The University of Texas at Arlington: Graduate Catalog 2008-2009 Graduate Catalog 2008-2009 The University of Texas at Arlington: Graduate Catalog 2008-2009
Note: This Catalog was published in July 2008 and supersedes the 2007-2008 Catalog.

Fall 2010 Admission Criteria


CHANGES TO ADMISSION CRITERIA AND CHANGES TO CRITERIA FOR THE AWARD OF SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

The following listing summarizes the changes proposed to admission criteria and the criteria for the award of institutional scholarships or fellowships to be included in the Graduate Catalog at The University of Texas at Arlington. The following changes have been administratively approved as required by the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and are recommended for ratification by the U. T. Board of Regents.

Summary of Changes to Admission Criteria and Changes for Award of Scholarships/Fellowships

Please note: Eight Graduate Programs have proposed changes to the admission requirements. To-be-deleted text is struck-through and proposed new text is underscored. No changes in current criteria for award of scholarships or fellowships are proposed.

Proposed Changes to Civil Engineering Master’s Program Admission Criteria

Unconditional Admission
A student must meet the following requirements for unconditional admission:

  1. A Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering (Applicant with an appropriate Bachelor's Degree in another discipline is considered, subject to satisfactory completion of deficiency courses for area of interest.)
  2. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, as calculated by the Graduate School, is typical of a successful applicant.
  3. A competitive Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score.  A successful applicant typically has a Quantitative score of 600 650.
  4. A competitive Graduate Record Exam Verbal score. A successful applicant typically has a Verbal score of 450 400.
  5. For applicants whose native language is not English, a minimum score of 558 on the written Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), 220 on the computer TOEFL, 83 on TOEFL iBT, 40 on the TSE-A, 50 on the SPEAK, 450 on Verbal GRE, 85 on METLAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery), or 7 on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). (METLAB and IELTS are used only when other tests are not available in the applicant's country.)
  6. Favorable letters of recommendation from people familiar with the applicant's academic work.
  7. Statement of Purpose or Research Interest.
Probationary Admission

If applicants do not meet a majority of standards for unconditional admission outlined above, they may be considered for probationary admission after careful examination of their application materials. Probationary admission may require that the applicant receive a B or better in at least their first 9 hours of graduate coursework applicable to their degree being sought at UT Arlington, take additional English courses, and/or deficiency courses as required.

 

Proposed Changes to Civil Engineering Ph.D. Program Admission Criteria

Unconditional Admission

A student must meet the following requirements for unconditional admission:

  1. A Master's Degree or at least 30 hours of graduate coursework in Civil Engineering. (Applicant with a Master's Degree in another discipline is considered, subject to satisfactory completion of deficiency courses for area of interest.)
  2. No specific GPA requirement (application considered as a whole).  However, a graduate coursework GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, as calculated by the Graduate School, is typical of a successful applicant. 
  3. A competitive Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score.  A successful applicant typically has a Quantitative score of 700 .
  4. A competitive Graduate Record Exam Verbal score.  A successful applicant typically has a Verbal score of  425.
  5. For applicants whose native language is not English, a minimum score of 563 on the written Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), 222 on the computer TOEFL, 84 on TOEFL iBT, 40 on the TSE-A, 50 on the SPEAK, 425 on Verbal GRE, 86 on METLAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery), or 7 on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). (METLAB and IELTS are used only when other tests are not available in the applicant's country.)
  6. Favorable letters of recommendation from people familiar with the applicant's academic work and/or professional work.
  7. Statement of Purpose or Research Interest.
Probationary Admission

If applicants do not meet a majority of standards for unconditional admission outlined above, they may be considered for probationary admission after careful examination of their application materials. Probationary admission may require that the applicant receive a B or better in at least their first 9 hours of graduate coursework applicable to their degree being sought at UT Arlington, take additional English courses, and/or deficiency courses as required.

School of Nursing  MSN-to-PhD and  BSN-to-PhD tracks

[Note:  An element of current admission policy pertaining to these two tracks of the School of Nursing that is not reflected in the tables below is that an applicant will be denied admission to a degree track if he/she has less than satisfactory  performance on a majority of the probationary admission criteria listed under that degree track. Thus, no one criterion determines admissibility. This policy will not change under the current proposals.]

Proposed Changes to Nursing M.S.N.-to-Ph.D. Admission Criteria

MSN-to-Ph.D. Program in Nursing Admission Requirements

Admission Criteria

Unconditional

Probationary

Master' s Degree in Nursing from a National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or American Association of Colleges of Nursing' s Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited School of Nursing or equivalent.

Evaluated by Associate Dean for Ph.D. Program in Nursing.

 

 

 

For international students, TSE (Test of Spoken English) or
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

TSE: Score of 40 or higher or
TOEFL: Minimum of 550 on paper-based test, 213 on computer-based test, or 79 on the internet-based test and achieve the following minimum scores of subtests: Writing, 22; Speaking, 21; Reading, 20; and Listening, 16 or
IELTS minimum score of 7.0.

Graduate level statistics course with a minimum grade of B.

Implement as stated

 

Interview

7 or higher on rating scale of 1-10

6 or less on rating scale of 1-10. Evaluated by Admissions Committee.

Written statement of goals.

7 or higher on rating scale of 1-10

6 or less on rating scale of 1-10. Evaluated by Committee.

Professional liability insurance.

Evaluated by Associate Dean for the Ph.D. Program in Nursing.

Evidence of current professional nursing licensure/registration in at least one political jurisdiction. Licensure/registration must be maintained throughout the program. If a PhD student is going to perform direct patient care activities or supervise students in clinical agencies, he or she will be required to obtain an RN license in Texas or a compact state.

 

Evaluated by Associate Dean for the Ph.D. Program in Nursing.

Admission Criteria

 Unconditional                         Probationary

Criminal background check, which satisfies the Dallas/Fort Worth Hospital Council and the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners.

Evaluated by Associate Dean for the Ph.D. Program in Nursing.

Drug screen prior to clinical and research activities in health care agencies, which satisfies the Dallas/Fort Worth Hospital Council and the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners.

Evaluated by Associate Dean for the Ph.D. Program in Nursing.

Demonstration of proficiency in use of computer for word processing, spreadsheet development, and data and text file creation and manipulation.

Evaluated by Associate Dean for the Ph.D. Program in Nursing.

Proposed Changes to the BSN-to-Ph.D. Program in Nursing Admission Requirements

Admission Criteria

Unconditional

Probationary

Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from a National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or American Association of Colleges of Nursing's Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited School of Nursing or equivalent.

Evaluated by Associate Dean for Ph.D. Program in Nursing.

Evaluated by Associate Dean for Ph.D. Program in Nursing.

GPA on all bachelor's coursework.

3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale

3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale

GRE

GRE with a total minimum score of 500 on verbal; 500 on quantitative; 500/ 4 on analytical/analytical writing scores

Verbal: 400-490;
Quantitative: 400-490;
Analytical Writing: 3.0-3.5;
Analytical: 400-490
(Based on GPA/GRE ratio)

For international students, TSE (Test of Spoken English) or
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

TSE: Score of 40 or higher or TOEFL: Minimum of 550 on paper-based test, 213 on computer-based test, or 79 on the internet-based test and achieve the following minimum scores of subtests: Writing, 22; Speaking, 21; Reading, 20; and Listening, 16.
IELTS minimum score of 7.0.

TSE: Score of 40 or higher or
TOEFL: Minimum of 550 on paper-based test, 213 on computer-based test, or 79 on the internet-based test and achieve the following minimum scores of subtests: Writing, 22; Speaking, 21; Reading, 20; and Listening, 16.
IELTS minimum score of 7.0.


BSN-to-Ph.D. Program in Nursing Admission Requirements (continued)

Admission Criteria

Unconditional

Probationary

Graduate level statistics course with a minimum grade of B.

Implement as stated

 

Interview

7 or higher on rating scale of 1-10

6 or less on rating scale of 1-10 Evaluated by Admissions Committee

Written statement of goals.

7 or higher on rating scale of 1-10

6 or less on rating scale of 1-10 Evaluated by Admissions Committee

 

 

 

Professional liability insurance.

Evaluated by Associate Dean for Ph.D. Program in Nursing.

Evaluated by Associate Dean for Ph.D. Program in Nursing.

Evidence of current professional nursing licensure/registration in at least one political jurisdiction. Licensure/registration must be maintained throughout the program. If a PhD student is going to perform direct patient care activities or supervise students in clinical agencies, he or she will be required to obtain an RN license in Texas or a compact state.

Evaluated by Associate Dean for Ph.D. Program in Nursing.

Evaluated by Associate Dean for Ph.D. Program in Nursing.


BSN-to-Ph.D. Program in Nursing Admission Requirements (continued)

Admission Criteria

Unconditional

Probationary

Two years practice experience as a professional nurse preferred. Applicants with less clinical experience may be required to obtain experience concurrent with program requirements.  

Evaluated by Associate Dean for Ph.D. Program in Nursing.

Evaluated by Associate Dean for Ph.D. Program in Nursing.

Immunizations required by the School of Nursing.

Evaluated by Associate Dean for Ph.D. Program  

Evaluated by Associate Dean for Ph.D. Program

Criminal background check prior to clinical and research activities in health care agencies, which satisfies the Dallas/Fort Worth Hospital Council and the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners.

Evaluated by Associate Dean for Ph.D. Program in Nursing.

Evaluated by Associate Dean for Ph.D. Program in Nursing.

Drug screen prior to clinical and research activities in health care agencies, which satisfies the Dallas/Fort Worth Hospital Council and the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners.

Evaluated by Associate Dean for Ph.D. Program in Nursing.

Evaluated by Associate Dean for Ph.D. Program in Nursing.

Demonstration of proficiency in use of computer for word processing, spreadsheet development, and data and text file creation and manipulation.

Evaluated by Associate Dean for Ph.D. Program in Nursing.

Evaluated by Associate Dean for Ph.D. Program in Nursing.

 


Proposed Changes to the  Master’s of Science Human Resource Management (MSHR) Program Admission Requirements

Admission to the M.S. in Human Resource Management (MSHR) program is based on the completion of the general admission requirements of the Graduate School. For MSHR program admission, a score on the Graduate Management Admission Test or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and acceptable academic undergraduate performance are required. The GMAT is strongly preferred. Students for whom English is not their native language must also take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), TOEFL iBT, Test of Spoken English (TSE) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS).  International applicants that score below minimum acceptable levels on the verbal portion of entrance examinations may be admitted under the condition that they pass an English proficiency exam or complete U.T. Arlington's Graduate English Skills Program prior to beginning graduate coursework. A standardized test score (GMAT) will not be used as the sole criterion for denying an applicant's admission to the MSHR program.
Specifically, multiple criteria are used to make admission decisions. Unconditional acceptance is based on consideration of all the information listed below and the decision to deny admission is not based on any single criterion. Applicants are encouraged to submit with their application a resume that highlights professional and personal accomplishments, linguistic abilities, computer expertise and leadership experience.

Along with grade point average and GMAT total score, admission criteria include the following:

  1. An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale, as calculated by the Graduate School, is typical of a successful candidate. This will be integrated into a formula or index that multiplies the GPA by 200 and adds the resulting value to the GMAT Score. An index score greater than 1080 is typical of a successful candidate.
  1. GMAT sub scores (verbal and quantitative) are also considered in the admission decision. A GMAT total score greater than 480 is typical of a successful candidate.
  1. A GRE quantitative percentile greater than 40% and Verbal percentile greater than 40% is typical of a successful applicant.
  1. International 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.
  1. Grades in specified undergraduate business and non-business courses (math, accounting, economics, statistics, for example)
  1. Educational objectives and quality of written expression of the 200 word application essay.
  1. Letters of recommendation from three persons familiar with the applicant's academic background and/or work experience who can assess the applicant's potential success in graduate school.
  1. General and specific program accreditation status of degree-granting institution.
  1. Professional work experience.
  2. Professional certification or licensure.

Unconditional Admission
For unconditional admission, the applicant's composite total from the index must be 1080 or higher and items 1 through 5 above should strongly indicate potential for successful academic performance as a graduate HR student.
Students who are unconditionally admitted, have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 as calculated by the Graduate School (or 3.00 at the graduate level), and enroll for a minimum of six semester credit hours will be eligible for available fellowship and/or scholarship support. A standardized test score (GMAT or GRE) will not be used as the sole criterion for determining fellowship and/or scholarship eligibility.

Probationary Admission

For an applicant with an index score below 1080, probationary admission may be available when at least three items of 1 through 5 above strongly indicate potential for successful academic performance as a graduate HR student. Items 6 through 9 10 will also be used to identify positive indicators for admission. Students who are admitted on probation will have one or more conditions specified, such as no grade less than "B" for the first 12 hours of graduate study.

Provisional, Deferred and Denied Admission

A provisional decision to admit may be granted when the applicant meets criteria for unconditional or probationary status but one or more applicant credentials are incomplete. A deferred decision may be made when an applicant's file is not sufficiently complete to make an admit or deny decision.
For an applicant with an index score less than 1040 and other evidence indicating lack of potential for academic success as a graduate HR student, admission will likely be denied. However, all applicant data will be carefully reviewed before an admission denial is made.

Proposed Changes to the Master of Art Program in Mathematics Admission Requirements

For unconditional admission a student must meet items 1-3 or 3-5.

  1. A B.S. or B.A. degree with at least 21 hours of mathematics coursework with a GPA of at least 3.0, as calculated by the Graduate School on a 4.0 scale.
  2. Minimum of 400 on the verbal and 600 on the quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  3. Three favorable letters of recommendation from people familiar with the applicant's academic work and/or professional work.
  4. A B.S. or B.A. degree.
  5. Certified to teach mathematics at the Secondary Level (Secondary Mathematics Certification).

Applicants who do not satisfy requirements 1 or 2 above may be considered for unconditional admission if further review of their undergraduate transcript, recommendation letters, correspondence or direct interactions with mathematics faculty, and statement of professional or research interests indicates that they are qualified to enter the Master's Program without deficiency.
If an applicant does not meet a majority of standards for unconditional admission outlined above, they may be considered for probationary admission after careful examination of their application materials. Probationary admission requires that the applicant receive a B or better in the first 12 hours of graduate coursework at UT Arlington.

Proposed Changes to the Admission Requirements in Master’s and Doctoral Programs in Material Science and Engineering

Admission

The UT Arlington Materials Science and Engineering Program uses the following guidelines in the admission review process:

Unconditional admission into the Materials Science and Engineering Program requires the submission of items 1 through 5 below for each degree program. To be unconditionally admitted, an applicant must at least meet conditions 1, 2, and 3.  
Master's Program
  1. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work in an appropriate engineering or science discipline. (For some international applicants where GPA calculations based on a 4.0 system is not performed, a minimum performance level of 70 % is required.) Performance in core materials-related courses is of particular importance.
  2.  A GRE score of at least 400 (verbal) and 700 (quantitative).
  3. Three favorable, veracious recommendations, via the university's recommendation form or via recommendation letter.
  4. A Statement of Purpose outlining the applicant’s background, education, professional goals, technical interests, and research interests.
  5. An applicant whose native language is not English must submit a minimum score from one of the following: paper-based TOEFL score of 550 with a TWE [Test of Written English] of 3.5, computer-based TOEFL score of 223, TSE-A [Test of Spoken English-A]score of 45, IELTS [International English Language Testing System]score of 6.5, or TOEFL iBT [Test of English Fluency-internet-Based Test] total score of 83 with sectional scores that meet or exceed 22 for the writing section, 21 for the speaking section, 20 for the reading section, and 20 for the listening section.

Doctoral Program

  1. Minimum GPA of 3.3 in the last 60 hours taken in the major field of study in an appropriate engineering or science discipline. (For some international applicants where GPA calculations based on a 4.0 system is not performed, a minimum performance level of 75 % is required.)  Performance in core materials-related courses is of particular importance.
  2. A GRE score of at least 425 (verbal) and 750 (quantitative).
  3. Three favorable, veracious recommendations, via the university's recommendation form or via recommendation letter.
  4. A Statement of Purpose outlining the applicant’s background, education, professional goals, technical interests, and research interests.
  5. An applicant whose native language is not English must submit a minimum score from one of the following: paper-based TOEFL score of 550 with a TWE of 3.5, computer-based TOEFL score of 223, TSE-A score of 45, IELTS score of 6.5, or TOEFL iBT total score of 83 with sectional scores that meet or exceed 22 for the writing section, 21 for the speaking section, 20 for the reading section, and 20 for the listening section.

Probationary Admission

Probationary admission into the Materials Science and Engineering Program may be permitted under the following conditions for each degree program:
Master's Program
  1. If the applicant meets any two of the items 1, 2, and 3 above for the master's program.
  2. A Statement of Purpose outlining the applicant’s background, education, professional goals, technical interests, and research interests.
  3. An applicant whose native language is not English must submit a minimum score from one of the following: paper-based TOEFL score of 550 with a TWE of 3.5, computer-based TOEFL score of 223, TSE-A score of 45, IELTS score of 6.5, or TOEFL iBT total score of 83 with sectional scores that meet or exceed 22 for the writing section, 21 for the speaking section, 20 for the reading section, and 20 for the listening section.
Doctoral Program
  1. If an applicant meets any two of the items 1, 2, and 3 above for the doctoral program.
  2. A Statement of Purpose outlining the applicant’s background, education, professional goals, technical interests, and research interests.
  3. An applicant whose native language is not English must submit a minimum score from one of the following: paper-based TOEFL score of 550 with a TWE of 3.5, computer-based TOEFL score of 223, TSE-A score of 45, IELTS score of 6.5, or TOEFL iBT total score of 84 with sectional scores that meet or exceed 22 for the writing section, 21 for the speaking section, 20 for the reading section, and 20 for the listening section.

Denial of Admission

A candidate may be denied admission if he/she has less than satisfactory performance in two out of the first three admission criteria.