How to Apply

The Department of Special Education is accepting applications for graduate programs for the 2017-2018 academic year. To be considered for funding, applications must be received by December 15th. Funding consideration will continue through March 15, 2017 or until all funds are awarded.

Application Deadlines

Doctoral Programs: March 15, 2017
Master's Programs: June 1, 2017

Basic Requirements

A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in the U.S.; or proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution.

A minimum GPA of 3.0, particularly during the last two years of college and in any previous graduate study. The department will consider applications with lower GPAs. If you feel that your grade point averages or test scores are not valid indicators of your ability, please wait till you have submitted your application and upload a miscellaneous document explaining your concerns.

Application Procedures

All graduate students are required to apply to the state application system ApplyTexas. This application is used to apply to all Texas state universities and colleges. Here, students will input biographical information, previous education, and essays.

After the ApplyTexas application is submitted, the Graduate School will review your application. Applicants will be sent an email confirming their application submission within 1-2 days after submission. This email will also contain the applicant’s login information (UT EID) for the MyStatus page. MyStatus answers questions like:

  • Is my application complete?
  • What's missing?
  • Do I need to submit a CV? Another essay? A transcript?
  • Did you receive my test scores?
  • Did I upload this document successfully? Can I delete and re-upload this document?
  • Have you received my letters of recommendation? How can I change my recommenders?
  • Why was my transcript declined?

Applicants complete their Application Form by uploading the following items to ApplyTexas:

Application Fee

The nonrefundable application fee is $65.00 for US applicants; $90.00 for International applicants. Fee waivers are available for those who are eligible.


Transcripts are required for each senior college attended. A PDF of the official transcript can be uploaded, but an official transcript from that college will be required after acceptance to a program. Each transcript can be uploaded only once, so please make sure you have the correct and full version of each transcript before uploading. Learn more about how to submit your transcripts from the Graduate School's site.

Official GRE Scores

GRE scores should be submitted directly through ETS. On test day, you will be able to designate which universities you would like your scores to be sent to. If you need additional scores sent, you should do so through the ETS website.

Letters of Recommendation

Our department requires three letters of recommendation. Recommenders will be notified by email with instructions on how to upload their letters once you have submitted and paid for your application. Letters should come from professors who are familiar with the applicant's academic performance and potential.

Statement of Purpose

This essay describes the applicant's interests and commitment to the goals and curriculum of the program area they are applying to. It is recommended to address not only the applicant’s personal and academic background but also their academic and professional goals. The applicant can also address a specific area of research interest or to work with a member of the Special Education faculty Profiles of SED faculty and their research interests can be found under the faculty listing page.

This statement should be no longer than 3 pages double-spaced. It should be submitted online as a part of the Application Form.

Curriculum Vitae or Resume

A recommended length of no more than 3 pages. The resume or CV should include:

  • post-high school education
  • relevant work or volunteer experience (indicate amount of time)
  • honors received
  • research experience
  • conference presentations
  • publications

International Graduate Students

In addition to the requirements for graduate students, international students have some additional requirements.

Official TOEFL/IELTS Scores (International Applicants Only)

Students applying from other countries should submit either their Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Scores. The recommended minimum scores provided by the Graduate School are:

  • TOEFL: 79 on the Internet-based test (iBT)
  • IELTS: An overall band of 6.5 on the Academic Examination

English Language Evaluation (International Applicants)

All new international students with undergraduate degrees from non-English-speaking universities are required to undergo a brief evaluation for speaking and writing English (English Second Language evaluation). This helps us better serve the needs of our international students and the faculty who work with them.

The International Office will conduct the English language evaluation during International Student Orientation. This evaluation is done at no cost to the student. If the student does not pass one of the two evaluations, they will be required to take an English Second Language course during their first semester at UT. If the student is required to take two English Second Language courses, they must take one course the first semester and the second course the next semester.

Application Status

MyStatus (UT EID required) will let you see what application materials are missing, as well as allow you to upload required documents. Please use this online status check to monitor your application status.