ADMISSION PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS
1. Application and Submission Requirements: Thank you for your interest in our doctoral program. To apply, applicants need to create an online account on a website administered by UTEP's Graduate School. Applicants will use the website to access, fill out, upload and update their application. The deadline to submit your completed application has been extended to Monday, April 13, 2018.
2. Graduate School Application on Embark: (Click here) Complete the online application form and submit the application fee of $45 (for citizens or permanent residents) or $80 (international students) along with other required documents to the Graduate School. Please review checklists below and the Graduate School website.
3. Recommendations: Submit three recommendations that may be letters and/or the online recommendation form on Embark. Recommendations must be provided by individuals who are affiliated with higher education or academia (such as a university or a research laboratory). If submitting recommendation letters, the letters must address the applicant's communication, academia, collaborative study skills, as well as potential to successfully complete a doctoral program.
Address recommendations to Dr. Char Ullman, Ph.D. in TLC Program Director, but submit them to Gabriela Muñoz at the Graduate School. They may be submitted by mail, email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or uploaded on Embark. If emailed, it must be submitted directly by the person making the recommendation in PDF format. If mailed, it should have the signature of the person who wrote it across the sealed portion on the back of the envelope.
4. Official Transcripts: Official transcripts from each college or university you have attended must be submitted to the Graduate School. The Graduate School will retrieve and include transcripts for alumni who are applying. The transcripts must indicate the degree that has been awarded.
5. Graduate Record Examination (GRE): An official GRE report must be submitted to the Graduate School (school code is 6829). The GRE general test is required, not the subject test. GRE scores older than five years are expired and will not be accepted. However, GRE scores previously filed with UTEP’s Graduate School before the five-year expiration will be accepted for up to 10 years. Applicants that submitted original test scores on ETS (Educational Testing Service) letterhead to another institution for admission may request to have the scores sent electronically to UTEP’s Graduate School. Applicants with expired test scores as defined above or who have never taken it before must then take the GRE test. Completion of multiple master's degrees does not exempt or waive the GRE requirement.
In general, it takes about three-to-four weeks for UTEP to receive the official scores depending on whether scores were mailed or sent electronically. The test should be taken at least a month before the deadline to avoid delays. Applicants can take the GRE test at the Thompson Prometric Testing Center, 8550 Boeing Drive, Suite 200, 915-881-8359, www.prometric.com. Another testing center is located in Las Cruces, New Mexico. UTEP offers GRE Prep courses and additional practice exams and tutorials that are available on the following websites: http://www.princetonreview.com/grad/gre-test-preparation.aspx and www.gre.org.
6. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS): International applicants must submit official TOEFL or IELTS test scores to the Graduate School (school code 6829). The TOEFL or IELTS
In general, it takes about three-to-four weeks for UTEP to receive the official scores depending on whether scores were mailed or sent electronically. The test should be taken at least a month before the deadline to avoid delays. The TOEFL test is offered at UTEP's Student Assessment and Testing office, 915-747-5009, email@example.com, and academics.utep.edu/testing. Official test scores are provided the same day. It is also offered by the Thompson Prometric Testing Center, 8550 Boeing Drive, Suite 200, 915-881-8359, www.prometric.com. Another testing center is located in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Practice exams and tutorials for the TOEFL are available at www.toefl.org. Applicants can learn and find out more about the IELTS at www.ielts.org.
7. Curriculum Vitae: Submit your curriculum vitae or resume through Embark.
8. Statement of Purpose: Submit a statement of purpose (1,000 to 1,500 words). Please refer to the posted guide for assistance with this requirement. Submit through Embark.
9. Evidence of Your Writing Abilities: Submit two research or professional reports that demonstrate your academic writing ability. Each one should be about 15 pages in length and written at a graduate level. You also may submit a copy of your master's thesis instead.
10. Education and Experience: Applicants must have completed a master's degree before entering the program, and have a minimum of three years teaching experience or equivalent to include evidence of personal or professional experiences. Applicants may contact doctoral committee members to find out what experiences may count as an equivalent.
11. Interview: Selected applicants will be invited to an interview with doctoral committee members prior to a final admission determination. The purpose of the interview is to establish compatibility between the applicant's goals, preparation and interests, and the goals of the doctoral program. International and out-of-town applicants may be interviewed by Skype or telephone. Interviews will be held May 3, 4, and 7, 2018. Applicants should plan accordingly and will be contacted in advance to schedule a time.
12. Letter of Admission to the Doctoral Program: The Graduate School will inform applicants in the week following interviews whether or not they have been admitted.
13. Program Advisement: The Doctoral Program Committee is responsible for making key decisions in regards to the doctoral program and related issues. Among the issues to be decided by the Doctoral Program Committee are requests, course development, and student and faculty support.
14. Financial Aid Eligibility and Credit Hour Requirements: Students who use financial aid must maintain their eligibility by enrolling for a minimum of four credit hours in the fall and spring semesters but only need two credit hours during the summer.
For more information about tuition, eligibility, scholarships and financial aid, contact the Financial Aid office at 915-747-5204 firstname.lastname@example.org and http://academics.utep.edu/finaid. For information about deadlines and available payment options, contact Student Business Services at 915-747-5116 or email@example.com and http://sbs.utep.edu. For information about available scholarships, fellowships, and other sources, contact the Office of Scholarships at 915-747-5478 or firstname.lastname@example.org and www.utep.edu/scholarships.
The Programa de Asistencia Estudiantil (PASE) provides in-state tuition to Mexican citizens that qualify. For more information, contact 915-747-5664 or email@example.com and visit http://studentaffairs.utep.edu/oip.
15. Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination: Incoming undergraduate and graduate students must obtain information about bacterial meningitis and sign an acknowledgment form with the Records Office in UTEP’s Mike Loya Academic Services Building. New students older than age 30 and continuing students that graduated the previous semester from UTEP are exempt from this requirement.
For more information about this requirement and where to submit documentation, click here and please visit the Graduate School (contact information below) or the Registrar's Office at 915-747-5544. Both offices are in UTEP’s Mike Loya Academic Services Building.
16. Records Retention and Management: As per University policy, all materials submitted and reviewed as part of the application process become the property of the University and will be retained by the department for a year.
All application requirements must be submitted to the Graduate School (not the Ph.D. in TLC Office) to prevent delays and confusion in the application process! To find out or confirm your application is complete and if all requirements have been received, please contact the Graduate School at 915-747-5491 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, applicants with missing requirements will be contacted in advance by the Graduate School and the program office.
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Application Requirement Checklist
- Graduate School application
- Application fee $45 for citizens/residents or $80 for international applicants
- Master's degree and official transcripts
- Official GRE scores
- Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (for international applicants)
- Three scholarly recommendations
- Two writing samples or copy of M.A. thesis
- Statement of purpose
- Curriculum vitae or resume
- Three years teaching experience or equivalent