Graduate International Student Admissions
Applicant and New Student Frequently Asked Questions
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Use the UT Tyler student ID number and password that were emailed to you after you
submitted an application for admission.
What do I do if I lost my UT Tyler student ID number or password?
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
, and your login credentials will be resent to you. Be sure to include your full name,
date of birth and UT Tyler student ID number (if known) in your email.
I have just been admitted. How do I activate my Patriot email account?
After you are admitted, your UT Tyler username and Patriot email address are created.
To access your Patriot email account, you must first activate your Patriot Account.
The Patriot Account is the source of the common password for myUTTyler, Patriot email, Patriot Air (campus wi-fi), BlackBoard (our virtual learning
environment and course management system), Patriot Webspace, campus library computers
and services, and other on-campus computers.
To then log into your Patriot email account, click here
If you have questions about your Patriot Account or email or want to change your password,
send an email to Campus Computing Services at email@example.com
. Please include the following information:
- First Name
- Last Name
- Date of Birth
- Student ID Number
Will my application for admission be considered if some of my admission materials
arrive after the international student application deadline?
If you submitted an application for admission by the international student application
deadline, we will accept your admission materials that arrive after the deadline.
Note that some of our graduate programs have special application deadlines that occur
prior to the international student application deadline. These programs' deadlines
are hard and all required materials should be recieved by the special deadline. Select
your academic program on the Graduate Programs webpage
to determine the application deadline.
Will you evaluate my profile and tell me if I can be admitted to your program?
We cannot evaluate profiles; only completed applications. Select your academic program
on the Graduate Programs webpage
to view a complete list of your program's admission requirements. If you meet the
minimum requirements and you apply by the program's deadline, your application will
be considered for admission to the program.
What documents are required for to be considered for admission and where do I send
The minimum requirements for admission
are: an online application for admission at uttyler.edu/graduate
, official transcripts and proof of degree, an international transcript evaluation
(if required), GRE or GMAT scores, TOEFL or IELTS scores, and any additional departmental
requirements (if required). Select your academic program on the Graduate Programs webpage
to view a complete list of your program's admission requirements.
Submit admission materials and Form I-20 eligibility materials to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
The University of Texas at Tyler
3900 University Blvd., ADM 345
Tyler, TX 75799
Documents submitted to the University for admission become the property of the University
and cannot be returned.
Do I need to submit letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose? If so, where
do I send them?
Some programs do not require letters of recommendation or a statement of purpose;
others require up to three recommendation letters, and may require additional information
as well. Contact your the program advisor for your program. Select your academic program
listed on the Graduate Programs webpage
to locate your program advisor's contact information.
The Office of Graduate Admissions does not require letters of recommendation or a
statement of purpose – they are only required if specified by your academic program.
Recommendation letters should address your potential as a graduate student. In particular,
they should stress the following:
- Your intellectual development through college/on the job
- Aptitude for independent thinking and research
- Critical thinking abilities and writing skills
- Leadership or creative qualities
The letters should persuade the committee that you would be a valuable asset to the
program by giving them specific examples of your past performance. Here is a good resource about how to get great recommendation letters for graduate school.
All applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit proof of
English language proficiency. Applicants may submit official results of either the
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language
Testing System (IELTS) or Pearson Test of English (PTE) of 53.
The minimum TOEFL (iBT) score is 79, and the minimum IELTS scores are 6.5 in the overall
band and 6.0 or greater in all sub-sections.
TOEFL is administered by the Educational Testing Service. The ETS institutional code
for UT Tyler is
6850. Detailed information about the IELTS test can be found at www.ielts.org
Please note: TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores must be less than two years old from the first day of
class at the proposed term of entry in order to be valid. In addition, individual
academic programs may require a higher score, or evidence of spoken English language
proficiency. Applicants from the following countries do not need to submit a TOEFL
score: American Samoa, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada (except Quebec),
Dominica, Grenada, Grand Cayman, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, New Zealand, Sierra
Leone, Trinidad/Tobago, United Kingdom, U.S. Pacific Trust.
Meeting the minimum English proficiency score requirement means that your application
file will be considered for admission. Applications with scores that do not satisfy
the minimum English proficiency score requirement will not be evaluated for admission.
You may find these free TOEFL tips and test-taking strategies websites helpful to
review for the test:
Can I be considered for conditional admission if my TOEFL/IELTS scores do not meet
the minimum required?
No, applicants whose TOEFL or IELTS scores do not meet the minimum required cannot
be considered for any kind of admission. Applicants who do not meet the minimum score
requirement are encouraged to retest.
Generally, there is no minimum score requirement, but programs in the College of Engineering
and Computer Science have a minimum desired score range of 290-300.
To find out a program’s admission requirements, visit the programs page
. If a specific score is not listed for the GPA/GRE/GMAT, it is because there is not
The GRE is administered by the Educational Testing Service. The ETS institutional
code for UT Tyler is 6850. Testing dates and additional information can be found at
An international transcript evaluation is a report prepared by a third-party credential
evaluation service that explains how your international education compares with the
US education system. It allows departmental graduate admissions committees at UT Tyler
to properly understand your educational background and preparedness when evaluating
your admission file.
UT Tyler is not able to evaluate international transcripts. UT Tyler accepts evaluations
from the following service providers:
Fall 2015 applicants to the master of science in computer science and biology programs
who graduated from a recognized academic institution in India are not required to
submit an international transcript evaluation. Beginning with applications for Spring
2016, all international transcripts will require the evaluated transcript.
What kind of international transcript evaluation do I need to submit?
Submit a report that provides a course-by-course description of your diploma/certificate,
indicates the period of your education, provides an equivalency for your document,
lists all courses (subjects) with US semester credits, and give a grade point average
(GPA) on a 4.0 scale.
What is provisional admission?
Your admission letter may have indicated that you have been offered provisional admission.
If this is the case, your official admission will not be completed until we receive
items such as an official final transcript showing award of the bachelor's degree.
While a student who is admitted provisionally will be allowed to enroll for his/her
first semester, all admission provisions must be cleared by the end of the first semester
of enrollment. In order to avoid any difficulties, we strongly encourage students
to meet the terms of their provisional admissions prior to the start of the semester.
If students fail to clear their provisional status by the end of the first enrolled
semester, an administrative hold will be placed on their academic record, preventing
their registration for future semesters, and their graduate student status may be
Provisional admission is not offered to applicants who do not satisfy the University’s
English proficiency requirement.
Taking actions necessary to clear provisional admission status is the sole responsibility
of the student. This may include contacting the undergraduate institution they attended
for an official copy of the transcript with degree conferral. All documents necessary
to clear a student's provisional admission status should be sent directly to the following
The University of Texas at Tyler
3900 University Blvd., ADM345
Tyler, TX 75799
What is conditional admission?
Your admission letter may have indicated that you have been offered conditional admission.
This means that your academic department offers you admission on the condition that
you satisfy a specified requirement such as leveling courses. Conditional admission
can last up to 9 semester credit hours. To learn what specific conditions your academic
department is requiring of you, contact your program advisor.
Conditional admission is not offered to applicants who do not satisfy the University’s
English proficiency requirement.
I would like to defer my admission. How do I do that?
An offer of admission is valid for three consecutive semesters. While you do not need
to notify the University Registrar of your intent to defer, it is advisable that you
notify your academic department. You must notify the graduate international student
advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org
of your intent to defer so that a revised Form I-20 can be issued to you.
What is required to get a UT Tyler Form I-20?
To receive a UT Tyler Form I-20
, you must: be admitted to an academic program, submit the biographical details page
of your passport, and submit proof of financial support equivalent to the estimated
cost of attendance for one full academic year.
Can I get a Form I-20 if I am admitted to an on-line only program?
No. The US Department of Homeland Security restricts the number of online courses
an international student may take each semester toward satisfying the full-time enrollment
requirement. Therefore, a program comprised of online only courses will not satify
the enrollment requirements.
What is the deadline to submit my financial support documents?
There is no deadline. However, you are advised to submit your documents as soon as
possible so that your Form I-20 can be issued and you can schedule your visa appointment.
See the Receive a Form I-20webpage for details on submitting financial support documents.
If you are currently in the US studying at a different institution, the graduate international
student advisor will send you an email within 2 business days of your admission providing
information about transferring your current SEVIS I-20 record to UT Tyler. See the
F-1 Transfer Student
webpage for more details.
I am deferring my admission. How do I get a revised Form I-20 with my new program
Notify the graduate international student advisor at email@example.com of your intent
to defer your admission. The advisor will confirm receipt of your notification and
provide you with further instructions for obtaining a revised Form I-20.
What kind of financial support can I receive?
Acceptance to a graduate program of study does not automatically include financial
support. Students are responsible for the full amount of tuition and fees unless they
receive some form of financial support.
The Graduate School offers the New Graduate Fellowship to new graduate students. The
$1000 fellowship is competitive, and recipients are granted a competitive scholarship waiver
which is a waiver of nonresident tuition charges. Go to The Graduate School Financial Support webpage
for details about the fellowship, deadlines to apply, and a link to the online application.
After their first year of enrollment at the University, students may also apply for
a UT Tyler Returning Student Scholarship
. Application deadlines are: April 1 for fall semester and November 1 for spring semester.
International students do not qualify for the Federal Student Aid program. Instead,
international students may wish to research and apply for external funding opportunities
Here are a few more good sites for international graduate student financial aid or
- Fulbright Foreign Student Program brings citizens of other countries to the United States for master's or Ph.D. study
at US universities.
- International Education Financial Aid has a scholarship search at www.IEFA.org.
- P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship (Philanthropic Educational Organization) P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship (IPS)
Fund provides scholarships for international female students to pursue graduate study
in the United States and Canada.
- International Scholarships requires you to register to view scholarship contact information, but registration
is fast and free.
Do I have to submit my proof of financial support in order to be considered for admission?
No. Proof of financial support is required to receive a UT Tyler Form I-20. It is
not required in order for your application file to be considered for admission.
How do I get a graduate assistantship?
Departments hire graduate students to serve as teaching assistants (TA) or research
assistants (RA). The number of assistantships available varies from department to
department. Each department also has its own assistantship hiring process. Interested
students should contact their academic for details.
All assistantships and on-campus jobs are required to be posted on the UT Tyler student
employment database called PatriotJobs. While most assistantship positions tend to be posted at the start of each semester,
students should check the database regularly throughout the year.
Learn more about the UT Tyler Graduate Assistantship Policy.
Graduate assistants who qualify are granted the RA/TA Waiver which allows them to pay the resident tuition rate. RA/TA waivers must be applied
to student accounts prior to the Census Date each semester.
How much are tuition and living expenses?
Go to the Tuition and Estimated Expenses webpage for a detailed estimated costs of attending UT Tyler for one academic year.
Use the Graduate Cost Calculator to estimate tuition and fees per semester.
How do I register for classes?
Students who have been admitted may register for classes when the registration period opens for their semester. Review the information on our How to Register for Classes web page.
How do I get my course textbooks?
Each course has a list of required textbooks or supplies. Instructors indicate what
is required on the course syllabus. They also notify the Campus Bookstore what textbooks will be required for their courses. You can access the list of required
textbooks for each course by going to the Campus Bookstore website and clicking on
the TEXTBOOKS tab at the top of the page. Enter your course information in step one and in step
two view your list of required supplies. Textbooks can be purchased or rented on the Campus Bookstore website.
How do I transfer credit for graduate courses I took at another university?
Students who are accepted into a graduate program and register for courses may request
transfer credit for relevant graduate courses taken at regionally accredited institutions.
Transfer of credit is subject to the approval of the student's graduate program advisor
and the regulations of the University. A maximum of 9 credit hours may be transferred
and only credits for courses in which the student earned a grade of B or higher.
To request transfer credit, submit a completed Graduate Transfer Credit Approval Form to your program advisor for approval. Your advisor will evaluate and approve which
credits may be transferred. Your advisor will forward the approved form to the Office
of Graduate Admissions.
Students are advised to complete this process within their first semester of enrollment
at UT Tyler.