Graduate Catalog  2006-2007
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Admission Requirements and Procedures

Admission

Basic Admission Requirements

Application

Application Documentation Requirements: Required Official Transcripts, Marksheets, Diplomas and Standardized Tests

Notification of Applicants Regarding Admission Decisions

Graduate English Skills Program

Application Deadline and Admission Requirements for United States Citizen Applicants

Academic Fresh Start

Application Deadline and Admission Requirements for International and U.S. Resident Alien Applicants

Special Admissions Programs

Readmission

Graduate Student Advisement

Registration

Restrictions on Admission

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.

Admission

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 department 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 specified by the Texas Education Code, Section 51.9111. Specifically, performance on a standardized test is not a the sole criterion for consideration of an applicant for admission or competitive scholarships or as 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.

Basic Admission Requirements

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 grad-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 that concern such things as a person's work or other experience and sills. Some programs require a criminal background check as a condition of admission, program completion or licensure expectations concerning acceptable qualifications, applicants should examine departmental requirements with care.

Application

Application for admission must be made on official application forms. Students may complete the application online, or 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.

Application Evaluation Charges

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 some or all 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.

Application Documentation Requirements: Required Official Transcripts, Marksheets, Diplomas and Standardized Tests

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.

U.S. Transcript Criteria

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. An official original “issued to student” transcript on safety paper with the official university seal and signature of the university’s Registrar may, upon Graduate School review, be acceptable. One, but preferably two, transcripts are requested. Currently or previously enrolled UT Arlington students do not have to request UT Arlington transcripts be forwarded by the UT Arlington Registrar to the Graduate School.

Foreign Country Transcripts or Marksheets and Diplomas Criteria

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.

Standardized Test Score Reports

Official test score reports for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), TOEFL iBT, and Test of Spoken English (TSE) are issued by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and sent by ETS directly to the Graduate School. Of­ficial test score reports for the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) are issued by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) and sent by GMAC directly to the Graduate School. Current information about GRE, TOEFL, TOEFL iBT and TSE test dates, lo­cations, registration procedures, and time frames for test score validity is published by ETS at www.ets.org. For current information about the GMAT including test dates, locations, registration procedures, and time frames for test score validity, access www.mba.com. Official test scores for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are re­ported on an IELTS issued Test Report Form (TRF) and sent directly to the Graduate School from IELTS. Current information about IELTS test dates, locations and registration procedures is published by IELTS at www.ielts.org.

The Graduate School sets test score minimums for tests that mea­sure English proficiency such as the TOEFL, TOEFL iBT, TSE and IELTS; however, individual departments and programs may impose a more stringent test score requirement. Individual departments and programs may evaluate GRE  or GMAT scores as one of several criteria to determine admissibility. Test scores do not constitute the sole or primary basis for ending consideration of an applicant.  Applicants should refer to individual departmental or program section for test  requirements.

TOEFL, TSE, TOEFL iBT and IELTS Test Score Minimums

An applicant whose native language is not English must demonstrate a sufficient level of skill with the English language to assure success in graduate studies. Applicants must submit a score of at least 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, a score of at least 213 on the computer-based TOEFL, a minimum score of 40 on the TSE, a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS, or a minimum TOEFL iBT total score of 79 with sectional scores that meet or exceed 22 for the writing section, 21 for the speaking section, 20 for the reading section, and 16 for the listening section to meet this requirement. An applicant holding either a bachelor’s or a master’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university is not required to submit a TOEFL, TOEFL iBT, TSE or IELTS score for admission purposes. Any other waivers of the score requirements must be recommended by the applicant’s Graduate Advisor and approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

TOEFL iBT, TSE or IELTS Requirements for Graduate Teaching Assistants

Before being appointed to an assistantship at UT Arlington, a student whose native language is not English must demonstrate acceptable skill with spoken English. An applicant who is a non-native speaker of English must submit a TSE score of at least 45 or a score on the Speaking section of the TOEFL iBT of at least 23 or a score of at least 7 on the Speaking section of the IELTS to meet this requirement. Only official scores provided directly to UT Arlington by ETS are acceptable. Alternatively, students who have not taken the TSE or who have failed to attain a score of 23 on the Speaking section of the TOEFL iBT, may satisfy this requirement by earning a score of at least 45 on the Spoken English Assessment (SEA) examination administered by the University of Texas at Arlington’s Assessment Services Office.

The Spoken English Assessment (SEA) examination is administered through the Assessment Services Office on the UT Arlington campus at various times during the year. This examination may be taken in cases in which the student seeking an assistantship has come to UT Arlington without having taken the TSE, or without having earned a score of 23 on the Spoken English sub-test of the TOEFL iBT. Contact the Assessment Services Office for administration dates and other details of the SEA test, www.uta.edu/testing..

Current information about the TOEFL test dates, locations and registration procedures is published by the Educational Testing Service at www.ets.org.

Developmental English Program

Students who do not achieve scores on the TOEFL iBT, 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 UT 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.

Retention of Application Materials

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.

Notification of Applicants Regarding Admission Decisions

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.

Types of Admission Decisions

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; or 2) denial of application; or 3) deferral of application for reasons listed in the letter. If accepted, an acceptance notification will be issued by the Dean of Graduate Studies stating conditions for admission, if any, 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.

Unconditional Admission

An applicant who meets all requirements is normally granted unconditional admission.

Probationary 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.

Provisional Admission

An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline but whom otherwise appears to meet admission requirements, upon recommendation of the appropriate Committee on Graduate Studies and approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies. 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.

Deferred Admission

If an applicant does not present adequate evidence of being able to supply required application materials or must complete additional preparatory work before their admissibility can be determined, 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 charge will be required for each reprocessing request unless the request in made for the original semester and program.

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.

Denied Admission

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 charge will be required for each reprocessing request. Applicants denied admission may ask the Graduate Advisor in the program to which they applied about the deficiencies that led to the denial.

Graduate English Skills Program

The Graduate English Skills Program (GESP) comprises an intensive English course designed for international students who have been conditionally accepted to the UT Arlington Graduate School because of low verbal admission English proficiency tests.

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 admission from the Graduate School at UT Arlington and permission from their graduate departments to enroll in GESP to remove their English deficiencies.

Students who receive permission to enroll in 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.

For tuition charges and other information, contact the GESP Coordinator at the English Language Institute, Box 19560, Arlington, Texas 76019. Phone: 817.272.7576. Fax: 817.272.2731.

Application Deadline and Admission Requirements for United States Citizen and U.S. Resident Alien Applicants

A U.S. citizen or Resident Alien student may complete the application online, or download an application package and apply by submitting a paper application. Since admission requirements vary and are program specific, go to https://www.uta.edu/gradcatalog/toc and click on the name of the program or department of interest for a detailed description of their admission requirements and procedures. Other information on admission may be found on individual department web sites. Whether completing the application online or submitting the paper application, please refer to the U.S. Citizen or U.S. Resident Alien application instructions that can be found at our Web site https://grad.uta.edu by selecting the Admission Center link. Other helpful information for applicants can be found by selecting the Virtual Graduate Admissions Counselor link. The application and required credentials should be submitted preferably 90 days prior to the date of expected enrollment if the applicant has completed no coursework at a foreign college or university. If foreign coursework has been completed, applicants should submit their materials at least 120 days before date of expected enrollment to allow sufficient processing time. The following credentials must be submitted by all U.S. Citizen and U.S. Resident Alien Applicants: 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. Currently or previously enrolled UTA students do not have to request UTA transcripts be forwarded by the Registrar to the Graduate School; 2) scores on the aptitude tests of the Graduate Record Examination, or Graduate Management Admission Test if required in place of the GRE; 3) official TOEFL or TSE test score, if applicable; 4) three letters of recommendation completed according to the instructions accompanying the official application form; 5) general academic plans; 6) a nonrefundable application evaluation charge of $30, if no foreign college or university work or $60 if foreign college or university work;

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.

Calculation of the Grade-Point Average for Admission Purposes (U.S. Colleges and Universities)

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 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 their degree included in the grade-point calculation may submit a written request to the Graduate School at the time the application for admission or application for reactivation/update is submitted.

An additional grade-point average is calculated for an applicant awarded or completing a master’s or doctoral degree at the time application to UT Arlington is made. For master’s level students, the grade-point calculation will include all graduate level courses taken subsequent to the bachelor’s degree at the institution from which the degree has been or will be awarded. For doctoral level students, the grade-point calculation will include all graduate level courses taken subsequent to the bachelor’s and master’s degree at the institution from which the doctoral degree has been or will be awarded. The grade-point average will be calculated on the basis of information provided at the time application to UT Arlington is made and will not be automatically recalculated upon completion of on-going work or award of a degree.

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 the grade-point calculation for admission purposes:

  1. courses completed at junior or community colleges
  2. courses completed by examination or correspondence
  3. incomplete grades or withdrawals
  4. pluses and minuses
  5. personal improvement courses such as private music lessons or activity courses in physical education
  6. graduate courses or any courses completed in graduate student status (a graduate grade-point average will be calculated and reported separately)
  7. courses in which the grade is a P, pass, credit, satisfactory or other such designation

Academic Fresh Start

Undergraduate Programs

Texas residents may seek to enter undergraduate programs at UT Arlington under provisions of the "academic fresh start" statute, Section 51.931 of the Texas Education Code. When applicants inform UT Arlington admissions officials in writing of their decision, UT 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.

Postgraduate/Professional Programs

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.

Application Deadline and Admission Requirements for International Applicants

An International applicant may complete the application online, or download an application package and apply by submitting a paper application. Since admission requirements vary and are program specific, go to https://www.uta.edu/gradcatalog/toc and click on the name of the program or department of interest for a detailed description of their admission requirements and procedures. Other information on admission may be found on individual department web sites.. Whether completing the application online or submitting the paper application, please refer to the International Student application instructions that can be found at our Web site https://grad.uta.edu by selecting the Admission Center link. Other helpful information for applicants can be found at our Web site by selecting the Virtual Graduate Admissions Counselor link. 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. 2) one, but preferably two, official copies of marksheets, diplomas or transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework; 3) official TOEFL or TSE test score, if applicable; 4) three letters of recommendation; 5)general academic plans; 6) general academic plans; 7) financial and/or immigration documentation as specified in the application instructions.

Calculation of the Grade-Point Average (GPA) (International Colleges and Universities)

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.

Special Admissions Programs

Facilitated Admission of Outstanding UT Arlington Undergraduates

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 facilitated admission. To qualify, the student must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. The student must have graduated from a commensurate bachelor's degree program at UT Arlington no more than one academic year prior to the semester for which admission to a graduate program is sought. A commensurate bachelor's degree program is one that is a normal feeder program for the master's degree program to which the student seeks admission. Undergraduate students in their final year of study are also eligible; in such cases, facilitated admission is conditional upon successful completion of the bachelor's degree.
  2. The student's grade-point average must equal or exceed 3.5 in each of two calculations:
    1. the grade-point average in the last 60 hrs of study as calculated in the Graduate School for admission purposes;
    2. all work completed at UTA to date.

Students who qualify for facilitated 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 Facilitated Admission of Outstanding Undergraduates.

Waiver of the Graduate Record Examination

Upon recommendation of the Graduate Advisor, outstanding UT 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:

  1. The student must have graduated from a commensurate bachelor's degree program at UT Arlington no more than three academic years prior to admission to the graduate program (as measured from the start of the semester for which admission is sought). A commensurate bachelor's degree program is one that is a normal feeder program for the master's degree program to which the student seeks admission. Undergraduate students in their final year of study are also eligible; in such cases, admission with the GRE waiver is contingent upon successful completion of the bachelor's degree.
  2. The student's UT Arlington grade-point average must equal or exceed 3.0 in each of two calculations: (a) in the last 60 hours of study as calculated for admission by the Graduate School; (b) in all undergraduate coursework completed at UTArlington.

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.

Fast Track

The Fast Track program is designed to encourage gifted UT Arlington undergraduate students to complete a master’s degree at UT Arlington, by enabling them to complete their undergraduate studies without delay and reducing the time and the number of additional courses needed to complete a master’s degree. It is available in some graduate programs to outstanding UT Arlington undergraduate students and admission to these programs is highly selective. Participating undergraduate students use a set of courses specified by their graduate program to satisfy both undergraduate bachelor degree and graduate master’s degree requirements. Students must formally apply to and be accepted as a Fast Track student by a participating graduate program to receive the full benefits of the program. Admitted students going on to complete all program requirements successfully will be automatically admissible to the associated master’s program when they receive their bachelor’s degree. They will not have to submit the formal application for admission to the Graduate School, pay an application evaluation fee, or take the GRE. Students who do not complete the Fast Track program may apply for admission per regular means but must take all required tests and pay all required fees. Admission in such cases is not automatic and will be based on the published admission requirements of the program applied to all regular applicants. Not all programs offer a Fast Track option. Interested students should consult with their intended program’s graduate advisor prior to their senior year for detailed information regarding requirements and application procedures.

Non-Degree Seeking (Special) Applicants

A person holding a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its foreign equivalent 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 or graduate certificate 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 or graduate certificate student.

Before submitting an application for admission, an applicant for special non-degree seeking student or graduate certificate should consult with the graduate advisor in the department or program in which the graduate course or graduate certificate is offered. Applicants may complete the application online. In addition to the application form, applicants must submit an official transcript 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. Graduate certificate enrollment is limited to the courses and length of time required to complete the graduate certificate program. Special non-degree students and graduate certificates 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 subject to the policies on grades and graduate credit described in the General Graduate School Regulations and Information section of this catalog. Review and approval of the appropriate Committee on Graduate Studies and the Dean of Graduate Studies are required. All grades in courses taken as a special non-degree seeking student and graduate certificate status 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.

Changing Starting Semester, Program, or Degree Level Prior to Admission at UT Arlington

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 by completing the form "Request To Update/Reactivate Application" . This form can be found at our Web site http://grad.uta.edu by selecting the Virtual Graduate Admissions link. 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 appropriate U.S. Citizen, Resident Alien or International Student application evaluation charge must be paid in order to begin processing of the request. Once the fee is paid the application is thoroughly re- evaluated to ensure it is complete and current and a new admission decision will made. 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.

Changing Starting Semester, Program, or Degree Level Prior to Admission at UT Arlington

Applicants wishing to change the semester in which they plan to start study at UT Arlington, 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 by completing the form “Request To Update/Reactivate Application.” This form can be found at our Web site https://grad.uta.edu by selecting the Virtual Graduate Admissions link. 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 appropriate non-refundable U.S. Citizen, Resident Alien or International Student application evaluation charge must be paid in order to begin processing of the request. Once the fee is paid the application is thoroughly re-evaluated to ensure it is complete and current and a new admission decision will be made. 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.

Readmission

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 To The Graduate School” form and pay the required non-refundable application evaluation charge. This rule does not apply to a student who withdraws from the university to perform active military service (not including Texas National Guard training exercise). In such cases, a student will not have to reapply for admission and will be readmitted upon a request made within on year of being released from active military services and may be eligible for the same financial assistance provided before the student's withdrawal (TEC, Section 51.9242) 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 Alein 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.

The Application for Readmission can be found at our web site http://grad.uta.edu by selecting the Virtual Graduate Admissions Counselor. A $30.00 application charge is required of all U.S. Citizen and U.S. Resident Alien applicants who have attempted or 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. Citizen and U.S. Resident Alien applicants who have attempted or completed some or all of their coursework at an institution located outside of the United States. A $60.00 evaluation charge is required of all International students. Payment must be received before processing can begin. An application evaluation charge is required with each readmission application form submitted. There are no exceptions to this policy . International students and U.S. Resident Alien students should submit this form and pay the required non-refundable evaluation charge 120 days prior to their expected semester of enrollment and U.S. Citizen students 40 days prior to their expected date of enrollment.

An applicant for readmission who was last enrolled in a dual program and wishes to continue in the same dual degree programs must list both programs on the readmission form. An applicant last enrolled in a dual program that wishes to remain or change to one program must list that program on the readmission form and submit the “Request For Change of Graduate Program Or Degree Level” form. An applicant last enrolled in one program that now wishes to be processed for a dual degree program must list both programs on the readmission form and submit the “Request For Change Of Graduate Program Or Degree Level” form.

A student who has been dismissed from the Graduate School for failure to meet the terms of academic probation, admission probation, provisional admission or other conditions may be readmitted for further graduate study in the same or in a different program or dual degree program only if a Petition to the Graduate Faculty has been approved by the appropriate Committee on Graduate Studies and the Dean of Graduate Studies. The Petition to the Graduate Faculty form is available online from the Graduate School Web page at https://grad.uta.edu by selecting the Virtual Graduate School Advisor. An applicant for readmission who has enrolled at other institutions during their absence from UT Arlington (including those in UT Arlington concurrent enrollment) must submit official transcripts showing such coursework to the Graduate School. Those who wish to readmit 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 the official application form available online through the Virtual Graduate Admissions Counselor or download an application package and apply by submitting a paper application.

Graduate Student Advisement

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 selection 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 course of study 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.

Registration

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 an International Student Advisor in the UT Arlington International Office for registration regulations.

UT 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.

Restrictions on Admission

General Restriction

The University of Texas at Arlington may limit the number of students accepted in some programs if the number of applicants exceeds the resources needed to support the educational objectives of that program.

Faculty Members

Members of the UT 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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