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Graduate Admissions Requirements

Admission to Graduate Studies

Admission to Graduate Studies is administered by the Director of Graduate Studies in conjunction with the Graduate Council. Applicants seeking admission must present the following credentials and materials indicating the ability to successfully pursue graduate level work:

  1. Submit a completed application for graduate admissions by visiting Applications must be received by the deadlines indicated in the current university calendar.
  2. 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
  3. Pay the $30 application-processing fee via the electronic application, or pay through the Business Office by cash, check, money order or credit card.
  4. Submit official transcript(s). Transcripts must indicate the date of degree conferral for the baccalaureate and/or graduate degree. The transcript from the last institution must reflect the student left in good standing. Official transcripts delivered to the Office of Graduate Studies must be received in a sealed envelope. If your previous institution(s) participate in the sending of secure electronic transcripts (eScrip-Safe, National Student Clearing House, Parchment, or Credentials Solutions) transcripts can be sent directly to
  5. If required, scores on the Aptitude Test of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) should be sent directly to the Graduate Office by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Business students may take the GMAT exam; these scores must be sent directly to the Graduate Office by Pearson Education.
  6. Provide proof of bacterial meningitis shot for students aged 22 and under.

Beyond general requirements for admission to Graduate Studies, departments may set additional standards for admission to degree programs, subject to administrative approval. Please contact the specific graduate coordinator for additional graduate admission requirements. Contact information is available from the Office of Graduate Studies.

Transfer Students Within U.S.

At the time of application, students who have attempted graduate level credit at a regionally accredited U.S. institution after graduation with a bachelor’s degree are considered transfer students. Applicants must be eligible to re-enroll at last attended colleges and universities attended and must submit final official transcripts from each college or university attended. For students who have previously attended A&M-Central Texas, transfer work and A&M-Central Texas work will be combined to determine a cumulative GPA. Transferred developmental and similar non-college credits are not used in determining the GPA needed to be eligible for transfer admission.