graduate admissions information
No person shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under, any program or activity sponsored or conducted by The University of Texas at Brownsville on the basis of race, color, age, national origin, sex, religion, disability, or veteran status. Any complaints should be directed to Office of Student Affairs or the Corporate Compliance Officer of the University.
Admission to the university does not imply admission to all programs of the university. The university does limit graduate admissions to those students who have shown a history of academic competency that suggests the ability to perform graduate work and indicates that graduate study will contribute significantly to the intellectual and professional development of the student.
Students who register for graduate courses inadvertently through administrative error, or who have not received official notification of admission to the graduate program, will be administratively withdrawn from graduate courses and have their tuition refunded.
All applicants for graduate programs must complete an official graduate admission application which consists of the following:
1. A completed graduate program application form and a copy of the receipt for payment of the $30 non-refundable application fee.
2. Proof of a baccalaureate degree from a four-year institution which has regional accreditation. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate study must be submitted. Applicants should request that the registrars of colleges previously attended send transcripts directly to the Registrar’s Office. Questions of bachelor degree equivalency for students with degrees from foreign institutions will be handled on an individual basis.
3. Official copy of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score report. Applicants should request that the Educational Testing Service send score reports directly to the Testing Office. GRE and GMAT scores more than five years old will be accepted only by permission of the Dean of Graduate Studies.
4. Proof of Residency.
A copy of one of the following must be included with the application:
‑ Permanent Texas Driver’s License/ID Card
‑ Lease Agreement
‑ Texas Voter Registration Card
‑ Utility Bill
‑ Texas High School or College Transcript
‑ Employer’s Statement (indicating date of employment)
‑ Property Tax Statement or Receipt
‑ Canceled Check/Bank Statement
Note: All resident documents must include the student’s name and address and must be dated at least 12 months prior to registration. This policy applies to former students who have been out of UTB/TSC for more than a year. Students may also be required to complete the “Core Residency Questionnaire” as required by 19 Texas Administrative Code §21.21, et seq.
5. Transcript of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores for international students. TOEFL scores more than two years old will not be accepted.
University graduate admission status does not automatically ensure admission to a college/school graduate degree program. Each college/school may have additional admission requirements for its graduate students. Once the individual’s admission application file is complete and reviewed by the student’s major department, the applicant will be notified in writing of his/her admission status.
To apply for Graduate Admission, you will need to show evidence of academic achievement and potential to pursue advanced study and research as evidenced by:
1. 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.
2. 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. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 is required for conditional admission or non-degree.
3. Official GRE or GMAT Score: 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. If the GRE or GMAT is not taken prior to admission, it must be taken in the first semester of graduate study and you will not be permitted to register for the subsequent semester until satisfactory scores are received. The GRE may be waived for those with an earned master’s degree with approval from the Dean of Graduate Studies
4. Application Essay: A satisfactory application essay stating your educational objectives and identifying positive indicators for admission (no more than 500 words).
5. Departmental Admission Requirements: There may be specific admission requirements established by the academic department for the master’s 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 master’s degree program. Approval of the graduate advisors for the degree program is required for admission to a master’s degree program.
Admission with Conditions: An applicant who does not meet the grade point average, GRE/GMAT score, and other criteria stipulated for regular admission will be considered for admission. 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 Admission: 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.
A student who withdraws from the university to perform active military service (not including Texas National Guard training exercises) will not have to reapply for admission but will be readmitted upon a request made within one year of being released from active military services and may be eligible for the same financial assistance provided before the student’s withdrawal. This right is granted under §51.9242 Texas Education Code.
Students from other countries are valued members of our university community. They bring knowledge and experience from other cultures which greatly enrich graduate studies at UTB/TSC. In many cases, moving to another country to attend graduate school is very expensive and requires great personal and family commitment. It is important that international students enter graduate studies at UTB/TSC with a clear understanding of their obligations and responsibilities and of the university’s commitment to them.
In addition to the admissions procedures outlined above, International Students applying for admission to the graduate program must comply with the following:
1. Foreign transcripts may be officially translated when necessary. Information on these services is available at the Office of Graduate Studies, University Boulevard Classroom Building 1.202 International students from Mexico who have applied for the Título will be allowed to enroll for a 12 month period until the document is completely processed. Proof that the paperwork has been submitted for the Título must be provided to the Office of Graduate Studies.
2. All international applicants must submit an official score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) to be eligible for admission. The test score will not be accepted if it is more than two years old, less than 550 on the written version of the exam, or less than 213 on the computerized version or a 77 on the Internet Based Test (iBT). A waiver of the TOEFL requirement may be granted at the discretion of the Dean of Graduate Studies if the applicant is from a country in which English is the primary language, or is a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident, or holds an undergraduate, masters, or doctoral degree from a U.S. college or university. All International students for whom English is not the mother tongue must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
3. Students (except those from Mexico) who enter the country under the provisions of an I-20 must qualify for unconditional admission status to the University. Individuals who are required to obtain the legal status of international student must request the form I-20 A-B from the Admissions Office (only after being admitted unconditionally). To obtain the I-20 form, you must submit the following:
a. a tentative Program of Study from the academic department
b. an affidavit of financial support
c. proof of economic solvency (i.e. bank statement or bank letter)
4. Obtain F-1 visa at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate with an I-20 form and valid passport.
5. Present immigration documents to the Admissions Office, Tandy Hall #115, prior to registration.
Health Insurance for International Students All international students holding non immigrant visas will be automatically charged for comprehensive health insurance every semester at the time of registration. The cost of the insurance is in the amount of the premium approved for the U.T. System Student Health Insurance Plan. This charge may not be paid in installments. Mexican nationals are exempt from this requirement excluding those on J-1 visas.
A waiver from this fee may be obtained by providing proof of an acceptable alternate insurance to the Student Health Services Director. Proof of insurance with coverage of at least $100,000 in medical benefits must include an identification card with insurer’s name, policy coverage, and effective and expiration dates. It must be in English. If the required medical evacuation and repatriation coverage are not included, these may be purchased separately at the Business Office, Tandy Hall #109 for $35 (annual fee). For information contact the International Student Counselor, Tandy Hall #205.
U.S. residents who wish to purchase health insurance may contact Student Health Services at Cortez Hall.
Residency Classifications: In accordance with statutes and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board rules and regulations, prospective graduate students are classified as residents of Texas, nonresidents, or foreign students.
Resident students are defined as persons or dependents of parents who were domiciled in Texas not less than 12 months before the census date of the academic semester in which the person enrolls in an institution, and maintained a residence continuously in Texas for the 12 months immediately preceding the census date of the academic semester in which the person enrolls in an institution. Also a person who (1) graduated from a Texas high school or received a GED, (2) continuously resided in Texas for thirty-six months immediately before the date of graduation or receipt of the diploma equivalent; and (3) resided in Texas for the 12 months preceding the census date may be classified as a resident student.
• Individuals who are either U.S. citizens, national or permanent resident aliens or aliens who have been permitted by Congress to adopt the United States as their domicile while in the country and who have otherwise met the state requirements for establishing residency for tuition purposes may also be classified as a resident student.
• Nonresidents are citizens, national or permanent residents of the U.S. or aliens who have been permitted by Congress to adopt the United States as their domicile while in the country and who have not met the state’s requirements for establishing residency for tuition purposes. While these state requirements for establishing residency are complex and should be referred to in each particular circumstance, they generally require a minimum of 12 months residence in Texas prior to enrollment.
• Foreign students are aliens who are not permanent residents of the U.S. or have not been permitted by Congress to adopt the U.S. as their domicile.
An individual classified as a nonresident or foreign student may qualify, under certain exceptions, for resident tuition rates and other charges while continuing to be classified as a nonresident or a foreign student. Categories of such exceptions may include:
In-State Tuition for Nonresidents Summary
- Border County Waiver
- College Faculty and their Dependents
- Competitive Scholarship Waiver
- Dual Medical/Philosophy Degree Waiver (Biomedical Research Scholarship Student Waiver) (Health Institutions)
- Economic Development and Diversification Waiver
- Good Neighbor Scholarship Program
- Foreign Service Officers Stationed in Mexico Attending Public Institutions of Higher Education in Texas waiver
- Mexican Citizens with Financial Need-Border County Waiver (UTB, UTEP and UTPA)
- Mexican Citizens with Financial Need-Border Nations Waiver
- Military: After Assignment in Texas
- Military: Assigned to Duty in Texas
- Military: Honorably Discharged, Separated, or Retired Veterans who Move to Texas
- Military: Member, Spouse or Child who Remains Continuously Enrolled in Higher Education in Texas
- Military: NATO Forces
- Military: Spouse and Dependents Who Previously Lived in Texas
- Military: Survivors
- Military: Veterans, Service Members, Their Spouses and Dependents (if veteran is eligible for federal veteran educational benefits)
- Nonresidents Enrolled in Texas Public Universities Located within 100 Miles of the Texas Border Waiver
- Olympic athletes attending The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College
- Out-of-State Military: If Family Intent is to Make Texas Home
- Registered Nurses Enrolled in Postgraduate Nursing Degree Programs Waiver
- Research Assistants and Teaching Assistants Waiver
- Students from Mexico Enrolled in Graduate Degree Programs in Public Health Waiver (UTB, UTEP and UTPA)
Additional information on residency, reclassification, tuition exceptions and waivers is available at the Office of Graduate Studies and/or Office of Student Financial Assistance.