Office of Graduate Studies

Admission requirements for graduate school are designed for students who have a high probability of success in graduate-level work at The University of Texas-Pan American. The University establishes minimum standards for admission to any graduate program. Each academic department establishes requirements for admission to its graduate programs in consultation with the University Graduate Council, which may be more rigorous than the minimum established by the University. A student seeking admission to a graduate program will be evaluated on the department's criteria and will be classified under one of the following two admission classifications.

Admission Categories

Clear Admission

An applicant who meets the following criteria is eligible for clear admission to a graduate degree program:

  • Awarded a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and
  • Earned at least a 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale)* on the Graduate Admission GPA calculation or
  • Earned a previous master's degree from an accredited university.

*Graduate programs may require a higher GPA for Clear Admission

Conditional Admission

Students not eligible for Clear Admission may be admitted conditionally. Once the conditions are satisfied, the admissions classification will be updated to Clear.

Based on Academic Record

An applicant meeting the following criteria may be granted conditional admission:

  • Awarded a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and
  • Earned between a 2.5 and 2.74 (on a 4.0 scale) on the Graduate Admission GPA calculation.

An applicant granted conditional admission based on academic standing may not enroll for more than 12 graduate hours total while on conditional admittance. A student on conditional status who earns any graduate grade less than a “B” will not be allowed to continue in UT Pan American graduate programs. The student may appeal this decision to the Vice Provost of Graduate Studies, through the department chair or program director and the dean, who will each provide a recommendation on the appeal. The appeal must be in writing to the department chair or the program to which the student is applying and should provide an explanation of any extenuating circumstances to be considered the Vice Provost's decision shall be final.

At the end of the semester in which a conditional student's total earned graduate hours are six or more and the student's graduate GPA is 3.0 or better with no grade less than “B,” the student's admission classification will be changed to “clear.”

Based on Unofficial Documentation

Master's applicants may be granted conditional admission pending confirmation of a baccalaureate degree. The following apply:

  • The applicant has yet to be awarded a baccalaureate degree at time of admission but anticipates earning the degree prior to enrolling in a graduate degree program.
  • The applicant has submitted unofficial documents*.
  • The student meets the minimum GPA requirements.

Conditional admission is for one long semester or two consecutive summer semesters. A student who enrolls in a graduate course(s) will have started his or her conditional semester regardless of whether the student drops or withdraws during the semester. The student must provide degree confirmation prior to enrolling in future semesters. However, students may continue to register for future semesters with the understanding that they will be dropped from classes and the refund of payment may not be granted if conditional admission requirements are not met.

At the end of one long semester or two consecutive summer semesters of conditional admission, the student will be reclassified to one of the other admission classifications, including no admission, based on the official documentation received.

*Students accepted under conditional admission are responsible for contacting the Graduate School to verify receipt of documentation and to request reclassification of admission status.