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Admissions Information

Graduate Admission to the College of Engineering

The University of Texas at Dallas is a comprehensive, state supported institution of higher learning, offering a variety of programs at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels. UT Dallas is committed to providing quality education to a diverse student body and offers programs designed for both full-time and part-time students. The University of Texas at Dallas accepts applications for admission to graduate degree programs for the fall, spring and summer semesters.
Admission to UT Dallas is open to all candidates on the basis of academic preparation, ability, and availability of space without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, citizenship, veteran status, or sexual orientation.
Inquiries regarding the status or details of an application will only be discussed with the applicant or a representative designated by the applicant. Disclosure of any material in an applicant's file to a third party is prohibited.
For application inquiries or questions on graduate admissions, contact the Graduate department or program to which you are applying since each program has specific admission requirements listed at http://www.utdallas.edu/admissions/graduate/degrees.
Graduate application deadlines and available terms of entry may vary by program. Please refer to the application section in this catalog. International applicants may have different deadlines; please refer to both the application section in this catalog and the International Students graduate admissions website for more information.
As with all state institutions of higher education, the procedures and criteria for admission used by UT Dallas are effective as of the publication date of this catalog but are subject to change by actions of the Texas Legislature or the Board of Regents.

Admission Requirements
Each program has specific admission requirements listed at www.utdallas.edu/admissions/graduate/degrees.

At a minimum, all applicants must meet the following admissions requirements:

Master's Programs
The minimum requirement for admission to any master's degree program at UT Dallas is an earned UT Dallas baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution with a grade average of B or better in upper-division (junior and senior level) work in the student's major field and related fields.

Applicants in their final year of undergraduate study may be admitted to a master's degree program at UT Dallas. Evidence for the conferral of the baccalaureate degree must be presented before enrollment the master's degree program is permitted.
Students who have completed a relevant and acceptable master's degree and have submitted official degree conferral documentation are only required to submit unofficial copies of their baccalaureate degree transcripts and degree conferral. Electronic copies of official documents may be uploaded via the online graduate application system in PDF format.

Doctoral Programs
The minimum requirement for admission to any doctoral program is an appropriate earned UT Dallas master's degree or its equivalent from an accredited graduate institution, with an average of at least B+. Applicants currently enrolled in post baccalaureate study may be admitted on the condition that official documentation confirming the conferral of their master's degree is presented before enrollment at UT Dallas is permitted.

Some departments admit directly to the doctoral program from a bachelor's degree for highly qualified candidates.

Graduate Certificate Programs
UT Dallas offers a number of graduate level certificate programs that typically involve 9 to 15 semester credit hours of graduate coursework in a focused area of study. Each certificate at UT Dallas consists of a subset of the courses from a current master's degree program offering. For a full list of our current certificate offerings please refer to www.utdallas.edu/academics/certificates.html.

Each certificate provides specialized training to help expand a student's areas of expertise, teaches them about new developments in their field, augments their professional skills and provides credentials that help advance their careers. In addition the certificate offering enables students to test the waters before deciding to pursue a master's degree in that area. Students who are later accepted to the master's program may be allowed to count some or all of their completed certificate courses with grades of B or better toward their masters degrees. A student may pursue graduate certificate and master's degree concurrently.

Admission to graduate-level certificate programs requires a bachelor's degree and an undergraduate record indicative of readiness for graduate work. Many certificate programs do not require admissions tests such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) unless or until a student seeks admission to a related master's program.

Admission Requirements Documentation
Official Transcripts
The term "Official Transcript" is understood to refer to the official recorded results of the student's academic work in a sealed envelope signed and stamped by the registrar or by an authorized official of the issuing college or university. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide English translations of transcripts and documents that are in a language other than English. This documentation should be sent to:

Office of Admission and Enrollment
The University of Texas at Dallas
800 West Campbell Road
Richardson, Texas 75080-3021

All materials submitted in the process of applying to the University become the property of the University and will not be returned to the applicant. Falsifying or omitting information may result in withdrawal of any offer of acceptance, cancellation of enrollment, and/or disciplinary actions.

Admission to a master's degree requires that an official transcript demonstrating the completion of a bachelor's degree with a grade average of B or better in upper-division (junior and senior level) work in the student's major field and related fields from UT Dallas or another accredited institution be submitted at the time of enrollment. An applicant who has earned a baccalaureate degree under the "academic fresh start statute" (Texas Education Code, Section 51.931) will be evaluated only on the grade point average (GPA) of the coursework completed for that baccalaureate degree and the other criteria stated in this catalog.

Students who have completed a relevant master's degree and have submitted official master's degree conferral documentation are only required to submit unofficial copies of their baccalaureate degree transcripts and degree conferral.

An official transcript demonstrating the completion of a master's degree, submitted at the time of enrollment, is required for admission to a doctoral degree. Some departments admit highly qualified candidates directly to the doctoral program from a bachelor's degree.
Graduate Admission Examination Scores (GRE, GMAT)
Standardized test scores must be official and reported directly by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) should be sent electronically to The University of Texas at Dallas, Code 6897. Each degree program sets its own criteria for what constitutes a satisfactory score for degree-seeking admission (see http://www.utdallas.edu/admissions/graduate/degrees).

The information about the GRE and GMAT examinations given below was current at the time this catalog was published. Applicants should be advised that both examinations are undergoing changes in format and design.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
The GRE revised general test is offered on a year-round basis at regional testing centers in a computer-based testing (CBT) format. Information on regional CBT testing may be obtained directly from Graduate Record Examination, Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6000; Princeton, NJ 08541-6000; by phone 1-610-771-7670 or 1-866-473-4373, via email through its email form or direct email, or go to http://www.ets.org/gre. Applicants should specify by both institution and code that the test score be sent to The University of Texas at Dallas, Code 6897.

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
The GMAT is offered on a year-round basis at regional testing centers in a computer-based testing (CBT) format. Information on regional CBT testing sites may be obtained directly from the GMAT website; by phone 1-800-717-GMAT (4628); via email; or go to http://www.mba.com. Applicants should specify by both institution and code that the test score be sent to The University of Texas at Dallas, Code 6897.

Narrative
A narrative is submitted by the applicant outlining academic interests in the UT Dallas degree program of interest, current or long-range interests in research, teaching, or other professional objectives; describing publications or other scholarly endeavors; listing of academic and professional organizations and fellowships, scholarships, or other honors received (for additional information see http://www.utdallas.edu/admissions/graduate/degrees).

Request for Recommendation Forms
Applicants must ask up to three individuals (employers, community leaders, teachers, etc.) who are able to judge their ability to complete the graduate study program and their probable success in graduate school by completing recommendation forms. These letters of recommendation are requested online as a part of the Graduate Application for Admission.

International applicants without Permanent Resident Visas must submit evidence of financial support (financial affidavit and original bank statement) before they can receive the I-20 or other required documents needed for visa application.

In accordance with Chapter 51, of the Texas Education Code, decisions on admission to degree-granting graduate programs at UT Dallas are based on holistic considerations of all submitted information regarding the academic, career, and personal histories of the applicants.

Admission decisions are based on the applicant's composite achievement profile, including:

GPA in university level coursework
Strength of academic preparation
GRE or GMAT scores if required by program
Record of achievements, honors, and awards
Special accomplishments, work, and community service, both in and out of school
Essay, Narrative, of CV/Resume as specified by program requirements
Special circumstances that put academic achievements in context
Recommendations as specified by program requirements

Standardized test scores and coursework GPA levels cited in the catalog descriptions of some degree programs are listed for advisory purposes only, to indicate the typical achievement levels of students enrolled and succeeding in the various programs. No single quantitative or qualitative measure, or any specific combination thereof, constitutes a definitive standard for admission. Rather, each application will be considered individually and each applicant's complete profile of strengths and prospects for successful completion of the program will be evaluated by the admissions committee. Applicants are encouraged to contact the graduate advisor in the degree program in which they expect to enroll to discuss specific admission requirements.

Applicants who satisfy all of the above criteria qualify for regular admission to the degree program. Certain admission requirements, such as GRE or GMAT scores, may be subject to the terms of approved program agreements between UT Dallas and other partner institutions.






Special Admission Requirements
Students denied the regular admission status may qualify for admission under one of the following special admission requirements:
Conditional Degree-Seeking Graduate Student
Upon review of the credentials of an applicant seeking regular admission to a UT Dallas degree program, the graduate studies committee of that degree program may recommend, and seek concurrence of the Dean of Graduate Studies, that the applicant being admitted be subjected to specific conditions being satisfied over a specified time period. Such conditions might include requiring additional semester credit hours to be taken, and/or a specific GPA to be maintained. A student satisfying the conditional requirements within the specified time period will then qualify for regular admission. The graduate advisor in the academic program will monitor compliance with the admissions conditions. A student who does not fulfill the specified conditions within the time period specified at the time of admission will be barred from continued registration in the degree program.

Normally a student cannot remain in conditional status for more than one calendar year. Exceptions to the one-year limitation can be granted only by the Dean of Graduate Studies upon recommendation of the graduate program. Under no circumstances will the student be allowed to remain enrolled under Conditional Status for more than 15 semester credit hours or two consecutive years, whichever comes first. Within these limits, specified graduate level coursework taken as a conditionally admitted student can be applied to the degree program.

Non-Degree Seeking Graduate Student
A student wishing to take graduate level coursework without becoming a candidate for a graduate degree may apply for admission to UT Dallas as a non-degree seeking graduate student. The non-degree student seeking admission to the master's degree program must satisfy the condition of having an earned baccalaureate degree for admission to a master's degree program at UT Dallas. The applicant should consult with the department or program offering the graduate level coursework to determine GRE/GMAT and letters of recommendation requirements.

The applicant should consult with the graduate advisor in the department or program offering the graduate level coursework. The graduate advisor in the degree program will define specific eligibility requirements and admit students to the courses open to non-degree enrollment each semester. Enrollment as a non-degree student is restricted to the regular registration period each semester. Please refer to the graduate catalog in each school for additional information on prerequisite requirements for each course.
Enrollment as a non-degree seeking graduate student is subject to review and approval by the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies in the specific school. No more than 15 semester credit hours taken as a non-degree enrolled student at UT Dallas may be transferred to satisfy the requirements of a graduate degree program, except with the permission of the Dean of Graduate Studies. Students admitted as non-degree seeking may not be eligible for financial aid and should consult the UT Dallas Financial Aid office regarding their status prior to submission of their application for admission.
NOTE: International students are not eligible to maintain F or J immigration status by participating in a non-degree seeking program. Exceptions include those enrolling in pre-established international exchange mobility programs, and transient or visiting F-1 and J-1 students whose immigration documents are issued by another U.S. college or university.

Graduate Student Taking Only Undergraduate Courses
Upon review of the academic background leading to the award of a Bachelor's degree by the academic advisor in the graduate program, a student may elect to take or be restricted to taking only undergraduate level courses. The Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and/or Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the specific school must approve enrollment in the undergraduate courses and the student will be required to maintain the same scholastic standards as regularly admitted undergraduates. In addition the student will receive academic guidance from the advisor in the school. Students restricted to taking undergraduate courses may not take graduate courses in a degree program at the same time. Consultation with the UT Dallas Office of Financial Aid regarding aid eligibility is strongly advised before enrolling.

English Proficiency Requirements for International Applicants
International applicants expecting to hold a non-immigrant visa type, from non-English speaking countries, whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a non-U.S. university where the language of instruction and examination was not English, must demonstrate English proficiency.
English proficiency requirements can be met by:
• Achieving a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) PBT (paper-based test),
• Achieving a minimum score of 80 on the TOEFL IBT (Internet-based test),
• A minimum score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test,
• A minimum score of 67 on the Pearson's Test of English Academic (PTE), or
• A successful completion in level 112 of English from the ELS Language Centers, http://www.els.edu.
This requirement should be met at the time the admission application is submitted. Applicants with lower scores will be considered but are advised to improve their test scores and reapply.

Applicants native to a country where the primary language is English and have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education where the language of instruction and examination was in English are excused from this requirement. Scores must not be more than two years old, and an official copy must be sent from the testing agency to:
Office of Admission and Enrollment
The University of Texas at Dallas
800 West Campbell Road
Richardson, Texas 75080-3021

Higher scores may be required if the applicant is to succeed in the competition for Teaching Assistant openings.
English Requirements for Teaching Assistants
Students are required to be able to speak and write English clearly and well. Texas state law and regulations, Texas Education Code, Section 51.917, require that international students appointed as Teaching Assistants (TA's) be proficient in the use of the English language. An English Proficiency Interview conducted under the auspices of the office of the Dean of Graduate Studies will be used to screen for students requiring remedial help in the form of English as a Second Language (ESL) course. International students must satisfy the proficiency requirement upon appointment or pass the ESL course within two semesters to be eligible for consideration of continued appointment as a TA. Regardless of test scores, students must meet the language requirements of their programs.

Graduate Admission to an Engineering Department

Admission Requirements Once admitted to the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, the student is automatically admitted to the department indicated on the application for admission. There is no separate entrance procedure or requirement for the department.

Department of Bioengineering

MS-BMEN:
A student lacking undergraduate prerequisites for graduate courses in Biomedical Engineering (BMEN) must complete these prerequisites or receive approval from the graduate advisor and the course instructor.
The student entering the MS BMEN program should meet the following qualification guidelines:
• Undergraduate preparation equivalent to a baccalaureate in a field of engineering or the sciences
• A grade point average (GPA) in upper-division quantitative coursework of 3.33 or better on a 4.0 point scale
• GRE revised scale scores of 154, 156, and 4 for the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing components, respectively, are advisable based on our experience with student success in the program. These verbal (V) and quantitative (Q) scores are equivalent to 520 (V) and 720 (Q) on ETS's prior GRE scale.
• See also UT Dallas requirements for English proficiency.
Applicants must submit an essay or "Statement of Purpose" outlining their background, education, and professional goals. Additionally, three letters of recommendation from individuals who are able to judge the candidate's probability of success in pursuing the program of study leading to the master's degree are required. Letters may be submitted by recommenders on official school or business letterhead in sealed envelopes or by using the electronic UT Dallas Letter of Recommendation Form available on the UT Dallas Graduate Application for Admission.

PHD-BMEN:
The PhD in Biomedical Engineering (BMEN) is awarded primarily to acknowledge the student's success in an original research project, the description of which is a significant contribution to the literature of the discipline. Applicants for the doctoral program are therefore selected by the Biomedical Engineering Program Graduate Committee on the basis of research aptitude, as well as academic record. Applications for the doctoral program are considered on an individual basis.
The following are guidelines for admission to the PhD program in Biomedical Engineering:
• Bachelor's or master's degree in engineering or one of the natural sciences.
• A grade point average in graduate coursework of 3.33 or better on a 4.0 point scale.
• Students admitted to the program without a master's degree are required to take a minimum of 33 semester credit hours of organized coursework. A minimum of 24 semester credit hours must consist of BMEN or BMEN cross-listed courses.
• An overall grade point average of 3.33 or better on a 4.0 point scale for students entering without a master's degree.
• GRE revised scale scores of 154, 156, and 4 for the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing components, respectively, are advisable based on our experience with student success in the program. These verbal (V) and quantitative (Q) scores are equivalent to 520 (V) and 720 (Q) on ETS's prior GRE scale.
• See also UT Dallas requirements for English proficiency.
Applicants must submit an essay or Statement of Purpose describing motivation for doctoral study and how it relates to their professional goals, area of research interest, and potential supervising professor. Students are encouraged to directly contact faculty about research opportunities and their willingness to serve as their supervising professor.
Three letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with the student's record and are able to competently judge the candidate's probability of success in pursuing doctoral study in biomedical engineering are required. Letters may be submitted by recommenders on official school or business letterhead in sealed envelopes or by using the electronic UT Dallas Letter of Recommendation Form available on the UT Dallas Graduate Application for Admission.
For students who are interested in a PhD but are unable to attend school full-time, there is a part-time option. The guidelines for admission to the program and the degree requirements are the same as for full- time PhD students.
All students must have a supervising professor and an approved plan of study.


Computer Science Department

MS-CS:
The student entering the Computer Science MS program should have an undergraduate preparation equivalent to a baccalaureate in a quantitative science, including calculus and linear algebra. However, special arrangements (requiring more than the minimal number of semester credit hours) can be made for students with good undergraduate preparation in other fields. Minimum requirements are:
• Bachelor's degree which includes 2 semesters of calculus and 1 semester of linear algebra.
• A GPA (grade point average) of at least 3.0 (last 60 semester credit hours). GPA in quantitative courses of at least 3.3.
• GRE revised scores of 308, 153, 155, and 4 for the combined, verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing components, respectively, are advisable based on our experience with student success in the program.
Applicants are admitted on a competitive basis.
Students lacking undergraduate preparation in computer science must complete the courses listed below. At the discretion of the graduate advisor, a diagnostic exam may be required. The required prerequisite courses common to all master's students are:
Required Prerequisite Courses
CS 5303 Computer Science I
CS 5330 Computer Science II
CS 5333 Discrete Structures
CS 5343 Algorithm Analysis and Data Structures
CS 5348 Operating Systems Concepts
Substitution of CS 5303 and/or CS 5330 by professional experience will be considered.
Additional prerequisite courses required for the various degree plans are:
For the Data Sciences Track:
CS 3341 (SE 3341) Probability and Statistics in Computer Science and Software Engineering
For the Information Assurance Track:
CS 5390 Computer Networks
For the MS in Software Engineering:
CS 3354 (SE 3354) Software Engineering or CS 5354 (SE 5354) Software Engineering
For the Networks and Telecommunications Track:
CS 3341 (SE 3341) Probability and Statistics in Computer Science and Software Engineering
CS 5390 Computer Networks
For the Traditional Computer Science:
CS 5349 Automata Theory
CS 5390 Computer Networks

PHD-CS:
The Department of Computer Science offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science.
The doctoral program is tailored to the student. The student must arrange a course program with the guidance and approval of a faculty member chosen as his/her graduate advisor. Adjustments can be made as the student's interests develop and a specific dissertation topic is chosen.
Admission Requirements
The University's general admission requirements are discussed on the Graduate Admission page (catalog.utdallas.edu/2015/graduate/admission).
A student may be admitted under one of two possible options. The student must have:
Admission Option One
• A master's degree in computer science or its equivalent, and
• A GPA (grade point average) of at least 3.5, and
• GRE revised scores of at least 308, 153, 155, and 4 for the combined, verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing components, respectively, are advisable based on our experience with student success in the program.
Admission Option Two
• A BS in related area that includes two semesters of calculus and linear algebra with
• GPA of at least 3.5 in the last 60 semester credit hours, and
• GRE revised scores of at least 308, 153, 155, and 4 for the combined, verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing components, respectively, are advisable based on our experience with student success in the program.

MS-CSSE (Software Engineering):
The University's general admission requirements are discussed on the Graduate Admission page (catalog.utdallas.edu/2015/graduate/admission).
The student entering the Computer Science MS program should have an undergraduate preparation equivalent to a baccalaureate in a quantitative science, including calculus and linear algebra. However, special arrangements (requiring more than the minimal number of semester credit hours) can be made for students with good undergraduate preparation in other fields. Minimum requirements are:
• Bachelor's degree which includes 2 semesters of calculus and 1 semester of linear algebra.
• A GPA (grade point average) of at least 3.0 (last 60 semester credit hours). GPA in quantitative courses of at least 3.3.
• GRE revised scores of 308, 153, 155, and 4 for the combined, verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing components, respectively, are advisable based on our experience with student success in the program.
Applicants are admitted on a competitive basis.

PHD-CSSE (Software Engineering):
The Department of Computer Science offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Software Engineering.
The doctoral program is tailored to the student. The student must arrange a course program with the guidance and approval of a faculty member chosen as his/her graduate advisor. Adjustments can be made as the student's interests develop and a specific dissertation topic is chosen.
Admission Requirements
The University's general admission requirements are discussed on the Graduate Admission page (catalog.utdallas.edu/2015/graduate/admission).
A student may be admitted under one of two possible options:
Admission Option One
• A master's degree in computer science or its equivalent, and
• A GPA (grade point average) of at least 3.5 and
• GRE revised scores of at least 308, 153, 155, and 4 for the combined, verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing components, respectively, are advisable based on our experience with student success in the program.
Admission Option Two
• A BS in related area that includes two semesters of calculus and linear algebra with,
• GPA of at least 3.5 in the last 60 semester credit hours, and
• GRE revised scores of at least 315, 156, 159, and 4 for the combined, verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing components, respectively, are advisable based on our experience with student success in the program.


Electrical Engineering Department

MS-EE:
A student lacking undergraduate prerequisites for graduate courses in electrical engineering must complete these prerequisites or receive approval from the graduate advisor and the course instructor.
A diagnostic exam may be required. Specific admission requirements follow.
The student entering the MSEE program should meet the following guidelines:
• An undergraduate preparation equivalent to a baccalaureate in electrical engineering from an accredited engineering program.
• A grade point average in upper-division quantitative coursework of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 point scale, and
• GRE revised scores of 154, 156, and 4 for the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing components, respectively, are advisable based on our experience with student success in the program.
Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who are able to judge the candidate's probability of success in pursuing a program of study leading to the master's degree. Applicants must also submit an essay outlining the candidate's background, education, and professional goals.
Students from other engineering disciplines or from other science and math areas may be considered for admission to the program; however, some additional coursework may be necessary before starting the master's program.

MS-CE:
A student lacking undergraduate prerequisites for graduate courses in electrical engineering and computer science must complete these prerequisites or receive approval from the graduate advisor and the course instructor. A diagnostic exam may be required. Specific admission requirements follow.
The student entering the MS CE program should meet the following guidelines:
• An undergraduate preparation equivalent to a baccalaureate in computer science or electrical engineering from an accredited engineering program.
• A grade point average (GPA) in upper-division quantitative coursework of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 point scale.
• GRE revised scores of 154, 156, and 4 for the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing components, respectively, are advisable based on our experience with student success in the program.
Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals able to judge the candidate's probability of success in pursuing master's study. Applicants must also submit an essay outlining the candidate's background, education, and professional goals.
Students from other engineering disciplines or from other science and math areas may be considered for admission to the program on a case-by- case basis; however, some additional coursework may be necessary before starting the master's program.

MS-TE:
A student lacking undergraduate prerequisites for graduate courses in electrical engineering must complete these prerequisites or receive approval from the graduate advisor and the course instructor. A diagnostic examination may be required. Specific admission requirements follow.
A student entering the MSTE program should meet the following guidelines:
• An undergraduate preparation equivalent to a baccalaureate in electrical engineering from an accredited engineering program,
• A grade point average (GPA) in upper-division quantitative coursework of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 point scale, and
• GRE revised scores of 154, 156, and 4 for the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing components, respectively, are advisable based on our experience with student success in the program.
Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who are able to judge the candidate's probability of success in pursuing a program of study leading to the master's degree.
Applicants must also submit an essay outlining the candidate's background, education, and professional goals.
Students from other engineering disciplines or from other areas of science or mathematics may be considered for admission to the program; however, some additional coursework may be necessary before starting the master's program.

PHD-EE:
The PhD in Electrical Engineering is awarded primarily to acknowledge the student's success in an original research project, the description of which is a significant contribution to the literature of the discipline. Applicants for the doctoral program are therefore selected by the Electrical Engineering Program Graduate Committee on the basis of research aptitude, as well as academic record. Applications for the doctoral program are considered on an individual basis.
The following are guidelines for admission to the PhD program in Electrical Engineering:
• A master's degree in electrical engineering or a closely associated discipline from an institution of higher education in the U.S. or from an acceptable foreign university. Consideration will be given to highly qualified students wishing to pursue the doctorate without satisfying all of the requirements for a master's degree. A grade point average (GPA) in graduate coursework of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 point scale
• GRE revised scores of 154, 156, and 4 for the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing components, respectively, are advisable based on our experience with student success in the program.
Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation on official school or business letterhead or the UT Dallas Letter of Recommendation Form from individuals who are familiar with the student's record and able to judge the candidate's probability of success in pursuing doctoral study in electrical engineering.
Applicants must also submit a narrative describing their motivation for doctoral study and how it relates to their professional goals.
For students who are interested in a PhD but are unable to attend school full-time, there is a part-time option. The guidelines for admission to the program and the degree requirements are the same as for full- time PhD students. All students must have an academic advisor and an approved plan of study.

PHD-CE:
The admission requirements will be basically the same as the existing ones for admission to the PhD programs in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. The entrance requirements are:
• A master's degree in Computer Engineering or a closely associated discipline such as Electrical Engineering or Computer Science. Consideration will be given to highly qualified students wishing to pursue the doctorate without satisfying all of the requirements for a master's degree.
• GPA (grade point average) in graduate level coursework of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 point scale.
• GRE revised scores of 154, 156, and 4 for the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing components, respectively, are advisable based on our experience with student success in the program.
Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals able to judge the candidate's probability of success in pursuing doctoral study. Applicants must also submit an essay outlining the candidate's background, education, and professional goals.
Applicants must also submit a narrative describing their motivation for doctoral study and how it relates to their professional goals.
For students who are interested in a PhD but are unable to attend school full-time, there is a part-time option. The guidelines for admission to the program and the degree requirements are the same as for full- time PhD students. All students must have an academic advisor and an approved plan of study.

PHD-TE:
The PhD degree in Telecommunications Engineering (TE) is awarded primarily to acknowledge the student's success in an original research project, the description of which is a significant contribution to the literature of the discipline. Applications for the doctoral program are therefore selected by the Telecommunications Engineering Graduate Committee on the basis of research aptitude, as well as academic record. Applications for the doctoral program are considered on the individual basis.
The following are guidelines for admission to the PhD program in Telecommunications Engineering.
A master's degree in Telecommunications Engineering, or Electrical Engineering or Computer Science or a closely associated discipline from an institution of higher education in the U.S. or from an acceptable foreign university. Consideration will be given to highly qualified students wishing to pursue the doctorate without satisfying all of the requirements for a master's degree.
• A grade point average (GPA) in graduate coursework of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 point scale.
• GRE revised scores of 154, 156, and 4 for the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing components, respectively, are advisable based on our experience with student success in the program.
• Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation on official school or business letterhead or the UT Dallas Letter of Recommendation form from individuals who are familiar with the student record and able to judge the candidate's probability of success in purchasing doctoral study in electrical engineering.
Applicants must also submit a narrative describing their motivation for doctoral study in telecommunications engineering and how it relates to their professional goals.
For students who are interested in a PhD, but are unable to attend school full-time, there is a part-time option. The guidelines for admission to the program and the degree requirements are the same as for full- time PhD, students. All students must have an academic advisor and an approved plan of study.


Materials Science and Engineering Department

MS-MSE:
A student lacking undergraduate prerequisites for graduate courses in Materials Science and Engineering (MSEN) must complete these prerequisites or receive approval from the graduate advisor and the course instructor. A diagnostic exam may be required. Specific admission requirements are as follows:
• Student has met standards equivalent to those currently required for admission to the PhD or master's degree programs in Materials Science, Electrical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, or Biology.
• A grade point average (GPA) in undergraduate-level coursework of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 point scale.
• GRE revised scores which are recommended as 154 or above, 154 or above, and 4 for the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing components, respectively, are advisable based on our experience with student success in the program.
Students, who fulfill only some of the above requirements, if admitted conditionally, will be required to take graduate level courses as needed to make up any deficiencies.

PHD-MSE:
A student lacking undergraduate prerequisites for graduate courses in Materials Science and Engineering (MSEN) must complete these prerequisites or receive approval from the graduate advisor and the course instructor.
A diagnostic exam may be required. Specific admission requirements follow.
• Student has met standards equivalent to those currently required for admission to the PhD or master's degree programs in Materials Science, Electrical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, or Biology.
• A grade point average (GPA) in undergraduate-level coursework of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 point scale
• GRE revised scores which are recommended as 154 or above, 154 or above, and 4 for the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing components, respectively, are advisable based on our experience with student success in the program.
Students who fulfill some of the above requirements, if admitted conditionally, will be required to take graduate level courses as needed to make up any deficiencies.


Mechanical Engineering Department:

MS-ME:
The student entering the MS ME program should meet the following guidelines:
• A bachelor's degree in engineering or one of the natural sciences from an institution of higher education in the U.S. or from a comparable institution abroad,
• A grade point average (GPA) in upper-division quantitative coursework of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 point scale, and
• GRE revised scores of 150, 160, and 4 for the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing components, respectively, are advisable based on our experience with student success in the program.
• Three letters of recommendation from individuals who are able to judge the candidate's potential for success in the master's degree program.
• An essay outlining the candidate's background, education, and professional goals.
Students from other engineering disciplines or from other areas of science or mathematics may be considered for admission to the program; however, additional coursework may be necessary to complete the master's program.
A student lacking undergraduate prerequisites for graduate courses in mechanical engineering must complete these prerequisites or receive approval from the faculty advisor and the course instructor.

PHD-ME:
The PhD in Mechanical Engineering is awarded primarily to acknowledge the student's success in an original research project, the description of which is a significant contribution to the scholarly literature. Applicants for the doctoral program are therefore selected by the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Committee on the basis of research aptitude as well as academic record.
The following are guidelines for admission to the PhD program in Mechanical Engineering:
• A master's or bachelor's degree in engineering or one of the natural sciences from an institution of higher education in the U.S. or from a comparable institution abroad.
• A grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 or better on a 4.0 point scale.
• GRE revised scores of 150, 160, and 4 for the verbal, quantitative and analytical components, respectively, are advisable based on our experience with student success. (See also UT Dallas requirements for English proficiency).
• Three letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with the student's record, and are able to judge the candidate's preparation and ability to succeed in doctoral study in Mechanical Engineering.
• An essay describing motivation for doctoral study and how it relates to the student's professional goals.
Students from other engineering disciplines or from other areas of science or mathematics may be considered for admission to the program; however, additional coursework may be necessary to complete the PhD program.
For students who are interested in pursuing a PhD but are unable to attend school full-time, there is a part- time option. The guidelines for admission to the program and the degree requirements are the same as for full-time PhD students.


Department of Systems Engineering:

MS-SEM:
A student lacking undergraduate prerequisites for graduate courses must complete prerequisites or receive approval from the graduate advisor and the course instructor. A diagnostic examination may be required. Please consult with the University's general admission requirements, discussed in the graduate catalog, whereas specific admission requirements for the MS-SEM follow.
A student entering the MS-SEM program should meet the following guidelines:
• A minimum of a BS in engineering, mathematics, physics, chemistry, economics or finance from an accredited program (specifically, programs that provide adequate fundamental skills in mathematics).
• Must submit GRE and/or GMAT scores as appropriate.
• Must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who are able to judge the candidate's probability of success in pursuing a program of study leading to the MS-SEM degree.
• Must also submit an essay outlining the candidate's background, education, and professional goals.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

International Students: The UT Dallas Office of Enrollment Services requires the following materials for admission consideration:
• Credentials and Translation
• English Proficiency
• GRE or GMAT Score
• Complete the UT Dallas graduate application.
• $50 application fee*
• $50 foreign credential fee, if applicable*
• Diplomas and/or degree certificate
• All college/university transcripts or mark sheets
• Three letters of recommendation
• Certified translation of non-English documents

Entrance Requirements for Non-Resident Students

Same as for Texas residents.

Residency Requirements

You are a United States Citizen, qualify as a permanent resident, have applied for permanent residency, or on an approved visa to establish domicile.
You have lived and been gainfully employed full time for the last twelve months in the State of Texas.
You have not been a full-time student during the last 12 months unless you have established residence PRIOR to enrolling in any institution of higher education in Texas.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

To be admitted as a transfer student, the applicant must be in good standing at the institution(s) previously attended. The university accepts for transfer credit only academic post-secondary course work completed with a grade of C or better at accredited institutions of higher education. U.T. Dallas does not offer credit for nonacademic course work, such as vocational, developmental or remedial studies, nor does it grant credit for prior experiential learning. Course work that is accepted for transfer credit is applicable toward satisfying requirements for a specific U.T. Dallas major according to the same criteria as those used for equivalent U.T. Dallas courses. As soon as an application for admission, transcripts and any required test scores have been received, the Office of Admissions will evaluate the student's record to determine which credits earned at another college or university will transfer to UTD.