Graduate students are admitted in one of the following graduate classifications:
NOTE: A student holding a baccalaureate or higher degree who intends to seek an additional bachelor's degree or an additional undergraduate major or minor, or who intends to take undergraduate course work required for Texas public school teacher certification, should seek admission as a postbaccalaureate student. Postbaccalaureate students are exempt from graduate admission requirements and may enroll in undergraduate-level courses (numbered below 5000) only. For information on postbaccalaureate admission requirements, see the "Admission" section of the Undergraduate Catalog.
The following guidelines apply to degree seeking and certificate seeking applicants to graduate study.
To be admitted to graduate studies, an applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States (or an equivalent foreign institution). The applicant must show promise of success in graduate studies. Decisions regarding admission to graduate study will be based on a review of all application materials submitted. Factors that may be considered include the student’s grade point average (GPA), the relevancy of previous course work, the applicant’s demonstrated commitment to the field of study, and other criteria identified by the degree program. No single factor will automatically disqualify an applicant from acceptance. Rather the overall strength of the record will be used to grant or deny admission to an individual.
A student who already holds a graduate degree from a regionally accredited university, as documented by an official transcript, is considered to have met the University requirements for admission to graduate study. Admission to a particular degree program may involve meeting additional requirements.
Right to an Academic Fresh Start Legislation
If a student who enrolls in a Texas public institution of higher education under the Right to an Academic Fresh Start law completes a prescribed course of study, earns a baccalaureate degree, and applies for admission to a postgraduate program, the University, in considering the applicant for admission into the program, will consider only the grade point average of the applicant established by the course work completed under this law, along with other standard admissions criteria discussed in this catalog. (For more information on the Right to an Academic Fresh Start, see the "Admission" section of the Undergraduate Catalog or contact the Office of Admissions and Records.)