Environmental and Earth Sciences

AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT ARLINGTON

Admission

All admission requirements established by the Graduate School at The University of Texas at Arlington and published in the Graduate Catalog will be required for admission to the Environmental and Earth Sciences Program. Applications must be made through the Graduate School following procedures described at the Admissions Center website, in the instructions for U.S. citizens, and the Instructions for international applicants. A "virtual advisor" for the admissions process is available. Prospective students may apply online, using the Texas Common Application. For more information about the program, see the list of Frequently Asked Questions for prospective students.

Environmental and Earth Sciences Master's Program

For unconditional admission a student must meet the following requirements:

1. A B.S. degree in biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, or engineering. Students with a Bachelor's Degree in other sciences will also be considered, subject to satisfactory completion of courses to make up for deficiencies.

2. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, as calculated by the Graduate School.

3. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are considered in admission decisions. Masters students who have succeeded in the Environmental and Earth Sciences Program typically score higher than 380 on the verbal portion of the GRE and higher than 550 on the quantitative portion of the GRE.

4. GRE scores are waived for undergraduate students at UT Arlington who complete a B.S. degree in biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, or engineering no more than three academic years prior to admission (as measured from the start of the semester for which admission is sought). The student's UT Arlington grade-point average must equal or exceed 3.0 in each of two calculations: (a) in the last 60 hours of study as calculated for admission by the Graduate School; (b) in all undergraduate coursework completed at UT Arlington. For undergraduate students in their final year of study, admission with the GRE waiver is contingent upon successful completion of the B.S. degree.

5. For applicants whose native language is not English, a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (or an equivalent score on a computer-based test) or a score of 40 on the Test of Spoken English.

6. Favorable letters of recommendation from people familiar with the applicant's academic work.

7. Students may be considered for unconditional admission if further review of their transcripts, recommendation letters, correspondence or direct interactions with Environmental and Earth Sciences faculty, and statement of professional or research interests indicates that they are qualified to enter the Masters Program.

Environmental and Earth Sciences BS-PhD Track

For unconditional admission a student must meet the following requirements:

1. A B.S. degree in biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, or engineering. Students with a Bachelor's Degree in other sciences will also be considered, subject to satisfactory completion of courses to make up for deficiencies.

2. A minimum graduate coursework GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, as calculated by the Graduate School.

3. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are considered in admission decisions. Doctoral students who have succeeded in the Environmental and Earth Sciences Program typically score higher than 460 on the verbal portion of the GRA and higher than 600 on the quantitative portion of the GRE.

4. 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. Applicants must 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 40 on the TSE, a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS, or a minimum TOEFL iBT total score of 79 with sectional scores that meet or exceed 22 for the writing section, 21 for the speaking section, 20 for the reading section, and 16 for the listening section to meet this requirement. An applicant holding either a bachelor's or a master's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university is not required to submit a TOEFL, TOEFL iBT, TSE or IELTS score for admission purposes.

5. A statement must be submitted to the program detailing the applicant�s specific research interests and identifying the faculty member who is requested as supervisor of the dissertation research.

6. Favorable letters of recommendation from people familiar with the applicant's academic work and/or professional work.

7. Students may be considered for unconditional admission if further review of their transcripts, recommendation letters, correspondence or direct interactions with Environmental and Earth Sciences faculty, and statement of research interests indicates that they are qualified to enter the BS-PhD Track.

Admission to the Doctoral Degree Program:

For unconditional admission a student must meet the following requirements:

1. A Masters Degree or at least 30 hours of graduate coursework in environmental science, biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics or engineering.

2. A minimum graduate coursework GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, as calculated by the Graduate School.

3. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are considered in admission decisions. Doctoral students who have succeeded in the Environmental and Earth Sciences Program typically score higher than 460 on the verbal portion of the GRA and higher than 600 on the quantitative portion of the GRE.

4. 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. Applicants must 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 40 on the TSE, a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS, or a minimum TOEFL iBT total score of 79 with sectional scores that meet or exceed 22 for the writing section, 21 for the speaking section, 20 for the reading section, and 16 for the listening section to meet this requirement. An applicant holding either a bachelor's or a master's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university is not required to submit a TOEFL, TOEFL iBT, TSE or IELTS score for admission purposes.

5. A statement must be submitted to the program detailing the applicant�s specific research interests and identifying the faculty member who is requested as supervisor of the dissertation research.

6. Favorable letters of recommendation from people familiar with the applicant's academic work and/or professional work.

7. Students may be considered for unconditional admission if further review of their transcripts, recommendation letters, correspondence or direct interactions with Environmental and Earth Sciences faculty, and statement of research interests indicates that they are qualified to enter the Doctoral Program.

Probationary Admission

If an applicant does not meet a majority of standards for unconditional admission outlined above, they may be considered for probationary admission after careful examination of their application materials. Probationary admission requires that the applicant receive a B or better in their first 12 hours of graduate course work at UTA. Probationary admission is not allowed for the BS-PhD Track.

A deferred application decision may be granted when a file is incomplete or when a denied decision is not appropriate. An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission.

Denial of Admission

A candidate may be denied admission if they have less than satisfactory performance on a majority of the admission criteria described above.

Scholarships and Fellowships

Students that are unconditionally admitted will be eligible for available scholarship and/or fellowship support. Award of scholarships or fellowships will be based on consideration of the same criteria utilized in admission decisions. To be eligible, candidates must be new students coming to UTA in the Fall semester, must have a GPA of 3.0 in their last 60 undergraduate credit hours plus any graduate credit hours as calculated by the Graduate School, and must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours of course work in both long semesters to retain their fellowships.

Deficiency Courses

Students with a variety of undergraduate majors and degrees may be considered for admission to this program. However, if their undergraduate degree program does not contain sufficient coursework to prepare them for this program, undergraduate deficiency courses will be assigned by the Graduate Advisor. Deficiency courses will be assigned based on a list of core undergraduate preparatory courses and the student's expressed interests in Environmental and Earth Sciences. Deficiency courses must be taken for a letter grade (A-F).

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