How to Apply - International Student
The application for admission is available online at www.utpa.edu/gradapply 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.
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.
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-applying link)
Application, Transcripts and Fees
An applicant is considered an international student if he or she is not a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien. Applicants who have permanent resident alien status do not apply as international students.
All required documents must be on file in the Graduate School by the published Office of Graduate Studies application deadline and for ASSIST telephone/Campus Pipeline/Web registration. International students must submit the following to the Graduate Studies office (see Important Contact Information at the bottom of this page) 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 page for additional document requirements and submission instructions.
*Students may send copies of their transcript(s) directly to FCSA. The student must bring the original copy of the transcript to the Office of Graduate Studies and a copy will be made to be placed in the student’s file. This can be done at any point after the application is submitted or during the student’s first semester, but must be done before the student registers for the second semester. Students not complying with this requirement will not be able to register for future semesters.
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. Please review the Student File Retention Schedule for more details.
In accordance with immigration regulations, all international students are required to submit to the Office of Graduate Studies documentation showing sufficient funds (minimum of $25,000 subject to change) to cover all expenses (living and academic) for the first year of study.
For more information about financial documentation and immigration documents please contact