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Students seeking admission to the Graduate School should consult the printed or on-line Graduate Admission Bulletin, which contains information and application forms. The student must submit an official transcript from each senior-level college he or she has attended. Specific information about obtaining transcripts and taking the Graduate Record Examinations General Test (GRE) is contained in the bulletin. The applicant should also consult the graduate adviser for the program to which he or she is applying, since many programs require additional material.
A nonrefundable processing fee of $50 is charged each applicant to the Graduate School; for applicants from other countries, the fee is $75. A nonrefundable processing fee of $75 is charged each applicant to the Master of Business Administration and Master in Professional Accounting degree programs in the Graduate School of Business; for applicants from other countries, the fee is $100. Under certain circumstances, applicants to the Graduate School may be eligible for a waiver of the application fee; additional information about the fee waiver is given in the Graduate Admission Bulletin.
Applicants from other countries should consult the bulletin Information for Prospective International Students, available at no charge from the Graduate and International Admissions Center.
Applicants are not guaranteed admission even though they meet these minimum requirements, because some graduate programs set higher standards and many have limited space and facilities.
All complete applications are forwarded to the Graduate Studies Committee to which they are directed. The graduate dean must approve all admissions.
Applicants who feel that their grade point averages or their 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 with Conditions
Almost all of the students who are admitted to the Graduate School have qualifications equal to or higher 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 adviser 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 in the new program petitions for them to be changed.
Admission as a Nondegree Student
An individual who wishes to take graduate-level 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 and must pay the usual application fee. A degree-seeking student may petition to have up to six semester hours of credit in graduate-level courses, earned while enrolled as a nondegree student, applied to the graduate degree.
Applying for Admission
Application for admission to the Graduate School consists of submitting to the Graduate and International Admissions Center the official application form, transcripts, test scores, and processing fees. The Graduate Admission Bulletin contains instructions and forms. Students may also indicate their interest in assistantships and fellowships on these forms.
The Graduate Admission Bulletin is available in print from the Graduate and International Admissions Center and on-line at http://www.utexas.edu/student/giac/. Students are encouraged to submit on-line applications because they can be processed more quickly than paper applications.
Each graduate program requires the submission of additional materials. These materials vary by program, but examples include letters of reference and personal statements. Information about required materials is available from the graduate adviser of each program.
Because graduate programs set their own application deadlines, the applicant must be sure to inquire about the deadline for the program to which he or she is applying. February 1 is often the application date for the fall semester and the summer session, but some programs set different dates. Graduate programs also have various admission deadlines for the spring semester; none of these deadlines is later than October 1. It is the applicant's responsibility to meet the deadline set by the graduate program. A list of program deadlines is given in the Graduate Admission Bulletin.
Applicants should also note that some programs grant admission only for the fall semester.
Deadlines for those seeking financial aid. An applicant seeking financial aid must submit all materials by February 1 for summer or fall admission or by October 1 for spring admission. Financial aid decisions are made soon after these dates, and applicants whose materials have not been received may not be given full consideration.
In addition to meeting the general requirements for admission, applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate sufficient competence in English to study effectively at the University. These applicants are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and to submit their scores to the Graduate and International Admissions Center. Copies of the TOEFL information bulletin are available from American embassies and consulates, offices of the United States Information Agency, and TOEFL Services, P O Box 6151, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6151, USA.
Since transcripts from foreign universities require special evaluation, prospective international students are advised to submit their application forms, test scores, and transcripts nine to twelve months before the beginning of the semester for which they are applying. A nonrefundable $75 processing fee is required with each application for admission to the Graduate School; $100 is charged with each application to the Master of Business Administration and Master in Professional Accounting degree programs in the Graduate School of Business. DO NOT SEND CASH. Cashier's checks, bank money orders, bank drafts, and personal checks are accepted. All payments must be in US dollars and drawn on US banks.
International students on nonimmigrant visas must maintain approved comprehensive health insurance or coverage. The student's registration bill includes the insurance premium.
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