Graduate Students

Philosophy

Admission requirements for graduate study at UTSA are designed so that admitted students will have a high probability of success in graduate-level academic work. Graduate study is much more than a continuation of undergraduate work; it is an intellectual pursuit that requires independent thought and investigation.

Students seeking admission to a graduate program should visit the Graduate School's admissions website for application forms and instructions.

Keep Running with Us Programs

UTSA offers two streamlined admission programs to retain current highly qualified students and alumni.

VIP Graduate Admission Program

The VIP Graduate Admission Program allows Graduate Faculty and Graduate Faculty Scholars to recommend outstanding UTSA undergraduate and graduate students for admission. This encourages students with excellent academic records to remain at UTSA for their graduate education. Graduate program faculty may nominate a select number of outstanding undergraduate and graduate students.

Outstanding undergraduate candidates in their junior or senior year may be extended an offer of admission, conditional upon completion of their baccalaureate degree from UTSA in the area of nomination. All test scores and supplemental documentation are waived during the application process resulting in a streamlined application that helps fast-track the recommended students through the admission process.

Exceptional graduate candidates in their last 12 hours of study may be extended an offer of admission, conditional upon completion of the master’s degree from UTSA in the area of nomination.

Auto-Admit Admission Program

The Auto-Admit Graduate Admission Program is designed to retain talented undergraduate and graduate UTSA students and alumni in pursuit of graduate education. Students are identified by faculty and staff as having potential to successfully complete a graduate degree and are invited to apply for a participating program. 

Outstanding undergraduate candidates in their senior year may be extended an offer of admission, conditional upon completion of their baccalaureate degree from UTSA in the area of invitation. All test scores and supplemental documentation are waived during the application process resulting in a streamlined application that helps fast-track students through the admission process.

Additional information about the Keep Running with Us Programs is available on the Graduate School website, in the Graduate School office, and from the Graduate Advisor of Record of each graduate program.

Graduate Classifications and Requirements

Classifications of graduate admission require approval by the Dean of the Graduate School, the administrative officer responsible for graduate education. The criteria for the various classifications of admission to UTSA are set forth in the admission section.