Admission Requirements

Graduate Admissions

The minimum graduate admission requirements for The Graduate School are below. Specific programs may have additional requirements. Please check the requirements for your chosen degree program on our Graduate Programs page.

  • Bachelor’s Degree or Recognized Comparable International Degree
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    • Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution in the US or the foreign equivalent. Applicants should submit official transcripts demonstrating proof of degree directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Official transcripts are typically mailed in a sealed university envelope directly from the issuing institution. UT Tyler also accepts electronic transcripts sent via a secure delivery method (Parchment, E-Script Safe, Speed-E, etc.) directly from the issuing institution. Electronic transcripts forwarded by the applicant are not considered official. Community or junior college transcripts are typically not required, unless otherwise stated on your academic program’s page. UT Tyler transcripts need not be forwarded by the applicant.

      International Students:  Due to COVID-related school closings, we have implemented a temporary transcript policy, effective September 11, 2020.

      For the Spring 2021 cycle only, we will accept unofficial transcripts for the admission decision, with the expectation that official transcripts will arrive before the next semester.

      If the official transcripts do not arrive before the beginning of the summer semester, students may receive a one semester extension on a case-by-case basis, provided we can verify with the United States Embassy in their country that their institution is still closed due to COVID and/or not sending documents. 

      For students who receive the one semester extension: if official documents are not received after the summer semester (regardless of enrollment) students will not be allowed to continue in Fall 2021. This means they will be dropped from all classes and will be out of status.

      In those very rare cases where we can verify with the United States Embassy that a school is no longer in operation we will accept attested/notarized copies with a detailed explanation of why this was necessary.

      This policy will be reviewed at the end of the Spring 2021 semester.

      International Transcript Evaluation

      With the exception of the programs listed below, applicants with foreign transcripts must submit a detailed, course-by-course international transcript evaluation.

    • The following programs do not require an evaluation unless specifically requested by the program:

      - Computer Science, MSCE Civil Engineering, MSEE Electrical Engineering, and MSME Mechanical Engineering.

      The evaluation determines an applicant's degree comparability to a US bachelor's degree and provides their GPA on the US scale. UT Tyler accepts international transcript evaluations conducted by the following service providers:

      * World Education Services (WES)
      * Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., International Education Consultants (Click here to go directly to the UT Tyler form)
      * International Education Research Foundation
      * International Academic Credential Evaluators
      * Global Credential Evaluators, Inc. (GCE)
      * Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
      * Span Tran (Click here to go directly to the UT Tyler form)

  • GRE or GMAT Scores
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    • UT Tyler does not have a designated minimum GRE or GMAT score, but the desired minimum GRE score range for most programs is 290-300. You can find more information about the GRE exam on the Educational Testing Service (ETS) website. The official GRE score transmission code for The University of Texas at Tyler is 6850. You can find out more about the GMAT exam on the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) website.

      Certain programs, like our Non-Degree Seeking options, do not require an entrance exam, while others offer waivers. Please check the requirements for your chosen degree program on our Graduate Programs page.

  • Proof of English Proficiency - Update on TOEFL AT-Home Test/Test Postponements due to COVID-19
    Applicants with an undergraduate degree from a foreign institution must submit results of an English proficiency examination. Evidence of English proficiency must be submitted before admission will be granted.
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    • Accepted tests are the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the Pearson Test of English (PTE), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Duolingo English Test (DET).

      Minimum scores are as follows:

      DET - 105
      TOEFL – 79 (iBT) or 550 (pBT)
      IELTS – 6.5 band score with 6.0 in each subsection
      PTE Academic - 53
      EIKEN - Grade 1

      NOTE: Applicants to graduate Psychology and Counseling programs must have a minimum TOEFL score of 87, IELTS score of 7.0 with 6.5 or greater in each subsection, or  DET score of 115. Applicants to Accountancy must have a minimum TOEFL score of 105 with a minimum score of 24 for each section, IELTS score of 7.5 (band score), or a DET score of 125. 

      UT Tyler’s Educational Testing Service (ETS) code for TOEFL is 6850. An institutional code is not required to submit your official IELTS scores. Please contact your IELTS testing center to request that your IELTS scores be electronically transmitted to UT Tyler. Please provide this exact information to your testing center:


      The University of Texas at Tyler
      Office of Graduate Admissions
      3900 University Blvd
      STE 345
      Tyler, TX, 75799

      There are some exemptions to our language proficiency requirement. Each exemption is outlined below:
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      • Applicants who have completed a high school diploma, associates, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, or professional degree from a US academic institution are not required to submit English proficiency test scores. Official transcripts are required for confirmation.  
      • Students who have earned a grade of B or higher in ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302 (or equivalent) from an accredited US academic institution are not required to submit English proficiency test scores. Official transcripts are required for confirmation.  
      • Individuals who complete Level 6 of the University of Texas at Tyler's Intensive English Language Institute with no grade lower than an A or who complete Level 7 with no grade lower than a B may be eligible for a language proficiency waiver.
      • Naturalized US citizens
      • Applicants from one of the following countries or those who have earned a bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, or professional degree from one of the following countries are exempt from the TOEFL or IELTS requirement. Official transcripts are required for confirmation.
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        •  American Samoa
        • ­ Australia
        • ­ Bahamas
        • ­ Barbados
        • ­ Belize
        • ­ Canada (except Quebec)
        • ­ Dominica
        •  Ghana
        • ­ Grand Cayman
        • ­ Grenada
        • ­ Ireland
        • ­ Jamaica
        •  Kenya
        • ­ Liberia
        • ­ New Zealand
        •  Nigeria
        • ­ Sierra Leone
        • ­ Trinidad/Tobago
        •  Turks and Caicos Islands
        • ­ United Kingdom
        • ­ US Pacific Trust

  • Additional Departmental Requirements
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    • Some programs require additional materials for admission such as letters of recommendation, a resume, a statement of purpose, and/or portfolios. Refer to the admission requirements of the program to which you are applying to determine if and what additional requirements should be submitted.

      Official documents should be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions at the following address:

      Graduate Admissions, STE 345
      The University of Texas at Tyler
      3900 University Blvd.
      Tyler, TX 75799

      All submitted documents become the property of UT Tyler and cannot be returned to applicants.

  • Proof of Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination – for those under 22 years of age
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    • Please see UT Tyler's Meningitis Policy.

      Students enrolled in online-only programs may email to have the bacterial meningitis vaccination hold released. The email should be sent from their Patriots Email and should state:

      "I have read and understand the Bacterial Meningitis Policy. I am not currently enrolled in any on-campus classes, and I understand that if I do enroll in any on-campus classes I must submit documentation of immunization from an appropriate medical professional 10 days prior to the first class meeting. Failure to provide documentation will cause delays in the registration process."

The submission of documents in support of applications for admission and fellowships such as transcripts, diplomas, test scores, references, essays, or the applications themselves, that are forged, fraudulent, altered from the original, plagiarized, materially incomplete, obtained under false pretenses, or otherwise deceptive (collectively referred to as fraudulent documents) is prohibited by The University of Texas at Tyler and may be punishable by: a bar on applying for admission, fellowships, suspension, and/or expulsion. Students who submit fraudulent documents are not eligible to reapply.

A graduate program is under no obligation to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

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