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Important Document Information

All admission materials must be submitted to The Graduate College through the appropriate channel and in the requested format. Materials submitted become the property of the university and cannot be released, except in accordance with the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act or the Texas Public Information Act.


Applications are for specific programs and specific semesters. Applicants to any graduate program must submit an application through ApplyTexas. Once in the ApplyTexas system, you must select the preferred term of enrollment to view the available programs admitting during this term.

  Not all programs admit for every term. Please review the admission terms, deadlines, and requirements for your program of study.

You will not upload documents in ApplyTexas. Instead, you will receive instructions via email on activating your NetID and uploading documents to the Graduate Admissions Document Upload (GADU) tool once your application has been received by our office. It could take up to two business days for you to receive this email. This delay means that you will not be able to submit documents the same day you submit the ApplyTexas application. Therefore, we highly recommend that you submit your 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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  • When submitting an application through ApplyTexas, please use the last name under which you last attended the university to avoid multiple ID numbers and to help expedite the processing of your application. Official name changes must be submitted to the Office of the University Registrar.

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

  • If you wish to change programs, you will be required to submit a new application and pay the application fee as well as submit all required admission documents as indicated on the program's web page. If you wish to change your application to a different term, you will be required to submit a new application and pay the nonrefundable application fee. If you have already been admitted, contact our office regarding your options.

  • If you wish to apply to more than one program, you will be required to submit a separate ApplyTexas application, fee and required documents for each program. Admission into one graduate program does not guarantee admission into others.    

  • If you are denied and wish to apply to a different program, you will have to submit a new application, fee, and any other required documents as requested by the program.



You can submit the required, nonrefundable application fee with credit/debit card information during the ApplyTexas application process or through our secure online payment portal, TouchNet. Please allow 24–48 hours for the payment to post to your account. Applications will not be reviewed until all of the applicable fees are paid.

  If you wish to change your application or submit applications for multiple programs, you must pay the fee(s) associated with the new application(s).

  • The fee is $10.

      Effective Fall 2019 and beyond, the fee is $20. The fee is $60 for applications with international credentials, e.g. you received credit from an international institution, you need to provide English proficiency exam scores, and/or you require immigration documents.

  • The fee is $40.

      Effective Fall 2019 and beyond, the fee is $55. The fee is $90 for applications with international credentials, e.g. you received credit from an international institution, you need to provide English proficiency exam scores, and/or you require immigration documents.

  • The $50 international credential fee is required if the application considered for admission is based on international credentials, e.g. you received credit from an international institution, you need to provide English proficiency exam scores, and/or you require immigration documents.

      Effective Fall 2019 and beyond, the international credential fee will shift to a flat fee.

    • $60 nonrefundable application fee for certificate, certification, non-degree-seeking, and visiting applications with international credentials
    • $90 nonrefundable application fee for degree applications with international credentials
  • You can request a graduate application fee waiver by filling out the fee waiver request form; however, you will need to submit your ApplyTexas application (make sure to select "Pay by Check or Money Order" to bypass the nonrefundable fee) and receive your Texas State ID number (A00XXXXXX) in order to fill out the request form. 


Application Requirements
You must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university by the time you enroll in your graduate courses. (Some programs may require other accreditations as well.) You must also provide one official transcript from each senior-level, post-secondary institution from which credit was received, though some programs require transcripts from each institution where credit was received. You can submit copies of your official transcripts in order to meet your application requirements; however, if you are admitted, you will need to contact your institution(s) to have them send your official transcripts to The Graduate College. Your official transcripts must be on file in order for you to register.

TIP: If you are applying to multiple schools, we recommend uploading copies of your official transcripts; however, if you are applying to Texas State only, we encourage you to bypass this step and have your official transcripts sent directly to The Graduate College.

  Transcripts submitted without the ApplyTexas application will not be retained.

  • You must upload copies of your official transcripts (not print-outs, grade reports, advising transcripts or transcripts stamped "unofficial"). You can accomplish this by ordering or requesting your official transcripts from your university registrar, opening the documents, and scanning them into one PDF file. Please follow the instructions below when uploading your documents:

    • redact your social security number every time it appears, but do not make additional alterations
    • include front pages and back pages as well as the transcript legend
    • combine multiple pages and/or multiple transcripts into one PDF
    • arrange all pages in the correct order
    • remove any encryption/password protections
    • confirm your file is less than 9.00 MB

    Read additional information in our downloadable instruction guide.

  • If you are a Texas State University degree recipient or are currently enrolled at Texas State, you will need to request transcripts for any course work NOT listed on the Texas State transcript.

  • We will require your study abroad transcript 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, we may waive the need for foreign transcripts if the following information is present:

    • full course title or prefix
    • semesters attended
    • grades awarded
    • hours attempted
    • credits awarded

    If any of this information is missing, we will require a copy of the official transcript(s) for your application and the official transcript(s) if you are admitted. A $50 international credential fee will be added to the checklist for foreign transcripts requiring grade conversion and/or evaluation. Please review the submission instructions for international transcripts.

  • If you have not yet graduated with your bachelor’s degree, please submit a copy of the official transcript with the most recently completed semester’s grades. We 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, if you are applying for a program that will begin Fall 2018 and expect to graduate in May 2018, please send transcripts with the Fall 2017 grades. If transcripts are submitted without this information, you will be notified, and your application will not be considered complete until the updated transcript has been received.

      If you are admitted, you will need to submit an official transcript that shows your degree statement.

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

Enrollment Requirements
If you are admitted, you will need to contact your previous institution(s) to send your official transcripts to The Graduate College. Transcripts must be sent directly from your institution electronically or submitted in a university envelope sealed with the university’s registrar’s signature (including those from international institutions). A hold will be placed on your account, preventing you from registering, until your official transcripts are received.

Once you have requested your official transcripts from your previous institutions, you will need to check Texas State Self-Service to see if your transcripts have been received by our office. Your official transcripts will be compared to the documents you uploaded with your application.

  Texas State University reserves the right to require official transcripts at any time during the admissions process and rescind any offer of admission made if discrepancies between uploaded and official transcript(s) are found. 

  • If credit has been granted from an institution other than Texas State University, transcripts must be sent electronically (see below) or mailed directly to The Graduate College from the institution. Transcripts sent via mail must be sealed in a 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

    Former or current Texas State students do not have to submit transcripts for course work listed on their Texas State 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 copies sent either by the applicant or the institution's registrar's office will not be accepted, though in some cases, we may accept transcripts emailed directly from the university’s registrar’s office.

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


Some programs require official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores. When selecting a test date, make sure your scores will be reported in time for your application deadlines. Score 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.


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 should be submitted to departments for admission consideration. Non-required documents mailed or emailed to our office will not be retained, nor will documents submitted without the ApplyTexas application. 

Files over 9.00 MB will not be accepted. 

  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.

  • You will request recommendations from your recommenders by entering your recommenders' names and emails directly into the Graduate Admissions Document Upload (GADU) tool. Recommenders will then receive an email from GADU with your request and submission instructions. Review tips on requesting recommendations.

  • Some programs require the 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.  

    If this situation pertains to you, you will request a mentor communication from your prospective mentor by entering your mentor's name and email directly into the Graduate Admissions Document Upload (GADU) tool. Mentors will then receive an email from GADU with your request and submission instructions.