Applicants

 

General Admission Policy

The admission requirements set forth below 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 US institution.

Mimimum Standards for Applicants

This section defines the minimum standards required for admission to the Graduate School.

An applicant:

  1. Must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited US 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 (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT,) 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
  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 skills. 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.

Types of Applicants

The following provides categories by which Graduate Studies classifies applicants.

  • US Applicants: an applicant who is a native born or naturalized citizen of the United States.
  • International Applicant: an applicant who is a citizen of a foreign country attending school on a non-immigrant visa does not hold a visa status that allows them to remain permanently in the United States. Non-Immigrant status types include but are limited to F-1, J-1, H-1, H-2 and H-4.
  • Permanent Residents: an applicant who has been admitted to permanent resident status in the United States but has not been granted US citizenship.
  • Non-Degree Seeking Applicants: a non-degree seeking student is a student who is taking graduate courses but is not pursuing a graduate degree at UT Arlington. There are two categories:
    • Certificate Student: a student pursuing a Graduate Certificate offered at UT Arlington.
    • Special Student:
      • Student taking courses for personal or professional development but not pursuing a graduate degree.
      • Student pursuing a degree at another institution who would like to take some transfer courses at UT Arlington.

Application and Supporting Documents (for US & International Applicants)

This section describes the forms, fees, and other materials required by the Graduate School and/or academic units for the processing of an admission application.

Degree Seeking:

The minimum documents needed to begin processing a US or International application for admission are:

  • Application
  • Application Fee
  • Official transcript showing a conferred Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Additional documents required for admission may include:
    • GRE/GMAT/TOEFL scores: Please see online Graduate Catalog or departmental website for information about test requirements in your department. GRE waivers are determined by your department’s written standards of admission which should be located on your departmental website. For information about GRE waivers for students with an undergraduate degree from UTA see Admission Programs for UTA Undergrads, below.
    • Financial Documents: Students admitted on a F-1 (student) visa must submit evidence of finances in order to be issued an I20 (Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 student status, prepared initially by UT Arlington Graduate Studies, which shows program of study, dates of eligibility, financial information, etc…)
    • Other documents may be required by the academic department such as letters of recommendation or a statement of purpose. Please see the Graduate Catalog program descriptions for specific admission requirements.

Non Degree: (Special & Certificate applicants)

Application materials needed by the Graduate Studies to process a special student application are:

  • Application
  • Application Fee
  • Official Transcript: An official transcript from the institution where the student received his/her Bachelor’s degree (a Bachelor’s degree must be verified in order to admit a student to a non-degree seeking program.)

Categories of Applicants

The following section defines the different types of admission applications accepted by the Graduate School to help you identify the right application form for a specific applicant.

  • New Student Seeking a Master’s or Doctoral Degree: An applicant, US Citizen, International Student, or US Resident Alien, who has never attended UTA as a graduate student and wishes to apply for a Master’s or Doctoral degree must apply online.
  • New Student Seeking a Graduate Certificate: An applicant who has never attended UTA as a graduate student and wishes to pursue a Graduate Certificate Program instead of a Master’s or Doctoral degree. Graduate Certificate enrollment is generally limited to US citizens and US residents. Immigration regulations do not always permit international students to enroll for graduate certificate programs. Graduate Advisors should consult with Graduate Studies to determine eligibility before advising international students to apply for this type of admission.
  • New Student Special Non-Degree Seeking: An applicant who has never attended UTA as a graduate student and does not plan to pursue a Master’s, Doctoral or graduate certificate program but wants to take a limited number of graduate courses (9 to 12 semester credit hours) for a specific purpose such as for transfer to another institution or personal enhancement. Graduate Advisors should consult with Graduate Studies to determine eligibility before advising international students to apply for this type of admission. (Please note: Application as a non-degree seeking student does not guarantee faster processing time.)
  • Request to Update/Reactivation Application: Applicants who have submitted a graduate school application but never enrolled, who wish to change something significant about their original application, such as the semester in which they plan to start study at UTA, the program in which they wish to be considered for admission, or the degree level that they wish to pursue, must update/reactivate the application.
  • Application for Readmission to the Graduate School: 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 apply for readmission. Students wishing to readmit that were dismissed from graduate school must also submit a Petition to the Graduate Faculty at the time they submit the application for readmission.

Admission Programs for UTA Undergrads

Department Participation in these programs is voluntary. Please check departmental records to determine if your program has requested and received approval to from the Dean of the Graduate School to participate in these special programs.

  1. Facilitated Admission for Outstanding UT Arlington Undergraduates: Upon the recommendation of the Graduate Advisor, outstanding graduates of UTA may be admitted to a Master’s degree program by advanced admission. To qualify, the student must meet the following minimum requirements:

    Graduation from a commensurate Bachelor’s degree program at UT Arlington no more than one academic year prior to 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, advanced admission is conditional upon successful completion of the Bachelor’s degree.

    Grade-point average must equal or exceed 3.5 in each of two calculations:

    • The grade-point average in the last 60 hrs of study as calculated in the Graduate School for admission purposes
    • All work completed at UTA to date

    Students who qualify for advanced admission will be admitted directly to the Graduate School without completing the application for admission, submitting an application evaluation charge or taking the GRE or GMAT. Some programs may require a higher grade-point average to qualify. Not all graduate programs participate in this program.

  2. Waiver of the Graduate Record Examination: For 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:

    Graduation from a commensurate Bachelor’s degree program at UT Arlington no more than 3 academic years prior to admission to the graduate program. 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.

    The student’s UT Arlington grade-point average must equal or exceed 3.0 in each of two calculations:

    • In the last 60 hours of study as calculated for admission by the Graduate School
    • In all undergraduate coursework completed at UTA.

    Applicants must submit the new student application for admission and provide other application supporting documents. Some programs may require higher grade-point averages to qualify. Not all graduate programs participate in this program.

  3. Integrated Five-year Programs: Designed for students, generally in the senior year of their undergraduate program, with outstanding undergraduate performance and very focused in pursuing a Master’s degree. Students admitted to integrated programs meet the requirements to earn a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in a 5 year format. Both degrees are awarded simultaneously. Not offered in all programs. More information check the program information in the Undergraduate Catalog.
  4. Application To Exceptional Admission Programs For UTA Undergraduate Students: Fast Track: Upon recommendation of the Graduate Advisor, outstanding graduates of UTA may be admitted to a Master’s degree program by fast track admission. The program is designed to encourage gifted students to complete a Master’s degree following approximately one year of full-time graduate study. Participating undergraduate students use a set of courses specified by their graduate program to satisfy both undergraduate and graduate Master’s degree requirements. Students must formally apply to and be accepted by a participating graduate program as a Fast Track student. Fast track students successfully completing all requirements of the program will be automatically admissible to the associated Master’s program and they will not have to submit the formal application for admission to the Graduate School, pay an application evaluation fee, or take the GRE. Not all programs offer a Fast Track option. Interested students should consult with their intended program’s graduate advisor for detailed information regarding requirements and application procedures.

Types of Admissions Decisions

After review of and applicant’s application materials, the Graduate Advisor renders and admission decision which is then reviewed and finalized by Graduate Studies. The following section defines the different admission decisions at UTA.

  1. Unconditional Admission: An applicant who meets all requirements is normally granted unconditional admission.
  2. Probationary Admission: An applicant who has provided all the required documentation, does not meet program requirements for unconditional admission, but shows the promise for successful graduate study may be admitted on probation. Special course requirements such as deficiency courses or remedial English courses may be required or students may be required to maintain a B or better average for their first semester of graduate work.
  3. Provisional Admission: An applicant who has not provided all required documentation (i.e. test scores, transcripts, recommendations, academic plans, etc…) but otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be admitted provisionally. Admission is granted with the condition that the missing required materials be submitted by the end of the 1st semester of enrollment. Provisional admission for International applicants residing outside of the United States at the time of application is generally limited to “will” grads needing a final transcript or diploma to complete the required documentation. A student may not hold an assistantship while in provisional status.
  4. Deferred Admission: An applicant who does not present adequate evidence of meeting admission requirements to have an admitted or denied decision rendered may have the admission decision deferred by the department. The applicant is sent an Admission Deferral Notice that specifies the reasons for the deferral decision. Upon resolving the deferral reasons, the applicant my return the notice to request re-processing. An application evaluation charge will be required for each reprocessing request unless the request in made for the original semester and program.
  5. Denied Admission: An applicant who fails to meet more than one of the program admission standards and for whom justification for a probationary, provisional or deferred admission decision cannot be qualified may be denied admission to the graduate program. 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.
  6. Special Letters: An admission decision assigned by the Graduate School to an international applicant under the following conditions:

    • The student is residing outside the United States and has been recommended for provisional admission for missing material other than the final degree transcript and diploma;
    • The student is residing in or outside the US and has been recommended for unconditional, probationary, or provisional for final transcript and diploma but has not provided the financial and/or immigration documents required for verification of immigration status and issuance of the SEVIS I-20 form.

    When the Special Letter documentation is submitted, the decision is changed to the program recommendation of unconditional, probationary or provisional and the formal acceptance letter and SEVIS I-20 (if applicable) issued. For more information, see the Graduate Catalog.

English Proficiency Requirements

For Admission Purposes and for Graduate Teaching Assistants

Who Must Meet the English Proficiency Requirement for Admission Purposes? It is required for any applicant whose native language is not English. It is not a requirement based on citizenship. Therefore, this is required of a US citizen or US Resident applicant raised and educated in a foreign country such as India or China, where English is not the native language. Conversely, it is not required of an international student raised and educated in a country such as England or Australia where English is the native language.

TOEFL, TSE, TOEFL iBT and IELTS Test Score Minimums for Admission purposes: 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 are required. Programs may set higher requirements.

Waiver of English Proficiency for Admission Purposes An applicant holding either a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree from a regionally accredited US 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.

English Proficiency for Graduate Teaching Assistants

For more information, see the Graduate Catalog.

Residency

Residency Determination

The following provides information about Texas residency qualification and residency classifiation for tuition purposes.

Under Texas state law, an applicant or enrolled student is classified either as a resident of Texas, a nonresident, or a foreign student. Residency for admission and tuition purposes at a public college or university in Texas is different from residency for voting or taxing purposes.

The following persons shall qualify as a Texas resident for tuition purposes.

  1. An individual who is not claimed as a dependent and established and maintained a residence in Texas for the 12 continuous months preceding the census date of the academic semester in which he or she enrolls.
  2. A dependent whose parent established and maintained a residence in Texas for the 12 continuous months preceding the census date of the academic semester in which the dependent enrolls will be classified as a resident.
  3. An individual who graduated from a public or accredited private high school in Texas or received the equivalent of a high school diploma in this state and maintained a residence continuously in Texas for the 36 months preceding the date of graduation or receipt of the diploma equivalent and the 12 months preceding the census date of the academic semester in which he or she enrolls.
  4. A non-US citizen , as identified in the residency regulations, who is not a dependent and established and maintained a domicile in Texas for the 12 continuous months preceding the census date of the academic semester in which he or she enrolls.
  5. A dependent non-US citizen, as identified in the residency regulations, whose parent established and maintained a residence in Texas for the 12 continuous months preceding the census date of the academic semester in which he or she enrolls.

Requesting Re-evaluation of the Residency Determination

An individual’s initial residency classification is based on completion of the Core Residency Questions that are contained in the Texas Common Application (the university on line application form) or are sent as a supplement to those completing the paper application form.

If an applicant or student is initially classified as a nonresident based on information provided through the Residence Core Questions and wishes to be reclassified as a resident, he or she may request reclassification by providing to the Gradate School the supporting documentation described in Revised Chart III of the residency regulations. Requests for reclassification should be submitted 30 days prior to census date of the semester in which the reclassification is requested to allow adequate time for review and processing. Reclassification changes will apply to the first succeeding semester in which the person is enrolled, if the change is made on or after census date of that semester. If the change is made prior to census date, it will apply to the current semester.

Complete residency regulations for the State of Texas, including definition of terms, a list of nonimmigrant visa categories eligible to domicile, and the Residency Core Questions can be found through the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Tracking the Admissions Application

  1. How to determine if the application has been received by Graduate Studies

    Navigate to the Student Service Center page (Campus Community > Student Service Center.) Search by student id number or first and last name. If the student does not yet have a record in MyMav, no search results will be found. If a student does have a My Mav record, you can check to see if the application has been received by selecting the “Admissions” tab near the top of the page.

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  2. How to determine the current application status

    1. Select the Admissions tab in the Student Service Center
    2. Scroll down until you see the section titled “Applicant Progression”
    3. Use the Program Action and Action Reason fields to determine status. You will likely see one of six Program Actions (Application, Admit, Deny, Defer, Withdrawn, or Revoked.) Refer to the chart below for a description of the Actions and Action Reasons you may find in these fields:

    If Program Action = Application:

    The application for admission has been received, but the admission decision has not been made. One of the following action reasons will be displayed

     

    Action Reason Description Explanation
    GCLI GRAD Checklist Incomplete Documents are missing from the student’s file and must be received before processing will continue.
    GFEE GRAD FeeRequired The application fee must be received before processing will continue.
    GREA GRAD Update/Reactivation The original application has been updated by the student to change the degree program and/or the application start date to a future semester. Please change to what is in red type.
    GREF GRAD Worksheet Referred The admissions worksheet has been sent to the academic department for review.
    GRHB GRAD Return to Dept HB 1641  
    GRMT GRAD Readmit/COP A readmission application or change of program request has been received.
    GRRR GRAD Readmit Worksheet Returned The worksheet for readmission has been returned by the department with an admission decision.
    GRTN GRAD Worksheet Returned The application worksheet has been returned by the department and received in Graduate Studies.
    GRW GRAD Readmit Worksheet Ref The worksheet for readmission has been sent to the academic department for review.
    TCA TCA Loaded The electronic application has been loaded into MyMav.
    (blank) (blank) The application for admission has been received but not yet evaluated.

    If Program Action = Admit:

    A decision to admit the student has been made. The following action reasons will describe the original admission status:

     

    Action Reason Description Explanation
    GADV GRAD Advanced Admission A special admission status for students in 5 year Bachelors/Master’s programs.
    GCRT GRAD Certificate Program Student has been admitted to a certificate only program.
    GP&P GRAD Probationary & Provisional Student has been admitted with both probationary and provisional statuses. Check Basis of Admissions for details.
    GPRB GRAD Probationary Student has been admitted on probationary status. Check Basis of Admissions for details.
    GPRV GRAD Provisional Student has been admitted on provisional status. Check Basis of Admissions for details.
    GSL GRAD Special Letters Student has been admitted to the university, but is still missing some documents required before issuing the I20. Check the AGI20 checklist for details.
    GSPC GRAD Special Student Student has been admitted to the non-degree, non-certficate seeking program.
    GUNC GRAD Unconditional Student has been admitted unconditionally.

    If Program Action = DENY (Denial):

    A decision to deny the student’s application for admission has been made. Denial reasons are not stored in My Mav. Please consult departmental records for the reason for the denial.

    If Program Action = DEFR (Defer):

    A decision to defer the admission decision has been made. Check the “Basis of Admission” page for the deferral reason (Student Admissions>Application Evaluation>Application Decision>Basis of Admission)

    If Program Action = ADRV (Admissions Revoked):

    An admission decision was made, but the student either did not attend during the first semester of admission or requested to change his/her start date to a future semester. Another application may exist if the student decided to apply again for a more recent or future semester or for a different degree program.

    If Program Action = WAPP (Withdrawn Application):

    An application for graduation was received, but an admission decision was not yet made at the time a student requested to be processed for a different semester or graduate degree program. Another application may exist for a different term or degree program.

  3. Student Checklists: How to determine what is missing from an incomplete application

    Advisors can determine the items missing from an incomplete application by looking at the Checklist section of the Student Center for the applicant. The Checklist items are found on the 2nd tab of the Student Center called General Info. Select the General Info Tab and scroll down until you see the Initiated Checklist section. Select the arrow next to Checklist Items to determine the missing items.

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  4. Checking the Status of the I-20:

    Although an admission decision has been made, a student may still not be able to receive his or her I-20. Students with a Program Action of ADMIT and an Action Reason of GRAD Special Letters (see How to determine the current application status above) Graduate Admissions is missing some documents required for processing the I-20. To determine which documents are missing, check the student’s checklist in the Student Center (see Student Checklists above for details.)

The Worksheet

A worksheet is a form generated by Graduate Studies after an application for admission and the required documents have been received. The worksheet includes information necessary for Graduate Advisors to make fair and lawful admission decisions.

Steps for completing a worksheet

  • Step 1: Review pertinent information about applicant provided by Graduate Studies including name, previous degrees earned, undergraduate GPA, test scores, etc…
  • Step 2: Gather and review any other pertinent information including letters of recommendation, statement of purpose essay, transcripts, etc… This information should be kept in departmental files.
  • Step 3: Faculty advisor or designated committee should review student credentials and issue an admission decision per department’s published admission criteria and HB1641 regulations.
  • Step 4: Check appropriate box(es) to record admission decision on the worksheet and list any additional remarks as necessary.
  • Step 5: Indicate if student is offered a GTA or GRA, dollar amount, and length of appointment — near the middle of the document, indicated by two asterisks (**.)
  • Step 6: Approved Graduate Advisor must sign worksheet and return to Graduate Studies for decision to be approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies and finalized. The department should keep any copies of the worksheet, application, transcripts and any other attached documents.