There are five basic requirements for acceptance to a graduate program:
- A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in the United States or proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution;
- A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4 point scale on the last 60 hours of coursework leading to the baccalaureate degree. To be considered for conditional admission, other evidence of ability to succeed in graduate study*;
- A satisfactory score (if required) on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT),** or other evidence of ability to succeed in graduate study;
- Adequate subject preparation for the proposed graduate program;
- A favorable recommendation from the Graduate Admission Committee of the college/school/department in which the student expects to pursue graduate study, with final approval by the Dean of Graduate Studies.
Note: Individual degree programs may have additional requirements for acceptance to graduate study and advancement to degree candidacy.
* The “other evidence” may include documentation of professional experience and educational achievement, professional letters of reference, professional awards or achievements, and appropriate scores on the GRE or GMAT. Applicants must clearly document this evidence in his or her Graduate Studies application. Applicants should review the specific program admission standards of their intended program of study for specific information concerning the “other evidence” considered for admission. By considering multiple factors, such as the combination of grade point average and “other evidence” in its graduate admissions decisions, the university is compliant with TEC 51. 842.
In those cases in which a graduate program wishes to consider and recommend for admission an applicant whose grade point average is below a 3.0, the program must provide a written memorandum specifying the compelling evidence that suggests that the student is qualified for graduate studies. These exceptional cases must be approved by the program coordinator, the dean of the respective college/school, and the Dean of Graduate Studies and Vice President of Research. This multi-level approval and admission process assures compliance with Regents’ Rule 40303, Section 4.
** An applicant’s performance on a standardized test may not be used as the sole criterion for admission to a graduate or professional program. In addition, no specific weight will be assigned to any one factor being considered in the admissions process for a graduate or professional program.
All students who wish to apply should:
- Complete an online application at https://www.applytexas.org
- Present an Official Transcript certifying completion of a bachelor's degree.
Students who intend to apply for a degree program or educational certification should also:
Supply other materials required by the program. (See program descriptions.)
- Submit Official Transcript(s) that certifies bachelor’s degree awarded and, at minimum, contain the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work leading towards the bachelor’s degree.
- Submit standardized test scores as follows:
- For certification – THEA (Texas Higher Education Assessment)
- For Business – GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)
- For other programs - GRE (Graduate Record Exam)
- International students – TOEFL
Test of English as a Foreign Language. All post-baccalaureate students wishing to enroll at The University to pursue a master's degree or take courses for another purpose, are expected to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. International students must submit a score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 550 or better in order to be admitted to graduate study.
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General (Aptitude) Test. The General (Aptitude) Test of the Graduate Record Examination is designed to test preparation and aptitude for graduate study. Students seeking acceptance in a graduate degree program except the MBA and MPA must achieve a satisfactory score on the GRE. (See page 21 of Graduate Catalog).
The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). The GMAT is an aptitude test designed to measure certain mental capabilities important in the study of management at the graduate level, and it must be completed with a satisfactory score by all students seeking acceptance into the MBA and MPA program. These tests are taken at the applicant's expense. Information is available from the Office of Graduate Studies. (See page 21 of Graduate Catalog).
If you are an out-of-state student, please learn more about which states allow online courses. Go to UTPB’s State Authorizations page to see if online courses can be offered in your state.
Additional Admissions Information
Deadlines for Submission of Application. The application and all supporting documents should be received by the Admissions Office at least 60 days prior to the registration date. Special Status students can be registered for one semester with proof of a baccalaureate degree at the time of registration.
Senior-Graduate Concurrent Study. UT Permian Basin seniors needing fewer than 10 semester credits for graduation and meeting other admission requirements may be admitted to graduate study. They must be registered concurrently for all remaining courses required for the bachelor's degree and obtain written permission from the Director of Graduate Studies to take graduate courses. (The MPA program has provisions for concurrent study.)
Grade point calculations: The Office of Graduate Studies at UTPB uses the Uniform Grade Point Calculations as prescribed by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Rules and Regulations, Chapter 5, subchapter A, Section 5.3. The description of this method is shown below. For consistency, this method is also used for subsequent calculations by the Division of Graduate Studies.
Academic Fresh Start. An applicant who has earned a baccalaureate degree under the "academic fresh start" statute, Texas Education Code, 51.929 and applies for admission to a postgraduate or professional program will be evaluated on only the grade point average of the course of work completed for that baccalaureate degree and the other criteria stated herein for admission to the postgraduate or professional program.
5.3. Uniform Grade-Point Calculation for Admission to
Graduate and Professional Schools.
Procedures for calculating the grade-point average for students seeking admission to a graduate or post-baccalaureate professional school of an institution of higher education will be as follows:
- Only official transcripts from accredited institutions of higher education shall be accepted by the graduate and professional schools of an institution of higher education for evaluation and grade-point calculation.
- All academic work undertaken and grades or symbols assigned at each institution shall be reflected on the student's official transcript(s). No student's grade may be expunged from his or her record.
- All grades assigned for academic course work will be used in calculating the grade-point average, except that an institution may base the calculation on the last 60 semester credit hours (or equivalent) of undergraduate work and any previous work in a graduate or professional school.
- A four-point scale will be used in computing the grade point average (e.g.: A, 4 points per semester hour; B, 3.0; C, 2.0; D, 1.0; F, 0.0).
- A grade or symbol indicating failure (i.e.: F, WF, NC, or in a pass/fail system, FL equals F) will count as hours undertaken, but no grade points will be earned.
- Excluded from the grade-point average will be any credit by examination: CR, Quit (Q); Withdrew (W); Withdrew Passing (WP); Incomplete (I or X); and a pass grade within a pass/fail system.
- The grade point average will be computed by multiplying each grade point (see paragraphs (4) and (5) of this section) by the semester or quarter credit hours earned per course and totaling the products. The semester or quarter hours of courses undertaken will then be totaled. The total of the products will be divided by the total semester or quarter hours. The result is to be calculated to the hundredth place, giving the official cumulative grade-point average.
- Academic work at foreign colleges, universities, or preparatory schools shall be excluded from the calculation. In such cases, the grade-point average and credit shall be evaluated and computed as determined by the graduate or professional school to which the student is applying.