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Admission to Graduate Studies is required of all post-baccalaureate students enrolling in graduate-level courses at Sul Ross State University. Applications for admission to graduate study are available at each College office or from the Office of Admissions, Sul Ross State University Rio Grande College, 3107 Bob Rogers Drive, Eagle Pass, Texas 78852. Each applicant will be notified in writing of acceptance or rejection for admission. Students may seek admission to Graduate Studies by applying for admission to a master’s degree program or by applying for admission as a non-degree seeking student.

Admission to the Master's Degree Program

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 ten 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 advance study and research. The Graduate Record Examination or the Graduate Management Admissions Test should be taken early enough to ensure that the 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 on-line. GRE, www.ets.org and GMAT, www.mba.com.

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 for the appropriate level.

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.

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.

A GRE score of 850 (verbal and quantitative) or a GMAT score of 400 ; or
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.). Consult specific department graduate programs in the Catalog for more information.

Probationary Admission

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 granted full admission upon the recommendation 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 for the graduate program.

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 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. During the entire probationary period, the student is responsible for maintaining close communication with the major department and, as called upon, with the Dean.

Probationary admission may be granted if a student has submitted transcripts of work, and satisfies at least one of the requirements for the official academic transcript. The probationary student must satisfy all conditions which are required by the full admission status and maintain a 2.0 grade point average to be considered for full admission. Upon the completion of these requirements, the student may be admitted to full admission status. Failure to submit all official transcripts from previous institutions will result in a hold for failure semesters/terms until the file is complete with the Office of Admissions and Records.