1. Complete application online at www.utep.edu/graduate/
2. Official transcripts may be sent directly to the Graduate School:
Office of the Graduate School
Academic Services Bldg., 223
500 W. University Ave.
El Paso, TX 79968
3. Official GRE test scores may be sent to the UTEP Graduate School using test code 6829.
4. The following items may be sent electronically with the application:
- Unofficial transcripts and GRE test scores (for review purposes only);
- Three letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to assess potential for doctoral work;
- A 500-word personal statement that describes relevant research experiences, potential research interest, future career aspirations, and other important considerations; and
- Other evidence of relevant personal or professional experience, such as a resume or curriculum vitae, which would support your application.
4. As part of the application, the applicant must select an advisor from among participating faculty in the PhD program. Written verification from the faculty member accepting the role as mentor is required, and must be sent to the IHS PhD Program office (firstname.lastname@example.org). A list of faculty with research profiles is available here: www.utep.edu/chs/ihs/people/faculty.html
5. An interview (either in person, or via telephone or Skype) will be scheduled with the potential advisor, the IHS PhD Program’s Director and Coordinator, and representatives of the program’s Executive Council.
6. A letter from the IHS PhD Program and the Graduate School will be sent to the applicant notifying him/her of the admission decision. Classes begin in the fall semeser following admission.
Choosing an Advisor
Beginning graduate students must make one of the most important choices of their careers, choosing an advisor and research topic, at a time when they may be most lacking the knowledge to choose well. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the doctoral program, all applicants are required to select at least one advisor prior to admission to the program. Any IHS doctoral program faculty member who is willing to take you as a student may be selected.
The importance of selecting a good advisor is often underestimated. Consider, however, that graduate students will begin their research careers as apprentices to advisors who ideally will provide timely, constructive feedback regarding attempts to do original work, and who may also provide various resources like space, equipment, supplies, an assistantship, and summer employment. Once degrees are awarded, advisors write letters of recommendation and introduce their former students to potential employers. Given the importance of this individual, spend some time thinking about what kind of person who would make a good advisor for you.
Who might be a compatible advisor?
Someone with similar interests. Seek someone with whom research interests are shared; otherwise, a project may be undertaken that is not valued and might never be completed. Seek an advisor who has expertise regarding a mutual area of interest, is enthusiastic about research, has a good publication record, and, of course, seems willing to offer help.
Someone with compatible interests. If there is not an opening in a research group whose research goals are most similar to your own, perhaps another group might provide a valuable learning experience. It is quite possible that working in the laboratory of “second choice” interest may grow in a new research problem.
Renowned researchers. Seek people who love their research. They will document their work in articles, published in respected journals, which often describe a series of interlocking experiments concerned with a single problem. When researchers value their work and others agree, others will extend the work. Invited articles and presentations to professional societies suggest that a researcher’s work is well received.
Beginning researchers. New faculty members often make excellent advisors. In the absence of substantial grant funding or a lengthy publication list, look for someone who has an active and growing research program.
If an advisor of choice is someone who has many other professional responsibilities (being an officer in a professional society, the department chair, someone with too many students, or editor of more than one journal), verify that this faculty member will have adequate time to work with a doctoral student. Professional service activities are important, but they can substantially reduce supervision quality. If this appears to be a potential problem, ask the faculty member about it.
Corresponding with a few potential advisors can be very helpful. While making an appointment to visit in person with a faculty member would be ideal, email correspondence or telephone conversations can accomplish the task just as well. Be prepared to describe your background, training, grade point average, research experience, and your interest in the researcher’s work. Ask questions about the professor’s work and other areas to ensure a good match. Several communications might be needed before a decision is agreed upon by both the student and the advisor.
Graduate Entrance Exams
In El Paso the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is administered by the Prometric Testing Center, an independent agency - NOT affiliated with The University of Texas at El Paso - contracted by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to administer certain computer-based exams, including the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
These computer-based examinations are offered frequently each month per year, but an appointment must be made since availability is on a “first-come, first-serve” basis. UTEP’s institutional test code is 6829.
For GRE and TOEFL:
Prometric Testing Center
8550 Boeing Drive Suite 200
El Paso, TX 79925
(915) 881- 8359
As of January 1, 2006, the Prometric Center will no longer provide a hard copy of unofficial GRE scores. If you want to submit unofficial scores, you will need to memorize them at the end of your exam and report them to the Graduate School.
Admission Requirements for international students applying for admission to the UTEP Graduate School include:
Transcripts: Official transcripts from foreign institutions must bear the school’s seal or stamp submitted in signed, sealed envelopes sent directly by the institution to the UTEP Graduate School. Except for transcripts from Mexican institutions, the Graduate School encourages academic credential evaluation performed and submitted by the World Education Service, or another translation service, in lieu of foreign institution credentials.
Financial Support: Upon acceptance, international students must submit a Confirmation of Financial Resources Form in order to apply for a student visa. Mexican students who are in the PASE Program do not have to submit a Confirmation of Financial Resources form.
Standardized Tests: All international students whose native language is not English, and who have not graduated from a college/university in which English was the language of instruction, must take the Test of English as a Second Language test.
A TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) or 79-80 (internet-based) higher is required. Official test scores must be submitted directly from the testing agency. Institutional test code 6829.
The Programs and Services of the International Students Office provides assistance with the application requirements and visa information for students coming to UTEP to study.