Application Policy Information
The requirements set forth on each individual program page (detailed both in the Graduate Catalog and our website) are the minimum standards for admission to enter a graduate program at Texas State. Meeting these requirements does not necessarily ensure acceptance into a graduate program. Some programs recommend that applicants arrange a personal interview with the appropriate graduate faculty.
It is your responsibility to read all communications sent from The Graduate College. All admissions communications will be sent to the email address provided on your ApplyTexas application. Please provide an email account that will remain active for an extended period of time after the application submission and verify that it is correct before submitting the ApplyTexas application.
Typically, you will receive your first email from The Graduate College within two days after you submit your ApplyTexas application; however, in some cases it may take up to four days. If you have not yet received an email after this time, first check your junk or spam folders. If no communication can be found, then please contact our office.
Deadlines represent the last date an application will be guaranteed to be considered for admission. Deadline types and dates vary by program and are noted on each individual program page.
If you do not meet the program's specific deadline, unfortunately, you will be denied admission and will need to submit a new application and application requirements in order to be considered for future terms or other programs of study.
We highly recommend submitting your ApplyTexas application and all of the admission requirements well in advance of the program's deadline. More information regarding the submission process can be found on our submission information page.
Once your application is complete, your grade point average (GPA) will be calculated. The program will be notified, and using one of the decision timelines detailed below, will make an admissions recommendation to the graduate dean with whom the final admissions decision rests.
After an admissions decision has been made, you will receive an email notification from The Graduate College. As noted in the communication section above, all admissions communications will be sent to the email address provided on the ApplyTexas application. Applicants admitted to a degree-seeking program will also receive a letter via U.S. mail.
During this time, you can also check the status of your application online using Texas State Self-Service.
You may submit an admission appeal to the graduate dean via the online form within three weeks of the date of the decision. The written appeal should explain the reason(s) why the decision should be reconsidered along with additional supporting documentation (if any). Admission appeals will be answered via email within three weeks of receipt of your appeal.
As explained in decision process above, admissions recommendations will be provided by the department after the application has been reviewed. The time frame in which this takes place is typically determined by whether the program admits on a “rolling” or “firm” basis. In most cases, a program will make recommendations about 3–4 weeks after an application completes. During peak times, this time frame could increase to up to six weeks.
The decision time frame may also depend upon the type of deadline the program has. If the program has a firm deadline, the admissions committee may wait until after the deadline has passed to review eligible applications. This could mean that you might wait beyond the typical six-week time frame to know the final admissions decision of your application if you completed your application before the firm deadline.
Once your application is complete, our office will calculate a specific GPA for admission consideration. This GPA is based on the last 60 undergraduate hours of letter-grade work earned at four-year institutions before receipt of your bachelor's degree and is referred to as the "last-60-hour GPA". If you have completed graduate-level course work, we will calculate a second GPA based on your last 60 hours of undergraduate hours plus your letter-grade graduate hours.
Additionally, some programs require a subject-specific GPA for admission consideration. This will be noted on the program page under "Transcripts & GPA".
While we will accept copies of your official transcripts (i.e. transcripts issued by your previous institution(s)’ registrar’s office) to satisfy the admission requirement, we will need your official transcripts sent to our office before you can register for courses. Texas State University reserves the right to request your official transcripts at any time during the admission process. Once we receive your official transcripts, we will compare them to the copies that you submit during the application process. Texas State also reserves the right to rescind any offer of admission made if discrepancies between the transcripts used for admission purposes and the corresponding official transcript(s) are found.