How to Apply

All graduate students are required to apply to the state application system ApplyTexas. Here, students will input biographical information, previous education, and essays. We strongly encourage you to start this process well in advance of the deadline to allow the Graduate School and the Department to process your information.

Application Process and Program-specific Instructions

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.

From here, applicants can complete their Application Form by uploading the following items:

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 transcripts at the Graduate School's website

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 a member of faculty they wish to work with.

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 two pages for resumes. The resume or CV should include:

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

Note: Principalship applicants should use the Texas Principal Leadership Acadamy resume format

Program-specific Instructions

Each degree program we offer may have additional requirements to be considered for admission. Please refer to the specific graduate program for more detailed information about admission requirements and procedures.

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. 

Deadline Program 
December 1 Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership
M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership
Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Planning
M.Ed. in Educational Policy and Planning
Nominations due for Texas Principal Leadership Academy
December 31 Nominations due for Cooperative Superintendency Program
January 14 Cooperative Superintendency Program 
January 15 Executive Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership
January 20 Texas Principal Leadership Academy