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2013-2015 graduate catalog

The University of Texas at Brownsville-Texas Southmost College  is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates and associate, baccalaureate, masters and doctorate degrees.  Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of The University of Texas at Brownsville .  In addition, the university holds membership in the following organizations:
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business
American Association of State Colleges and Universities
American Council on Education
Association of American Colleges
Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs
Association of Texas Colleges and Universities
Association of Texas Graduate Schools
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
Council of Graduate Schools
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals
National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
NAFSA: Association of International Educators
National Association of Schools of Music
Texas Alternative Certification Association
The College of Education is also approved to offer post baccalaureate certification programs by the Texas Education Agency.
Catalog Disclaimer
This catalog is a general information publication only.  It is not intended to nor does it contain all regulations that relate to students. 
The provisions of this catalog do not constitute a contract, express or implied, between any applicant, student or faculty member, The University of Texas at Brownsville or the University of Texas System.
The University of Texas at Brownsville reserves the right to withdraw courses at any time, to change fees or tuition, calendar, curriculum, degree requirements, graduation procedures, and any other requirements affecting students.  Changes will become effective whenever the proper authorities so determine and will apply to both prospective students and those already enrolled.
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Statement of Equal Opportunity
To the extent provided by applicable law, 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, and the University of Texas System or any of its component institutions on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status, or disability.
Goals of the Graduate Program
The university is committed to providing graduate programs which will reflect the knowledge, skills, and attitudes its graduates need to become successful leaders in their chosen areas of study. The primary goal of the graduate program is to provide opportunities for graduate study. UTB graduate programs will provide:
o   Opportunities for students to acquire professional knowledge beyond that offered at the undergraduate level,
o   Programs of intellectual and personal growth,
o   Opportunities that will allow students to gain needed experience in selected areas of study, and
o   Programs which build upon the bilingual and bicultural attributes of the location and population
Purpose and Limitation of the Graduate Catalog
The purpose of the Graduate Catalog is to inform students of the policies that govern graduate programs. A limitation of the printed word is that it is fixed in time while conditions and programs change. Dates, fees, regulations, faculty, course offerings and programs are subject to change when conditions warrant or state regulations mandate. The web-based version of the catalog is available at
Program Organization & Administration
The policies governing the graduate program are established by the Graduate Faculty and the Graduate Committee. The Graduate Committee sets standards for admission to graduate work, establishes policy, and recommends changes in programs and courses. The graduate program is administered by the Dean of Graduate Studies.  Faculty members are recommended for appointment to the graduate faculty by their departmental graduate committees and approved by the Graduate Committee. Recommendations for faculty status are based on rank, degree in the field (or training and experience) and the institutional need for the faculty member to hold graduate faculty status.
The Graduate Committee
The Graduate Committee reviews and makes recommendations on university graduate academic policies related to curriculum, admissions, graduate academic standards, fellowships and assistantships, and other matters of importance to graduate education at the university.
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