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The Graduate School establishes the minimum requirements for admission to all graduate degree and certification programs at the University. Applicants should consult with academic components regarding specific program criteria for admission.

All applicants are expected to meet the following criteria:

  • Hold an earned bachelor's degree or equivalent from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional or general accrediting agency, or an equivalent degree from a foreign college or university.
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA for the last 60 hours of undergraduate study and a minimum 3.0 GPA for all prior graduate work. Academic components may choose to consider files of applicants with lower GPAs.
  • Satisfy any additional requirements of an individual academic component for admission to a specific graduate program offered by that component. Examples include the following:

    • Preferred scores recommended for standardized exams that are required by academic components. Note that there are no minimum required scores for any standardized exams, other than language proficiency exams. Except for language proficiency exams, standardized exam scores may not be used as the primary criterion for eliminating an applicant from further consideration for admission.
    • Review of completed undergraduate and graduate coursework.
    • Reference letters, essays, interviews, and evidence of scholarly activity such as publication in refereed journals, professional presentations, grant acquisition, portfolios, and professional leadership.

Applicants who have earned an undergraduate degree from a foreign college or university must submit a score of at least 550 (paper), 213 (computer), or 79 (iBT) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); or on the International English Language Test Service (IELTS) an overall band score of 6.5; or on the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) an overall score of 80 as evidence of English language proficiency. A verbal GRE score of at least 500 (153 Revised GRE) may be substituted for the required TOEFL score. Again, students should consult with the academic component regarding specific program criteria for admission. 

For admission into degree and certification programs of the TWU Graduate School, all applicants must submit an online application.  The application fee must also be submitted according to instructions in the application.

In addition, applicants must submit the following documents to the Office of Admissions Processing, PO Box 425649, Denton, TX 76204:

  1. Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate study.
  2. Official scores for any standardized exams that are required by the academic component offering the program of interest. If a standardized exam is not required by the component, the applicant has the option of submitting scores voluntarily.
  3. Official language proficiency exam score, if the applicant earned an undergraduate degree from a foreign college or university. An English proficiency language exam is not required of international applicants:

    • with citizenship from countries where English is the primary language of instruction and of the indigenous population (for a listing of countries, please refer to the TOEFL Exemption Form); or
    • who have earned a bachelor's or graduate degree from an accredited U.S. college or university. In this case, students who are admitted may be required to take English language instruction if the component determines that supplemental instruction is needed.

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