Admissions Process


How to apply

General Procedures for Applying

Please be advised that only complete applications submitted before or by the deadline will be considered for admission.

Thank you for your interest in The University of Texas at El Paso Graduate School. We would like to congratulate you on your decision to explore advanced study. The Graduate School strives to provide you with a convenient application experience.

Prior to applying for admission, it is important for you to gather as much information as possible on your prospective program. We encourage you to visit the program’s website for information on admission application requirements and deadlines.

The Graduate School maintains a directory of contact information for our programs.

Please note that students applying to the Doctor of Physical Therapy, Master of Occupational Therapy, or Master of Science in Speech Pathology will need to apply through a Centralized Application Service.

Click here to access application links 

Create your user account

You can do this after going to our application page and selecting the program and avalable semester you would like to apply for.  Enter the following information in the Create Account section:

A username of 6-50 characters.
Your primary email address. Do not use a shared email address. This email should be accessed by you alone.
Your first name.
Your last name.
Your current postal code.
Your date of birth in mm/dd/yyy format.  You may use the calendar function.
A password, using a minimum of six characters
Re-enter the password from the previous field.
Click on the Create Account button to start the process. You will receive a system-generated verification email within a few hours. Your account is active after it is verified. By creating an account, you can start your application, save and return to your application until you are ready to submit. Your application is composed of several parts, some which are determined by the program’s admission requirements and you may submit these requirements through your online application.

Fill out biographical information

The University collects biographical information as part of your permanent student record. Some of the information we collect is used to determine your residency status. The University does not discriminate based on age, race, gender, veteran status, sexual orientation or genetic information. Some of the information you provide is used to determine if any additional requirements are needed to submit your application.

Register your recommenders

Some programs require that you provide one, two or three letters of recommendation. You may register your recommenders through your application. All you need to register your recommender is name and email address. The application site will email your recommenders and notify them that they have been asked to provide a letter of recommendation on your behalf. As a professional courtesy, you should notify your recommenders personally of your request, and follow up to ensure they were contacted by the application software, as sometimes those emails get lost in spam boxes.

Upload required documents

Beyond unofficial transcripts* and test scores, if applicable, you may need to upload other documents, such as a statement of purpose, a resume, or another form of document.

If you are an international applicant, you must also upload your diploma certificate and proof of English proficiency in the form of passing Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores.

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Pay the application fee and submit your application

Prior to submitting your application, you must pass the application inspector, which checks your application for missing documents. Once you have successfully passed the inspector, you can make payment for your application by credit card or electronic check through secure checkout. Once you have submitted your application, an automated confirmation email will be sent to you, and signifies your application is on its way to the Graduate School.

U.S. Citizens, U.S. Permanent Residents and Mexican Nationals are assessed a $45 application fee.

International students are assessed an $80 application fee.

A few things to consider

You may wait to send your official transcripts and test scores to the Graduate School until after you have been notified of admission.

International students must contact the Office of International Programs to begin the process of applying for authorization to study in the United States.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please reach out to us as soon as possible. For your convenience, you may contact us by phone at (915) 747-5491 or through email at gradschool@utep.edu.

*Provisional transcripts are accepted from students who will earn an undergraduate degree before enrolling at UTEP.

Please send required official documents (including transcripts) to:

UTEP Graduate School
Mike Loya Academic Services Bldg., Room 223
500 West University Ave.
El Paso, TX 79968-0566

If you have any further questions, please contact us personally at the office, by phone at (915) 747-5491, through e-mail at  gradschool@utep.edu

Admission Requirements & Deadlines

General Admission Factors

The University of Texas at El Paso takes a holistic approach in the admission of applicants to graduate programs as authorized by section 51.842 of the Texas Education Code. This section authorizes graduate programs to consider certain academic, socioeconomic, family, geographic, and other factors relating to an applicant's background in making an admissions decision for admissions into the graduate program. This section also provides that an applicant's performance on a standardized test may not be used in the admissions process as the sole criterion for consideration of the applicant or as the primary criterion to end consideration of the applicant. If an applicant's performance is used for such purposes, then the applicant's test scores must be compared with those of other applicants from similar socioeconomic backgrounds to the extent that those backgrounds can be determined. This section provides that the prohibition and score comparison requirement does not apply to a standardized test used to measure the English language proficiency of a student who is a graduate of a foreign institution. This section prohibits the assignment of a specific weight to any one factor being considered in the admissions process for a graduate program.

NOTE: Each program publishes deadlines that are appropriate to its needs and expectations. Please contact the advisor for your program of interest for details. For information regarding program prerequisites, deadlines, and advisor contacts, click here.

Transcripts

  • Applicants must be awarded a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution by the start of the first term of graduate study.
  • Current unofficial transcripts must be uploaded with your application and are used by the reviewing committee as one factor in determining your eligibility for admission to the graduate program of your choice.
  • Official transcripts must be sent after you have been notified that you are admitted.

Statement of purpose

  • A statement of purpose is often described as a personal essay and gives you the opportunity to provide a narrative of your background, academic, professional and personal achievements. Above all, a statement of purpose should clearly and concisely communicate your interest in the program of your choice. Generally, a statement of purpose is one to two pages in length, though some programs provide specific instructions for applicants to use in crafting their statement of purpose.

Resume / CV

  • Your resume is a summary of your academic and professional credentials, skills, prior employment and volunteer history. Generally a resume is one to two pages in length. Some programs request a ciriculum vitae or CV. This is a longer document that emphasizes academic accomplishments such as conference presentations, publications, and teaching experience.

Letters of recommendation

  • Programs may ask for letters of recommendation to support your application for admission. You may register your recommenders through your application. All you need to register your recommender is name and email address. The application site will email your recommenders and notify them that they have been asked to provide a letter of recommendation on your behalf. You may also login to your application to check the status of your recommenders.

Diploma certificate

  • International applicants must submit their diploma certificate for admission consideration.

Other admission requirements

  • Programs may require additional documentation, such as writing samples or department-produced forms. Please refer to the program for information on these requirements, if applicable.

Note: The time periods required for VISA processing vary widely. International applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

NOTE REGARDING THREE YEAR DEGREES: The Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts, and Bachelor of Science degrees from India and Pakistan are three-year programs and are not considered equivalent to the U.S. bachelor's degree.

ALL documents are required in order to complete your file and continue with the admissions process.

*EVALUATION OF FOREIGN CREDENTIALS:
All applicants who have earned university level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit all official transcripts from foreign institutions along with an evaluation of the transcripts from a foreign credential agency. An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.

* With few exceptions, you are entitled on your request to be informed about the information the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) collects about you. Under Sections 532.021 and 552.023 of the Texas Government Code, you are entitled to have UTEP correct information about you that is held by us and that is incorrect, in accordance with the procedures set forth in the University of Texas System Business Procedures Memorandum 32. The information that UTEP collects will be retained and maintained as required by Texas records retention laws (Section 441.180 et seq. of the Texas Government Code) and rules. Different types of information are kept for different periods of time.

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Graduate Entrance Examinations

As part of graduate admission requirements, students might be required to take one or more standardized tests:

The University’s GRE and TOEFL institutional test code is 6829

Make sure you select the Designated Institution option in order for UTEP to be able to receive your test scores.

Graduate Record Examination General Test

The General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is designed to test preparation and aptitude for graduate study. Many degree programs require the GRE for admission. The GRE is taken at the applicant’s expense at licensed sites. This exam is not offered on the UTEP campus.  The performance on the GRE may not be used in the admission process as the sole criterion for consideration of the applicant or as the primary criterion or end consideration of the applicant.

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Graduate Management Admission Test

The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is an aptitude test designed to measure certain mental abilities important in the study of management at the graduate level. The GMAT is taken at the applicant's expense at licensed sites. This exam is not offered on the UTEP campus.  The performance on the GMAT may not be used in the admission process as the sole criterion for consideration of the applicant or as the primary criterion or end consideration of the applicant.

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Miller Analogies Test

The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is a high-level mental ability test designed to reflect analytical thinking skills, an ability that is critical for success in graduate school. The MAT is taken at the applicant’s expense at licensed sites. This exam is offered on the UTEP campus.  The performance on the MAT may not be used in the admission process as the sole criterion for consideration of the applicant or as the primary criterion or end consideration of the applicant.

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Test of English as a Foreign Language

The TOEFL is designed to measure proficiency in understanding the English language for graduates of institutions outside the United States where English is not the first language.  

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TOEFL TO BE TAKEN AT UTEP

The TOEFL testing center at UTEP is located at  STUDENT ASSESSMENT & TESTING

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International English Language Testing System

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a test that measures English language proficiency for people who work or study in settings where English is the primary language of communication. Minimum required score is 6.5.

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TOEFL and IELTS scores

English Proficiency Exam

Minimum required score

Possible Assistantship minimum score

Internet-based TOEFL

79

100

Paper-based TOEFL

550

600

IELTS

6.5 Overall Band

7 Overall Band

Some programs require a higher score for admission consideration, or for consideration for certain positions, such as teaching assistantships. Please refer to the program for information on this requirement, if applicable.

Pearson Test of English Language (PTE)

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