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Am I eligible for graduate admission?

Maybe. Graduate programs can only determine your eligibility after you have submitted an application and after the review of all necessary documents required to complete your application. However, you may view the specific admissions criteria, deadlines, and test score requirements for each program on our website here.

Can I get conditional admission?

No.* The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will not allow students to be conditionally admitted if they also require a student visa. If you would require immigration documents (like a Form I-20) to study at Texas State, you must meet the requirements for regular or Bridge admission as defined on the individual program websites here.

*If you do not require a F1/F2 or J1/J2 visa in order to study at Texas State (either because you a Permanent Resident of the US or a US Citizen), conditional admission may be granted as long the program offers it.

Are evaluations of my transcripts required?

No. The Graduate College will conduct its own evaluation of your transcripts and degree certificates. Our evaluation will be based on the specific grading criteria of your country, university, college, and/or degree program and will be converted into the U.S. grading system for the purposes of admission consideration only. For more information regarding your transcripts, please visit our website here.

Are translations of my transcripts required?

Yes (except when your university already issues your official transcript and degree certificates in English). If your university does not issue your transcripts or degree certificates in English, you must provide an official English translation of those documents. These translations do not require evaluation of your grades or credits. For more information on qualified translation services, please visit our website here.

Can I submit my official transcripts after admission has been given?

No. The Graduate College must have your official, university-sealed and issued transcripts on file by the program's deadline date in order to consider that application requirement satisfied. For more information about the requirements for your transcripts, please visit our website here.

My university does not provide official or sealed transcripts. What can I do?

Speak with your degree-granting university's Registrar or Controller of Examinations Office again. The Graduate College must have the official, university-issued and sealed transcripts in order to consider your application for admission. For the majority of universities and countries, your college will be affiliated to a larger university that has the authority to issue your official transcripts in the format that The Graduate College requires. For all other circumstances and considerations to use unofficial transcripts, you must provide evidence that your degree-granting university cannot provide your transcripts in the required format for admission. This evidence must be submitted to The Graduate College either by the university's Registrar or Controller of Examinations or seen publicly on their website. For more information about the requirements for submitting transcripts in an official format, please see our website here..

I sent my transcripts but it is marked as "UNOFFICIAL." What happened?

Your documents did not arrive in the required format or were not issued by the correct person in your university. The Graduate College requires transcripts/marksheets to be issued by the accredited, degree-granting university's Registrar or Controller of Examinations, not the College's Principal or Dean. More information about the requirements for your transcripts can be found on our website here.

Are 3-year Bachelor degrees eligible for graduate admission?

No*, The Graduate College will only allow degrees equivalent to the 4-year U.S. Bachelor's degree for admission into a graduate program. Degrees not eligible for graduate admission include (but are not limited to) the 3-year Bachelor of Commerce, Arts, or Science degrees from India and the 3-year Bachelor degree program from Nepal.

*The Graduate College may view applicants with additional degrees earned after the completion of their undergraduate programs as eligible for graduate admission. In such cases, we may view the completion of the degrees as a combined effort toward the equivalent of a 4-year U.S. Bachelors degree. Examples of such combinations include, but are not limited to:

  • Completion of a 3-year Bachelors degree and completion of an additional 2-year Masters degree program
  • Completion of a 3-year Bachelors degree and completion of an additional 1 or 2-year Post-Graduate Diploma (PGD) degree program

I cannot submit a degree certificate because I haven't graduated yet. What do I submit?

Your most recent transcripts. The Graduate College will evaluate your degree program's length and expected graduation date to determine if a degree certificate (provisional or final) can be submitted or not. If you are still studying in your degree program and will be graduating after the application deadline for Texas State's program entry, The Graduate College will temporarily waive your requirement for a final degree certificate. If you are admitted to Texas State, you will be required to submit both your final transcripts and your degree certificate (final or provisional). For more information about this requirement, please visit our website here.

I see a "Diploma" requirement on my application but I did not complete a diploma program. What do I submit?

Diploma = Degree Certificate, Graduating Certificate, and/or Provisional Degree Certificate. The Graduate College must see a copy of each of your degree statements earned in order to satisfy the "University Diploma" requirement. This would include all undergraduate, post-graduate, and graduate degree certificates (Bachelors, Masters, Doctoral, Post-Graduate Diploma, etc.). You must submit a document showing the name of the degree you earned, the university that awarded that degree, and the date in which the degree had been granted. For more information about this requirement, please visit our website here.

What is the minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) required for admission?

2.75 on a 4.00 scale*. The Graduate College will determine your admissions GPA by evaluating the grades earned during your last 60 hours of course work (or about 20 classes worth) when applying to a Master's level program. When applying to a Doctoral program, The Graduate College will determine your admissions GPA by evaluating the grades earned during your entire graduate program. Although there is a lot of complexity in The Graduate College's evaluation and GPA calculation process, most applicants will be eligible for admission as long as they have scored passing marks in their last 20 subjects and earned a final classification of award of First or Second Class. If you did not earn a First or Second Class classification, but you did earn Pass Class marks, you may or may not have made the cut off for admission. In this case, The Graduate College still recommends the completion of an application to fully determine the degree equivalency and admissions GPA outcome.

*Note: Many programs require a higher GPA for admission consideration. Please review the specific program's admission requirements through our website here.

My native language is English. Is TOEFL/IELTS still required?

Maybe. The Graduate College may view applicants who have earned degrees in certain countries as automatically exempt from submitting the English proficiency requirements for admission. Work experience, time spent in the U.S., or any other factor outside of an official TOEFL or IELTS test score will not be considered for admission consideration. For more information regarding the requirements to earn a TOEFL/IELTS waiver, please visit our website here.

Note: Applicants who have only been awarded degrees from India, Nepal, Nigeria, Kenya, Cameroon, Ghana, or Zimbabwe must submit a TOEFL or IELTS test score for admission consideration.

My undergraduate courses were taught in English. Is TOEFL/IELTS still required?

Maybe. The Graduate College may view applicants who have earned degrees in certain countries as automatically exempt from submitting the English proficiency requirements for admission. Work experience, time spent in the U.S., or any other factor outside of an official TOEFL or IELTS test score will not be considered for admission consideration. For more information regarding the requirements to earn a TOEFL/IELTS waiver, please visit our website here.

Note: Applicants who have only been awarded degrees from India, Nepal, Nigeria, Kenya, Cameroon, Ghana, or Zimbabwe must submit a TOEFL or IELTS test score for admission consideration.

Do I qualify for in-state tuition?

Maybe. Students studying under a certain visas including H4/H1B, or who hold Permanent Residency or Citizenship status in the U.S. may qualify for in-state tuition at Texas State. To be reviewed for in-state tuition, the university's Residency Office must review your file and have your completed their Residency Questionnaire Form on file. For more instructions on how to be reviewed for in-state tuition, please visit the Residency Office's website here.

I am a Permanent Resident of the U.S. Which application do I submit?

Graduate, U.S. If you do not require any immigration documents to study at Texas State (like a Form I-20 or F1 Student Visa), you must submit the "Graduate, U.S." application on ApplyTexas.org. You only need to submit the "Graduate, International" application if you require a Form I-20 for the processing of creating your F1 Student Visa.

Do you offer scholarships and assistantships to international students?

Yes (for qualified applicants). The Graduate College and the individual degree programs offer scholarships and financial aid opportunities that all international students may apply for after submitting their application for admission. Scholarships are highly competitive and merit-based, therefore, it is recommended that applicants apply early (before a program's priority deadline date, if possible) and submit all materials for the scholarship early.

Assistantships are offered exclusively through the degree program's departments and are only given to those students that have been regularly admitted, who maintain full time graduate enrollment, and maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher. It is recommended that interested applicants communicate directly with their degree program's graduate advisor for all assistantship opportunities and questions. The contact information for graduate advisors is found within the program's admission requirement websites here.

For questions, instructions, and requirements to apply for a scholarship or assistantship, please visit our website here.

When can I know the decision of my application?

Approximately 4-6 weeks after your application becomes "Complete and ready for review." As soon as your last document for admission is collected and processed by The Graduate College, your application status will become "Complete and ready for review." At this time, The Graduate College begins to evaluate your admissions GPA and makes all admission documents available to the individual departments for review of your admission consideration. An email will be sent to you the moment a decision has been processed for your application. For more information regarding your application status, please visit our website here.

How do I get an I-20?

After admission has been granted, the university's International Office will contact you regarding the instructions to create your Form I-20. The Graduate College will work with the International Office to process any necessary immigration documents you may need to study at Texas State, including your Form I-20. Any documents related to the creation of your Form I-20 will only be requested of you after admission has been granted. For more information about the submission of your documents, please visit the International Office's website here.

Where do I send my financial documents?

To the university's International Office after admission has been granted. The Graduate College will work with the International Office to process any necessary immigration documents you may need to study at Texas State, including your Form I-20. Any documents related to the creation of your Form I-20 will only be requested of you after admission has been granted. For more information about the submission of your documents, please visit the International Office's website here.

What is the cost of tuition for a Masters program?

Varies by program. The total price of a degree program will depend on the number of hours required for degree completion and individual prices of tuition and fees may vary from semester to semester. For more information regarding the cost of tuition at the graduate level, please visit our website here.