Graduate International Students

Admission of an international student to a graduate program will be predicated upon holding a valid U.S. equivalent bachelor’s-level degree or higher from an accredited college or university. The quality of the applicant’s college-level work is judged from test scores, GPA, and writing samples. Applicants must submit a $130 (US) non-refundable application fee via the electronic application, or pay through the Business Office by cash, check, money order or credit card.  Along with the application, the applicant must submit all previous university academic records, including official transcripts and evaluations of all previous university academic records, officially translated in the English language.  Evaluations must be done by recognized evaluation services and typically must adhere to standards of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers and include items such as course names, course descriptions, course credit, course grades, GPA, degree earned, and the date earned as recommended by the National Council on the Evaluation of Foreign Educational Credentials. It is the applicant’s responsibility to secure and pay for the evaluation and to ensure it is done early enough to meet admission deadlines.

In addition to providing the aforementioned documents, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Student must have a minimum 2.5 GPA on the last 60 hours of coursework completed, to include all courses in the semester where the 60th hour occurs;

  • If the student's GPA is between 2.5 and 2.99, acceptable minimum GRE or GMAT scores must be submitted prior to beginning any coursework. Only official score reports will be accepted, which must be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by ETS or Pearson Education. NOTE: Some graduate programs require GRE scores for program admission, regardless of GPA;

  • Student must have completed English 1301 and 1302 with a C or better, or submit acceptable Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores (TOEFL-minimum score of 80 on the Internet-based test, a minimum score of 213 on the computer-based test, or a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test; IELTS-minimum score of 6);

  • Student must submit the 200- to 300-word admissions essay addressing academic and career goals. The essay must either accompany the electronic application for admissions or be sent directly to Graduate Studies at graduatestudies@tamuct.edu.

The applicant may be required to complete leveling classes in a particular field of study as instituted by the department.

To obtain a visa from the American Embassy located in the applicant’s country, a prospective student must have documented evidence of financial solvency. A sponsor is obligated to endorse all expenditures for the applicant during the entire course of study. Note that a copy of all financial statement documentation must be included with the admissions packet. Check with the American Embassy for further details.

International applicants must submit two passport-style color photos taken within six months of application. The A&M System mandates that all international students have medical insurance with coverage in the United States. Students will be automatically enrolled and charged for health insurance as part of their matriculation.

All application materials must be sent to the Office of International Student Services Graduate Studies. Applications cannot be processed and an I-20 cannot be issued until all materials are received and the applicant is admitted in the Graduate Studies Program.

For more details about admission for international students, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies at graduatestudies@tamuct.edu.