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Application Policy Information


It is the applicant’s responsibility to read all communications sent from The Graduate College. All admissions communications will be sent to the e-mail address provided on the ApplyTexas application. Applicants should provide an e-mail 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, applicants should receive their first e-mail from The Graduate College within two days after the ApplyTexas application has been submitted; however, in some cases it may take up to four days. If an applicant has not yet received an e-mail after this time, the applicant should first check junk or spam folders. If no communication can be found, then The Graduate College should be contacted.


Deadlines represent the last date an application will be guaranteed to be considered for admission. Deadline types and dates vary by program and will be noted on each individual program page.

Applicants who do not meet the program's specific deadline 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.

It is highly recommended that applicants submit their ApplyTexas application and all of the required documents well in advance of the program's deadline. More information regarding admission requirements can be found on our submission information page.

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Firm Deadlines

This type of deadline means the ApplyTexas application and other application requirements must be submitted by the program's specified deadline day. 

Please note: admission requirements will be submitted using the Graduate Admissions Document Upload (GADU) tool. Use of this tool requires a NetID and password which is sent within two business days (but, in some cases, could take up to four) of the ApplyTexas application submission. This delay means that applicants will not be able to submit documents the same day the ApplyTexas application is submitted and could result in failure to meet the program's deadline.

Flexible Deadlines

This type of deadline means that the application received and/or completed after the program's specified deadline day may be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, with no guarantees for admission consideration. The application will still be available on ApplyTexas after this day.

Priority Deadlines

This type of deadline represents the day an application must be complete in order to be eligible for certain types of funding (scholarships, assistantships or fellowships) or to be given priority consideration. 

Standard Deadlines

This deadline typically comes after a program's priority deadline. It represents the day by which the application should be complete in order to guarantee admission consideration. If the program has a flexible deadline (defined above), applications completed after this day may be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, with no guarantees for admission consideration. 

ApplyTexas Deadlines

Applications are available on ApplyTexas through midnight on the day of the deadline. If a program is not listed for a specific term on ApplyTexas, the program is either no longer available or is not offered for that particular term. 

Decision Process

Once the application is complete, the applicant’s 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 application decision has been made, the applicant will receive an e-mail notification from The Graduate College. As noted in the communication section above, all admissions communications will be sent to the e-mail address provided on the ApplyTexas application. Applicants admitted to a degree-seeking program will also receive a letter via U.S. mail.

Applicants may also check the status of their application online using Texas State Self-Service.

Applicants may submit an admission appeal to the graduate dean at within three weeks of the date of the decision. The written appeal should include additional supporting documentation. Admission appeals will be answered via e-mail within three weeks of receipt of the applicant’s appeal.

Decision Timelines

As explained in the “Decision Process” section of this web page, 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 decisions about 3–4 weeks after an application completes. During peak times, this time frame could increase to up to six weeks for a decision to be made.

The decision time frame may also depend upon the type of deadline (see the “Deadlines” section of this page) 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 applicants who completed their applications more than six weeks before the firm deadline will wait beyond the typical six-week time frame to know the final admissions decision of their application.

Rolling Basis

Some programs make admissions decisions on a "rolling" basis: the program will consider applications and make decisions as applications complete.

Firm Basis

Some programs make admissions decision on a "firm" basis: the program will consider applications after the posted deadline, and applicants will be notified within a specific time frame.

Reapplication Process

After admission to a program, students are expected to enroll each fall and spring term (summer is optional). If a student does not enroll in each spring/fall term, and it has been less than a year since enrollment, the Update Application Form may be used to update registration rather than a new application and fee through ApplyTexas. 

After the initial enrollment in a degree program, any student who does not enroll within a one-year period will be required to submit a new application and application fee. Students are encouraged to review any enrollment requirements as admission is not guaranteed.

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