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Graduate Program Admission Information

Students must be accepted for admission by both the Department of Marine Science AND the Graduate School of The University of Texas at Austin before they may begin course work leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degree.
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Minimum requirements for regular admission to graduate study in the Department of Marine Science:

  • Bachelor's degree in an appropriate science discipline from an accredited United States Institution or proof of equivalent training at an institution outside the United States 
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of not less than 3.0 in upper-division work (junior- and senior-level courses and in any graduate work already completed.


Graduate and International Admissions Center

All application materials listed below must be received no later than December 1, for admission in Fall Semester. Applications completed after this date will be considered for an alternate list.


Admission Materials Required:

  • The formal Application for Admission to the University must be completed online. This must be received in Austin no later than the deadline date for the semester in which you seek admission.
  • Statement of Purpose Essay: A statement of no more than 250 words per topic outlining your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree at The University of Texas at Austin should be submitted as part of your online electronic application (in the essay/statement section).
    • Topic 1. Describe your motivation for pursuing graduate study and your academic and professional interests and goals.
    • Topic 2. Describe your research interests and why you chose UT Marine Science Institute. Include experiences that led you to your field of study.
    • Topic 3.  Describe how you consider yourself as a qualified candidate and your aspirations for the future.
  • Three (3) Letters of Reference are required for each applicant. Complete the "Reference" section of the ApplyTexas application. Enter each recommender's name, valid e-mail address, and title. Give your recommenders plenty of lead time when requesting letters of recommendation. You must submit the online application before your recommenders can get the e-mail directing them to the online submission of letters of recommendation.
  • Transcripts: You must provide one copy of the academic transcript from every senior college you have attended. You may upload a copy of your transcript(s) after you have submitted your application for admission and paid the application fee. After you have submitted your application, you will recieve an email that contains a link to the Status Check web site where you will be able to upload your transcript(s).  The uploaded transcript(s) is considered to be unofficial but will be used to process your application for admission.  Please do not mail official tanscripts or paper copies of your transcripts before you are offered admission.  Sending paper copies of documents you have uploaded will significantly delay the processing of your application.
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Admission is not considered without the report of GRE scores and (if applicable) official report of TOEFL scores. (More on test scores)

. The Educational Testing Service (ETS) code for the University of Texas at Austin is 6882. You must register to take the GRE approximately five to six weeks before the specific examination date (Temporary GRE waiver has been applied for fall 2022 admission). For the exact registration deadlines please visit the ETS website.

Please be aware that a minimum of six weeks will pass between the time you take the GRE test and the time your score will be sent to The University of Texas and it is not uncommon for the transcripts of your previous college course work to arrive four to eight weeks after you order them from your former school.

Requests for references and other admissions materials can be monitored on the Application Status Check website. This site also allows you to resend a Request for Reference e-mail to your recommenders, add a new recommender, and revise your FERPA (right to view) status from retained to waived. If you have any questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. It is not necessary to supply a second set of references to support an application for financial aid.

Because the application process is both expensive and time consuming, it is to your advantage to get an early start and follow through.