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Admissions Information

Graduate Admission to the College of Engineering

The University-wide admission policies are the basic requirements for admission to the M.S. degree programs offered in the College of Engineering. Each program has specific requirements beyond the University-wide admission policies. The University-wide unconditional admission requirements are:
1) Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or have proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution.
2) Have a grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 semester credit hours of coursework taken.
3) Have completed at least 18 semester credit hours (12 of which must be at the upper-division level) in the area or areas in which the graduate degree is sought or in related areas as determined by the Graduate Program Committee for the proposed major.
4) Be in good standing at the last institution attended.
5) Be recommended for admission by the Graduate Program Committee in the proposed major. The committee may examine a student on his or her previous preparation before a recommendation is made for the student to be admitted to the program. Even though admission is based on the last 60 undergraduate hours attempted and all graduate and postgraduate coursework taken, students must list on the application for admission all colleges and universities attended and request that an official transcript from each institution be sent to the Graduate School. UTSA graduates only need to order transcripts from any institutions not listed on the UTSA transcript. The Graduate School will obtain the UTSA transcript from the Office of the Registrar.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for unconditional admission may be admitted conditionally, or conditionally on academic probation

Graduate Admission to an Engineering Department

MS-Biomedical Engineering (BME) Program: Students who hold an undergraduate degree may apply to the program. The minimum requirements for admission to the Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering program are described below. Note that admission is competitive and satisfying these requirements does not guarantee admission.
1) Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 or better in the last 60 semester credit hours of coursework with a major in a recognized science or engineering discipline. All students should have had sufficient background in engineering, chemistry, biology, and physics prior to being admitted to the program. It will be expected that these students will have B.S. degrees with emphasis in either engineering, physical, or biological disciplines. Students from non-engineering background are required to take selected fundamental engineering courses as a condition of acceptance.
2) A satisfactory score, as specified by the Admissions Committee for Biomedical Engineering, is required on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Students whose native language is not English must achieve a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL; paper version). The applicant's performance on a standardized test will be considered in addition to other criteria, for admission or competitive scholarship awards and will not be used as the sole criterion for consideration of an applicant.
3) Letters of recommendation, preferably three, attesting to the applicant's readiness for graduate study.
4) A complete application includes the application form, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, GRE scores, a resume, a statement of the applicant's research experience, interests, and goals. TOEFL scores are required for those applicants whose native language is not English.
MS-Civil Engineering Program (CE):
In addition to the University-wide graduate admission requirements for unconditional admission, applicants must satisfy the following:
1) a satisfactory score, as specified by the Graduate Program Committee for Civil Engineering, on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
2) an undergraduate degree in civil engineering or a closely related field from an accredited institution of higher education, or proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution.
3) a statement of research/specialization interest and
4) a favorable recommendation by the Master of Science in Civil Engineering Admissions Committee.
5) Test of English as a Foreigh Language (TOEFL) minimum scores of 79 or 550 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
A student who does not qualify for unconditional admission may be admitted on a conditional basis as determined by the Master of Science in Civil Engineering Admissions Committee.

Master of Civil Engineering (MCE)
For unconditional admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements, in addition to the University-wide graduate admission requirements:
1)an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering or a closely related field from an accredited institution of higher education, or proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution;
2) a satisfactory score, as evaluated by the Civil Engineering Graduate Studies Committee, on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum scores of 79 or 550 for Internet or paper versions, respectively;
3) a statement of specialization interest; and
4) a favorable recommendation by the Civil Engineering Graduate Studies Committee

MS-Electrical Engineering (EE) and MS-Computer Engineering Program:
In addition to the University-wide graduate admission requirements, admission decisions will be based on a combination of the following:
1) a satisfactory score, as specified by the Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Program Committee, on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
2) a bachelor's degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering from an ABET-accredited institution of higher education or related field.
3) a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the last 60 hours.
A student who does not qualify for unconditional admission may be admitted on a conditional basis as determined by the Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Program Committee. Applicants with an electrical and computer engineering background who wish to continue their education but do not intend to pursue the Master of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering are encouraged to seek admission as special graduate students.

MS-Advanced Materials Engineering (MatE):
In addition to the University-wide graduate admission requirements, admission decisions will be made by the Admissions Committee based on a combination of the following:
1) A bachelor’s degree in any discipline of engineering, materials science, physics or chemistry.A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 semester credit hours of undergraduate studies.
2) A statement of research experience, interests and goals.
3) Two letters of recommendation.
4) A satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test, as evaluated by the Admissions Committee, is required. An applicant’s performance on the GRE is considered with other criteria when making an admissions or competitive fellowship decision but will not be used as the sole or primary criterion to end consideration of the applicant.
Students whose native language is not English must achieve a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) paper version, 79 on TOEFL iBT or 6.5 on IELTS.

MS-Mechanical Engineering Program (ME):
In addition to satisfying the University-wide graduate admission requirements, admission will be based on a combination of factors:
1) a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering (or a closely related field) from an accredited institution of higher education, or proof of equivalent education at a foreign or unaccredited institution,
2) satisfactory performance on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and
3) satisfactory undergraduate grade point average (GPA) in engineering coursework.
An applicant may be admitted on a conditional basis as determined by the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering Admission Committee. Applicants with a degree in a discipline other than mechanical engineering may be required to make up the deficiencies in the undergraduate mechanical engineering curriculum. Courses listed as deficiencies do not count toward the graduate degree.
Applicants with a mechanical engineering background who wish to continue their education but do not intend to pursue a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering are encouraged to seek admission as special graduate students.

MS-Advanced Manufacturing and Enterprise Engineering (AMEE):
Applicants must meet University-wide graduate admission requirements as outlined in the Graduate catalog. Applicants must also comply with general University regulations as outlined in the catalog. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of the program, the Graduate Advisor of Record (GAR), in consultation with the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program Committee and the Department Chair, will evaluate each student's transcript and determine any course deficiencies on a case-by-case basis. Students admitted with course deficiencies will be required to take additional courses within their Program of Study to make up the deficiencies. Courses taken to make up deficiencies may not count toward the graduate degree. Applicants who have insufficient preparation for the program, or who lack certain supporting documentation, may be admitted on a conditional basis.

PhD in Biomedical Engineering Program:
Students who hold an undergraduate or master’s degree may apply to the program. The minimum requirements for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering degree program are described below. Note that admission is competitive and satisfying these requirements does not guarantee admission.

1) Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 or better in the last 60 semester credit hours of coursework with a major in a recognized science or engineering discipline. All students should have had sufficient background in engineering, chemistry, biology, and physics prior to being admitted to the program. It is expected that these students will have B.S. degrees with emphasis in either engineering, physical science, or biological science disciplines. Students from nonengineering backgrounds are required to take selected fundamental engineering courses as a condition of acceptance.
2) Applicants with a master’s degree must have a grade point average of 3.0 or better in their master’s degree program. Applicants with a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering or in a related field may apply a maximum of 30 semester credit hours of previously earned graduate credit toward their doctoral degree. The Doctoral Studies Committee will evaluate each student’s transcript and credit will be recommended for transfer on a course-by-course basis to satisfy the formal coursework requirements of the doctoral degree.
3) A satisfactory score, as evaluated by the Admissions Committee for Biomedical Engineering, is required on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Students whose native language is not English must achieve a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL; paper version). The applicant’s performance on a standardized test will be considered in addition to other criteria, for admission or competitive scholarship awards and will not be used as the sole criterion for consideration of an applicant.
4) Three letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant’s readiness for doctoral study.
5) A complete application includes the application form, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, GRE scores, a résumé, and a statement of the applicant’s research experience, interests, and goals. TOEFL scores are required for those applicants whose native language is not English.

PhD in Electrical Engineering Program:
The minimum requirements for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering degree program are as follows:
1) Normally, a student must hold a master’s degree before being granted admission to the program. Some exceptionally talented students may enter the Doctor of Philosophy program directly upon receiving a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, with the special approval of the Electrical Engineering Doctoral Studies Committee.
2) Applicants without a master’s degree program must have a grade point average of 3.3 or better in the last 60 semester credit hours of undergraduate coursework in electrical engineering.
3) Applicants with a master’s degree must have a grade point average of 3.3 or better in their master’s degree program. Applicants with a master’s degree in electrical engineering or in a related field may apply a maximum of 30 semester credit hours of previously earned graduate credit toward their doctoral degree. Each student’s transcript will be evaluated by the Doctoral Studies Committee and credit will be designated on a course-by-course basis to satisfy the formal coursework requirements of the degree. A maximum of 6 semester credit hours may be awarded for a master’s thesis.
4) A satisfactory score, as evaluated by the Doctoral Studies Committee for Electrical Engineering, is required on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). If an applicant’s performance on the GRE is used for that purpose, it will be considered with other criteria when making an admissions or competitive scholarship decision and will not be used as the sole criterion for consideration of the applicant or as the primary criterion to end consideration of the applicant. Students whose native language is not English must achieve a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL; paper version).
5) Letters of recommendation, preferably three, attesting to the applicant’s readiness for doctoral study.
6) A complete application includes the application form, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, GRE scores, a résumé, a statement of research experience, interests and goals, and the TOEFL score for those applicants whose native language is not English. Admission is competitive. Satisfying these requirements does not guarantee admission.

Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Engineering Program:
Applicants must satisfy the following requirements, in addition to satisfying the University-wide graduate admission requirements:
1) a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree from an accredited university, and a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in upper-division and graduate courses. The degree should be in biology, ecology, environmental science, chemistry, geology, geography, environmental engineering, or other related scientific discipline. Exceptional applicants without a Master of Science may be considered for admission to the program on a case-by-case basis;
2) three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic potential;
3) official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores;
4) a letter of research/specialization interest; and
5) a résumé/curriculum vitae.
Applications must be submitted to the UTSA Graduate School online at www.graduateschool.utsa.edu. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Acceptance to the program is decided by the Doctoral Studies Committee (DSC), comprised of graduate faculty members selected from the CEE Department and the College of Sciences. Full-time students accepted for the program are eligible to apply for financial support in the form of competitive teaching assistantships, research assistantships, or research fellowships.

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering Program:
All graduate students must meet the university admission requirements as outlined in the graduate catalog. The minimum requirements for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering degree program are as follows:
1) Students whose native language is not English must achieve a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
2) Normally, a student must hold a Master's degree in mechanical engineering or in a related field with a GPA of 3.0 or better before being granted admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering degree program at UTSA. Such applicants may apply a maximum of 30 semester credit hours of previously earned graduate credit toward their doctoral degree. A maximum of 6 semester credit hours credit may be awarded for a master’s thesis (such as ME 6983). 3) Each student’s transcript will be evaluated by the Graduate Programs Committee and credit will be designated on a course-by-course basis to satisfy the formal coursework requirements of the degree.
4) Outstanding students, who do not hold a Master's degree, may enter the Doctor of Philosophy program on provisional status directly upon receiving a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or a closely related field, with the special approval of the Graduate Programs Committee. Such applicants must have a GPA of 3.5 or better in the last 60 semester credit hours of undergraduate coursework in mechanical engineering or a closely related field. A student with provisional status must meet the course requirements of the Master’s degree program and all requirements of the Doctoral Program within two years of full-time equivalent studies at the Ph.D. program.
5) The Graduate Programs Committee will evaluate each applicant, approve the necessary requirements, and recommend corrective actions on a case-by-case basis

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

Applications from non-U.S. citizens or nonpermanent residents will be processed as international. This includes applications received from other countries. Applicants must meet the following criteria:
1) Meet the graduate admission requirements. Applicants who will be on a student visa may not be admitted other than as graduate degree-seeking students. (An I-20 form is not issued to non-degree-seeking or special graduate students.)
2) Submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Students who need to take this test should write to the Educational Testing Service, Box 899, Princeton, NJ 08540, requesting information on taking the TOEFL. The code for UTSA is 6919. A minimum score on the TOEFL is required. TOEFL scores may be waived for international students from countries where English is the primary language of instruction and the principal language spoken in the home; or for noncitizens of the United States earning a bachelor's degree or higher in the United States or other English-speaking countries. Participation in UTSA's English Language Assessment Program (ELAP) before registration is required of students with TOEFL scores below 600 (paper version) or 250 (computerized version)or 100 (Internet based) or 7 (IELTS). Based on this assessment, students needing additional instruction in English are required to enroll in appropriate English for International Students (EIS) courses.
3) Submit a statement guaranteeing the student's ability to pay all expenses while a student at UTSA, if attendance under the F-1 (student) visa is anticipated. The statement may be sent from a parent or guardian when endorsed by a bank or other reliable institution, or from a U.S. citizen who will accept responsibility for the student's financial needs.
4) Have an application, $80 (online), $85 (paper) nonrefundable application fee, and supporting credentials on file in the Graduate School by the appropriate application deadline. International students applying for readmission are only required to pay a $80 (online) $85 (paper) nonrefundable application fee. The $80 (online) $85 (paper) nonrefundable application fee is also charged upon reapplication for admission following academic dismissal. See Application Dates for deadlines.

The above criteria serve as guidelines for admission for international students. The credentials of each applicant are examined on an individual basis by the Graduate School and the appropriate graduate program committee, with admission granted only to those who show promise of success in graduate study at UTSA.

Residency Requirements

Graduate school residency information can be found here:
http://graduateschool.utsa.edu/admissions/establishing-texas-residency/

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

There are no separate admission requirements for transfer students, since all graduate work are expected to be completed at UTSA. Information on transfer coursework can be found here: http://catalog.utsa.edu/graduate/mastersdegreeregulations/transferofcredit/