Master's Degree Admission Requirements

Application Process

A student seeking a graduate degree must fulfill the following in addition to the general graduate admission requirements:

  1. Complete a graduate application at, select a specific program, pay the application fee, and have official transcripts showing proof of baccalaureate sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
  2. Select a specific degree program.
  3. Take the appropriate entrance examination for the selected degree program.
  4. Satisfy the entrance examination, grade-point average and any other specific requirements for the selected degree program.
  5. Receive official admission to the selected degree program.


The University of Texas at Tyler recognizes five categories of graduate admission at the master's level: Full Graduate Admission; Conditional Admission; Provisional Admission; Special Admission; and Non-Degree Seeking.

At the doctoral level, students may be admitted only under Full Graduate Admission.

Full Graduate Admission

A student seeking a graduate degree must fulfill the following admission requirements:

  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and, submit the following items:  
    1. Application for admission to a degree program. Only applications made online at will be accepted;
    2. Official transcripts (sent directly from the institution) showing proof of baccalaureate (NOTE: some programs may require transcripts of all college and university level work);
    3. Official scores for the required entrance examination;
    4. Other admission materials required by the graduate degree program.
  2. Meet the admission standards established for the degree program.
  3. Contact the program graduate advisor to review specific entrance requirements of the selected degree program. The decision to admit a student is made at the program level.

Because some programs accept only a limited number of students or do not have the faculty or facilities to accommodate a student’s particular area of study, some applicants who exceed minimum requirements for admission may not be accepted.

Conditional Admission

This status may be granted to applicants who have submitted all required materials but who do not meet the standards for Full Graduate Admission. It is expected that a small percentage of applicants will be awarded conditional admission. Students who do not maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 during the semesters in which while they are conditionally admitted will be denied full admission.

A graduate program may stipulate conditions that must be met by applicants for whom this status is requested. Any conditions stipulated must be designed to provide compensatory evidence that applicants will be successful in the program despite not meeting the standards for Full Admission. All conditions must be met by the time an applicant has completed nine hours in the program. Examples of reasonable conditions are 1) successful completion of specific prerequisite courses and 2) maintenance of a graduate GPA for the first nine semester hours that is substantially above the minimum 3.0 GPA required for good standing in a graduate program. Advisors shall prepare Conditional Admission Approval Forms that identify conditions for any applicant for whom conditional status is requested. Forms must be approved by The Graduate School and will be monitored by the program. Upon completion of the requirement(s) for conditional admission, the academic program will contact Graduate Admissions to move the student to Full Graduate Admission.

Conditional – (for language institute students) This status may be granted to applicants who have submitted all required materials except language proficiency. In those instances, no for-credit courses may be taken until the language proficiency has been satisfied. After satisfactory completion of the language requirement, students may be moved to conditional or full admission to the degree-seeking program.

Provisional Admission

Individuals may be admitted provisionally to a graduate program if they complete a graduate application and provide evidence of having completed or that they will complete a baccalaureate degree prior to matriculating in a graduate program. For an applicant to be eligible for provisional admission, the materials provided by the individual must provide persuasive evidence that the applicant is likely to meet the standards for full admission or conditional admission. Students who are provisionally admitted are allowed one semester to furnish all the materials needed for a program to make a decision whether to deny the applicant admission or to grant full or conditional admission. Provisional admission is good for one semester only during which no more than nine hours may be taken.

Special Admission

A student seeking teaching certification, a graduate certificate, or other graduate non-degree program (such as licensure) may be admitted as a special student. The student must submit a Graduate Application and meet all admission requirements set by the particular program. Individual programs determine the number of hours to be taken and other requirements. Students may enroll only in graduate courses required for the specific non-degree program. Registration is approved by the graduate advisor. Graduate hours completed prior to admission as a special student may not be accepted by a particular program. If a student subsequently decides to pursue a degree, the selected degree program will determine which courses taken while classified as a special student will apply to the degree.

Non-Degree Seeking

A student who desires to take graduate courses for personal enrichment, for job advancement, or for transfer to another institution, may do so by completing a graduate application. Non-degree seeking students are limited to enrolling in a total of nine graduate hours unless approval is given by the Dean of The Graduate School.

A maximum of nine graduate hours of UT Tyler credit earned as a non-degree seeking student may subsequently be applied toward a master’s degree if approved by the degree-granting program. Individual programs may limit the number of hours applicable to the program.

A student who completes nine graduate hours as a non-degree seeking student, may not subsequently be admitted conditionally or provisionally to a graduate degree program.


A new application is required whenever a student fails to register three consecutive semesters or has an approved leave of absence for twelve or more months. To resume studies, students must submit a graduate school application at according to the deadlines posted online:

Readmission is not automatic and will be reviewed carefully by The Graduate School and the academic program prior to making a recommendation.

If a student is readmitted, the applicable catalog is the one in effect at the time of readmission. Master’s Students should consult the Time Limitation standards for master’s degrees. Doctoral Students should consult the Residency and Time Limit standards that apply.