Proposed Admissions Changes Effective August 2014

 



The following presents proposed changes as they would appear in the relevant sections of the catalog.

 

 

MSHRM (Master of Science in Human Resource Management)

Summary of proposed changes:

  1. GPA change from 3.25 to 3.0
  2. Increase index score from 1080 to 1100
  3. Increase GMAT score from 480 to 500
  4. Increase GRE score to the 50th percentile.

Admission to the MSHRM program is based upon the completion of the general admission requirements of the Graduate School. For admission into the MSHRM program an acceptable score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) 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 UT Arlington’s Graduate English Skills Program prior to beginning graduate coursework.

A standardized test score (GMAT or GRE) will not be used as the sole criterion for determining an applicant’s admission to the MSHRM 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 the grade point average and GMAT or GRE scores, admission criteria include the following:

  1. An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, as calculated by the Graduate School, is typical of a successful candidate. The grade point average is calculated on your undergraduate degree using approximately the last 60 hours. A graduate grade point average is used in the index when it is 3.0 or above and is based on at least 24 hours. 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 1100 is typical of a successful candidate.
  2. A GMAT score of 500 or greater, with sub scores (verbal and quantitative) in the 30th percentile or greater is typical of a successful candidate. While the GMAT is strongly preferred, the GRE is acceptable. GRE sub scores (verbal and quantitative) in the 50% percentile or greater, is typical of a successful candidate.
  3. 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.
  4. Grades in specified undergraduate business and non-business courses (math, accounting, economics, statistics, for example)
  5. Educational objectives and quality of written expression of the 200 word application essay.
  6. 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.
  7. General and specific program accreditation status of degree-granting institution.
  8. Professional work experience.
  9. 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 9 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) 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 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

 

Department of English Doctoral Program

Summary of proposed changes:

  1. Increase verbal subtest score requirement from 500 to 550 (old scoring method). As the scoring method on the GRE has changed, program includes the new score equivalent to 550, which is 156 on the new scale.
  2. Expected length of the writing sample is defined (15-20 pages)

Proposed Criteria for Admission: Ph.D. Program

  1. A minimum GPA of 3.5 in the student’s M.A. in English or a very closely related field. (If the M.A. is not in English, we will consider the undergraduate GPA as well as that of the M.A. Moreover, if the M.A. is not in a very closely related field, the prospective student will be admitted to the M.A. program in English, not the Ph.D.)
  2. GRE scores: GRE scores: a minimum of at least 156 on the current verbal subtest (550 on the previous version) and at least a 4.5 on the Analytical Writing measure. We will not consider the math scores. We do not require the English subject test.
  3. A writing sample of 15 to 20 pages that demonstrates a sophisticated prose style, the ability to engage in intellectually rigorous modes of analysis, and a strong knowledge of rhetoric, composition studies, literary studies, cultural studies, or interdisciplinary critical theory.
  4. Letters of recommendation that attest to the student’s intellectual and scholarly potential. At least two of these must be from former professors; at least one must be a professor from the student’s Master’s program.

Deferred Decision

A deferred decision may be granted when a file is incomplete or when a denied decision is not appropriate.

Provisional Admission

An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission.

Probationary Admission

For both M.A. and Ph.D., students may be admitted on probation under two different scenarios: 1) if the prospective student’s application materials do not meet two of the four standards, but are outstanding in the remaining two categories; or 2) if the prospective student’s materials come extremely close to meeting the standards in at least three of the four areas. Students on academic probation must make no grade lower than a "B" in the first 12 hours of their graduate work in order to remain in the program.

Denial

Admission will be denied if the application materials 1) do not meet the standards in three of the four categories; or 2) if the materials do not meet the standards in two of the categories, and in the remaining two categories meet the standards but in an unexceptional manner.

 

Master’s in Accounting (M.S.) Professional Accounting (M.P.A.), Taxation (M.S.) Programs

Summary of proposed changes:

  • Increase GMAT total score from 500 to 550;
  • Increase GMAT percentile verbal score from 30th to 40th percentile;
  • Increase GMAT percentile quantitative score from 30th to 40th percentile;

Admissions Requirements

Degree-Seeking Students
Regular Admission

The Department of Accounting’s (the Department) admission criteria for its master’s programs have been developed to conform to State of Texas requirements and are based on the general admission requirements of the Graduate School. Applicants are encouraged to include a resume that highlights professional and personal accomplishments with their application.

All applications for admission are reviewed individually. Admission decisions are based on factors associated with academic success in graduate study and may include any of the following criteria:

  1. undergraduate grade point average,
  2. graduate grade point average,
  3. GMAT scores,
  4. professional work experience,
  5. professional certification or licensure,
  6. letters of reference,
  7. the applicant’s personal statement,
  8. prior successful completion of a baccalaureate degree,
  9. prior successful completion of a postbaccalaureate degree, and
  10. general and specific program accreditation status of the applicant’s degree granting institution(s).

Standardized test scores are not used as the sole criterion for admitting applicants or the primary criterion for denying admission to applicants.

Depending on the circumstances applicants may:

  1. Have their application denied or deferred; or
  2. Receive unconditional, probationary, or provisional admittance.

Applicants whose documentation does not satisfactorily demonstrate readiness for graduate study may be denied admission. A deferred decision may be granted when a file is incomplete or when a denied decision is not appropriate.

Unconditional admission is granted to applicants whose documentation clearly demonstrates a readiness for graduate study. Probationary admission may be granted to individuals who do not meet the Department’s admission requirements but who nevertheless show promise for successful graduate study. Students admitted on this basis must meet certain academic requirements to remain in the program (such as no grade less than ’B’ for first 12 hours of graduate study). An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission. Provisional status lasts through the initial semester of admission.

Admission Criteria

The Department has four alternative sets of conditions that allow applicants to be unconditionally admitted without review by the Department’s Admission and Petition Committee. The Departmental graduate advisor reviews all applications and determines if they qualify for admission under one of these four sets of criteria. Applicants who do not satisfy any of the following sets of conditions for unconditional admission are referred to the Departmental Admission and Petition Committee for consideration.

Unconditional Admission without Committee Review:

Applicants qualify for unconditional admission without the need for review by the Departmental Admission and Petition Committee if they meet any one of the following four sets of unconditional admission criteria:

Unconditional Admission Set #1: GPA/GMAT Condition

Individuals who meet each of the following five conditions are given unconditional admission:

  • GPA on last 60 hours of undergraduate work is at least 3.0;
  • GMAT total score is at least 550;
  • GMAT verbal score at the 40th percentile or higher;
  • GMAT quantitative score at the 40th percentile or higher; and
  • Applicant holds an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
Unconditional Admission Set #2: GMAT Waiver Condition

This unconditional admission set #2 focuses on the applicant’s performance in UTA’s undergraduate accounting program. Individuals who meet all of the following seven conditions are given unconditional admission.

  • Graduated from UTA (with a bachelor’s degree) within three years of expected entrance into the graduate program;
  • Completed at least 60 semester hours at UTA;
  • Majored in accounting at UTA;
  • Has a 3.25 overall GPA at UTA;
  • Has a 3.25 accounting GPA at UTA;
  • Has a 3.25 GPA in all advanced work at UTA; and
  • Has a 3.25 GPA in the last 60 semester hours completed at UTA.

Applicants may receive provisional admission under this set if they have not yet completed their last undergraduate semester at UTA. The provision is removed when they are awarded their undergraduate degree.

Applicants should be aware that this waiver applies for admission only to the Department’s graduate programs. Other UTA graduate programs (such as the College of Business’ MBA program) may require submission of a GMAT score before admission or transfer into their program. The Department will not accept GMAT waivers given to students in other graduate programs unless the student meets all the requirements specified above.

Unconditional Admission Set #3: Professional Credential Condition

This unconditional admission set # 3 focuses on the applicant’s undergraduate grade point average and possession of a recognized professional accounting credential or license. Individuals who meet each of the following four (4) conditions are given unconditional admission.

  • Graduated from an accredited college or university with an earned bachelor’s degree;
  • Has an overall undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0;
  • Has an overall undergraduate major GPA of at least 3.0; and
  • Holds a current and recognized professional accounting credential or license, including but not limited to:
  • Certified Public Accountant,
  • Certified Management Accountant,
  • Certified Internal Auditor,
  • Certified Financial Analyst,
  • Certified Fraud Examiner,
  • Chartered Accountant, or
  • Certified Valuation Analyst.
Unconditional Admission Set 4: Successful Postbaccalaureate Education Condition

This unconditional admission set #4 focuses on the applicant’s previous successful completion of a postbaccalaureate degree with an acceptable graduate grade point average. Individuals who meet each of the following three conditions are given unconditional admission.

  • Graduated from an AACSB accredited college or university with a postbaccalaureate degree (e.g., master’s degree, JD degree, LLM degree, MD degree, Ph.D. degree);
  • Has an overall graduate GPA of at least 3.0; and
  • Has a graduate GPA of at least 3.0 in the major area.

Admission with Committee Review

Applicants who require committee review are considered for admission using the following factors, with no single factor used as the primary criterion for making admission decisions.

  • Undergraduate and graduate GPA (overall, major, and last 60 hours) and program accreditation status of the applicant’s degree granting institution;
  • Score on the GMAT (including separate scores on the verbal and quantitative portions);
  • Applicant’s professional work experience and professional certification/licensure; and
  • Letters of reference and personal statement provided by the applicant.

To qualify for unconditional admission with committee review, applicants must hold an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and are expected to show significant strength in at least three of the four areas listed above. The Admission and Petition Committee may also grant probationary admission to applicants who demonstrate significant strength in at least two of the four areas listed above.

By considering the totality of the applicant’s circumstances, including the factors listed above, the Admission and Petition Committee will evaluate an applicant’s readiness to successfully complete one of the Department’s graduate programs. Depending on the judgment of the committee, the decision may be to grant unconditional admission, probationary admission, provisional admission, deferred admission, or to deny admission. The decision of the committee is final.

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 of 40 on the TSE, a minimum 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. International applicants who score below the minimums above may be admitted with the condition that they pass an English proficiency examination or complete UTA’s Graduate English Skills Program prior to beginning graduate coursework. However, the TOEFL score requirement is waived if the applicant holds either a bachelor’s or a master’s degree from an AACSB accredited US college or university.

Professional Program in Accounting

The Department of Accounting offers a Professional Program in Accounting (PPIA) that allows students to earn both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree upon completion of an integrated 152-hour program. This integrated program can be completed in approximately one less semester than required to earn separate bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Students completing this program will have earned sufficient hours to sit for the CPA exam.

PPIA Admission Requirements

The Department of Accounting’s (the department) admission criteria for its PPIA program have been developed to conform to State of Texas requirements and are based on the general admission requirements of the Graduate School. Applicants are encouraged to include a resume that highlights professional and personal accomplishments with their application.

All applications for admission to the PPIA program are reviewed individually. Admission decisions are based on factors associated with academic success in graduate study and may include any of the following criteria: (1) undergraduate grade point average, (2) performance in accounting classes at UTA, (3) GMAT scores, (4) professional work experience, (5) personal accomplishments, (6) letters of reference, and (7) the applicant’s personal statement. Standardized test scores are not used as the sole criterion for admitting applicants or denying admission to applicants.

Admission Criteria

The Department has two alternative sets of conditions that allow applicants to be unconditionally admitted to the PPIA program without review by the Departmental Admission and Petition Committee. The Departmental Graduate Advisor reviews all applications and determines if they qualify for admission under one of these two sets of criteria. Applicants who do not satisfy any of the following sets of conditions for unconditional admission are referred to the Departmental Admission and Petition Committee for consideration.

Option #1: Unconditional Admission without Committee Review

Individuals who meet each of the following eight conditions are given unconditional admission:

  • Overall undergraduate GPA is at least 3.0;
  • UTA undergraduate GPA is at least 3.0;
  • UTA accounting GPA is at least 3.0;
  • Have completed at least 9 semester hours of accounting study (beyond principles) at UTA;
  • Have completed at least 45 semester hours of coursework at UTA;
  • GMAT total score is at least 550;
  • GMAT verbal score at the 40th percentile or higher; and
  • GMAT quantitative score at the 40th percentile or higher.
Option #2: Unconditional Admission with GMAT Waiver

This unconditional admission option #2 focuses on the applicant’s performance in UTA’s undergraduate accounting program. Individuals who meet all of the following six conditions are given unconditional admission.

  • Majoring in accounting at UTA;
  • Have completed at least 9 semester hours of accounting study (beyond principles) at UTA;
  • Overall undergraduate GPA is at least 3.25;
  • UTA accounting GPA is at least 3.25;
  • Have completed a minimum of 60 semester hours at UTA;
  • Have a GPA of at least 3.25 for the most recent 60 semester hours of courses completed at UTA.

Admission with Committee Review

PPIA applicants who require Committee review are considered for admission using the following factors, with no single factor used as the primary criterion for making admission decisions.

  • Undergraduate GPA (overall, UTA undergraduate) and performance in accounting courses at UTA;
  • Score on the GMAT (including separate scores on the verbal and quantitative sections);
  • Applicant’s professional work experience and personal accomplishments;
  • Letters of reference and personal statement provided by the applicant.

Unconditional admission is granted to applicants whose documentation clearly demonstrates a readiness for graduate study. By considering the totality of the applicant’s circumstances, including the factors listed above, the Admission and Petition Committee will evaluate an applicant’s readiness to successfully complete one of the Department’s graduate programs. To qualify for unconditional admission with committee review, applicants are expected to show significant strength in at least three of the four areas listed above. An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission. Provisional status lasts through the initial semester of admission. Applicants whose documentation does not satisfactorily demonstrate readiness for graduate study may be denied admission. A deferred decision may be granted when a file is incomplete or when a denied decision is not appropriate. The decision of the Committee is final.

 

Public Administration Master’s Program

Summary of proposed changes:

Will waive GRE requirement if applicant meets any of the following conditions:

  1. A 3.25 or higher undergraduate GPA based on the last 60 hours of course work AND at least three years professional non-profit or public service work experience (as judged by the MPA admission committee.)
  2. A completed graduate degree from an accredited program in a related field such as, but not exclusively, political science, economics, urban planning, social work, criminal justice, and sociology OR a 3.0 higher after 12 hours of coursework in the accredited graduate degree program.
  3. A commensurate UTA B.A. or B.S., completed no more than three academic years prior to admission to the graduate program, with 3.0 or higher GPA in the last 60 hours of coursework. Commensurate fields include, but not exclusively, political science, economics, urban planning, social work, criminal justice, and sociology.
  4. An equivalent GMAT or LSAT score from an exam taken within the last two years preceding the time of application. As the GMAT and LSAT are not directly comparable to the GRE, an equivalent performance is judged by the admission committee but will usually be based on percentile rank performance.

Proposed Text Describing GRE Waiver

Waiving the GRE

The MPA program waives the requirement that an applicant take the GRE under any of the following conditions:

  1. A 3.25 or higher undergraduate GPA based on the last 60 hours of course work AND at least three years professional non-profit or public service work experience (as judged by the MPA admission committee.)
  2. A completed graduate degree from an accredited program in a related field such as, but not exclusively, political science, economics, urban planning, social work, criminal justice, and sociology OR a 3.0 higher after 12 hours of coursework in the accredited graduate degree program.
  3. A commensurate UTA B.A. or B.S., completed no more than three academic years prior to admission to the graduate program, with 3.0 or higher GPA in the last 60 hours of coursework. Commensurate fields include, but not exclusively, political science, economics, urban planning, social work, criminal justice, and sociology.
  4. An equivalent GMAT or LSAT score from an exam taken within the last two years preceding the time of application. As the GMAT and LSAT are not directly comparable to the GRE, an equivalent performance is judged by the admission committee but will usually be based on percentile rank performance.

 

Urban Planning and Public Policy Ph.D. Program

Summary of proposed changes:

  • Add emphasis on “flexible use” use of GRE scores in admission decisions, emphasizing that the importance of evidence of verbal or quantitative skills will vary with the applicant’s intended area of study.
  • Propose to waive GRE requirement for students with Master’s degrees who have been employed in positions where work-related responsibilities increased over time.
  • Includes description of University minimum standardized test requirements for demonstrating proficiency in English.
  • Eliminate one path to admission where higher GPA offset lower performance on the GRE Verbal subtest.

Proposed Admission Criteria

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Along with the Graduate School application requirements, a complete application includes:

  1. Official transcripts from colleges and universities attended. Information about submitting transcripts is available in the Graduate Catalog; and
  2. Official test score reports for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and, for international applicants, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Information about submitting official test scores is available from the Graduate Catalog. The ETS code for UTA is 6013; and
  3. Three Letters of Recommendation. Letters should attest to the applicant’s ability to do Doctoral-level work and complete the dissertation. Letters must be from references who hold a Ph.D. degree; and
  4. Essay by applicant approximately one double-spaced page in length (approximately 250 words). The essay is considered both for its content and writing quality. The essay should discuss research agenda, identify the faculty you wish to work with, and state the reasons for wanting to earn the Doctoral degree.

Official transcripts and test scores must be sent directly to the Graduate School by the institution and ETS respectively. Letters of recommendation and personal essay should be sent directly to: UPPP Admissions Committee, SUPA Box 19588, Arlington TX 76019 or email to the program’s Graduate Advisor. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure all application materials are received by February 1. Incomplete applications or applications received after the deadline will be deferred.

UPPP program admits doctoral students for fall and spring semester admissions. The application deadline for the UPPP program is February 1 for Fall semester and July1 for Spring semester.

Applicants may be are typically admitted unconditionally with a graduate GPA of 3.6, a Verbal GRE score of at least 153 (500 if test was taken before August 1, 2011) and a Quantitative GRE score of at least 144 (500 if test was taken before August 1, 2011). GRE requirements are applied flexibly as different areas of study vary in the relative importance of quantitative and verbal analysis. Applicants should contact the Graduate Advisor if uncertain whether their area of primary interest requires more strength in either quantitative or verbal analysis. Applicants with an interest in areas with quantitative emphasis typically meet the minimum Quantitative GRE score requirement, but may be admitted with a lower than typical GRE Verbal score. Applicants pursing study in less quantitative but more verbally analytic areas typically meet the GRE Verbal score minimum, but may be admitted with lower than typical GRE Quantitative scores. about However, in no case will standardized test performance be the sole or primary determinant of admissibility. Strength of letters of recommendation, and quality of personal statement and Master’s degree field of study are also considered carefully. U.S. students with a Master’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution and several years of increasing responsibilities on the job are not required to submit GRE scores. International applicants are also required to have a score of 213 or higher on the TOEFL (550 or higher on the written TOEFL; 79 or higher on TOEFL iBT).

Applicants not admitted unconditionally may be considered for admission on probation based on factors mentioned above as well as multilingual proficiency, first generation graduate student from family and community service experience. The Doctoral admissions committee will set the probationary conditions.

The admissions committee may defer the admission decision when a component of the application is incomplete. It may also admit a student provisionally when an applicant is unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements.