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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error, or who have not received official notification of admission to the graduate program, will be administratively withdrawn from graduate courses and have their tuition refunded.

Students who withdraw from or defer admission to the institution to perform active military service in a combative operation will be readmitted to their program, previously earned coursework will be applied toward the program, and any standardized test score previously submitted will be accepted.  Texas Education Code, Section 51.844.
Once applicants become students and an email account has been created for them, all official university communications will be sent to the UTB email address.  Students should check their email regularly to stay up to date on important information from instructors, News and Information, and the Office of Financial Aid.  The personal email address on file will be retained as a secondary email address for password reset purposes.
To log into the UTB email, go to, click on Quick Links and then Webmail.  Your username is your UTB email address.  The password is the same one used for UTB Online and Blackboard.
This change applies to all current students including new and returning students after their first day of class.  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.


Admission Procedures
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.  Students can apply by visiting or
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:
o    Permanent Texas Driver’s License/ID Card
o    Lease Agreement
o    Texas Voter Registration Card
o    Utility Bill
o    Texas High School or College Transcript
o    Employer’s Statement (indicating date of employment)
o    Property Tax Statement or Receipt
o    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 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.

Admission Requirements
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.  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.  The minimum requirement for the length of the essay is 500 words (or more depending on the requirements of the program).
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 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 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.

International Students
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. 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 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 undergraduate and graduate transcripts must be officially translated. 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 students for whom English is not the mother tongue must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and submit the official score.  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.
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 from the Office of Global Engagement (only after being admitted unconditionally). To obtain the I-20 form, you must submit the following:
o    A tentative Program of Study from the academic department
o    An affidavit of financial support
o    Proof of economic solvency (i.e. bank statement or bank letter)
International students wishing to pursue online degrees are not eligible for an F1 or F3 student visa.
4.   It is the student’s responsibility to obtain the student visa at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
5.   Upon arrival at UTB, international students must present immigration documents to the Office of Global Engagement in Lightner, 104 prior to registration and attend the mandatory International Student Orientation.
6.  All international students must be covered with medical insurance. Mexican nationals are exempt from this requirement excluding those on J-1 visas.  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.
A waiver from this fee may be obtained by providing proof of an acceptable alternate insurance to the International Student Advisor at the Office of Global Engagement. Proof of insurance with coverage of at least:
o    $50,000 benefits per accident or illness (including maternity)
o    Deductible amount not to exceed $500 annually
o    $7,500 for repatriation of remains in case of death
o    Expense associated with medical evacuation to visitor’s home country in the amount of $10,000
These documents must be written in English and monetary units expressed in U.S. dollars.    If the required medical evacuation and repatriation coverage are not included, these may be purchased separately.  For information, contact the International Student, Advisor in the Office of Global Engagement located in Lightner 104.

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.
oIndividuals 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.
oNonresidents 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.
oForeign 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. Continued receipt of a tuition and fee exemption and/or waiver is conditined on maintaining the designated minimum GPA necessary to meet Graduate Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards.  Categories of such exceptions may include:

In-State Tuition for Nonresidents Summary
oBorder County Waiver
oCollege Faculty and their Dependents
oCompetitive Scholarship Waiver
oDual Medical/Philosophy Degree Waiver (Biomedical Research Scholarship Student Waiver) (Health Institutions)
oEconomic Development and Diversification Waiver
oGood Neighbor Scholarship Program
oForeign Service Officers Stationed in Mexico Attending Public Institutions of Higher Education in Texas waiver
oMexican Citizens with Financial Need-Border County Waiver (UTB, UTEP and UTPA)
oMexican Citizens with Financial Need-Border Nations Waiver
oMilitary: After Assignment in Texas
oMilitary: Assigned to Duty in Texas
oMilitary: Honorably Discharged, Separated, or Retired Veterans who Move to Texas
oMilitary: Member, Spouse or Child who Remains Continuously Enrolled in Higher Education in Texas
oMilitary: NATO Forces
oMilitary: Spouse and Dependents Who Previously Lived in Texas
oMilitary: Survivors
oMilitary: Veterans, Service Members, Their Spouses and Dependents (if veteran is eligible for federal veteran educational benefits)
oNonresidents Enrolled in Texas Public Universities Located within 100 Miles of the Texas Border Waiver
oOlympic athletes attending The University of Texas at Brownsville
oOut-of-State Military: If Family Intent is to Make Texas Home
oRegistered Nurses Enrolled in Postgraduate Nursing Degree Programs Waiver
oResearch Assistants and Teaching Assistants Waiver
oStudents 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.
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