Graduate Degree-Seeking Student Admission

University-Wide Admission Requirements

In order to be considered for unconditional admission to a graduate program, an applicant must submit a graduate application along with a nonrefundable application fee and meet the following criteria:

  1. Earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited ­college or university in the United States or have proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution.
  2. A minimum grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 semester credit hours of undergraduate coursework or total hours of awarded graduate degree.
  3. Completed at least 18 semester credit hours (12 of which must be at the upper-division level) or foreign institution equivalent coursework in the area or areas in which the graduate degree is sought or in related areas as determined by the Graduate Program Committee for the proposed major.
  4. Unless otherwise specified, an official GRE or GMAT score must be submitted.
  5. International applicants whose native language is not English must also submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). For more information on which countries qualify for a waiver of this requirement, please see the International Graduate Student Admission section of this catalog.
  6. Meet additional admission criteria set forth by the graduate program of interest (see Graduate Program Requirements and Course Descriptions).

Students granted admission to a master’s program at UTSA who do not register for courses the semester of admittance or for the following long semester must reapply for admission.

Doctoral students who are admitted but do not register for courses the semester of admittance are required to reapply and pay a nonrefundable application fee for the next available term, by the application deadline. Any subsequent application for admission must be in accordance with current admission requirements and deadlines. New transcripts, test scores, and other supporting documents are required after one academic year, since files for admitted students who do not register for courses are not retained after that period. (See program descriptions in Chapter 6, Graduate Program Requirements and Course Descriptions, for specific program admission requirements.)

Admission decisions are based on a careful holistic review of all aspects of the applicant’s file including standardized tests, undergraduate grade point average, letters of recommendation, research and teaching experience, etc. Some graduate programs have additional admissions criteria that applicants must meet; please see the individual listings on the Graduate School website and contact individual programs for full details.

Please note that satisfaction of these minimum standards does not guarantee admission, since the number of qualified applicants far exceeds the number of spaces available. As a consequence, many well-qualified applicants may not  be accommodated.

Admission Classifications

Graduate applicants are admitted to the Graduate School in one of three classifications: graduate degree-seeking, special graduate (non-degree), or non-degree-seeking. Additionally, provisional limitations of conditional or conditional on academic probation may be used in conjunction with admission.

Graduate Degree-Seeking 

A graduate degree-seeking student is one admitted to a graduate degree program. Admission as a graduate degree-seeking student may be unconditional, conditional, or conditional on academic probation.

Unconditional Admission

An applicant who has met the University-wide admission criteria and admitted unconditionally upon recommendation of the Graduate Program Committee and approval by the Dean of the Graduate School.

Conditional Admission

An applicant who has insufficient preparation in his or her intended graduate degree program, or who lacks certain supporting documentation required for unconditional admission, may be admitted conditionally upon recommendation of the Graduate Program Committee and approval by the Dean of the Graduate School.

Notification of condition(s) along with time limitations imposed by the Graduate Program Committee will be included in the notification of admission.  If student does not adhere to the conditions, he or she will be automatically dismissed from the University. The dismissal cannot be petitioned by the department.

Conditional Admission on Academic Probation

An applicant who has insufficient preparation in his or her intended graduate degree program and does not meet the criteria for conditional admission basis may be admitted on academic probation upon recommendation of the appropriate Graduate Program Committee and approval by the Dean of the Graduate School. Such admission requires that coursework taken during the first semester be completed with a grade point average of “B” (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better. Failure to earn this average will result in academic dismissal. The dismissal cannot be petitioned by the department.

Denial of Admission as a Graduate Degree-Seeking Student

If an applicant is not eligible for either unconditional admission or conditional admission, the applicant is denied admission as a graduate degree-seeking student. In such cases, the appropriate Graduate Program Committee may recommend the applicant’s admission or denial of admission as a special graduate student.