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Important Submission Information


Applicants to any graduate program must submit an application through ApplyTexas. Once in the ApplyTexas system, applicants must select the preferred term of enrollment to view the available programs admitting during this term.

  Not all programs admit for every term. Applicants should review the admission terms, deadlines, and requirements for their program of study.

Applicants will not upload documents in ApplyTexas. Applicants will receive instructions on activating their NetID and uploading documents to the Graduate Admissions Document Upload (GADU) tool once their application has been received by The Graduate College. This e-mail could take up to two business days. This delay means that applicants will not be able to submit documents the same day the ApplyTexas application is submitted. Therefore, it is highly recommended that applicants submit their ApplyTexas application and the rest of the requirements listed here well in advance of the program's deadline. More information about deadlines can be found on our policy page.

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Former Applicants/Students to Texas State

When submitting an application through ApplyTexas, applicants should use the last name under which they last attended the university to avoid multiple ID numbers and to help expedite the processing of their application. Official name changes must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

Exchange Applicants

Please review our guide for submitting the ApplyTexas application as a graduate-level exchange student.

Changing the ApplyTexas Application

Applicants wishing to change programs or their preferred term of enrollment will be required to submit a new application and pay the application fee. Admitted students who would like to change their initial term of enrollment should contact The Graduate College regarding their options. 

Applying to Multiple Programs

Applicants wishing to apply to more than one program will be required to submit a separate ApplyTexas application and fee for each program. Admission into one graduate program does not guarantee admission into others.    

Denied Applications

Applicants wishing to change programs or their preferred term of enrollment will be required to submit a new ApplyTexas application and fee prior to admission. 



The required, non-refundable application fee can be submitted with credit/debit card information during the ApplyTexas application process or through our secure online payment portal, TouchNet. Applications will not be reviewed until all of the applicable fees are paid.

  Students who change their application or submit applications for multiple programs must pay the fee(s) associated with the new application(s).

International Evaluation Fee

The $50 international evaluation fee is required if the application is considered for admission based on international application components. International evaluation is required if the applicant studied and received credit from a foreign institution (transcript evaluation) or needs to provide English proficiency exam scores (test score evaluation). 

Application Fee Waivers

You may contact The Graduate College at regarding the application fee waiver, eligibility requirements, and submission guidelines. 


All applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university. Applicants must also provide one official transcript from each senior-level, post-secondary institution from which credit was received. Community colleges transcripts may be required for some programs. Transcripts must be mailed directly from the institution or submitted in a university envelope sealed with the university registrar’s signature, including those from international institutions.

  Transcripts submitted without the ApplyTexas application will not be retained.

Electronic Transcripts

Some institutions may use a third party service to send transcripts officially. The secure third party vendor must send the electronic transcript to Faxed or emailed copies sent either by the applicant or the institution's registrar's office will not be accepted.

Former or Current Texas State Students

Applicants who are Texas State University degree recipients or are currently enrolled at Texas State need to request transcripts for any course work NOT listed on the Texas State transcript. The Graduate College will provide the Texas State transcripts.

International Transcripts/Mark Sheets

Our international applicant web pages provide the requirements for international transcripts/mark sheets.

Non-Texas State University Transcripts

If credit has been granted from a non-Texas State University institution, transcripts must be mailed directly to the address below from the institution or submitted in a sealed university envelope with the university registrar's signature on the back of the envelope.

Texas State University
The Graduate College
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666-4684

Study Abroad Institutions

An official transcript showing study abroad course work will be required if the courses occurred during the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work before receiving a degree. If study abroad course work is listed on an official U.S. transcript, The Graduate College may waive the need for foreign transcripts if the following information is present: a) full course title or prefix, b) semesters attended, c) grades awarded, d) hours attempted and e) credits awarded. If any of this information is missing, The Graduate College will require an official transcript from the foreign institution. A $50 international evaluation fee will be added to the checklist for foreign transcripts requiring grade conversion and/or evaluation. Students requesting transcripts from a foreign institution should visit the International Required Documents web page for submission instructions.

Students Currently Enrolled in Undergraduate Studies

Applicants who have not yet graduated with a bachelor’s degree should send the transcript with the most recently completed semester’s grades. The Graduate College will only calculate an applicant’s GPA after the last long (spring or fall) semester of course work prior to graduation has been completed. For example: applicants who apply for a program that will begin Fall 2018 and expect to graduate in May 2018 should send transcripts with the Fall 2017 grades. If transcripts are submitted without this information, applicants will be notified and the application will not be considered complete until the updated transcript has been received.


Some programs require official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores. Preferred scores can be viewed on your program of study's web page. When selecting a test date, make sure your scores will be reported in time for your application deadlines. Scores reports for computer-delivered tests are sent to your designated score recipients approximately 10 – 15 days after your test date. 

  Tests must have been taken within five years of the date you submit your ApplyTexas application to be used for admission consideration.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Scores

GRE scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to The Graduate College. The college code for Texas State is 006667. Texas State applicants are required to take only the general test (verbal and quantitative sections). The writing section is also required for some programs. Subject examinations are not accepted. 

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) Scores

GMAT scores must be sent directly from the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) to The Graduate College. 

Law School Admission Test (LSAT)

LSAT scores must be sent directly from the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) to The Graduate College.


Once you activate your NetID, you will be able to upload documents (such as resumes, essays, statements of purpose, etc.) through the Graduate Admission Document Upload (GADU) tool. Please review the specific documents required by your program of study as well as tips to navigate GADU.

Only documents required by the program will be available to departments for admission consideration. Non-required documents mailed or emailed to The Graduate College will not be retained, nor will documents submitted without the ApplyTexas application. 

  Please use Microsoft Word 2010 or later to complete documents posted as .doc files. Click “Enable Content” upon loading, and enter into “Edit Document” mode under the “View” tab.


Applicants will request recommendations from their references by entering their references' names and emails directly into the Graduate Admissions Document Upload (GADU) tool. Recommenders will then receive an e-mail from GADU with the applicant's request and submission instructions. Review tips on requesting recommendations.

  Recommenders will no longer email their recommendations to The Graduate College.  

Mentor Communications

Some programs require an applicant to secure a mentor to guide them in their particular area of study. In order to confirm the mentorship, the prospective mentors must submit their agreement, the mentor communication, in writing.  

Applicants will request a mentor communication from their prospective mentor by entering their mentor's name and e-mail directly into the Graduate Admissions Document Upload (GADU) tool. Mentors will then receive an email from GADU with the applicant's request and submission instructions. 

  Mentors will no longer email their recommendations to The Graduate College.