PhD UANL Admissions

Admission Requirements

Students are admitted into the program only for the Fall semester of each academic year. The admission process is highly competitive and limited to a small number of students. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate high scholastic achievements, relevant academic and/or professional experiences, and a superior aptitude for social work research and scholarship. Additionally, they must exhibit a particular interest and aptitude for social welfare policy-making, analysis and evaluation within an international and comparative context.

Persons interested in this very unique program are strongly encouraged to submit their applications by January 15th of the year in which they would like to enter the program. Potential students whose applications have been completed and processed by March 15th and who are granted regular admission status will be more likely to receive a good financial aid package.

All applicants must satisfy the graduate admission requirements of The Autonomous University of Nuevo León as well as the general admission requirements of the Graduate School of The University of Texas at Arlington. These requirements include:

  • A masters degree in social work or social welfare or a masters degree in one of the related social and behavioral sciences.
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher (based on a 4.0 system) on upper division undergraduate courses, and a GPA of 3.4 or higher on graduate courses.
  • Professional experience in social work is preferred.
  • Students who are not native English speakers are required to obtain a minimum score of 550 points on the paper and pencil version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 213 points on the computer version. Students who have already earned a degree from a university accredited in the United States are not required to submit TOEFL scores as part of their application.
  • Students who are not native Spanish speakers are expected to earn an passing score on the Spanish proficiency test administered by the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
  • Scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the “Prueba de Admisión para Estudios Graduados” (PAEG) may be required from applicants with a graduate GPA lower than 3.40. Both tests are administered by The Educational Testing Service.
  • Three letters of reference – two from former professors and one personal.
  • A sample of the applicant’s professional or academic writing.

All applicants will be expected to satisfy all admission requirements of The Autonomous University of Nuevo León. If interested, contact the program coordinator at UT Arlington for specific information regarding admission requirements to UANL. All students admitted into this program are expected to study on a full time basis during the program’s first year in Mexico.

Admissions Process

  1. If you have graduated with a masters degree from a University other than UT Arlington, you must obtain an “Application for Admission” form. If you have graduated with a masters degree from UT Arlington, then you must obtain a “Change of Graduate Major or Program” form. These forms, along with a PhD Information Packet, may be obtained from the PhD Program Office-Administration or the Graduate School.
  2. The completed graduate application forms must be submitted to the UT Arlington Graduate School, Box 19167, Arlington, TX 76019-0167, e-mail:
  3. Complete the remainder of the admissions materials and send them directly to UTA-UANL Program Coordinator: Box 19129, 211 South Cooper, Arlington, TX 76019-0129.

The additional admissions materials that you will send to the PhD Program Office are the following:

  • Three references
  • Sample of written work
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of educational and professional goals

Please request that your transcripts be sent directly to the Graduate School. Also make sure to send your Application form and fee to the Graduate School, as it must be processed there first, and then the Graduate School will send a copy of your Application form to the PhD Program Office.