Graduate Admission, Alpine

Applicants to graduate school at Sul Ross State University must complete the following steps for consideration for admission.

For international student admission requirements, please choose International Students.

Admission Checklist


Application for admission

Apply using the Texas Common Application at List all previously attended colleges or universities. A one-time, non-refundable application fee of $25 is required. The fee is $75 for international students.


Admissions Personal URL (PURL)

Within 24 hours of completing the ApplyTexas application to Sul Ross State University, all applicants will be requested to complete their access (user ID and password) to their personalized admissions portal (Personal URL or PURL).  Through their PURL, applicants can check their admissions status, view their admissions checklist which includes any program-specific requirements, submit requested documents, meet their Enrollment Specialist, schedule an appointment with their Program Coordinator, schedule an appointment with a Financial Aid Counselor, schedule an appointment with a faculty member in their chosen Program of Study, and enroll in upcoming campus events.

Please complete your PURL registration as it is your personalized portal to campus services!


Official college/university transcripts from all institutions attended

Send to the Office of Admissions at Sul Ross State University all official transcripts (faxed copies, photocopies, and scanned copies are not accepted) from all colleges and universities you have attended.  Many colleges and universities send transcripts electronically and in most cases, Sul Ross receives electronic copies within two to three business days. Mailed copies of transcripts, depending on the institution from which it is sent, can take 7 – 10 business days to be received.  Contact your University/College Registrar from each of your former institutions to request your transcript be sent.


Program-specific documentation

Admission requirements differ by each graduate program of study.  Specific requirements for each program can be reviewed in The University Catalog.

The following are examples of required additional documentation:

  1. GRE, GRE Subject Examination, Professional Certifications
  2. Letters of Reference
  3. Professional Vitae/Resume
  4. For the College of Education, most Programs require a supplemental application which can be found within the student’s PURL.  Contact your Program Coordinator or Enrollment Specialist with questions.
  5. Other supplemental materials

Applicants are strongly encouraged to use their PURL to submit these required documents for consideration for admission.  Please note admission deadlines as incomplete applications will not be considered.

Contact your Enrollment Specialist through your PURL or by telephone or email

Full Admission Requirements*

To be considered for Full Admission, applicants must have the following:

  1. A 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale on the last 60 hours prior to the issuance of the bachelor’s degree and GRE score of at least 850 (verbal and quantitative) or minimum GMAT score of 400; or,
  2. Graduate with a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 3.0 overall GPA; or,
  3. Hold a master’s degree from an accredited college or university and has the approval from the department in which the applicant proposes do work.

* Full admission status does not imply an absence of additional departmental requirements (leveling work not to exceed 12 semester credit hours, higher GRE scores, etc.). Reference should be made to the various departmental graduate programs in The University Catalog for more information.

Probationary Admission Requirements*

To be considered for Probationary Admission, applicants must agree to the following:

  1. Probationary status may be granted with the approval of the major academic department with the submission of all transcripts; GRE or GMAT scores; and satisfies at least one of the requirements listed for full admission; OR
  2. Probationary status may be granted to any student who has not taken the GRE prior to the start of the semester; the GRE must be taken before the end of the semester.

* The academic standing of entering probationary students is “probation.” After successful completion of 12 semester credits hours with a GPA of 3.0 or better, the academic standing is updated to “good standing.” Please see the Quality of Graduate Work section of The University Catalog for more information. The responsibility for monitoring the probationary student’s compliance with all conditions of admission (leveling work not to exceed 12 semester credit hours, minimum grades in specific courses, tests, etc.) rests within the department and college. During the entire probationary period, the student is responsible for maintaining close communications with their major department and, as called upon, with the dean/director of the college.

Leveling Work

“Leveling” work, undergraduate courses taken to remove deficiencies in the student’s field of study, will not be counted in the graduate-level grade point average, but the student is expected to exhibit the same proficiency in this area as in the graduate-level courses.

Any courses not specifically identified within a student’s Program of Study are not eligible for financial aid. Students should contact their Advisor to determine the best approach to satisfy leveling coursework. Students will not be allowed to enroll into more than 12 hours of levelling coursework.

A graduate student admitted under academic probation whose grade point average falls below 3.0 will be suspended from further graduate study.