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Office of Graduate Studies

Non-degree Seeking/Professional Improvement

If you are interested in attending UTPA solely as a non-degree seeking student or for professional improvement, below are the instructions for applying. Students who apply as a non-degree seeking student or for professional improvement have not been accepted into a specific undergraduate or graduate program. These students are classified in the UTPA information system as Post baccalaureate or “Post-bac” students.

STEP #1

Look for the course(s) you are interested in taking in the undergraduate or graduate catalogs which can be found at www.utpa.edu. Undergraduate courses are courses with numbers between 1000-4000. Graduate courses are courses with numbers between 5000-9000.

STEP # 2

Undergraduate Courses (Course #1000-4000):

If you earned your bachelor’s degree at UTPA, you’ll need to fill out the Returning application from http://www.applytexas.org. Indicate under the “Educational (colleges attended) & test information” section, question 2, that you have earned a bachelor’s degree, the institution that granted the degree and date conferred.

If you earned a bachelor’s degree at another institution, you’ll need to fill out the Transfer application from http://www.applytexas.org. Indicate under the “Educational information (high school and college)” section, question 2, that you have a bachelor’s degree. Also under the “Educational (colleges attended) & test information” section, question 2, indicate that you have earned a bachelor’s degree, the institution that granted the degree and date conferred.

If you do not plan to pursue another degree, and are only interested in taking some undergraduate level courses, only the official transcript showing the awarding of the bachelor’s degree (or higher) sent from the awarding institution is needed.

Once your application has been completed and reviewed by the undergraduate admissions office, you will receive notification by email about registration.

Graduate Courses (Course #5000-9000):

If you are interested in taking graduate courses for professional improvement or as a non-degree seeking student, you must apply online using the graduate school application that is available at www.utpa.edu/gradapply. Doctoral courses are only available to students who have been accepted to a doctoral program.

When you start the graduate application, please choose "Professional IMprovement", under the college you intend to apply (from the list of programs). A complete graduate application includes the application, official copies of all transcripts, and a $50 application fee.

     DEADLINES

Term Deadline for Non-UTPA Students
Deadline for UTPA Students First Class Day
Summer I 2014 May 19, 2014 May 26, 2014 June 2, 2014
Summer II 2014 June 25, 2014 July 2, 2014 July 9, 2014
Fall 2014 August 11, 2014 August 18, 2014 August 25, 2014
Spring 2015 December 6, 2014 January 13, 2015 January 20, 2015

After your graduate application is complete, a graduate admissions specialist will process your application and obtain the required approval from the course instructor. Approval by the course instructor is required before registering for courses.

For staff contact information, go to www.utpa.edu/gradschool.

STEP # 3

Once you have followed the steps above, you will receive important registration information by email.