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Admission and application requirements

graduate studies Contact Information

All application documents should be sent to the following address:

UTB Office of Graduate Studies
UBCB 1.202
One West University Boulevard
Brownsville, TX 78520

For questions or more information contact us at 956-882-6552/1800-860-0287 or email us at

Note - Your UTB ID# is needed in order to expedite processing of this application. If you have never attended UTB, you will be assigned a UTB Student ID# when your application is processed.

Effective February 7, 2014, once you have become a student and an email account has been created for you, all official university communications will be sent to your UTB email address.  Check your UTB email regularly to stay up to date on important information from your instructors, News and Information, Office of Financial Aid and others.  This change will not affect emergency notifications that are sent to the contact information that is contained in the Emergency Contact Information screen of UTB Online.

Bachelor's Degree

Proof of a baccalaureate degree from a 4-year college or university which has regional accreditation. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate study must be submitted. International applicants must have their transcript translated, where necessary, and evaluated by an accredited evaluation agency. For a list of recommended agencies, please visit:

In the application, you will be expected to identify all colleges/universities previously attended and when. To complete your admissions file, you will be asked to submit transcripts and proof of a baccalaureate degree from a four-year institution with regional accreditation.

You are not required to submit transcripts for coursework completed at UTB.

Official transcripts of all other undergraduate and graduate study must be submitted to our office. Applicants should request that the registrar of institutions previously attended send the transcripts directly to the Graduate Studies Office (address above).  Official transcripts can be ordered by visiting the individual Universities/Colleges Registrar's Office websites. Click here to order transcripts.

GPA of 3.0

An overall undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better and a 3.0 GPA in any graduate work already completed. (See Admission with Conditions for exceptions.)

Official GRE

Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) for Business majors. Examination score requirements vary by graduate degree program; see the specific admission requirements for the degree program for which you are applying. Scores more than five years old at the time of application will not be considered. GRE/GMAT SCORES MUST BE SUBMITTED ALONG WITH APPLICATON MATERIALS IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED FOR ADMISSION.

Application Essay/Statement of Goals

An important element of your application to graduate school is your statement of goals. This should be written in essay format. The requirements for the statement of goals are described in the outline for each graduate program.  The minimum requirement for the length of this essay is 500 words (or more depending on the requirements of the program).

Provide a carefully considered statement of your academic and professional objectives. Explain how graduate study will help you attain your goals.

Note: Returning students who have previously submitted their statement of goals for their program of interest are not required to resubmit the statement. Returning students who have not previously submitted a statement of goals, or who are changing programs, will be required to submit a new statement.

Departmental Admission Requirements

There may be specific admission requirements established by the academic department for the masters degree program which need to be fulfilled. These may include letters of recommendation, interviews, personal background information, examination score, grade-point average, and undergraduate coursework in the discipline. Note that admission to the University does not mean that one is admitted to any masters degree program. Approval of the graduate advisors for the degree program is required for admission to a masters degree program.

Application Fee

A $30 application fee is necessary to process your graduate application. Applications submitted after the priority deadline will require a $45.00 application fee. Application payments can be made by:

  • credit card, through the online payment system,
  • credit card, by faxing the credit card form,
  • cash, in person at the business office, or
  • check/money order, in person or mailed to:
    UTB Office of Graduate Studies
    UBCB 1.202
    One West University Boulevard
    Brownsville, TX 78520

IMMUNIZATION (effective Spring 2012)

All new entering students, defined as first-time freshman, transfer and returning students who have been enrolled at a an institution of higher education prior to January 1, 2012 and are enrolling after a long semester (fall, spring) break, must provide The University of Texas at Brownsville with one of the following in order to clear admission requirements:

1. Certification from a health care practitioner evidencing the student has received the vaccination or booster for bacterial meningitis five (5) years prior to enrolling in the University and at least ten (10) days before the first day of class (UTB Proof of Immunization form); or

2. A certificate from a health care practitioner stating the vaccination for bacterial meningitis would be injurious to the health and well-being of the student; or

3. An affidavit signed by the student indicating the vaccination for bacterial meningitis has been declined for reasons of conscience. The only approved form for this exemption can be found at the DSHS website. If the student is age 18 or older, they can complete the form themselves, listing themselves as the parent or legal guardian.

If you are unable to receive the meningitis vaccination from a local health care practitioner, UTB Student Health Services provides the vaccination for the following:

  • Students under 19: $5.00 (US dollars)
  • Student 19 and over: $110.00 (US dollars)

Students who do not meet the meningitis vaccination requirement prior to the Admission deadlines will not be cleared for admittance and should prepare for enrollment into the following semester.

Please note that the vaccination requirements do not apply to those students who are enrolled in only on-line classes or other distance education courses or are 22 years of age or older prior to first day of class.

All new international students may be allowed to take the bacterial meningitis vaccine upon their arrival on campus before the start of their semester.

For more information regarding bacterial meningitis, you can visit the Texas Education Code website.

Admission with Conditions

An applicant who does not meet the grade point average, GRE/GMAT score, and other criteria stipulated for regular admission may be admitted with conditions. Students receiving conditional admission may have one or more conditions specified by the academic department. The graduate advisor may require you to remedy deficiencies in undergraduate preparation by taking specified additional courses. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or better while on conditional status and, normally, must satisfy conditions within the first twelve hours of graduate study

In addition to the criteria stipulated, the University of Texas at Brownsville takes into consideration for admission counterbalancing factors such as the applicant’s demonstrated commitment to his or her chosen field of study, socioeconomic background, multilingual proficiency, geographic region of residence, first generation of family to graduate from an undergraduate program, and involvement and level of responsibility in other matters including extracurricular activities, employment, community service, or family responsibility of raising children.


Non-degree or transient status may be granted to applicants who want to take a maximum of 12 semester credit hours of graduate courses. A non-degree student who later decides to become a candidate for a degree must meet all graduate admissions criteria. Only relevant courses with grades of ‘B’ or better will be considered for application to the program of study for any graduate degree.

Readmission of Former Students

Former graduate students of UTB/TSC are required to reapply for graduate admission if they were not enrolled during the previous academic year. Former students must submit transcripts from all colleges attended since their last enrollment at this institution. Students who have earned less than a 3.0 average (3.0=B on a 4.0 scale) over all work completed since attending UTB/TSC or who left their last institution on probation may be readmitted on probation.

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