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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. In order to be considered for unconditional admission to a graduate program, an applicant must submit a graduate application along with a nonrefundable application fee and meet the following criteria:
1.Earned 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.A minimum grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 semester credit hours of undergraduate coursework or total hours of awarded graduate degree.
3.Completed at least 18 semester credit hours (12 of which must be at the upper-division level) or foreign institution equivalent coursework 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.Unless otherwise specified, an official GRE or GMAT score must be submitted.
5.International applicants whose native language is not English must also submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). For more information on which countries qualify for a waiver of this requirement, please see the International Graduate Student Admission section of this catalog.
6.Meet additional admission criteria set forth by the graduate program of interest (see Graduate Program Requirements and Course Descriptions).

Students granted admission to a master’s program at UTSA who do not register for courses the semester of admittance or for the following long semester must reapply for admission.

Doctoral students who are admitted but do not register for courses the semester of admittance are required to reapply and pay a nonrefundable application fee for the next available term, by the application deadline. Any subsequent application for admission must be in accordance with current admission requirements and deadlines. New transcripts, test scores, and other supporting documents are required after one academic year, since files for admitted students who do not register for courses are not retained after that period. (See program descriptions in Chapter 6, Graduate Program Requirements and Course Descriptions, for specific program admission requirements.)

Admission decisions are based on a careful holistic review of all aspects of the applicant’s file including standardized tests, undergraduate grade point average, letters of recommendation, research and teaching experience, etc. Some graduate programs have additional admissions criteria that applicants must meet; please see the individual listings on the Graduate School website and contact individual programs for full details.

Please note that satisfaction of these minimum standards does not guarantee admission, since the number of qualified applicants far exceeds the number of spaces available. As a consequence, many well-qualified applicants may not be accommodated.

Graduate Admission to an Engineering Department

MS-Biomedical Engineering (BME):

Students who hold an undergraduate degree may apply to the program. The minimum requirements for admission to the Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering program are described below. Note that admission is competitive and satisfying these requirements does not guarantee admission.
•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 an emphasis in either engineering, physical science, or biological science disciplines. All students are required to have completed at least one year of engineering physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics (up to Differential Equations I or Applied Engineering Analysis I). Students with deficiencies in the above courses will be required to satisfactorily complete selected courses as a condition of acceptance.
•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 or 79 on the Internet 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.
•Three letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant’s readiness for graduate study.
•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.

MS-Civil Engineering Program (CE):
For unconditional admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements, in addition to the University-wide graduate admission requirements (refer to Chapter 1, Admission):
•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;
•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;
•a statement of research/specialization interest; and
•a favorable recommendation by the Civil Engineering Graduate Studies Committee.

Master of Civil Engineering (MCE)
For unconditional admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements, in addition to the University-wide graduate admission requirements (refer to Chapter 1, Admission):
•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;
•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;
•a statement of specialization interest; and
•a favorable recommendation by the Civil Engineering Graduate Studies Committee.

MS-Electrical Engineering (EE):

In addition to the University-wide graduate admission requirements, admission decisions will be based on a combination of the following:
•a satisfactory score, as evaluated by the Electrical Engineering Graduate Studies Committee, on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
•a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, or in related fields for exceptional candidates
•a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the last 60 semester credit hours.

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 the TOEFL iBT, or 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

A student who does not qualify for unconditional admission may be admitted on a conditional basis as determined by the Electrical Engineering Graduate Studies Committee. Applicants with an electrical engineering background who wish to continue their education but do not intend to pursue the Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering are encouraged to seek admission as special graduate students.

MS-Computer Engineering:

In addition to the University-wide graduate admission requirements, admission decisions will be based on a combination of the following:
•a satisfactory score, as evaluated by the Computer Engineering Graduate Studies Committee, on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
•a bachelor’s degree in electrical or computer engineering or in related fields for exceptional candidates
•a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the last 60 semester credit hours of undergraduate studies.

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 the TOEFL iBT, or 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

A student who does not qualify for unconditional admission may be admitted on a conditional basis as determined by the Computer Engineering Graduate Studies Committee. Applicants with an electrical or computer engineering background who wish to continue their education but do not intend to pursue the Master of Science degree in 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:
•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.
•A statement of research experience, interests and goals.
•Letters of recommendation.
•A satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test as evaluated by the Admissions Committee. An applicant’s performance on the GRE is considered with other criteria when making an admission 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 the TOEFL iBT, or 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (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: a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or a related field from an accredited institution of higher education or proof of equivalent education at a foreign or unaccredited institution, satisfactory performance on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and satisfactory undergraduate grade point average (GPA) in engineering or relevant coursework.

Applicants may be admitted on a conditional basis as determined by the Graduate Committee of the Department. 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. Undergraduate courses listed as deficiencies do not count toward the graduate degree. Other applicants who wish to continue their education in an area of Mechanical Engineering but do not intend to pursue a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering may seek admission as special graduate students

MS-Advanced Manufacturing and Enterprise Engineering (AMEE):

Applicants must meet University-wide graduate admission requirements as outlined in Chapter 1, Admission, of this catalog. Applicants must also comply with general University regulations as outlined in Chapter 2, General Academic Regulations, and Chapter 4, Master’s Degree Regulations, of this catalog. Admission will be based on a combination of factors: a bachelor’s degree in engineering, science or a related field from an accredited institution of higher education or proof of equivalent education at a foreign or unaccredited institution, satisfactory performance on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and a satisfactory undergraduate grade point average (GPA) in engineering, science or relevant coursework.

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 course deficiencies, if any, on a case-by-case basis. Students admitted with course deficiencies will be required to take additional remedial courses. Courses taken to make up deficiencies may not be counted toward the graduate degree requirements. 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.
•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. All students are required to have completed at least one year of engineering physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics (up to Differential Equations I or Applied Engineering Analysis I). Students with deficiencies in the above courses will be required to satisfactorily complete selected courses as a condition of acceptance.
•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 (except research and thesis hours) toward their doctoral degree. The Committee on Graduate Studies (COGS) 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.
•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 or 79 on the Internet 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.
•Three letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant’s readiness for doctoral study.
•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:
•Normally, a student is expected to hold a master’s degree before being granted admission to the program. Only exceptional, well prepared, and highly competitive candidates should apply to enter the Ph.D. program directly upon receiving a bachelor’s degree.
•Applicants with a master’s degree must have a grade point average of 3.3 or better in their master’s degree program. 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.
•Applicants who would like to transfer in coursework from another institution or applicants admitted without an earned master’s degree in electrical engineering may apply a maximum of 27 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 satisfactory score, as evaluated by the Doctoral Studies Committee for Electrical Engineering, is required on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The GRE score will be considered with other criteria in making admission or competitive scholarship decisions 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, 79 on the TOEFL iBT, or 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
•Letters of recommendation, preferably three, attesting to the applicant’s readiness for doctoral study.

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 or IELTS 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 (refer to Chapter 1, Admission):
•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 degrees should be in biology, ecology, environmental science, chemistry, geology, geography, environmental engineering, civil engineering or other related scientific or engineering discipline. Exceptional applicants without a Master of Science degree may be considered for admission to the program on a case-by-case basis;
•three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic potential;
•official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores;
•a letter of research/specialization interest; and
•a résumé/curriculum vita.

Applications must be submitted to the UTSA Graduate School online at http://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:

The minimum requirements for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering degree program are as follows:
•Students must meet the University admission requirements as outlined in the graduate catalog.
•Students whose native language is not English must have a satisfactory English test score to meet the University admission requirements.
•Satisfactory GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores, as evaluated by the Graduate Program Committee of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, are required in combination with other criteria for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering degree program.
•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 approval of the Graduate Studies Committee.

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). 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 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, $90 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 $90 nonrefundable application fee. The $90 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/