The CSEM required first year core courses are only offered in sequence, beginning in the fall semester. Students beginning in the spring semester could not begin their first year coursework until the fall.
Yes. We do not require a Master’s degree for application to the PhD program. If your ultimate goal is to earn the PhD in the CSEM Program, you should indicate PhD as your degree sought on your online application. If you select Master’s, your application will not be routed to the correct committee and you will not be considered for financial aid.
The CSEM Program has funding available for U.S. applicants in need of a fee waiver. Please contact the Graduate Coordinator directly for more information.
No. If you are applying to more than one graduate program at UT Austin, you only need to pay the application fee once. Please contact the Graduate Coordinator for more information.
Send an e-mail to the Graduate Coordinator at email@example.com indicating that you need to change your degree sought to PhD. Please include your UT EID in all correspondence.
The ETS code (for GRE & TOEFL) is 6882.
It is not necessary to use a department code when submitting your test scores to UT Austin. (If you must select a department code, pick one that is similar to your proposed major.) ALL test scores are sent to the Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) where they are matched to your application materials and made available to the graduate program(s) to which you are applying.
Test scores are received by the university approximately four to six weeks after a test is taken if the university is designated as a score recipient at the time of testing.
According to the Graduate Admissions page, international applicants who are from a country where English is the only official language are exempt from this requirement. Additionally, applicants are exempt from the requirement if they possess a bachelor's degree from a U.S. institution or an institution in a country where English is the only official language. The requirement is NOT waived for applicants who have earned a master's -- but not a bachelor's -- degree from a similar institution. If you do not qualify for a waiver based on the requirements outlined by the Graduate School, DO NOT e-mail the department to ask for a waiver. We will NOT accept expired test scores, nor will we waive the requirement for applicants who have earned only a Master's degree from a U.S. institution.
No. All application materials are to be submitted online. Any materials mailed to the university will be disposed of and will not be included in your application.
No. After you submit the online application and pay your application fee, you will receive an email that contains a link to the Status Check web site where you will be able to upload your transcript. The uploaded transcript(s) is considered to be unofficial but will be used to process your application for admission. Please do not mail official transcripts or paper copies of your transcripts before you are offered admission. Sending paper copies of documents you have uploaded will significantly delay the processing of your application. See instructions for uploading transcripts for more information.
All applicants to the CSEM PhD Program are considered for financial aid as part of the admissions process. We do not provide financial aid for Master’s students.
The CSEM Program does not require additional materials to be submitted other than what is listed in the application instructions. However, if you wish to submit additional materials (e.g. resume, publications) you may upload them as pdf documents using the Document Upload System found on your MyStatus page. These documents should be designated as a Miscellaneous Admissions Document.
No, the CSEM Program evaluates each application holistically and does not accept or reject an application based on a single component of that application. Therefore, we do not have a set requirement for a minimum GRE score.
The average GRE scores for students admitted to the CSEM program over the past 5 years are shown below.
A score of 79 on the TOEFL internet-based test or an overall band score of 6.5 on the IELTS is considered the minimum acceptable for admission to the University of Texas at Austin.
The average TOEFL & IELTS scores for students admitted to the CSEM Program over the past 5 years are shown below.
The average GPA for students admitted to the CSEM program over the past 5 years is: 3.85. Please keep in mind that this average only includes those applicants whose undergraduate GPA was calculated on a 4.00 scale.
The Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) provides the MyStatus page to assist applicants to track the receipt of required materials. You will need your UT EID and password to access this service. You will not be able to check the status of your application prior to submitting the online application and receiving the acknowledgement email with your EID and password.
As soon as the CSEM Admissions Committee makes a decision on your application, it will be reflected in your MyStatus page and you will receive an e-mail notification. You may also be contacted by the CSEM Graduate Coordinator.
The CSEM Admissions Committee strives to have all admissions decisions made by early March.
The University of Texas at Austin is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools and we subscribe to the council’s Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees and Assistants. This resolution states that students are under no obligation to respond to offers of financial support prior to April 15.
Yes. You are encouraged to respond to our offer as soon as possible which will assist us with our admissions process, but you are under no obligation to do so.
There were 81 students enrolled in the CSEM Program in academic year 2017-18 (75 Doctoral; 6 Master's).
Over the past five years, the CSEM Program has received an average of 166 applications per admissions cycle and the average size of the incoming fall class has been 16 students.