A student seeking admission for the purpose of pursuing a master's degree must hold a baccalaureate degree from an institution approved by a nationally recognized accrediting agency. Official transcripts must be on file in the Office of Admissions and Records at least 10 days prior to initial registration as a graduate student.
Also, the student must demonstrate by prior academic records and scores on the verbal, analytical and quantitative portions of the aptitude test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), or for students in Business Administration, the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), a competence to pursue advanced study and research.
The Graduate Record Examination or the Graduate Management Admissions Test should be taken early enough to ensure that scores are on file in the Office of Admissions and Records at the time of initial registration. In any case, the test must be taken prior to the end of the first long semester (fall or spring) after initial enrollment and arrangements made for the scores to be sent to the Office of Admissions and Records. Otherwise, the student will be denied further registration in the graduate program.
Information concerning registration and testing dates for the GRE and GMAT may be obtained from the Director of Student Services, Rio Grande College, Eagle Pass, TX 78801, (830) 758-5006, or from any College office.
There are two levels of admission to a master's program, full and probationary. Approval of the major department is required for admission at either level. The following criteria will be used in determining the eligibility for admission to the appropriate level.
A. Full Admission
Applicants must have official transcripts and test scores sent to the Office of Admissions and Records, Sul Ross State University Rio Grande College. The Office of Admissions and Records will compile and tabulate the documentation submitted and submit a file on each applicant to the major academic department. Following the departmental review of the file, the Director of Admissions and Records will communicate to the applicant the admission status to be granted. The following criteria must be met for full admission status.
- 1. A 2.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale calculated on the last 60 semester credit hours prior to the issuance of the bachelor's degree;
- 2. A GRE score of 850 (verbal and quantitative) or a GMAT score of 400 ; or
- 3. Full admission may also be granted to applicants who hold a master's degree from accredited colleges or universities and who have the approval of the department in which they propose to do work. Full admission status does not imply an absence of additional departmental requirements (leveling work, higher GRE scores, etc.). Reference should be made to the various depart-mental graduate programs in the Catalog for more information.
B. Probationary Admission
1. Probationary admission may be granted with the approval of the major academic department if a student has submitted transcripts of baccalaureate work, GRE or GMAT scores and satisfies at least one of the requirements for full admission. The probationary student must satisfy all conditions which are required by the major department and must maintain a 3.0 grade point average on 12 semester hours in graduate level courses in order to be considered for full admission. Upon the completion of these requirements, the student may be admitted to full admission status upon the recommenda-tion of the chair of the major department and with the approval of the dean. Failure to maintain a 3.0 grade point average during the probationary period will result in immediate dismissal from the graduate program.
2. Probationary status also may be granted to any student who has not submitted GRE or GMAT scores to the Office of Admissions and Records. The GRE or GMAT must be taken prior to the end of the first long semester (fall or spring) after initial enrollment (summer terms included). The responsibility for monitoring the probationary student's compliance with all conditions of admission (including the submitting of GRE or GMAT scores, the maintaining of 3.0 GPA, and the satisfaction of academic conditions imposed by the department) rests with the major department in which the student is enrolled. The dean will track all probationally admitted students each semester and provide information as necessary from the department chairs and the Office of Admissions and Records on each probationally admitted student, and communicate to the Office of Admissions and Records and the chair of the major department any change of status which is made. During the entire probational period, the student is responsible for maintaining close communications with the major department and, as called upon, with the dean.