Master’s and Doctoral Degree-Seeking Applicants

Admission Requirements for U.S. Citizens

Each program's catalog or web page details the specific admission requirements for applicable semester of entry during the current academic year. Submission instruction, additional details, and changes to admission requirements for semester other than the current academic year can be found on The Graduate College's website.

Admission Requirements for International Applicants

An international applicant is defined as anyone who is not a United States citizen. All international applicants fall under regulations of the United States Department of Homeland Security: federal law governs university rules regarding non-U.S. citizens; hence, admission requirements for international applicants differ from those for U.S. citizens.

In addition to meeting the application requirements found on each program's catalog or web page, international applicants or applicants with international credentials must submit:

  • $90 non-refundable application fee.
  • official transcripts from every institution attended: one in the native language and one certified English translation (if transcripts are issued in a language other than English)
  • a copy of the graduation/degree certificate (diploma) showing the type of degree and the date in which the degree was earned.
  • official English proficiency exams scores

Refer to the International Admission Documents section of this catalog or the international applicant web pages for more information about these requirements.

F-1 Visa Enrollment Requirements

A student under an F-1 student visa must be enrolled full-time (nine hours) in the fall and spring terms. An F-1 student does not have to enroll during the summer if the student is eligible and intends to register for the next term. A new initial F-1 student who has been admitted for the summer semester must enroll full-time for that summer session. Also, international students not holding an assistantship can be enrolled in fewer than 9 hours and be considered full-time under two conditions: a) if they have completed all course work and are completing an internship integral to their degree program, b) if they have completed all course requirements and are working on their thesis/dissertation only. The exception under a) can be granted for one semester only. The exception under b) can be granted for multiple semesters provided the student makes progress on the thesis/dissertation.  Please contact the International Office at 512-245-7966 for more information. 

Regular Admission Requirements

Regular degree-seeking admission, for most programs, may be granted if applicants:

  1. have a minimum* grade-point average (GPA) of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale calculated on:
    1. the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate work before the bachelor's degree at an accredited four-year institution,
    2. the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate work before the bachelor's degree taken at an accredited four-year institution plus any completed graduate course work taken at an accredited institution, or,
    3. the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate work, including those on a second baccalaureate degree. (This is the only circumstance in which undergraduate credit hours taken beyond the first baccalaureate degree are used in admission evaluation.)
  2. and meets program specific requirements as designated on the program's catalog or web page.

Only courses with letter grades or numerical equivalents will be used in calculating the grade-point average.

Conditional Admission Status

The graduate advisor may recommend to the dean of The Graduate College that students be conditionally admitted even though they may not meet the minimum requirements for admission. This recommendation is based on evidence that an applicant can successfully pursue graduate study and governed by the stated admission policies in the prospective program. Conditional admission is not available for all programs.

When students are conditionally admitted to a graduate degree program, the graduate advisor, with the approval of the dean of The Graduate College, will impose certain requirements, or "conditions of admission". Each term, the graduate advisor or department chair will review the progress of students admitted conditionally. When students meet the conditions of their admission, they will be eligible for regular admission to the program. When students do not satisfy the conditions of their admission, they will be dismissed from the program. Appeals may be submitted to the dean of The Graduate College and reviewed by both the departmental graduate admission committee and dean of The Graduate College. Decisions made by the dean of The Graduate College are considered final.

Graduating Senior Admission Requirements

Undergraduate students at Texas State who have superior academic records and lack 12 or fewer semester hours toward graduation may apply for graduate admission to a degree-seeking program during the final term of undergraduate study. Graduate course(s) taken under this status will be applied to the student’s prospective master’s degree. The following requirements must be met:

  1. The student must be admitted with regular admission status.
  2. The graduate advisor in the student’s proposed major program must submit a recommendation to the dean of The Graduate College requesting that the student be admitted into the proposed major program of study as a graduating senior.

Since concurrent registration in an undergraduate and graduate program may affect financial aid awards, students should contact a financial aid officer prior to seeking graduating senior status.