The University of Texas at Arlington Graduate Catalog 2004-2006 Vol LXXXVII - July 2004
This catalog is a general information publication only. It is not intended to nor does it contain all regulations that relate to students. The provisions of this catalog do not constitute a contract, express or implied, between any applicant, student or faculty member and The University of Texas at Arlington Graduate School or The University of Texas System. The University reserves the right to withdraw courses at any time, change fees, rules, calendar, curriculum, degree programs, degree requirements, graduation procedures and any other requirements affecting students. Changes will become effective whenever the proper authorities so determine and will apply to both prospective students and those already enrolled. Students are held individually responsible for complying with all requirements of the rules and regulations of the University and the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System. Failure to read and comply with policies, regulations and procedures will not exempt a student from whatever penalties the student may incur.
The admission requirements set forth in the following pages are the minimum standards required for admission to the Graduate School. Meeting them does not guarantee acceptance into a departmental degree program because most departments have more stringent admission standards.
The admission policies of the Graduate School and the academic departments of The University of Texas at Arlington comply with standards established by Texas law in HB 1641. Specifically, performance on a standardized test is not the sole criterion for consideration of an applicant for admission or competitive scholarships or as the primary criterion to end consideration of an applicant. Other factors, including the quality of an applicant's academic preparation, relevant experience, commitment to the field of planned study, multilingual proficiency, and socioeconomic background (to the extent that it can be identified) may also enter into these decisions. This law does not apply to standardized tests used to measure the English language proficiency of non-native English speakers without a bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited U.S. institution.
The Graduate School requires that basic admission requirements be met before a student can be accepted. In meeting these requirements, an applicant 1) must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university or its foreign equivalent, with a satisfactory grade-point average 2) must have an acceptable and current score on the aptitude tests of the Graduate Record Examination or the Graduate Management Admission Test, as specified by the department or program to which application is being made; 3) demonstrate potential for graduate work in the chosen field through previous academic performance ; and 4) be approved for admission by the department(s) in which a degree is sought. Many departments have additional requirements, and all departments have specific expectations concerning acceptable qualifications, so applicants should examine departmental requirements with care.
Application for admission must be made on official application forms. Students may complete our application online, download an application package and apply by submitting a paper application, or obtain an application package by contacting the Graduate School office, Room 333, Davis Hall. Online access to application materials, and other helpful information for applicants can be found at our Web site http://grad.uta.edu by selecting the Virtual Graduate Admissions Counselor link.
A non-refundable application evaluation charge is required of all applicants. Payment must be received before processing can begin. There are no exceptions to this policy.
A non-refundable evaluation charge of $30 is required of all U.S. citizens and U.S. Resident Alien applicants who have completed all of their college or university work at institutions located in the United States. A $60 evaluation charge is required of all U.S. citizens and U.S. Resident Alien applicants who have completed undergraduate or graduate coursework at an institution located outside of the United States.
All international students are required to pay a non-refundable $60 application evaluation charge.
Graduate School application processing requires receipt of official U.S. transcripts or foreign country transcripts or marksheets and diplomas. Unattested, notarized or fax copies of U.S. transcripts, foreign country transcripts, marksheets, diplomas, test scores and other academic records are not acceptable for processing purposes. Acceptable transcripts, marksheets and diplomas from U.S. and international institutions are described below. Documents meeting the indicated criteria will be accepted by the Graduate School for admission purposes. Unacceptable documents will prevent or cause delays in admission processing.
Official transcripts from U.S. institutions are those mailed directly to the Graduate School by the Registrar or responsible head of the institution at which the work was attempted or completed or upon Graduate School review an official original "issued to student" transcript on safety paper with the official university seal and signature of the Registrar of the institution at which the work was attempted or completed. One, but preferably two, transcripts are requested.
Official foreign country transcripts or marksheets and diplomas are those bearing the original seal of the institution and the original signature of the Registrar or responsible head of the institution. Those not issued in English must be accompanied by an exact word for word original English translation bearing the original university or translation agency attestation. One, but preferably two, transcripts or marksheets and diplomas are requested. They may be sent directly to the Graduate School by the institution or by the applicant.
Official test score reports for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), and Test of Spoken English (TSE) are issued by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and sent by ETS directly to the Graduate School. These tests 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 also offered. Current information about GRE, GMAT, TOEFL and TSE test dates, locations and registration procedures is published by ETS at www.ets.org.
Applicants should refer to individual deparmental or program section for test score requirements.
An applicant whose native language is not English must submit a score of at least 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a score of at least 213 on the computer-based test, or a minimum score of 40 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE). Official TOEFL scores more than two years old are not released by the Educational Testing Service; therefore, an applicant who has taken the TOEFL more than two years before the semester for which the applicant is applying must retake it. TOEFL score reports bearing the designation "Applicant's Copy" are not considered official scores for admission purposes. An applicant holding either a bachelor's or a master's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university is not required to submit a TOEFL score. Any other waivers of the TOEFL score requirement must be recommended by the applicant's Graduate Advisor and approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies. The TSE can be substituted for the TOEFL. The TOEFL and the TSE are administered at various centers in the United States and abroad several times each year.
Before being appointed to an assistantship at U.T. Arlington, a student whose native language is not English must submit an acceptable score (45 or higher) on the TSE. An applicant who is a non-native speaker of English and who may wish to be considered for an assistantship should take the TSE before arriving in the United States and have the score sent to U.T. Arlington. Score reports submitted directly by the student or those marked "Student Copy" or "Applicant's Copy" are not considered official and will not be accepted by the University. The holding of a degree(s) from a U.S. college or university does NOT exempt from this requirement assistantship applicants who are non-native speakers of English. The TSE is administered at TOEFL test centers around the world. Applicants should register for TSE (for teaching and research assistant applicants). Note: If the TSE is taken and an acceptable score is achieved, the TOEFL is not required.
The Spoken English Assessment (SEA) examination is administered through the Assessment Services Office on the U.T. Arlington campus at various times during the year. A satisfactory score on this examination may be used for the TSE requirement for assistantships. This examination may be taken in cases in which the student has come to U.T. Arlington without having taken the TSE and wishes to be considered for a graduate assistantship. Cost and time necessary for scoring the SEA examination are comparable to those for the TSE. Contact the Assessment Services Office for administration dates and other details, www.uta.edu/assessment.
Current information about the TOEFL and the TSE test dates, locations and registration procedures is published by ETS at www.ets.org.
Students who do not achieve scores on the TSE or SEA high enough to satisfy the English proficiency requirements for graduate teaching assistants must enroll in the Developmental English Program and be certified for English proficiency. This 10-week program offered by the U.T. Arlington English Language Institute emphasizes accent reduction and oral presentation skills needed by teaching assistants. Contact the English Language Institute at 817.272.2730 for details, including current class schedule and charges.
Application materials become property of The University of Texas at Arlington and cannot be returned. Completed applications, transcripts, marksheets and diplomas, test scores and all application records for students who do not register in the semester for which they applied are retained by the Graduate School for one year.
While admission-related information received from the graduate program to which an individual has applied may be important and useful, such information does not constitute official notice of admission into Graduate School or into a graduate program at The University of Texas at Arlington.
Official notification of the admission decision is issued by the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies and is sent by the Graduate School directly to the applicant. It is very important that applicants read this notice carefully because it describes any conditions or restrictions placed on admission that must be addressed. Many of these conditions must be satisfied before the end of the first semester of enrollment. If they are not, a student may be barred from enrolling in subsequent semesters. Thus applicants should read the notice and keep it for future reference. Admission conditions described in official notification letters are described in the following section.
After an applicant's credentials have been evaluated by the Graduate Advisor in the applicant's major area and by the Dean of Graduate Studies, the applicant will be notified by letter from the Dean of Graduate Studies of: 1) acceptance and admission under one of the categories of admission listed below; 2) denial of application; or 3) deferral for reasons listed in the notice. If accepted, an acceptance letter will be issued by the Dean of Graduate Studies stating conditions for admission and period of validity of the acceptance. Applicants who have not received an admission notification one week prior to the beginning of classes for the semester for which admission is sought should contact the Graduate School for information concerning the status of their application.
An applicant who meets all requirements is normally granted unconditional admission.
An applicant who does not meet all requirements for unconditional admission nevertheless may show promise for successful graduate study and, upon recommendation of the appropriate Committee on Graduate Studies and approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies, may be granted probationary admission. Special course requirements or other conditions may be imposed by the Committee on Graduate Studies in the student's major area and/or by the Dean of Graduate Studies.
An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements, upon recommendation of the appropriate Committee on Graduate Studies and approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies, may be granted provisional admission. Complete and satisfactory credentials must be received by the Graduate School before the end of the semester in which the student has registered in a provisional status. A student will not be permitted to enroll in the Graduate School with a provisional status for more than one semester. Provisional admission does not guarantee subsequent admission on an unconditional basis. International applicants residing outside of the United States at the time of application may not be admitted on a provisional basis. A student may not hold an assistantship while in provisional status.
If an applicant does not present adequate evidence of meeting admission requirements, the admission decision may be deferred until records are complete. The applicant will be sent an Admission Deferral Notice specifying the data that must be provided or the work that must be completed before the application will be reconsidered. The application may be reactivated for reprocessing by returning the "Request to Reactivate Application" that accompanied the Admission Deferral Notice. An application evaluation fee will be required for each reprocessing request.
If more than a year has passed since initial admission or last update, a person must reapply (complete a new application, submit new copies of transcripts, marksheets, diplomas, test scores, letters of reference, and all other required materials) to the Graduate School and pay the appropriate evaluation charge.
Admission is typically denied if an individual fails to meet more than one of the admission standards of the department to which he or she applied and the admission committee feels that there is insufficient basis to justify a probationary, provisional or deferred admission recommendation. As the admission process is competitive, students meeting basic admission requirements who are less than well qualified that other applicants may also be denied admission.
Applicants denied admission to Graduate School may not take or reserve graduate courses for graduate credit. Applicants may reapply for admission if the deficiencies in credentials that led to denial are remedied. An application evaluation fee will be required for each reprocessing request. Applicants denied admission may ask the Graduate Advisor in the program to which they applied or ask the Graduate School about the deficiencies that led to the denial.
The Graduate English Skills Program (GESP) comprises an intensive English course designed for international students who have been accepted to the U.T. Arlington Graduate School provisionally because of low verbal admission scores.
The program focuses on improving English language skills in the areas of academic writing, reading/research skills, note taking from academic lectures, accent reduction and oral presentations. Instruction includes technological support materials.
International students must receive a provisional admission from the Graduate School at U.T. Arlington and permission from their graduate departments to enroll in GESP to remove their English deficiencies.
Students who receive permission to enroll GESP are tested in writing, reading, speaking and listening. Based on the outcome of placement tests, the English Language Institute (ELI) will recommend to the graduate departments the areas where each student needs improvement. A student may be required to take no further English or as little as one skill area up to a maximum of three skill areas (five hours) per day. Students studying less than five hours of English per day may be allowed by their department to enroll in some graduate courses as well.
At the end of a semester, if the student has attained a minimum average of 85% during the semester, the GESP Coordinator will recommend to the graduate department that the student enroll for all graduate courses or continue studying English. Most students complete their English requirements in a semester. Full tuition for the Graduate English Skills Program is $2,895 per semester ($1,895 in summer). Tuition also may be scaled to two-thirds or one-third if less than a full program is taken.
For more information, contact the GESP Coordinator at the English Language Institute, Box 19560, Arlington, Texas 76019. Phone: 817.272.7576. Fax: 817.272.2731.
A U.S. citizen applicant should file an official U.S. Citizen Application form available online through the Virtual Graduate Admissions Counselor link or by a request made to the Graduate School office. The application and following required credentials should be submitted preferably 90 days prior to the date of expected enrollment: 1) one, but preferably two, official transcripts (as defined in the section titled "Application Documentation Requirements: Required Official Transcripts, Marksheets, Diplomas and Standardized Tests") of all undergraduate and graduate college work previously taken (an applicant who has attended U.T. Arlington previously within five years as an undergraduate or special student must submit in person or by mail a request to the U.T. Arlington Registrar to forward to the Graduate School copies of all previous college transcripts on file in the Registrar's Office); 2) scores on the aptitude tests of the Graduate Record Examination, or Graduate Management Admission Test if required in place of the GRE; 3) three letters of recommendation completed according to the instructions accompanying the official application form; 4) a nonrefundable application evaluation charge of $30, if no foreign college or university work or $60 if foreign college or university work; and 5) a completed U.S. Citizen application form.
Some graduate programs may set deadlines for admission or consideration of applicants for graduate assistantships that are earlier than general deadlines established by the Graduate School. Such deadlines will be included in descriptions of admission requirements provided by each department. Applicants should read those materials carefully and submit their application materials before a departmental deadline passes. If the department does not specify a deadline, applicants should meet Graduate School deadlines described above.
The grade-point average for admission to the Graduate School at The University of Texas at Arlington is calculated according to Texas law and the policies and procedures of the Graduate School. For applicants completing work in U.S. institutions of higher learning, calculation of the grade-point average for admission purposes is based on the last two years of courses from the bachelor's degree transcript, on a 4.0 scale. In practice, this grade-point average is based on approximately the last 60 semester hours or the equivalent in quarter hours (90 quarter hours) shown on an applicant's the bachelor's degree transcript.
In cases in which an applicant's transcript shows repeated courses, the grade-point calculation includes all grades earned in those courses.
For an applicant who applies before official receipt of the bachelor's degree, the grade-point calculation will include all senior college and university work completed to date. The grade-point average will not be automatically recalculated upon receipt of the degree.
An applicant wishing to have undergraduate courses completed after they earned their bachelor's degree considered in the grade-point calculation may submit a written request to the Graduate School at the time the application for admission is submitted.
International applicants and others with degrees earned outside the United States should see the grade-point calculation information under Admission of International Students and Resident Aliens.
The following are not included in grade-point calculation for admission purposes:
Texas residents may seek to enter undergraduate programs at U.T. Arlington under provisions of the "academic fresh start" statute, Section 51.931 of the Texas Education Code. When applicants inform U.T. Arlington admissions officials in writing of their decision, U.T. Arlington will not consider in the admissions decision any academic course credits or grades earned 10 or more years prior to the starting date of the semester in which the applicant seeks to enroll. Applicants who decide to apply under this statute may not receive any course credit for courses taken 10 or more years prior to enrollment under academic fresh start.
Applicants who have earned baccalaureate degrees under the "academic fresh start" statute, Section 51.931 of the Texas Education Code, and who apply for admission to a postgraduate or professional program will be evaluated on only the grade-point average of the course of work completed for that baccalaureate degree and the other criteria stated herein for admission to the postgraduate or professional program.
An international or U.S. Resident Alien applicant must file an official International Student Application form available online through the Virtual Graduate Admissions Counselor or by a request made to the Graduate School office. The application and following required credentials should be submitted preferably 120 days prior to the date of expected enrollment: 1) all international students must submit a nonrefundable application evaluation charge of $60. U.S. Resident Alien applicants WITH foreign college or university work must submit a non-refundable application evaluation charge of $60. U.S. Resident Alien applicant WITHOUT foreign college or university work must submit a non-refundable application charge of $30; 2) one, but preferably two, official copies of marksheets, diplomas or transcripts (as defined in the section titled "Application Documentation Requirements: Required Official Transcripts, Marksheets, Diplomas and Standardized Tests") of all undergraduate and graduate coursework; 3) official GRE or GMAT test score as specified by the department or program of application to which application is being made; 4) official TOEFL or TSE test score, if applicable; 5) three letters of recommendation; and 6) financial and/or immigration documentation as specified in the application instructions.
The calculation of the GPA for international applicants and U.S. resident aliens who have earned degrees from colleges or universities in the United States follows the policies and procedures for U.S. applicants. The diversity of marksheets and transcripts from foreign universities requires flexibility in calculating approximate equivalents of U.S. GPAs. Generally, GPAs for applicants with foreign degrees are calculated using the final grade for courses taken in the last two years of the applicants' undergraduate program. For an applicant who applies pending receipt of the bachelor's degree, the GPA calculation will include final course grades for the last two years of undergraduate work available at the time the application is submitted for processing. All grades are converted to the U.S. 4-point scale, pluses and minuses, graduate courses, and personal improvement courses such as physical education are not included in these calculations.
Upon the recommendation of the Graduate Advisor, outstanding graduates of The University of Texas at Arlington may be admitted to a master's degree program by advanced admission. To qualify, the student must meet the following minimum requirements:
Students who qualify for advanced admission will be admitted directly to the Graduate School without completing the application for admission, submitting an application evaluation charge or taking the GRE or GMAT. Students who believe they may qualify for this program should contact the appropriate Graduate Advisor. Some programs may require a higher grade-point average to qualify. Not all graduate programs participate in Advanced Admission of Outstanding Undergraduates.
Upon recommendation of the Graduate Advisor, outstanding U.T. Arlington graduates may qualify for waiver of the requirements for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). To qualify, the applicant must meet the following minimum requirements:
Applicants qualifying for waiver of GRE who do not qualify for advanced admission, must comply with all other requirements for admission, i.e., submitting the application for admission, paying fees, providing official transcripts from other institutions, and meeting any requirements established by the admitting graduate program. The GRE waiver must be recommended by the Graduate Advisor at the time of admission. The waiver of GRE program applies to applicants for master's degree programs only. Some programs may require higher grade-point averages to qualify. Not all graduate programs participate in the GRE waiver program.
A person wishing to take graduate courses at The University of Texas at Arlington but not planning to pursue a graduate degree may be admitted as a special non-degree seeking student with approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies and concurrence of the Committee on Graduate Studies in the area in which the applicant wishes to study. In most cases, admission as a special non-degree seeking student is granted only for the purpose of participating in special graduate course offerings, or for taking courses to be transferred to another institution. Under normal circumstances, a student who has been denied admission to or been dismissed from the Graduate School will not be permitted to enroll as a special non-degree seeking student.
An applicant for special non-degree seeking student admission must submit a completed "Special Non-Degree Seeking Student Application" form available online through the Virtual Graduate Admissions Counselor and official transcripts of previous college work showing evidence of an undergraduate degree and, if applicable, a graduate degree. Special non-degree seeking student admission status is granted for the semester for which the application is submitted. Further enrollment as a special non-degree seeking student must be approved on a semester-by-semester basis. Special non-degree students may not hold graduate assistantships or enroll in research, thesis, internship or dissertation courses.
Up to 12 graduate level (5000 and above) semester credit hours earned as a special non-degree seeking student may be applied to a graduate degree program upon recommendation of the appropriate Committee on Graduate Studies and the approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies, subject to the policies on grades and graduate credit described on pages 32-34 in this catalog. All grades in courses taken as a special non-degree seeking student will be considered in computing a student's graduate grade-point average.
A former or currently enrolled special student wishing to apply for admission to a graduate degree program must submit a regular Graduate School Application for Admission form, all supporting documents listed in the Admission section of this catalog, and the appropriate application evaluation charge. Admission as a special student in no way guarantees subsequent unconditional admission into a graduate program or into the Graduate School.
NOTE: Immigration regulations do not always permit International Students to study as special non-degree seeking students. If you are an International Student, please contact the Graduate School before submitting a Special Non-Degree Seeking Student Application to determine if you may enroll in this status.
Applicants wishing to change the semester in which they plan to start study at UTA, programs in which they wish to be considered for admission, or degree levels for which they initially applied, may request that their application be reprocessed for possible admission. The form titled "Request To Update/Reactivate Application" can be obtained online through the Virtual Graduate Admissions Counselor and used for these purposes. The initial admission decision does not automatically apply when an applicant requests these types of changes to their application. When a request is received, the student's application is thoroughly re-evaluated to ensure it is complete and current and a new admission decision is made. The appropriate U.S., Resident Alien or International Student application evaluation charge must be paid in order to begin processing a request. A person must reapply (complete a new application, submit new copies of transcripts, marksheets, diplomas, test scores, letters of reference, and all other required materials) to the Graduate School and pay the appropriate evaluation charge if more than a year has passed since initial admission or the last update/reactivation request.
A student previously enrolled in The University of Texas at Arlington Graduate School wishing to resume graduate work after an absence of a fall or spring semester or longer (summer excluded) must submit an application for readmission and pay the required application evaluation fee. The Application for Readmission is available online through the Virtual Graduate Admissions Counselor or by request made to the Graduate School office. An application evaluation fee will be required for each readmission request. International students and U.S. Resident Alien students should submit this form 120 days prior to their expected semester of enrollment and U.S. citizen students 40 days prior to their expected date of enrollment.
Former students enrolled at other institutions during their absence from UTA (including those in UTA concurrent enrollment) must submit official transcripts showing such coursework to the Graduate School. Returning students wishing to change their graduate major or program upon readmission should consult the section entitled "Change of Graduate Major or Program" in this catalog. Those who wish to apply after an absence of five years or more are required to complete a new student application. New student applications for admission must be made on official application form available online through the Virtual Graduate Admissions Counselor or by request made to the Graduate School office.
After being admitted, students should confer (preferably in person) with the Graduate Advisor of their major area to become familiar with specific departmental regulations, particularly those that require additional examinations upon entrance. After receiving registration materials, students should consult with the Graduate Advisor in the major area at the time and place indicated in the registration instructions regarding details of registration, course program and other procedures. It is important that a student wishing to take courses for graduate credit consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor before registering, as each student's program of work must be approved by the Graduate Advisor, the Committee on Graduate Studies, the student's supervising committee and the Dean of Graduate Studies. Failure to consult with the Graduate Advisor could result in the student's enrolling for courses that are not applicable toward meeting graduate degree requirements. Graduate Advisor contact information is available from http://grad.uta.edu.
Students should be familiar with all dates on the Graduate School calendars printed in this catalog or online at www.uta.edu/uta/acadcal. Specific registration instructions are published by the Registrar several times each year and should be consulted for procedures, dates and deadlines. International applicants should consult the "Registration and Orientation for International Students" section in this catalog and the International Student Advisor in the U.T. Arlington International Office for registration regulations.
U.T. Arlington offers both telephone and Web registration. Students may also use these systems to check their eligibility to register and to check open class sections. To register on the Web, students should access www.uta.edu/registrar. To register by telephone, students should call 817.272.2SAM.
For more information on course schedules, consult the current Schedule of Classes or go to www.uta.edu/schedule.
The University of Texas at Arlington may limit the number of students accepted in some programs if the number of applicants exceeds capacity of available facilities.
Members of the U.T. Arlington faculty holding an appointment at the rank of instructor or above may not pursue a graduate degree at the University.
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