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Each academic department sets its own admission requirements and makes independent admission decisions. Make sure you look at the academic department’s specific requirements prior to submitting your application. Admissions to graduate programs is limited and competitive. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission.

In order to be considered for acceptance to the graduate programs at UTA, you must have a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university, or its foreign equivalent.

You may only submit one application at a time, and may only be considered for admission to one program at a time.

before you apply

  • To avoid application processing confusion and delays, review important information, and the graduate applicant steps information, before submitting the online application for admission.
  • Each academic department sets its own admission requirement and makes independent admission decisions based on their admission requirements. Make sure you look at the academic department’s specific requirements prior to submitting your application.
  • In order to be considered for acceptance to the graduate programs at UTA, you must have a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university, or its foreign equivalent.
  • Check university and department deadlines

Step 1: Submit an online application through the Apply Texas website and pay the fee.

  • A non-refundable application fee, as indicated below, is required. Applicants should be prepared to pay the application fee by credit card when they submit the online application since an application cannot be processed without a payment. This is particularly important for international applicants, as we cannot accept foreign bank issued checks, bank drafts, or money orders.
    • US Citizen and US Resident Alien Applicants with NO foreign college or university course work: $40
    • US Citizen and US Resident Alien Applicants WITH foreign college or university course work: $90
    • International Applicants: $90
Payment Methods

Credit Card (preferred method):  To minimize delays, and because an application cannot be processed until payment is received, pay by credit card at the time the graduate online application is submitted. The following credit cards are accepted: MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover.

If you have already submitted an online application without a payment, you can pay it now via credit card.

Check or Money Order (drawn in US dollars): If you are unable to pay by credit card at the time you submit the online application, you can mail a personal check or money order. Allow 10 to 14 business days for receipt, processing and posting of the fee to your application.

  • Your check/money order must be in US dollars, US issued, and must be payable to UT Arlington.
  • Your check/money order must be attached to a cover letter that includes the following information:
    • Your full name exactly as is appears on the application
    • Email address 
    • Maverick Student ID Number
    • Program/Semester to which you are applying
    • Mail your check/money order to Admissions

UT Arlington cannot accept foreign bank issued checks, bank drafts, or money orders.

Step 2: Submit official transcripts from all institutions you have attended

You are required to submit an official transcript from each college or university you attended to Admissions.

US Transcripts

Official transcripts from US institutions are those mailed directly to Admissions by the Registrar of the institution at which the work was attempted or completed; upon review, an official original “issued to student” transcript with the official university seal and signature of the Registrar may be accepted. Official original “issued to student” transcripts may be mailed or hand-carried to Admissions. U.S. institutions may opt to send electronic transcripts through an official transcript service. These transcripts should be sent directly from the institution or the transcript service. Scanned and emailed copies sent by the student are not official.

UTA Transcripts

Currently enrolled, or previously enrolled UT Arlington students do not need to request their UT Arlington transcript be forwarded to Admissions.

foreign transcripts

Official foreign country transcripts, or marksheets and diplomas, are those bearing the original seal of the institution and the original signature of the Registrar or responsible head of the institution on every page. Transcripts or marksheets that do not include degree award information must be accompanied by an officially attested copy of the degree certificate. Documents not issued in English must be accompanied by an exact word for word original English translation bearing the original university or translation agency attestation. They may be mailed to Admissions by the institution or applicant or delivered in person to Admissions.

Please note all application materials, including transcripts, become property of the University of Texas at Arlington upon receipt and cannot be returned.

Step 3: Submit Official Test Scores

You are required to request an official test score report from GRE or GMAT, as required by academic programs. Scores must be received from the testing agency and sent directly to UT Arlington Graduate Education, electronically. ETS institutional code 6013.

Official GRE or GMAT test scores: Official acceptable scores are required as specified by the applicants program of intended admission. Review the Program or Certificate requirements in the University Catalog carefully for program specific test score requirements.

Step 4: English Proficiency Requirements

An applicant whose native language is not English must demonstrate a sufficient level of skill with the English language to assure success in graduate studies. Test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. TOEFL scores may be sent electronically from ETS. If you've taken the IELTS you need to submit an official paper score report from the British Council.

Applicants are expected to submit a score of at least 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, a score of at least 213 on the computer-based TOEFL, a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS, or a minimum TOEFL iBT total score of 79. Further, when the TOEFL iBT is taken, sectional scores of at least 22 on the writing section, 21 on the speaking section, 20 on the reading section, and 16 on the listening section are preferred.

However, admission to any graduate program is limited and competitive. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance and programs may give preference to students with higher scores.

Review the Program or Certificate requirements in the University Catalog carefully for program requirements. An applicant whose native language is not English is not required to submit a TOEFL, TOEFL iBT, TSE or IELTS for admission purposes if he or she holds a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution.

Step 5: Submit Program Specific Requirements

Additional required documents required for admission are determined by each academic department. Review the Program or Certificate requirements in the University Catalog for more information on documents (such as letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, resume, portfolio, etc...).

International Student Financial & Immigration Documentation

You are required to submit this information by uploading your forms to our document submission form you may also submit these documents by mail. International students enrolling in F and J visa status are required to submit a Passport Copy and Financial Forms that verify sufficient funds to meet the educational and living expense amount for students at UT Arlington. The Passport Copy is needed to assure proper spelling and recording of the student's name. The Financial Forms are needed for issuance of the immigration document Form I-20 or Form DS-2019. Students enrolling in H or other visa status must submit verification of that status. Legal Permanent Residents of the U.S. must submit a copy of their legal permanent resident card.

FINANCIAL / IMMIGRATION FORMS

Forms for international student applicants who are academically admitted but required to submit financial or immigration forms to finalize admission may be accessed below. Although there is no official deadline for submission of the financial forms, and they may be submitted once the admission decision is made, applicants are encouraged to submit financial forms early in order to allow adequate time for issuance of the I-20 and securing a visa for study in the U.S.  In lieu of the financial forms, applicants may submit a bank statement or letter from a bank stating the balance of liquid funds available. Please note, a passport copy is required with the submission of financial documents. Financial and immigration forms can be scanned and uploaded to our document submission form.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS IN THE U.S.

Immigration and Naturalization Service regulations require confirmation that students in the U.S. on an F-1 (student) visa must have established transfer eligibility before transfer is initiated by the new institution. Please follow the instructions on the form.

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