The University of Texas at Tyler admits students to its Ph.D. programs under the Full Admission criteria. Conditional Admission may be considered under certain circumstances with the approval of the program and The Graduate School.

I. Full Doctoral Admission

Students seeking a doctoral degree must fulfill the following admission requirements:

  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  2. Have of at least a 3.00 grade point average in all upper-division (junior- and senior-level) coursework, or a 3.00 grade point average in the last graduate degree earned.
  3. Satisfy any additional requirements (official entrance examination scores, essay, grade-point average, letters of recommendation, etc.) for the selected degree program. If the GRE is required, the test must have been taken within the past 5 years.
  4. Additional consideration for admission will be based upon the applicant’s demonstrated commitment to his or her chosen field of study, involvement and level of responsibility in non-academic matters including extracurricular activities, employment, community service, and socioeconomic background.

II. Conditional Doctoral Admission

Under certain circumstances and with the approval of the doctoral program and the The Graduate School, a student may be admitted conditionally. This status is granted to applicants who, at the time of enrollment, require leveling work or additional courses to prepare them for doctoral work. An applicant who has been admitted conditionally will complete a degree plan with the graduate advisor that specifies the conditions to be met. The conditions may not include more than 9 hours of graduate work. Upon completion of the requirement(s), the student’s academic record will be reviewed for consideration to be granted full doctoral admission.

Because some programs accept only a limited number of students, or do not have the faculty or facilities to accommodate a student’s particular area of study, some applicants who exceed minimum requirements for admission may not be accepted.

Transfer of Graduate Credit

Students wishing to apply transfer credits toward a doctoral program must complete a Graduate Transfer Credit Approval Form within the first semester following admission into a doctoral program.

Transfer of graduate credit from a regionally accredited institution is limited to 20% of the total hours required for the doctoral degree. Hours transferred into a doctoral program should represent credit earned after the award of the master’s degree. Exceptions to the number of hours transferred may be requested by the program to the Dean of the Graduate School. Only credit with a grade of “B” or better may be transferred.

Credit earned more than six calendar years before admission to the program will not be accepted for transfer. A graduate program may request the Dean of The Graduate School to approve additional transfer credit. The program will determine what courses, if any, are accepted for transfer. The doctoral student may be examined on all transferred courses at the time of the doctoral preliminary examinations.

Transfer work does count toward the 99-Hour Rule for tuition purposes. See state law regarding the 99-Hour Rule.