Admissions FAQ

MS&E is currently accepting Spring 2018 applications!

Due to the high volume of applications and questions we receive, we ask that you please check this page for answers to your questions prior to contacting the MSE Admissions Office.

 

DEADLINES INFORMATION

Fall Admissions

Domestic Students: ALL materials are due by December 15th.  No late materials will be eligible for review so please plan accordingly and begin your application well before the deadline.

International Students: ALL materials are due by December 15th.  We will accept TOEFL/IELTS & GRE scores until January 15.  This means they must be submitted by then, not that you can take your exam until January 15.  Since the availability of testing centers is sparse in some regions of the world, we would like to accommodate international students within reason by extending the deadline for only those two materials.  The rest of your application must be completed by December 15th without exception.

Spring Admissions

Domestic & International Students: ALL materials are due by October 1st.  No late materials of any kind will be eligible for review so please plan accordingly and begin your application well before the deadline.

General Program Questions

How many credit hours are required to graduate?

  • Masters: An MSE with Thesis requires 30 credit hours (24 coursework hours + 6 thesis hours)
  • Doctorate: The number of hours required to receive a Ph.D. vary based on the program of work that a student's dissertation committee decides on.
  • For more information of the degree requirements please refer to our Student Handbook and the TMI website.

What is the required coursework for the MS&E Program?

  • Coursework can be reviewed here. For more information please review the University of Texas Course Schedule.

Where can I find information about the MS&E Faculty?

  • Please see the “People” tab above and choose “faculty” on the left. Their names are hyperlinks to more information, including their research group website.

What types of careers can I expect to find after graduation?

  • Graduates of the MS&E Program at UT Austin have an exceptional range of job opportunities within the high technology sector, academia, or at national laboratories throughout the US and abroad.

Before you apply

Do you accept transfer students?

  • No, we do not.  We only accept transfers from other UT Austin programs in very rare circumstances.  Generally speaking you will need to complete your current program and apply to ours like everyone else.

Can I apply for my second masters or doctorate in materials with your program?

No.  We do not admit students who already have a degree in a similar field for a second degree.  Masters students interested in a PhD are welcome, but students seeking a second Masters or second PhD who already hold that degree in a similar field (metallurgy, materials, ceramics, polymers, etc.) should not apply.

Do you have any written materials you can send to me?

  • No, all of the necessary information can be found here on our website. If you have any questions that we have not addressed please feel free to e-mail the MS&E Graduate Coordinator: mse@austin.utexas.edu.

Do you admit international students to the Master’s program?

  • Yes, both degree plans are open to domestic and international students.

What are my chances of being admitted? Is there a pre-admission screening process?

  • No, there is no pre-admission screening process.  We cannot tell you whether or not you will likely be admitted.  Our admissions committee reviews completed applications immediately following the deadlines.

What are the educational qualifications for admission into the MS&E Program?

  • There are no specific requirements for admission to the MS&E program but applicants would benefit greatly from having a B.S. degree in physical sciences (chemistry, physics) or engineering disciplines. Generally, these majors have similar requirements for math (calculus and differential equations), chemistry and physics (for scientists and engineers) that are the underpinnings of MS&E. Biology and non-science majors usually have not completed these courses.

What is the minimum GPA required to apply to the MS&E Program?

  • The Graduate School requires a 3.0/4.0 in upper-division courses to apply. GPAs below a 3.0 may, in rare cases, be admitted with conditions. GPAs above the minimum do not guarantee admission to the program. For more information on admissions requirements visit the Office of Graduate Studies Requirements of Graduate Admission.

What is the minimum GRE Score needed for admission to the MS&E Program?

  • There is no minimum score required by MS&E and we do not require any special subject tests.
  • Keep in mind that this score cannot be waived under any circumstances and that the scores are only valid for five (5) years.
  • For more information on test scores see the Graduate School

What is the minimum TOEFL score (International Students only) to be considered for the MS&E Program?

The Graduate School requires:

  • A score of 550 (paper test), 213 (computer based test), or 79 (internet based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

OR

  • A 6.5 on the Academic Examination of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
  • Scores above the minimum do not guarantee admission and please keep in mind that TOEFL scores are only valid for 2 years following the test date.  Our program does not accept expired test scores.

Can I have any of my test scores waived?

  • No, we require GRE and TOEFL (international applicants only) scores from all applicants.
  • For international students, the TOEFL score may only be waived if you hold a 4 year bachelors degree from a US institution.  We will not waive the requirement for master's degrees, it must be a 4 year bachelors program.
  • Applicants from the following countries (or that hold a 4-year bachelors from one of them) are exempt from submitting a TOEFL or IELTS score: American Samoa, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada (except Quebec), Dominica, Grenada, Grand Cayman, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, New Zealand, Trinidad/Tobago, United Kingdom, US Pacific Trust.

 

What are the application deadlines?

  • Spring admissions: October 1st of the previous year
  • Fall admissions: December 15th of the previous year
  • These deadlines are for both domestic and international students.
  • These deadlines are for *all* application materials.  Because of the highly competitive nature of our program we cannot accept late materials.  Please plan accordingly and begin your application well before the deadline.

How many letters of recommendation are required?

We require three (3) letters of recommendation for your application.  Please be mindful that all letters must be submitted via the application portal, so emailed or mailed letters will not be accepted.

How to apply

How do I apply?

  • Check out the Graduate School application site. There is a checklist and detailed instructions.

If I applied previously and was not admitted, is there a different procedure for reapplying?

  • If you are reapplying within one year of your previous application, you will need to complete a new application, send new transcripts, and pay another fee. However, your test scores and recommendation letters will carry over from the previous application. You are more than welcome to update them if you like. If it has been over a year since you last applied, you will have to resubmit everything.

How do I calculate my GPA?

  • Use the GPA Calculator on the Registrar’s Page.
  • All GPA information should be provided on a 4-point scale. Only upper division undergraduate and graduate courses should be used in this calculation.
  • Keep in mind that the Graduate and International Admissions Center will calculate your official GPA for official purposes. You will not be able to submit your calculation from the above link.

How do I submit my Statement of Purpose (SOP) & CV/Resume?

  • You will upload your supporting documentation via the online application portal. Detailed instructions can be found here.

Can I submit any paper versions of application materials?

  • No, we will not accept any paper copies of application materials. Please follow the instructions online carefully to ensure your application is completed by the deadline.

Can I have my application fee waived by the MS&E Program?

  • No, to complete your application the fee must be paid.
  • The Office of Graduate Studies may grant a fee waiver in rare cases based on documented financial need. Check out their site for more information on requesting a waiver.

How/when will I get my UT EID?

  • You will be prompted to set one up during the application process. The My GradSchool site can help you here.
  • For issues with an existing EID, check out the UT EID site.
  • Please do not create multiple EIDs for yourself. Only the EID that is sent to you via email acknowledging receipt of your application will be linked to your academic record. Your EID will be used as an identifier from this point forward so please include it in emails to the program so that we can better assist you.

How/when do I apply for financial aid?

  • There is no separate financial application.  Because we are a highly competitive program, all of our students generally receive funding.  For most of our students, funding generally includes tuition benefits, healthcare, and a stipend.

Do I need to send financial statements or FAFSA information to you?

  • No, any outside financial support you apply for will be your responsibility.

After you apply

Can I make edits to my application after the deadline?

No, your application needs to be completed by the deadline.  We will not allow edits after the fact.  The application is open for months before the deadline, giving ample time to complete the requirements.

How do I check the status of my application?

  • Check your MyStatus page for all application updates and decisions.

I would like to contact a faculty member, how should I proceed?

    • Using the “People” tab above, choose the faculty member whose research most closely resembles your interests. You are more than welcome to email the faculty member to introduce yourself and indicate your interest in their research group. Keep in mind that they will not give you any application assessment and that they have no control over admissions. Be courteous and mindful that our faculty are very busy and may not reply immediately.

When will I find out if I am admitted?

  • For Fall admissions, we finalize all decisions by May 15.
  • For Spring admissions, we finalize all decisions by November 15.
  • You can monitor the status of your application via the MyStatus site and can email any questions to mse@austin.utexas.edu.
  • All admitted applicants will be contacted directly via email notifying them of their admission and requesting further information. Students denied admission will be notified via the MyStatus site.

If I am denied, can you provide me an assessment of my application so that I can make improvements?

  • Unfortunately no. We receive an incredibly large number of applications each year and due to legal restrictions, we cannot provide any additional information to applicants that are not offered admission. We receive and must turn away many highly qualified applicants each year.

How do I confirm that my application is complete?

  • Check the MyStatus website for application updates and completion status. You can also use this site to remind your references of missing letters of reference.
  • Keep in mind that it can take several weeks for your test scores to be matched with your online application. If you have received confirmation from ETS or IELTS that your test scores have been received by the university and processed, but you do not see them on MyStatus, the university is probably still in the matching process.

I’ve already submitted a complete application but I need to make updates. How can I do that?

  • Any updates must be submitted through the online application portal. Updates made after the deadline will not be viewed by the admissions committee so please be mindful of this when submitting your application.

How many students are admitted to the MS&E graduate program each year?

  • 20-40 students based on many factors including but not limited to faculty availability, quality of applicants, and funding.
  • We do not have a set number or percentage of domestic or international students that we admit.