Work-Study Program, and a short-term loan program for registration and other emergency needs. These programs are described in General Information. More information is available at http://www.utexas.edu/student/finaid/ and from the Office of Student Financial Services, The University of Texas at Austin, P O Box 7758, Austin, Texas 78713-7758.

Student Responsibility

While University faculty and staff members give students academic advice and assistance, each student is expected to take responsibility for his or her education and personal development. The student must know and abide by the academic and disciplinary policies given in this catalog and in General Information, including rules governing quantity of work, the standard of work required to continue in the University, warning status and scholastic dismissal, and enforced withdrawal. The student must also know and meet the requirements of his or her degree program; must enroll in courses appropriate to the program; must meet prerequisites and take courses in the proper sequence to ensure orderly and timely progress; and must seek advice about degree requirements and other University policies when necessary.

The student must give correct local and permanent addresses and telephone numbers to the Office of the Registrar and must notify this office immediately of any changes in address or telephone number. Official correspondence is sent to the address last given to the registrar; if the student has moved and failed to correct this address, he or she will not be relieved of responsibility on the grounds that the correspondence was not delivered.

The student must register by the deadlines given in the Course Schedule and must verify his or her schedule of classes each semester, must see that necessary corrections are made, and must keep documentation of all schedule changes and other transactions.

Students should be familiar with the following sources of information:

University catalogs. General Information gives important information about academic policies and procedures that apply to all students. It includes the official academic calendar, admission and residence requirements and procedures, information about tuition and fees, and policies on quantity of work, grades and the grade point average, adding and dropping courses, and withdrawal from the University. This catalog also gives historical and current information about the University's organization and physical facilities. It describes the services of the Division of Student Affairs and the libraries and research facilities that support the University's academic programs.

The Graduate Catalog gives information about degrees offered by the Graduate School. It describes academic policies and procedures that apply to graduate students and lists courses and members of Graduate Studies Committees. The Undergraduate Catalog and The Law School Catalog give similar information about undergraduate programs and the programs of the School of Law.

Catalogs are available at campus-area bookstores, by mail from the Office of the Registrar, and at http://www.utexas.edu/student/registrar/catalogs/.

The Course Schedule. The Course Scheduleis published by the Office of the Registrar. It is available before registration for each semester and summer session at campus-area bookstores and at http://www.utexas.edu/student/registrar/schedules/. The Course Schedule includes information about registration procedures; times, locations, instructors, prerequisites, and special fees of courses offered; and advising locations.

The Official Directory. The official University directory is published and distributed by Texas Student Publications each fall. It gives addresses and telephone numbers of University offices and of students and faculty and staff members; many entries include e-mail addresses as well.

World Wide Web. The address for the University's home page on the World Wide Web is http://www.utexas.edu/. The home page includes links to the online editions of catalogs and Course Schedules, to directory information, and to sites maintained by departments, colleges, graduate programs, and student-service offices.

The Office of Graduate Studies is the central source of information for graduate students. Doctoral and master's degree evaluators and their assistants provide information about procedures for submission of reports, theses, dissertations, and treatises, and the student records coordinator assists with registration.

Graduate advisers, assistant graduate advisers, and graduate coordinators. The graduate adviser for each program is a faculty member designated to advise students and represent the Graduate School in matters pertaining to graduate study. He or she provides information about the program, including admission and degree requirements, and about fellowships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships. The assistant graduate adviser, also a faculty member, serves in the absence of the graduate adviser. The graduate coordinator, a staff member who assists the graduate adviser and other faculty members in the administration of the program, also provides services to students.

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