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General Admission Requirements
for U.S. Citizens

Angelo State University strives to admit students to graduate study who show promise of succeeding in a rigorous academic environment. This promise is generally demonstrated through superior academic performance, as measured by undergraduate grade point average (GPA) and, for some departments, standardized test scores (i.e., GRE or GMAT). Applicants who have distinguished themselves in curricular and extracurricular undertakings, have exhibited exceptional leadership abilities, or have demonstrated special skills or talents related to the area in which they intend to pursue their studies may also be worthy of consideration for admission.

Admission as either a degree-seeking or as a non-degree seeking student is granted by the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies upon the recommendation of the department of proposed study. Only applicants who have submitted completed applications will normally be considered for admission. A completed application consists of the following:

  • Graduate Application
  • $40 application fee (non-refundable); $50 (U.S. Dollars) for International Applicants
  • Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score or official Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score, if applicable to the selected program of study. To be considered official, GRE/GMAT scores must be mailed directly to the ASU College of Graduate Studies from the Educational Testing Service.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended (except Angelo State University). All college/university transcripts that are received by mail from the sending college/university are considered “official”. All college/university transcripts that are sealed in the sending college/ university envelope and hand-carried or mailed by the student are considered “official”.
  • (Degree-seeking applicants only) An essay of no more than 500 words (typed in 12-point type with 1-inch margins) that describes your educational plans, career objectives, commitment to your particular field of study, any research experience, your view of research and possible research interests, and personal goals. The essay may also address any of the following factors which are qualities that will be acknowledged in the admission process:
    • Socioeconomic history
    • Family background (including level of educational attainment)
    • Personal talents, leadership capabilities, community service

Transcripts must include certification of a completed baccalaureate or higher degree from a college or university with substantially similar degree requirements as Angelo State University. International students, and applicants for whom English is not their first language, must also include official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the IELTS taken within the last two years, and the international student application forms. The minimum TOEFL score is 550, with at least 55 on each of the three parts (paper and pencil test); 213, with at least 17 on each of the three parts (computer-based test), or 80, with at least 20 on each of the four parts (iBT) for all programs except Physical Therapy, which requires a 600 (paper and pencil test) or 250 (computer-based test.) A score of 7 is required on the Academic Module of the IELTS (International Language Testing System).

The process for determining admission as a degree-seeking student is as follows:
The completed application is sent to the department of proposed study for an admission recommendation.

The department looks at the following factors:

  • Completion of the undergraduate prerequisites for the intended program, as indicated below
  • The applicant’s previous academic record, which may include overall GPA, last 60-hour GPA, GPA in the major or in the prerequisite courses, and/or GPA in any relevant graduate work. GPAs are computed on all course work taken including all grades on repeated courses.
  • The applicant’s GRE/GMAT test score, if it applies to the program
  • The essay
  • Other criteria, as defined by the program

Applicants who submit a satisfactory essay, have at least a 2.5 overall undergraduate GPA or 3.0 in the last 60 semester hours, and who meet the program’s formula (and in some programs, additional criteria) as indicated below will normally be awarded Regular Admission, resources permitting. Applicants who fall slightly below the formula or GPA standards may be considered for Provisional Admission based on factors from the essay. If the department of proposed study deems the applicant shows promise of succeeding in the program, based on these additional factors, Provisional Admission, with conditions, may be granted. No applicant who has a cumulative grade point average below 2.00 (computed from all undergraduate grades, including multiple grades for courses taken more than once) will be granted admission, whether Regular or Provisional.

Applicants who have not completed all prerequisites may be required to complete them before being considered for admission. In some programs, applicants may be admitted if they lack some prerequisites, but will be required to make up these undergraduate courses (leveling work) within the first year of their graduate enrollment.

Applicants who have not submitted GRE/GMAT scores but who have an undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or better (4-point scale) in the total undergraduate record, including all grades on repeated courses, may be granted provisional admission, with the approval of the graduate faculty in the applicant’s major department and the Graduate Dean. These applicants must provide satisfactory GRE/GMAT scores before the end of their first semester of enrollment*. Provisional admission does not guarantee regular admission. When the test score is received, the student’s application file will be reviewed by the applicant’s major department for an admission decision recommendation. Students who do not satisfy the grade point criteria listed above and have not submitted GRE/GMAT scores will not be considered for admission until the appropriate test scores are received by the Graduate Office.

Applicants who are given provisional admission will be on academic probation, with the requirement that they maintain at least a 3.00 cumulative grade point average in all graduate-level work until they have completed at least nine semester hours of graduate-level work in a degree program at Angelo State University. Failure to maintain the requisite 3.00 may result in dismissal from the graduate program in which the student has been studying.

Offer of Admission: Only written notice from the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies constitutes approval of admission.

Graduate students who do not complete at least one graduate class within the last 12 months must reapply for admission.

Fresh Start

An applicant for admission to the College of Graduate Studies who is a Texas resident who has completed a baccalaureate degree under Sec 51.931 of the Texas Education Code (“Academic Fresh Start”) shall have only the grade point average established by the course work completed as an undergraduate student under the Sec 51.931 statute considered, along with any other criteria used to evaluate applicants for admission into the specific graduate degree program sought. An applicant who chooses to apply under this condition must inform the College of Graduate Studies of this choice at the time of application.

* Except Physical Therapy and Biology, GRE or GMAT scores for Business Administration and Accounting must be submitted with the application to the College of Graduate Studies.

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