Graduate Policies

These policies apply to all graduate students unless otherwise stated. For policies specific to doctoral students and doctoral programs, refer to the Doctoral Policies section.

Graduate Courses Taken by Undergraduates

An undergraduate student at UT Tyler may take a maximum of 6 graduate credit hours to apply toward a master's degree, subject to the following conditions:

  1. The student must be within 12 semester hours of graduation.
  2. Student must apply for undergraduate graduation.
  3. Enrollment in each graduate course must receive prior approval by the graduate advisor or appropriate department chair of the college offering the course.
  4. The approval must be submitted by the student to the Enrollment Services Center at the time of registration.

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.

Academic Fresh Start

An applicant who has earned a baccalaureate degree under the “academic fresh start” statute, Texas Education Code, § 51.931, and applies for admission to a postgraduate or professional program will be evaluated only on the grade point average of the course work completed for that baccalaureate degree and the other criteria stated herein for admission to the postgraduate or professional program.

International Graduate Student Admissions

Applicants from countries other than the United States may be admitted to the university subject to the following regulations in addition to the general admission requirements:

  1. Accompanying the application must be an official English evaluation of the transcripts if the academic transcripts are from a foreign institution.
  2. Evidence of English proficiency must be submitted before admission will be granted. Applicants whose primary language is not English (the undergraduate degree is from a foreign institution) must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Pearson Test of English (PTE), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum score requirements are as follows:
    1. 79 TOEFL iBT (internet-based test)
    2. 550 TOEFL PBT (paper-based test)
    3. 53 PTE
    4. 6.5 overall band score and 6.0 in each subsection IELTS
    5. Please note that individual graduate programs may have higher standards for English proficiency. Applicants should check with program advisors for details on English language proficiency requirements.
  3. Individuals who complete Level 6 of the University of Texas at Tyler’s Intensive English Language Institute with no grade lower than an A or who complete Level 7 with no grade lower than a B may be eligible for a waiver of the TOEFL requirement.  
  4. An affidavit of support is required indicating the source of funds being made available to the student and the amount of money being provided and the length of time the funds will be made available.
  5. Holders of student (F-l) visas must be classified as full-time students. For international graduate students, the minimum course load is 9 semester credit hours.
  6. The filing deadlines for applications and the required documents to be received in the Office of Graduate Admissions are available online at
  7. International students holding non-immigrant visas are required to maintain approved comprehensive medical insurance, repatriation insurance and medical evacuation insurance. An international student may purchase his or her own insurance. However, the policy must meet or exceed UT System Student Health Insurance Plan requirements and a health insurance waiver must be submitted by the deadline for the insurance charge on the student bill to be waived.

    If no waiver form is submitted, a health insurance fee will be assessed at the time of enrollment. The health insurance fee will be in the amount of the premium approved for the UT System Student Health Insurance Plan for the actual cost of the insurance.

International Student Seeking a Graduate Degree by Distance Learning

Applicants from countries other than the United States may be admitted to online degree programs subject to the following standards:

  • Satisfy the general admission requirements for the degree program, including English language proficiency.
  • International students admitted to degree programs offered through distance learning technologies are not eligible to receive an I-20. International students are not eligible for on-campus study unless they hold an F-1 visa.

Undergraduate Courses

Undergraduate courses (numbered 4999 and below), including required prerequisite or leveling courses, will not be counted toward academic program requirements, will not count toward full-time enrollment status (with the exception of international students), will not carry residence credit, and will not be entered into the student’s graduate grade point average.

Student Seeking a Second Master's Degree

A student who already holds a graduate degree from an accredited institution may pursue a second graduate degree. The second degree must open a new area, field, or major approved by the student’s advisor.

With the exception of coordinated degree programs, the degree requirements for the second graduate degree must be satisfied without using courses applied to a previous degree. Credit applied to a previous degree which duplicates a portion of the program required under the second degree will not reduce the number of hours required for the second degree. Courses already taken would not have to be repeated, but additional course work would be substituted for such previously completed courses.

Concurrent Enrollment in Two Master’s Degree Programs

In unusual instances a student may be concurrently admitted to, and enrolled in, two master’s degree programs. The student must satisfy all requirements for each degree and may not use more than 9 hours of course work from one degree to satisfy common requirements for the other degree. Course work that is used to satisfy common requirements for the two degrees must be approved by the advisor of each degree program, the college graduate advisors, and the Dean of the Graduate School.

Transient Admission: Student Pursuing Degrees at Other Universities

Graduate students pursuing degrees at other colleges and universities who wish to take courses at the University may be admitted as transient students. The transient student application is available through  

A transient student who later wishes to be admitted to the University on a regular basis must reapply for admission.

Students who attend the University as transient students and then are admitted on a regular basis are immediately subject to the University’s academic regulations.

Transient Admission: UT Tyler Students at Other Universities

After a student is admitted at UT Tyler, he or she should not register for any course(s) at any other institution until approval is granted. Approval by the student’s advisor, department chair, dean, and University Registrar is required to assure that the courses taken at another institution will count toward the student’s degree. The student should not register at another institution until the request for graduate transient admission form has been completed and approved. Forms for this purpose are available online at

Admission Denial Appeal Process

Applicants denied admission to a graduate program may appeal the decision within five days of receiving the admission decision. The appeal must be based on the grounds that the denial was a violation of the admissions policy and procedure or that the applicant’s application was not evaluated in accordance with the criteria for admission set forth by the intended graduate program/department. Denials to graduate programs with restricted admissions based on their capacity to effectively serve students may not be appealed.

Any appeal of an admission decision to a graduate program shall be submitted in writing to the advisor for the program. The advisor shall have 10 work days to respond in writing to the appeal. If the applicant is not satisfied with the decision, he or she may appeal in writing to the chairperson of the department. The chairperson shall respond in writing within 10 work days. The next levels for appeals are the dean of the college in which the program is located followed by the Dean of the Graduate School. Each dean will respond in writing within 10 work days of receiving an appeal. The decision of the Dean of the Graduate School is final.

Appeals must be received prior to the term for which the applicant is seeking admission. If there is insufficient time to complete the appeal process before the beginning of the term for which the applicant seeks admission, the admission semester may be moved to the subsequent semester so the case may be reviewed.

Transfer of Graduate Credit

Transfer of graduate credit from a regionally accredited institution is limited to 9 hours for master's degrees. All transfer credit must have been completed with a grade of “B” or better and approved by the degree-granting program. Transfer credits for courses completed prior to admission to UT Tyler should be evaluated and approved during the first semester. Since the restrictions placed upon transfer work may vary from program to program, each graduate degree student should refer to the section of this catalog that details the requirements of the proposed degree. Forms for this purpose are available online or in the Office of Graduate Admissions, ADM 345.

Scholastic Load

The minimum credit hour load to be considered a full-time graduate student is nine semester hours of courses during a fall or spring semester or six hours during a regular summer session. The maximum credit hour load permitted is 12 hours during a fall or spring semester, six hours during each Summer I and II session, and nine hours during a Long Summer Session. However, total summer hours may not exceed 12. Students enrolled in 9 or more hours in the Long Summer Session are not eligible for enrollment in the Summer I or Summer II sessions. (Texas Administrative Code, Title 19, Part 1, Chapter 4, Subchapter A, Rule §4.6).

Time Limitation

Degree requirements for all master's programs at UT Tyler must be completed within a six-year period. Graduate credit transferred from another institution must meet the limitations imposed by each degree program. Exceptions to the six-year time limitation must be approved by the academic advisor, dean of the college offering the degree, and Dean of The Graduate School.

Catalog Year

In order to graduate, a student must fulfill catalog requirements in effect at the time of admission to a graduate program; however, a student who is continuously enrolled must complete all requirements within six years or be subject to degree requirements of a subsequent catalog. If a matriculated student has a break in enrollment at UT Tyler for three consecutive semesters or more, the student is required to complete a readmission application. If a student is readmitted, the applicable catalog is the one in effect at the time of readmission.

Change of Program

If a student desires to change from one graduate program to another graduate program, the student must complete Change of Graduate Program form, which is available on Registrar’s Office forms library website  

Course Enrollments

The university reserves the right to cancel a scheduled course upon evidence of inadequate enrollment. Normally a minimum of five enrolled students is required in a graduate course.

Grading System

Grades, levels of performance, and grade points awarded for graduate credit at UT Tyler are as follows:


Level of Performance

 Grade Points
















Most courses use the traditional grading system, providing grades of A through F. However, grading may take other forms, including:


This grade may only be used for thesis or dissertation credit, special project, practicum, internship or other specialized course.


Credit/No courses as approved by the program. CR or NC may not subsequently be changed to a letter grade

(See credit/no-credit option policy)


Indicates incomplete coursework

(See incomplete policy)


Indicates withdrawal

(See withdrawal policies)


Indicates a course "in progress" that spans more than one semester

There is a one-year time limit for grade changes (except Incompletes) and only the original instructor of the course may change a grade. CR, P and W designations may not be changed to letter grades. An "I" must be removed from the student’s record within one semester. See specific sections that elaborate on the institutional policies concerning the designations CR/NC, I, Pass/Fail and W.

Calculation of Grade Point Average

Grades A, B, C, D, and F and the associated semester credit hours will be used to calculate grade point averages. The designations I, W, CR, and NC and the associated semester credit hours will not be used. Only grades and associated semester credit hours for courses taken in residence at UT Tyler will be used in the calculation of grade point averages.

If a student repeats a course and requests grade forgiveness, only the last grade earned and the last semester credit hours attempted are used to compute the grade point average. If grade forgiveness is not requested, then both grades will be calculated and used to compute the grade point average (See Repeating Courses and Grade Forgiveness Policy). If the student receives a W or I in the repeated course, then the previous grade continues to be used to compute the grade point average.

Credit/No Credit Option

Certain courses in the curriculum may be taken only on a credit/no-credit basis. Pre-professional students should note that many professional schools, e.g. law, count CR as a "C" and NC as an "F" in computing grade point averages. The following provisions apply to courses taken on a credit/no-credit basis:

  1. Special form requiring the signature of the student’s advisor.
  2. The designation CR will not be changed to a grade of A, B, C, or D.
  3. The designation of CR and NC will not be used in calculating the grade point average.
  4. The designation CR will be counted toward the total number of hours passed.

Incomplete Policy ("I" Grade)

If a student, because of extenuating circumstances, is unable to complete all of the requirements for a course by the end of the semester, then the instructor may recommend an incomplete (I) for the course. The "I" may be assigned in lieu of a grade only when all of the following conditions are met: (a) the student has been making satisfactory progress in the course; (b) the student is unable to complete all course work or final exam due to unusual circumstances that are beyond personal control and are acceptable to the instructor; and (c) the student presents these reasons prior to the time that the final grade roster is due.

The time limit in which the work must be completed may not exceed one semester (or full summer). Should the student fail to complete all of the work for the course within the time limit, the "I" will be automatically changed to an "F." An "I" will not be used in calculating the grade point average for a student.

Pass/Fail Policy

To register for a class on a Pass/Fall basis, a student must have the signatures of his/her advisor and the instructor for the course.

  1. Students may take only one course per semester for P/F credit.
  2. Students may take only three courses on a pass/fail basis during their graduate career at UT Tyler.
  3. If you are on academic probation, you may not enroll in a course on a P/F basis.
  4. A course cannot be changed from a P/F basis to letter grade or vice versa after the first five class days.
  5. A final grade of P will not be changed to a grade of A, B, C, or D.
  6. A final grade of P will be counted in the total number of hours passed.

Repeating Courses

A graduate student may repeat any graduate course previously taken at UT Tyler if the last grade received in the course was a C, D, F or NC. Repeated courses may not be taken on a CR/NC or P/F basis unless the course is only offered on a CR/NC or P/F basis. Students repeating a single course more than two times may be billed at a higher tuition rate. All grades will appear on the student’s official transcript. Once the graduate degree has been awarded by UT Tyler, a student may repeat a course taken prior to graduation, but the repeated course will not be used to recalculate the grade point average.

Grade Forgiveness

A master's student may receive grade forgiveness (grade replacement) for only two course repeats during his/her graduate career at UT Tyler. Grade forgiveness means that only the last grade and associated semester credit hours earned are used to compute the grade point average. However, all grades and associated semester credit hours will appear on the student’s official transcript.

Grade replacement/forgiveness may be requested for courses in which a grade of a C, D or F was earned. To request grade forgiveness/replacement a student must file a Grade Replacement Contract with the Enrollment Services Center by the Census Date (see the Academic Calendar for date). Failure to file a Grade Replacement Contract will result in both the original and repeated grade and associated semester credit hours being used to calculate overall grade point average.

If a student files a Grade Replacement Contract for a course but withdraws and receives an automatic “W,” the attempt counts against the grade forgiveness limit and the original grade remains. Students may, on or prior to the Census Date, request in writing to withdraw a Grade Replacement Contract by contacting the Enrollment Services Center.

A student may not exercise grade forgiveness for courses taken at UT Tyler and repeated at another college or university, nor may grade forgiveness be used when a course taken elsewhere is repeated at UT Tyler.

The grade forgiveness option may not be exercised to remove a grade awarded in a case of academic dishonesty. Once the degree has been awarded by UT Tyler, grade forgiveness may not be used to replace a grade taken before graduation.


The grade forgiveness limit is not retroactive regarding grades already forgiven. The policy affects all students enrolled in Fall 2006 and thereafter, no matter when the course being repeated was originally taken.

Grade Appeals

Disputes regarding grades, must be initiated within sixty (60) days from the date of receiving the final course grade by filing a Grade Appeal Form with the instructor who assigned the grade. If the student is not satisfied with the decision, the student may appeal in writing to the appropriate Chairperson of the department from which the grade was issued. Grievances may then be appealed to the Academic Dean and the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Grade Appeal Forms are available in each academic dean’s office.


All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor and instructor prior to dropping a course. In addition, students should review the Academic Calendar located in the Schedule of Classes for “W” withdrawal/drop dates and the refund schedule. For more information regarding refunds, please see the Schedule of Refunds in this catalog. Students should be aware that dropping a course will affect their financial aid, and they should consult the Enrollment Services Center prior to withdrawal. Students are encouraged to maintain a copy of their Withdrawal Form.

Students must withdraw in writing by one of the following methods:

  1. Fill out the Withdrawal Form available in the Enrollment Services Center, or
  2. Send a written request for withdrawal to the Enrollment Services Center. Letters must contain the student's name, student ID number, the course(s) from which the student is withdrawing, the reason for withdrawing, and the student's signature. Letters may be mailed or faxed to the Enrollment Services Center. For mailed withdrawals, the effective date of withdrawal will be the date when the withdrawal is officially completed and recorded by the Enrollment Services Center. A copy of the withdrawal will be mailed to the student once the procedure has been completed. Emailed requests must be sent from the student’s Patriot email address. These requests must contain the student's name, student ID number, the course(s) from which the student is withdrawing, and the reason for withdrawing.

Dropping Courses Late

No course may be dropped after the published “Last Day to Withdraw” unless the Student Appeals Committee approves a late drop (see the Academic Grievances policy). The appeal must provide justification of extenuating circumstances that go beyond academic progress in the course.

Withdrawal for Active Military Service

If a student withdraws from an institution of higher education because the student is called to active military service, the institution, at the student’s option, shall:

  1. refund the tuition and fees paid by the student for the semester in which the student withdraws;
  2. grant a student, who is eligible under the institution’s guidelines, an incomplete grade in all courses by designating “withdrawn-military” on the student’s transcript; or
  3. assign an appropriate final grade or credit, as determined by the instructor, to a student who has satisfactorily completed a substantial amount of coursework and who has demonstrated sufficient mastery of the course material. (See Excused Absences for Active Military Service)


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

Readmission is not automatic and will be reviewed carefully by the Office of Graduate Admissions 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.

Excused Absences

Excused Absence for Religious Holy Days

An institution of higher education shall excuse a student from attending classes or other required activities, including examinations, for the observance of a religious holy day, including travel for that purpose. A student whose absence is excused under this subsection may not be penalized for that absence and shall be allowed to take an examination or complete an assignment from which the student is excused within a reasonable time after the absence.

Any student seeking to be excused for religious observance, must provide written notification to the instructors at least two weeks* prior to the date of the planned absence. At that time the instructor will set a date and time with the student when any make-up assignment or equivalent work will be completed. Make-up work will be mutually arranged; however, availability of the instructor will be given priority in setting the arrangements.

It is expected that students will not abuse the privilege of being absent from class for religious observance.

*Events scheduled within the first month of an academic term may require a shortened lead time.

Excused Absence for Active Military Service

Any student who has been called up for military service after a semester begins should immediately provide the Registrar’s Office and course instructors a copy of the military orders. Such students are excused from attending classes, turning in assignments, taking examinations or participating in any other required activity if the absence is for no more than 25% of the total number of class meetings (excluding final examination period). If the absence is for more than 25% of the class meetings, please refer to the policy on Withdrawal for Military Service.

Within 5 days of the student returning to UT Tyler from active service, he or she shall notify the Registrar’s Office and course instructors. The student will be allowed to complete all assignments and examinations within a reasonable time as agreed upon by the course instructors and under the same requirements in effect when the student enrolled in the course.

Should any dispute arise as to the student’s inability to complete assignments or examinations within a reasonable time after the absence, the student should first seek informal resolution with the faculty member, the department chair and then the dean of the college in which the course or courses are located. If an informal process is not successful, the student may institute a grade grievance process after the final course grade is recorded.

Discrimination Complaints

Please see the Complaints and Grievances Process in the Student Affairs section of this catalog.

Student Records

Please see the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) policy in the Undergraduate Policies Section of this catalog.

Probation/Suspension for Master's Students

The policy below is the minimum policy for graduate students at the University of Texas at Tyler. Individual programs may have stricter criteria for probation and/or suspension from a program.

Graduate Academic Probation

A graduate student who has a cumulative grade-point of less than 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. For the purposes of determining compliance with the policies of academic probation, the three summer sessions are treated as one semester.

Students on academic probation must earn a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 or above in subsequent semesters until the cumulative grade point deficiency is removed. Failure to do so results in academic suspension. A student on academic probation should not register for more than six hours and must obtain his/her advisor’s approval on a Graduate Student Probation Petition for Readmission form to register. The form is available on the Registrar's Office website:

Grade points earned at other institutions are not used in computing the grade-point average and may not be used to remove a deficiency. A student who leaves the University on academic probation will be readmitted on academic probation even if he or she has attended another institution in the interim.

Graduate Academic Suspension

A graduate student will be suspended from the University for one semester or full summer for failure to meet the terms of academic probation. A student suspended from the University for the first time must receive approval for readmission from the program advisor and the appropriate dean.

A student admitted to the University after having been suspended must complete a Graduate Student Suspension Petition for Readmission form, with signatures from both their academic advisor and the appropriate college dean, to register.

A second academic suspension will be for at least twelve months. Students wishing to reenroll at the University after the mandatory period of enrollment ineligibility must reapply via the website Submission of a completed Graduate Student Suspension Petition for Readmission to the Enrollment Services Center is also required as part of the readmission process and as a requirement for enrollment. This form requires the signature of the student’s academic advisor and the appropriate college dean.

A third suspension will result in permanent dismissal from the graduate program and the University.

Graduate Restart

The Graduate Restart procedure is designed to allow returning students who performed poorly in their initial attempt at graduate studies to have a fresh start toward meeting graduation requirements for a degree or credit-granting certificate.

A graduate student who has not been enrolled at UT Tyler for at least 12 months prior to readmission may petition the Dean of the Graduate School to remove from his/her graduate cumulative grade point average all grades earned during the student's prior enrollment at the University. Thus, the student who re-enrolls under Graduate Restart automatically forfeits the right to use any of the previous graduate course work, including transfer work, toward the current degree requirements. Only courses attempted following readmission will be applied to the degree requirements.

Restart petitions may be filed for readmission to a program in which a student was not previously successful or for admission to a different graduate program. Restart petitions must be approved by the graduate program advisor, the dean of the college and the Dean of The Graduate School.

If readmission is granted under Graduate Restart, the following will apply:

  1. Enroll within one year (12 months) of the granting of the petition.
  2. Earn no grade lower than a "C" in any course attempted.
  3. Maintain a graduate grade point average of 3.0 or better each semester regardless of the number of hours attempted.
  4. Failure to meet grade requirements will result in dismissal from the University. In other words, the policies on probation and suspension do not apply to Graduate Restart students.

All hours attempted and all grades earned before and after Graduate Restart will remain on the student's official, permanent academic record (transcript). Graduate Restart affects only the cumulative graduate grade point average. It will not remove evidence/documentation of the student's overall academic history at the university.

A student may exercise the Graduate Restart option only once, regardless of the number of times the student enters/attends a graduate degree program at UT Tyler.

To be considered for Graduate Restart, students must submit a petition for reinstatement to the advisor of the graduate program and provide a compelling justification for reinstatement. Students should explain how circumstances that impeded one's success in graduate school have improved. Petition forms are available at

Students must submit all materials required for full admission to the program (GRE scores, recommendation letters, statement of purpose, etc.) Students must be fully admitted to a program to participate in Graduate Restart; no provisional or conditional admission is allowed.

A student should carefully review this information to make sure that the terms of the program are understood. If the student agrees to the provisions of Graduate Restart, s/he should sign the petition form and submit it to the advisor for the graduate program. All required documents to support the application for admission must be submitted as well. For the Graduate Restart applicant, the catalog in effect at the time of the Graduate Restart application is effective. The Graduate Restart option is tied to the admission process and may only be requested at the time of readmission.


Several graduate degree programs at UT Tyler require a thesis. A student seeking a degree should consult the appropriate section of this catalog to determine if a particular degree requires a thesis.

Guidelines and Procedures

Students considering enrollment in a thesis course should obtain a copy of Guidelines for Preparation of Thesis or Dissertation at The University of Texas at Tyler. These guidelines describe procedures for typing, formatting, and submitting the thesis. Thesis guidelines also may be found on the University website at the following address:

Institutional Review Board (IRB) Approval

Federal regulations and University policy require that all investigations using animal or human beings as subjects of research be reviewed and approved by the appropriately constituted committees before such investigations may begin.

Data cannot be collected for any dissertation based on the use of animals or human beings as subjects without prior review and approval in accordance with university procedures. More information can be found online at:

Even if a student believe that his/her research may be "exempt", the proposed research must still be reviewed prior to initiating collection of data.


Students required to write a thesis for their degree must register for a thesis course each semester, after research has commenced, until the thesis has been accepted.

Thesis Committees

Committee Composition

A student who has been advanced to the thesis or dissertation stage is responsible for forming a thesis committee. Members of the committee must review and approve the student’s research proposal. The student must keep the committee informed of the scope, plan, and progress of the thesis research and manuscript. Note the following policies regarding committee composition:

Committee Size & Potential Members

Thesis committees must be comprised of at least three members. The majority of the committee should be faculty from the student’s graduate program. Appropriately qualified faculty may serve on a committee at the request of the student and the graduate program.

Committee Chair

The chair is responsible for directing and guiding the student’s research and writing activities. He or she should possess expertise in the student’s chosen research topic. It is the responsibility of the student to select an appropriate topic and to ensure that a faculty member with expertise in the topic is available and willing to serve as chair. The Committee Chair must be appropriately qualified for his/her role on the committee.
It is possible to have co-chairs on a committee.

Oral Defense of Thesis

An oral defense of a thesis is scheduled in consultation with the committee chairperson/advisor. The oral defense should be held only after all members of the committee have had adequate opportunity to review a draft of the master’s thesis. The advisor is responsible for determining that the draft is in an appropriate form for committee evaluation. If substantial revisions are necessary, they should be completed before the final oral defense is scheduled. The committee may, at the time of the final oral but no later, require alterations and corrections, but these should constitute relatively minor changes agreed to by a majority of the committee members. The advisor is responsible for verifying that the changes required by the committee have been made.

All committee members are expected to be present at the defense. The final oral may be open to the public. A thesis is accepted only after the approval of a majority of the examining committee members. If there are co-chairs of the committee, both must indicate approval of the thesis defense.

After the oral defense is passed and the thesis is deemed ready for publication, all members of the committee sign the Thesis Signature page. The student sends the completed manuscript including the signed signature page to for final formatting approval. Detailed instructions are available here:

Failure of Examinations

A master’s candidate who fails the oral defense may not take the examination a second time until at least three months after the first attempt. A student who fails an examination for the second time becomes ineligible for further graduate work. Upon request from the student’s advisor and chairperson of the department, the Dean of The Graduate School may grant a student a third and final opportunity to take the oral defense.

Thesis Submission Deadlines

The final PDF copy of the thesis, prepared under standards as defined in Guidelines for Preparation of Thesis or Dissertation must be submitted via email to for a technical review no later than two weeks before the last day of final exams of the semester of intended graduation. The PDF version must include a scanned copy of the signature page with all signatures present. After making any required changes, a PDF of the entire thesis/dissertation (including scanned copies of any signature pages) should be submitted via email to After final formatting approval, students will receive a signed Thesis/Dissertation Approval Form and Electronic Thesis/Dissertation Submission Form, as well as information on author rights and instructions for submitting the thesis/dissertation in electronic format to the Robert R. Muntz Library.

Theses are regarded as publications and will be made available to the public once they are approved and submitted to The Graduate School.

Grading Policy

A student registered for thesis who does not submit the approved thesis to the dean or graduate coordinator of the appropriate college before the thesis deadline for that semester will receive an incomplete “IP” grade. Once the thesis has been accepted, previous “IP” grades for thesis work will be changed to credit “CR”. A maximum of six semester hours of thesis credit may be applied to the masters degree.


The completed thesis must be approved by the thesis advisor, the college dean, and the thesis reviewer before the student will receive final certification for the degree.

Thesis Substitute

Some master’s programs require a substitute for the thesis. Examples of substitutes include a journal article(s), technical report, case study, or independent research project. The policies and procedures for completing the thesis substitute are determined by the program itself.

Graduation Guidelines and Procedures

Graduation Requirements--Master's

  1. Complete a Graduate Transfer Credit Approval form within the first semester following admission to a program that identifies the transfer credit awarded and specifies any special requirements.
  2. Complete the total number of semester credit hours and other requirements of the degree plan (including transfer credit) within a six-year period. Courses completed on a credit-granting basis (CR) may not be applied toward a graduate degree without approval of the graduate coordinator or the appropriate department chair.
  3. Earn a “C” or better in all courses applied to the degree.
  4. Earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on all work counted toward the degree.
  5. Pass the appropriate comprehensive examination(s) if required for the program.
  6. Submit an approved thesis if required. See Thesis in this section.
  7. Pay the non-refundable graduation fee and pick up an Application for Graduation form at the Enrollment Services Center, OR;
    Pay the non-refundable graduation fee online under the Finances section of the Student Center page in myUTTyler, then exchange proof of payment for an Application for Graduation at the Enrollment Services Center. For online program students, contact the Enrollment Services Center at (903) 566-7180 or via email at and request a copy of your receipt be sent to the Office of the Registrar. After the payment receipt is received by the Office of the Registrar, an application for graduation will be mailed to the student. 
  8. Complete the Application for Graduation form and return it to the Enrollment Services Center.
  9. See the Graduation section of the Office of the Registrar website for additional information on this process.

Application for Graduation Deadlines

In order to facilitate a timely pre-graduation review of their graduation eligibility, all students are highly encouraged to apply prior to the Priority Filing Date for their term of graduation, as found here:

Summer graduates may participate in the following Fall commencement ceremony, and are automatically included in the program. Early participation in the preceding Spring ceremony is not permitted.

Students will receive updates on the status of their Application for Graduation from the department of their major field of study. Updates about the commencement ceremonies will distributed by the Office of the Registrar.

Verification of Degree

A degree will not be granted until all requirements have been verified. All incomplete grades, required transcripts from other institutions, required examinations, and other evidence of outstanding requirements must be verified within 30 days following the final day of the graduation term. If the requirements have not been verified by this date, graduation will be denied and the student must refile for graduation subject to the filing for graduation guidelines.

Time Limitation

Degree requirements for all master's programs at UT Tyler must be completed within a six-year period. Graduate credit transferred from another institution must meet the limitations imposed by each degree program. Exceptions to the six-year time limitation must be approved by the academic advisor, dean of the college offering the graduate degree, and the Dean of The Graduate School.

Master of Arts and Master of Science Degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies

The Master of Arts and the Master of Science degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies are intended for persons desiring graduate studies in a wider range of fields than normally possible in a program with a traditional major. The student’s background and goals are considered in the design of the individual degree plan.

Admission Requirements

The following are required for admission:

  1. A satisfactory score on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  2. A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work.
  3. Consideration is also given to one or more of the following: the applicant's demonstrated commitment to his or her chosen field of study, socioeconomic background, first generation college graduate, multilingual proficiency, geographic region of residence, and level of responsibility in other matters including extracurricular activities, employment, community service, and family responsibilities.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts or Master of Science degree designation will be determined by the student’s advisor according to the first field emphasis of the student’s degree plan. Specific requirements for both degrees follow:

  1. A total of 36 semester hours of graduate work. No more than six semester hours of undergraduate courses approved for graduate credit may apply to this degree. A student may transfer a maximum of 9 semester hours of graduate credit in which a grade of “B” or better has been earned from approved institutions. All transfer work is subject to approval by the student’s advisor.
  2. From the list below, the student must select a minimum of 12 hours of course work in the first field and a minimum of six hours each in the second and third fields. A maximum of 18 hours in any one field may be applied to these degrees. Please note: Not all programs below accept students into the first field; check with the graduate advisor.
    1. First, Second, Third Fields:  Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Music, Psychology
    2. Second and Third Fields Only:  Art, Communication, History, Political Science, Public Administration
  3. Electives may be chosen from any field with the advisor’s approval.
  4. A minimum grade-point average of 3.0 in each of the three selected fields and a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 in all graduate work. No course with a grade below “C” may be applied toward this degree.
  5. No more than six semester credit hours in independent study courses.
  6. Successful completion of a written, comprehensive examination over the fields of study shown in the degree plan, excluding electives. This examination will be administered and evaluated by the student’s examination committee (see below).

Comprehensive Examination Committee

The committee must have a minimum of three faculty members including the student’s chief advisor, who chairs the committee and is a faculty member in the predominant field of the student’s degree program, and one faculty member from each of the remaining two fields of that program.