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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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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).


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.

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. 


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.