Office of Graduate Studies

How to Apply to Graduate School- Domestic Students

The application for admission is available online at or at the “Apply Now” icon on this website. Each graduate program establishes its own admission standards in consultation with the University Graduate Council and may require additional documents (i.e. recommendation letters). These additional documents, if any, will be listed on the application and  may be submitted electronically or be sent directly to the college or department that houses the program as indicated.


Applicants must submit all application documents and meet all other requirements by the published deadline date for the semester to which they are applying in order to be considered for admission. Note: Priority deadlines have been established that allow ample time for the application review to be completed before the first day of registration. Deadlines

Please note that some programs have established deadlines that are earlier than those of the Graduate Office. In some cases, programs have rolling admissions dates. Review the program instructions before beginning the application process.

Admission Categories

Students are accepted on Clear or a Conditional status basis, based on their undergraduate GPA and/or additional requirements. For more information refer to Admission Categories.

Offers of Admission to the Graduate School

Official admission offers will be made only by the Office of Graduate Studies and are valid only for the semester requested on the application. Through the Online Application Web site, you will be able to view the status of your application.

Students who are accepted but do not attend the semester requested on the application must submit an application for readmission to enroll for a later semester. An additional application fee will be charged if the student reapplies more than one year from the semester originally requested. Re-Apply

Application, Transcripts and Fees

The following must be sent to the Graduate Studies office in order for the applicant to be considered for admission. Individual graduate degree programs may require additional documents. The applicant is responsible for submitting any additional documents directly to the graduate program. Refer to the Graduate Programs Web site for additional document requirements and submission instructions.

  • Online Application: The application to UTPA’s graduate programs can be completed online at or at the “Apply Now” icon on this website.
  • Application Fee: The University application fee of $50 can be paid online by credit card or electronic check (in the online application). All application fees are non-refundable.
  • Official Transcripts*: Official college transcripts are to be sent to the Graduate Studies office directly from all the institutions attended. If the applicant attended UTPA at any time, those official transcripts will be handled by the Graduate Studies office; however, the applicant is responsible for requesting official transcripts to be sent directly from all other institution(s).

    *Transcripts must be sealed and sent directly from the institution to be considered official. Transcripts will be considered unofficial if they are hand delivered by the applicant or third party regardless if sealed by the institution.

IMPORTANT: Please request that your official transcripts be mailed directly to the address listed below. It is important that you include the office name and room number to ensure proper delivery.

The University of Texas-Pan American

Office of Graduate Studies

Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158

1201 W. University Drive

Edinburg, Texas 78539

Failure to submit a complete/correct application and official transcripts from all institutions attended will result in one of the following: rejection of application, withdrawal of admission offer or disciplinary action including expulsion if the student is enrolled.

All submitted documents become the property of UTPA and will not be returned. Admission documents will remain on file for one year if the applicant does not attend the University. Documents will be retained for seven years for students enrolled in a master’s level program and for ten years for students enrolled in a doctoral program. Review the Student File Retention Schedule for more details.

IMPORTANT: Please make sure to review the specific program requirements and deadlines.

Application Checklist - Domestic Applicants

  • Online application
  • Application fee
  • Additional documents - please review the specific program requirements
    • Original transcripts
    • Official examination scores - if applicable (i.e. GRE, GMAT)