Graduate Admissions

The Graduate School does not oversee graduate admissions at UT Arlington. A specialized group of admission experts in the Office of Admissions teams with each graduate program to manage the admission process. As an applicant, you will interact with both Admissions and your chosen program during the admissions process. International students seeking admission must also meet requirements that apply specifically to them.

How to Apply or be Readmitted

New degree seeking applicants

  • Consult your intended degree program’s website and entry in the University Catalog for information about the program, degree options and admission requirements.
  • The authoritative source for information about both general University and specific program admission requirements for both US and international applicants is the University Catalog.
  • Admission information for international applicants can be found here.
  • Prepare, submit and monitor the status of your application. The Graduate Admission team has prepared information to assist domestic and international students applying to UT Arlington graduate programs. These sites provide links and information relating to:
    • Creating and submitting the ApplyUTA Admission Application
    • Application deadlines
    • Submitting standardized test scores
    • Transcript requirements and submission
    • Paying the application fee
    • Residency determination
    • Checking the status of a submitted application
    • Tuition and affordability

Current or previous UT Arlington Graduate Students

See the graduate admissions website for more information about:

  • Readmission to a graduate program after a break in enrollment
  • Changing to a different degree program
  • Changing the level of the degree sought (master’s to doctoral; doctoral to master’s) 

Certificate-seeking students

Many graduate departments offer certificate programs that require 15 or fewer hour of study in a specialized area or topic. If you want to improve your knowledge or acquire a professionally valuable credential without enrolling in a lengthier degree program, a graduate certificate program might be the right choice for you.

To become a certificate-seeking student:
  • Identify a graduate certificate program of interest by reviewing information available on departmental websites and the University Catalog.
  • Contact the graduate advisor in the department offering the certificate to discuss the program and application process.
  • Use the ApplyUTA application on the graduate admissions website to apply as a Certificate student.
  • Make sure you submit necessary transcripts as instructed.

Non-degree seeking students (Special Students)

If you wish to take one or more graduate courses of interest to you at UT Arlington without enrolling in UTA degree or certificate program, you may apply to be admitted as a  Non-Degree Seeking (Special) student and take up to 12 credit hours of coursework.

To become a non-degree seeking student:

  • Identify graduate courses of interest by reviewing information available on departmental websites and the University Catalog.
  • Contact the graduate advisor in the department offering the courses to discuss your interests and verify that you are eligible to take the courses.
  • With the approval of the Graduate Advisor, use the ApplyUTA application link on the graduate admissions website to apply as a Special student.
  • Make sure you submit necessary transcripts as instructed.

Certificate and special students who decide to pursue a UTA graduate degree

Some students enrolling as Certificate- or  Non-Degree Seeking students later decide to pursue a UTA graduate degree. To do so, you must complete  the online the application for admission to your intended degree program and be admitted to it. Being a certificate or special student does not necessarily improve one’s chances for admission as a degree seeking student, but it can add to your  history of academic accomplishments that admission committees consider.