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UTSA temporarily suspends some criteria for graduate program admissions

UTSA temporarily suspends some criteria for graduate program admissions

APRIL 6, 2020 — To best accommodate graduate program applicants, in consultation with all UTSA colleges and with the approval of the University of Texas System, The Graduate School will temporarily suspend consideration of the following materials for admission to its graduate programs until further notice: 

  • GRE and GMAT test scores,
  • official TOEFL test scores (instead, applicants will be asked to use other means of demonstrating English proficiency), and
  • official transcripts (instead, unofficial transcripts must be submitted with application materials followed by official transcripts before the end of the first semester of registration).

UTSA was the first institution in Texas to waive test scores and accept unofficial transcripts. In the absence of test scores and official transcripts, graduate admission committees will holistically review each application and temporarily modify the weights applied to the remaining admission criteria. 


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“During this unprecedented and extraordinary time, we have decided to take steps to ensure that students are unimpeded in their path toward a graduate degree,” said Ambika Mathur, vice provost and dean of The Graduate School. “However, our same overarching goal will be maintained—to admit students whose application materials demonstrate a likelihood to be successful in the graduate program and, ultimately, in their chosen career.” 

The Graduate School is also working with UTSA’s academic programs to auto-admit UTSA undergraduates who meet program-determined admissions criteria.



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