How to Apply - STEM Education Programs

As a prospective student, you are required to apply first using the state application system, ApplyTexas. Here, you will input your biographical information, your previous education, and your essays. We strongly encourage you to start this process well in advance of the deadline to allow us enough time to process your information.

Those of you applying to the STEM Education program should select STEM Education (32800) for your major.

Please see the How to Apply - Curriculum and Instruction Programs page for more information about applying to the Bilingual/Bicultural EducationCultural Studies in EducationEarly Childhood EducationLanguage and Literacy StudiesLearning TechnologiesPhysical Education Teacher EducationSocial Studies EducationUniversity of Texas Urban Teachers - English, and University of Texas Urban Teachers - Social Studies programs.

Note: If you want to study engineering or natural sciences, please visit their respective websites. You should only choose STEM Education if you want to study and conduct research on education.​ 

  • Deadlines
    Deadline To Apply For 
    November 1 Harrington Fellowships and fall admissions - Doctoral applicants only
    December 1 College and department fellowships, fall admissions - Doctoral and Master's applicants

    Please note: the STEM Education program is not currently taking applications for the Intensive Summer Master's Program. 

    Please contact Stephen Flynn if you have any questions about these deadlines. 

  • Program 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.

    We also consider teaching experience as a criterion during the admission process. EC-16 teaching experience, especially among underserved populations, is preferred by most program areas. 

  • Application Process and Program-specific Instructions

    After you submit the ApplyTexas application, the Graduate School will review your application. You will be sent an email confirming your application submission within 1-2 days. This email will also contain your 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?

    You will need to do the following in order complete their Application Form on ApplyTexas:

    Pay the 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.

    Have Your Transcripts Ready

    Transcripts are required for each senior college attended. A PDF of the official transcript can be uploaded, but you must provide an official transcript from that college after acceptance to our 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.

    Submit Your Official GRE Scores

    The GRE requirement has been waived for Fall 2022 applicants.

    Prepare Your Statement of Purpose

    Approximately 1-3 pages in length, this essay should address your current situation, your intended area(s) of research/specialization, and your goals for achievement in graduate study and beyond. 

    Tips for Ph.D. Students

    • In your personal statement, clearly state your areas of research interest. These can be general or specific, but it is a good idea to provide some sense of the types of things you would like to research and why they are important or interesting to you.
    • Visit the STEM ED faculty members' bios to learn more about their areas of research expertise, and then identify one or more faculty members whose areas of research are most closely related to those you would like to pursue. Contact the faculty member(s) via email to let them know of your interest, and to ask to set up a time to communicate virtually or on the phone.
    • Be sure to mention in your personal statement that you have reached out to the faculty member(s) already, and briefly discuss how you see your research interests connecting with theirs.

    Update Your Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)

    This document should summarize and chronicle your academic and professional positions and achievements, including any awards and/or publications for which you are credited.

    Submit Three (3) Letters of Reference

    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 your academic performance and potential. 

  • International Applicants

    International students must fulfill some additional requirements.

    Official TOEFL/IELTS Scores 

    If you are applying from another country please submit either your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or your 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

    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.

    Texas Global 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

    Once all application materials are uploaded and completed, the Graduate School will refer your application to the department. This initial review process by the grad school will take about 1 – 2 weeks, so be sure to have everything turned in well in advance of the deadlines. 

  • After Your Decision

    Applicants may be admitted, admitted with conditions, or denied admission. Learn more on the Graduate School website.

  • Questions

    Contact Stephen Flynn, our departmental Graduate Admissions Coordinator, with any questions regarding C&I or STEM Education admissions. 

    Please also see General Guidelines from the Graduate School.

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