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What are the admission requirements that a graduate applicant must satisfy?

Applicants must satisfy the Graduate School Basic Admission Requirements and the Academic Department Program Specific Admission Criteria:

Graduate School Basic Admission Requirements:

The Graduate School requires that basic admission requirements be met before a student can be accepted. In meeting these requirements, an applicant 1) must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or its foreign equivalent, with a satisfactory grade-point average; 2) must have an acceptable and current score on the aptitude tests of the Graduate Record Examination or the Graduate Management Admission Test, as specified by the department or program to which application is being made; 3) demonstrate potential for graduate work in the chosen field through previous academic performance; and 4) be approved for admission by the department in which a degree is sought. The admission policies of the Graduate School and the academic departments of The University of Texas at Arlington comply with standards specified by the Texas Education Code, Section 51.842.

Academic Department Program Specific Admission Criteria:

This information can be found via Admission Requirements.

How many start dates are there each year?

Check the Calendar for information on all program starts for the calendar year.

Can I fax my transcripts and test scores?

Faxed transcripts and test score are not acceptable.

U.S. Transcripts: Official transcripts from all senior or four-year institutions are required. Official transcripts from US institutions are those issued electronically or by paper directly to Admissions by the Registrar of the institution at which the work was attempted or completed. In addition, upon review, an official original "issued to student" transcript bearing the institutions seal and Registrar's signature may be considered official when mailed or hand carried to Admissions by the applicant in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution. Scanned and emailed copies sent by the student are not official. Documents submitted are property of the university and cannot be returned.

UTA Transcripts: Graduate Admissions has access to UTA transcripts. Therefore, currently or previously enrolled UTA students do not need to request their UTA transcript be forwarded to the Graduate School from the UTA Office of Records (Registrar.)

Foreign Country Transcripts: Official international transcripts, mark sheets, diplomas, degree award letters and degree certificates are those issued electronically or by paper directly to Admissions by the Registrar/Transcript Issuing Authority and bear the original seal of the institution and/or original signature of the Registrar/Transcript Issuing Authority on every page. Transcripts and mark sheets that do not include degree award information must be accompanied by a degree award information letter or degree certificate. Documents not issued in English must be accompanied by an exact word for word original English translation bearing the original university or translation agency seal and/or original signature of the Officer issuing the translation. In addition, upon review, these same documents may be considered official when mailed or hand-carried to Admissions by the applicant in a sealed envelope. Scanned and emailed copies sent by the student are not official. Documents submitted are property of the university and cannot be returned.

Submitting Transcripts: Documents submitted are property of the university and cannot be returned. Submit your official transcripts and diploma/degree awards using one of the following electronic services:

For U.S. transcripts:

  • Parchment
  • National Student Clearing House
  • eSCRIP-SAFE
  • Standardization of Postsecondary Education Data Exchange (SPEEDE)
  • Joint Services Transcript (JST) Military
  • Credential Solutions

For international transcripts:

If your college or university does not support sending documents electronically, please have the sending institution submit the sealed envelope to:

U.S. Postal Mail:

UT Arlington Graduate Admissions
Box 19167
Arlington, TX 76019-0167
UT Arlington Undergraduate Admissions
Box 19114
Arlington, TX 76019-0114

Using Courier Mail Address (services like UPS, Fed Ex, and DHL): Please identify Graduate or Undergraduate Admissions to avoid a delay in processing.

UT Arlington Graduate Admissions
701 S. Nedderman Drive B17C
Arlington, TX 76019
UT Arlington Undergraduate Admissions
701 S. Nedderman Drive B17C
Arlington, TX 76019

GRE test score reports must come directly from ETS using our school code of 6013.

For Undergraduate Programs:

If you are unable to pay by debit or credit card, you can mail your Check or Money Order to:

UTA Office of Admissions, Records and Registration
ATTN: Application Fee Section
Box 19114
Arlington, TX 76019-0114

Please include your Student ID number on your check/money order.

Are international students eligible to apply for this program?

At this time, the program is only open to United States Citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (Green Card holders) and individuals who hold an H1-B Visa or other valid U.S. work visa.

If I apply and do not immediately enroll, do I need to reapply and submit another application fee to get started?

An undergraduate application fee is good for one year. After one year, you will need to submit a form updating your admission start date. Please email the UTA Admissions Office to request this form. A graduate application and application fee is good for one year. After one year you will need to submit the graduate admissions update/reactivation form. Select "I Have Applied to Graduate School" and then "I have previously applied to Graduate School" to start the form.

How do I know if I have been accepted? How does the notification process work?

For M.Ed in Education, Superintendent Certification and MSN Nursing programs:

Application Status: Within 3 to 4 business days of the Office of Graduate Studies receiving your application, you will be sent an application email that will contain your NetID.

You will be kept informed of your application status via the email address you provided on the application, and by information posted in MyMav. To check MyMav for the status of your application, view your admissions decision, or view any missing documents, do the following:

Go to uta.edu, click on the MyMav link, enter your NetID and password, and click on Sign In. Click on Student Center. Go to the right column and see if anything is listed under Holds. In that same column, check for things under the To Do List. Scroll to the bottom of the center column and click on Application Status.

Should you need assistance with your NetID and/or password, please contact the UTA Help Desk at 817-272-2208 or helpdesk@uta.edu.

For your own protection, never use your Social Security number when communicating with us. Instead, always use your UTA Student ID, which was sent to you via email approximately 7 to 10 days after receipt of your application in the Office of Graduate Studies.

Notifications: Listed below are the types of admission processing email notifications sent to applicants.

  1. Acknowledgement: This email is sent approximately 3 to 4 business days after receipt of your application in the Office of Graduate Studies. Information included will be the program of application, semester of application, fee payment status, and UTA Student ID Number. Please make note of your UTA ID Number as you will need to refer to it when communicating with us. For your own protection, never use your Social Security number when communicating with us. Instead, always use your 10-digit UTA Student ID, which was sent to you via email approximately 7 to 10 days after receipt of your application in the Office of Graduate Studies.
  2. UTA NetID: This email notification is sent approximately 5 to 7 business days after receipt of your application form in the Office of Graduate Studies. Your NetID is used to access the MyMav Student Center, where you can view your application status "To Do" list and "Application Status."
  3. Application Review: Notification that the application fee payment and bachelor's degree transcript, and master's degree transcript, if applicable, have or have not been received in the Office of Graduate Studies. This notification is sent approximately 7 to 10 days after receipt of your application.
  4. Referred to the Graduate Advisor: Notification that your application and transcripts have been sent to the graduate advisor of the M.Ed. or MSN program for a decision recommendation.
  5. Decision: Office of Graduate Studies official notification of the admission decision. If admitted, additional email notification from UTA confirming acceptance and with instructions on how to enroll, download your courseware, pay your tuition, and get started.
  6. Blackboard: You will receive notification of your username and password. To access your class through Blackboard you will need to go to the Course Login page.

For Undergraduate Programs:

Application Status: Within 3 to 4 business days of the Office of Admissions, Records and Registration receiving your application, you will be sent an application email that will contain your NetID.

You will need to activate your NetID at www.uta.edu/selfservice before you can log into anything. At that website, click on Activate your NetID, enter your NetID and your initial password exactly as shown. Then you will have to choose and answer at least five security questions. Please choose questions that have answers that are easy to remember and that don't change. Then choose your password according to these criteria: it must be at least 8 characters long and it must contain uppercase letters, lowercase letters, and numbers (all three). When it says "password change completed," click on Logout in the blue bar on the far right side. Then wait 10-15 minutes before logging into anything.

You will be kept informed of your application status via the email address you provided on the application, and by information posted in MyMav. To check MyMav for the status of your application, view your admissions decision, or view any missing documents:

Go to uta.edu, click on the MyMav link, enter your NetID and password, and click on Sign In.

Click on Student Center. Go to the right column and see if anything is listed under Holds. In that same column, check for things under the To Do List. Scroll to the bottom of the center column and click on Application Status.

Should you need assistance with your NetID and/or password, please contact the UTA Help Desk at 817-272-2208 or helpdesk@uta.edu.

For your own protection, never use your Social Security number when communicating with us. Instead, always use your Student ID, which was sent to you via email approximately 7 to 10 days after receipt of your application in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Notifications: Listed below are the types of admission processing email notifications sent to applicants.

  1. Acknowledgement: This email is sent approximately 3 to 4 business days after receipt of your application in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Information included will be the program of application, semester of application, fee payment status, and UTA Student ID Number. Please make note of your UTA ID Number as you will need to refer to it when communicating with us. For your own protection, never use your Social Security number when communicating with us. Instead, always use your 10-digit UTA Student ID, which was sent to you via email approximately 7 to 10 days after receipt of your application in the Office of Graduate Studies.
  2. UTA NetID: This email notification is sent approximately 5 to 7 business days after receipt of your application form in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Your NetID is used to access the MyMav Student Center, where you can view your application status "To Do" list and "Application Status."
  3. Application Review: Notification that the application fee payment and transcripts have or have not been received in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. This notification is sent approximately 7 to 10 days after receipt of your application.
  4. Acceptance/Denied to UTA: Notification that you have been accepted or denied to UTA will come 3 to 5 business days after all your missing documents are on file. This decision will come via email to your MyMav email address.
  5. Program Decision: A nursing advisor will review your transcripts and make a decision on your application to the program. If admitted, additional email notification from UTA confirming acceptance and instructions on how to enroll, download your courseware, pay your tuition, and get started. RN to BSN students will receive a course map telling them in what order to take classes. BSN students will receive a missing course document letting you know what prerequisite courses you need to complete.
  6. Blackboard: You will receive notification of your username and password. To access your class through Blackboard you will need to go to the Course Login page.

What is the Nursing Partnership Code?

Partnership Codes are assigned to partner healthcare employers. If you have a Partnership Code, it must be entered into the ApplyTexas when applying to the University. Please contact the Program Coordinator at your health care employer or, if you are not employed by a partner, enrollment services at 866-489-2810 to receive your Partnership Code.

Do you accept transfer credits into your programs?

Education:

Our College of Education and Health Professions degrees currently do not accept transfer credits.

Nursing:

General course transfer credits will be accepted, with no age limitations, for College of Nursing and Health Innovation degrees if they meet the university's criteria. Nursing course transfer credits will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the College of Nursing at 866-489-2810.

If I am currently enrolled in one of these programs on campus, can I transfer into the program for the remaining classes?

No. That option is not available at this time.

Is online learning right for me?

This questionnaire can help you determine if online learning is for you.

Is a comprehensive exam required at the end of the degree program?

Education:

No.

Nursing:

Yes, BSN degree program only.

In the BSN degree program, a comprehensive TEAS Exam is administered in the final term. A passing score of 850 must be achieved in order to graduate. There are three attempts to pass this comprehensive test.

Can I toggle in and out of my exams?

Once you begin, you cannot stop and start or navigate out of the exam.

Will I need to document sources in my assignments?

Yes. Please use APA (American Psychological Association) formatting guidelines for documenting sources.

Will textbook(s) be required?

Professors reserve the right to require a textbook for their courses. Advanced notice will be provided if a textbook is required.

Can I email assignments directly to my instructor or academic coach?

No. The university requires a record of your assignment within the course. Submitting your assignment in the course shows documentation of completing the course requirements.

Why are the GRE scores used and what is their importance?

GRE scores are one predictor of graduate school success. The scores provide common measures for comparing the qualifications of applicants and aid in evaluating grades and recommendations.

How should I prepare for the test?

GRE Powerprep® software is a free download available to help you become familiar with the test. You may also choose to purchase products though a test preparation company.

How often is the test offered?

The test is offered year-round and most test centers are open five to six days per week. Appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Register early to get your preferred test date.

Which GRE test do I take?

Take the GRE revised General Test, which includes verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing sections.

What scores are required for full acceptance into the accelerated online master's degree programs?

See the admission requirements for your degree program of interest.

How do I register for the GRE revised General Test?

You may register online.

You can also call the test center directly at 1-800-GRE-CALL (1-800-473-2255).

Find testing locations

How are my scores sent to UTA?

Request the scores be sent to school code 6013 for UTA.

More information is available at the ETS site.

What are some useful GRE resources?

What are general courses?

General courses are the courses needed to graduate with a bachelor's degree from The University of Texas at Arlington. Most general courses may be taken in an online in an 8-week format, based on when they are offered. Technical Writing is the only 5-week general course and some of these general courses are offered in 15-week format. Visit the respective degree pages to view course offerings.

How do I know which general courses to take?

For nursing students, after you have submitted your application and sent in your transcripts, an academic advisor with UTA will review your information. RN to BSN students will receive a course map to ensure you complete the program the most efficient way possible. BSN students will receive a missing course document that tells you what general courses you need to complete before you can enter the upper division nursing courses. Go to the calendar page for course schedules.

Is there a time limit on the general courses you accept when I enter the program?

No. There are no time limits on the acceptance of general courses.

How do I know if I have completed all of the general courses?

You will need a transcript evaluation. Please contact your Nursing Advisor.

How do I get my transcript if the school of nursing I attended is now closed?

Contact the hospital the nursing school was associated with to determine where the records are being stored. Also try contacting the board of nursing for the state in which you earned your degree.

What courses or certifications waive my requirement for the upper division elective?

This requires documentation of being certified through a nationally recognized nursing certification examination or completing a work-based project in Nursing Cooperative Education (Co-op) program. To take advantage of this, you need to submit your certificate to the College of Nursing and Health Innovation for evaluation.

How much time per week will I have to commit to the courses?

Please plan on allocating seven to nine hours per week for a 3 semester-hour course and 12-14 hours per week for a 4 semester-hour course.

This time will be spent completing readings, viewing lectures, participating in discussion boards and accessing information in the online library. This does not include the time needed to complete and submit assignments in the course.

Do I need to meet with an advisor?

Advising for online students is primarily done by email. Phone appointments may be made. Applicants are also encouraged to attend the information sessions held the first Thursday of each month.

Students are assigned to advisors based on the first letter of their last name. View a list of advisor emails. Although most advisement is handled via email and phone, students may schedule a face-to-face appointment with an advisor as needed.

What about financial aid and scholarships?

If you have not finalized your funding for the program, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 817-272-3561. All financial arrangements should be in place prior to accepting enrollment in the program. Students enrolled in the Accelerated Online program are not eligible for certain scholarships and grant funds due to funding restrictions.

Endowed nursing scholarships are available only to students who have been accepted into the nursing program and are currently enrolled in the program.

What are prerequisite courses?

Prerequisites are the general courses that must be completed prior to beginning the nursing program. There are twenty one prerequisite courses plus one upper division elective. There is an additional course, BIOL 1441, which is a prerequisite for AP I & II and Micro.

How do I know which prerequisite courses to take?

After you have submitted your application to UTA via ApplyTexas and sent in all official transcripts, an academic advisor with UTA will review your information and provide you with a missing course document that tells you which prerequisites you need to complete.

Do you accept transfer credits into the program?

Yes. Prerequisite course transfer credits will be accepted, if they meet the University's criteria and a grade of "C" or higher was earned. If you are requesting transfer of a pre-nursing course (Introduction to Professional Nursing, Pharmacology, Pathophysiology), you must submit a syllabus that includes a course description, content outline and course objectives. Please review our Equivalency Charts for further information.

Is there a time limit on the prerequisite courses you accept when I enter the program?

Yes, there is a three-year limit on Pharmacology. The time is calculated at the time a student enters the upper division nursing courses.

How do I know if I have completed all of the prerequisite courses?

Apply to the University of Texas at Arlington and send in your transcripts. An academic advisor will review your information and provide you with a missing course document.

How do I apply to the Accelerated Online BSN Program at UTA?

You will submit two applications. First, you will complete the ApplyTexas application to the University. Once you are admitted as a student to the University and you are near completing the prerequisite courses, you will submit a short second application to the College of Nursing.

When can I apply to the nursing program?

Once you have completed 12 of your 16 credit hours of natural sciences (Human A&P I, II, Chemistry, and Microbiology) you should review the application deadline that is nearest to your intended start date. In order to begin the nursing program, you must complete all prerequisite courses. You can apply one semester in advance of when you plan to begin the upper division nursing program. This allows you to complete any remaining courses while your nursing application is being reviewed. For example, if you have 12 of your 16 science hours completed by the January 5th deadline, you can apply to UTA to complete your pre-nursing courses in spring and, if accepted, start nursing school in September. Please review the admission requirements and contact your academic advisor if you require clarification.

Must I complete the upper division elective prior to starting the program?

It is required that the upper division elective be completed prior to starting the program, not prior to applying. Currently the only courses offered via the AO program are BIOL 3309 Medical Terminology and NURS 3352 Legacy of the Family.

How many start dates are there each year?

There are two start dates: spring and fall. Information on the upcoming dates are listed on the calendar page.

What is the Partnership Code?

Partnership Codes are assigned to partner healthcare employers. If you have a Partnership Code, it must be entered into the ApplyTexas application when applying to the University. Please contact the Program Coordinator at your health care employer or, if you are not employed by a partner, enrollment services at 866-489-2810 to receive your Partnership Code.

Can my prerequisites be waived because I have a previous degree?

Previous degrees are evaluated from official transcripts and courses that the College of Nursing accepts and will be transferred in as applicable to the degree plan. A previous degree does not waive or exclude missing prerequisite courses.

If I am currently enrolled in the BSN program at UTA on campus, can I transfer into the AO program for the remaining classes?

No. That option is not available at this time.

What is the UTA College of Nursing and Health Innovation accreditation?

The UTA Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing degree program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the Texas Board of Nursing.

Must I be connected to the internet to complete the coursework?

Yes. You will need internet access to download your individual course and online readings onto your computer and to submit and receive feedback on assignments and assessments as well as participate in online discussions. You must regularly monitor your UTA Mavs email address as this is provided to students as an official means of communication and information regarding your course work, degree, and correspondence.

What are the technology requirements for the program?

The complete list of technology requirements is available on the Technology Support page.

Is the prerequisite GPA calculated only on the courses you accept for transfer?

Yes.

What other costs besides tuition will I have?

The following are current costs associated with the program that may change without notification: books, stethoscope, uniforms, PDA, and nurse kit containing supplies needed in the nursing labs. In addition, you will be required to have a criminal background check, drug screening, and be certified in CPR. At the end of the program, expect a graduation fee as well as fees associated with NCLEX testing for licensure as a registered nurse.

Can I still work while I'm in the nursing program?

It is recommended that you work no more than 12-16 hours per week. You should plan on spending 3 hours of study time for every hour of course credit. In addition, you will have approximately 16-24 hours per week of time spent at your assigned clinical hospital.

If I enroll in the three Pre-Nursing courses, am I guaranteed entry into the AO BSN Program?

No. Completion of prerequisite coursework does not guarantee admission into the nursing program. Your acceptance into the program depends on several factors, including science and prerequisite GPAs and the minimum TEAS scores.

How many students will be selected from my hospital?

The number selected will vary from hospital to hospital. Groups will be in cohorts of ten.

Will Pharmacologic Implications and Pathophysiologic Implications transfer from another university?

Possibly. You must send the syllabus of the course which must include the description of the course, the course number, and the course content outline and objectives to your advisor. It will then be reviewed by faculty to determine if it can substitute for the course we offer.

What are the prerequisites for Pharmacologic Implications and Pathophysiologic Implications?

Anatomy & Physiology I & II and Chemistry. These cannot be taken concurrently.

If I take TEAS somewhere other than UTA, will you accept those scores?

Yes. You must submit a copy of your scores along with your supplemental application by the application due date to the College of Nursing. Scores on the following sections: Reading, Math, Science, and English and Language Usage must be submitted. UTA's Pre-Licensure BSN program requires a minimum score in the "proficient" range in each section to be eligible to apply. The cutoff point of what is "proficient" is usually at or above 58.7%. Passing scores are valid for 2 years.

Where can I take the TEAS Exam?

You may register for the TEAS Exam through Timetrade and pay UTA Exam fee. Visit the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) for Allied Health for more details.

If you are unable to register for a date at UTA, you may take the exam at another school or at a Prometric testing site. Registration for Prometric sites is online and separate from UTA.

Can I meet face to face with an advisor?

Yes, as a student, you can schedule an on-campus appointment if necessary.

What if an emergency happens and I have to take a temporary break from the program?

We hope that the flexibility of the courseware will allow you to finish the course you are currently taking. If you cannot continue and you withdraw from the course, you can re-enter later in the sequence and take the course you dropped when it is re-offered. You must withdraw by the drop deadline posted under Important Dates to receive a 'W'. To receive a refund for the course tuition you must withdraw before the course starts.

Are there clinical requirements for the RN to BSN degree?

Since you are a practicing RN, clinicals are accomplished through application-based assignments that can be completed in your work environment or community setting.

Can I take another course with my Capstone course?

Capstone must be the last course taken in the program. All pending requirements must be completed prior to capstone enrollment. Students are permitted to take Capstone concurrently with one approved course: a general education (or) an elective course (or) NURS 4465. If a student drops the course that is being taken concurrently with Capstone, the student must also drop Capstone.

What grades are required to graduate from the program?

A grade of C or above must be earned in Professional Nursing in order to progress in the program, and a Grade of C or above must be earned in all other courses in the program in order to graduate. No incomplete grades will be assigned.

A student in the RN to BSN Program who earns two Ds or Fs in nursing courses will be placed on probation. The student must earn a C or above in all subsequent courses in order to remain in the program.

Can I sit out a course?

We hope the flexibility of the courseware will allow you to finish the courses in sequence. If you cannot continue and you withdraw from the course, you will be subject to the re-admission policy and this could increase your time to graduation. Please speak with your graduate advisor about scheduling and read the Graduate Re-Admission Policy.

I graduated from UTA. Do I still need to request transcripts?

If you are a currently (or previously) enrolled UTA student, you do not need to request your UTA transcripts. However, you will need to request transcripts from other senior or four-year institutions attended while enrolled as an undergraduate student at UTA.

I don't know my GPA. How do I know if I meet the GPA requirement?

Please submit your application, and if you are unsure about your GPA, the College of Nursing will communicate your status and any other requirements you need to fill.

Do I need to have taken Statistics prior to applying?

Yes. You should not submit your application to the College of Nursing until you have completed Statistics with a C or better. If this is a course you need, you may take it online through UTA, but you will need to complete an undergraduate application and select "undeclared" as your major.

Does the Statistics course that is a requirement have to be a Math Statistics, or could it be a Psychology Statistics?

It can be math, psychology, or even a Statistics course from other social sciences. Critical content in the course includes descriptive statistics, t tests, chi square, analysis of variance, and correlation. This is standard content in an undergraduate Statistics (intro or survey) course.

How long until I hear something about my application?

You will receive an email from UTA once your application has been uploaded from ApplyTexas. You will receive communication from the College of Nursing regarding your status in about four weeks. The first communication will come to your personal email and will include instructions on setting up your MyMav email. After that, communication will be through MyMav.

Application Status: Within 3 to 4 business days of the Office of Graduate Studies receiving your application, you will be sent an application email, which will contain your NetID.

You will need to activate your NetID before you can log into anything. At that website, click on Activate your NetID and enter your NetID and your initial password exactly as shown. Then you will have to choose and answer at least five security questions. Please choose questions that have answers that are easy to remember and that don't change. Then choose your password according to these criteria: it must at least 8 characters long and it must contain uppercase letters, lowercase letters, and numbers (all three). When it says "Password change completed," click on Logout in the blue bar on the far right side. Then wait 10-15 minutes before logging into anything.

You will be kept informed of your application status via the email address you provided on the application, and by information posted in MyMav. To check MyMav for the status of your application, view your admissions decision, or view any missing documents, do the following: Go to www.uta.edu, click on the MyMav link, enter your NetID and password, and click on Sign In. Click on Student Center. Go to the right column and see if anything is listed under Holds. In that same column, check for things under the To Do List. Scroll to the bottom of the center column and click on Application Status.

Need assistance with your NetID and/or password? Contact the UTA Help Desk at 817-272-2208 or helpdesk@uta.edu.

For your own protection, never use your Social Security number when communicating with us. Instead, always use your 10-digit UTA Student ID, which was sent to you via email approximately 7 to 10 days after receipt of your application in the Office of Graduate Studies.

Notifications: Listed below are the types of admission processing email notifications sent to applicants.

  • Acknowledgement: This email is sent approximately 3 to 4 business days after receipt of your application in the Office of Graduate Studies. Information included will be the program of application, semester of application, fee payment status, and UTA Student ID Number. Please make note of your UTA ID Number as you will need to refer to it when communicating with us. For your own protection, never use your Social Security number when communicating with us. Instead, always use your 10 digit UTA Student ID, which was sent to you via email approximately 7 to 10 days after receipt of your application in the Office of Graduate Studies.
  • UTA NetID: This email notification is sent approximately 5 to 7 business days after receipt of your application form in the Office of Graduate Studies. Your NetID is used to access the MyMav Student Center, where you can view your application status "To Do" list and "Application Status."
  • Application Review: Notification that the application fee payment and bachelor's degree transcript, and master's degree transcript, if applicable, have or have not been received in the Office of Graduate Studies. This notification is sent approximately 7 to 10 days after receipt of your application.
  • Referred to the Graduate Advisor: Notification that your application and transcripts have been sent to the graduate advisor of the M.Ed. or MSN program for a decision recommendation.
  • Decision: Office of Graduate Studies official notification of the admission decision. If admitted, additional email notification from UTA confirming acceptance and with instructions on how to enroll, download your courseware, pay your tuition, and get started.

Will I receive a course map with start dates for all courses and electives?

Yes. All students will receive a degree plan (course map) with the projected courses and dates. The electives will need to remain somewhat flexible depending on what the student decides to take. Also, a few students may come to us with electives to transfer in, so their plan will incorporate these electives. Students may also transfer in a required course that could affect their degree plan/course map.

Will other graduate courses I have taken transfer?

A total of 9 hours of graduate work may be transferred in. All final transfer decisions are made by UTA Master's faculty on course equivalency and/or relevance to this program.

When do I need to find a preceptor?

We want students to begin identifying their sites and preceptors 60 to 90 days ahead of when the course with clinical starts.

In rural areas, would one nurse leader have the potential to preceptor more than one student?

Yes, but generally not more than two at a time.

How and when do I apply for graduation?

Please refer to our graduation page for more information.

When should I start looking for a preceptor?

To allow time for scheduling, form submission, and approvals, we recommend that students begin locating possible clinical sites and preceptor candidates 12 to 16 weeks in advance of their first clinical course.

What are the requirements for each preceptor?

Acceptable categories of preceptors are listed for each clinical course according to the clinical focus.

What resources are available to me in locating and securing a preceptor?

During your orientation to your clinical rotations in the last 5 weeks of NURS 5418: Advanced Health Assessment, you will receive more information on locating clinical sites. You may also wish to speak with your Clinical Coordinator about locating preceptors and partnering with you in securing clinical sites.

Can I complete my clinical placement where I work?

You may be able to complete clinical hours at your current place of employment if it meets these specific clinical focus guidelines for the course. However, you will not be able to conduct clinical hours within your department or under your current supervisor as preceptor. Please be aware that you cannot be paid by your employer or clinical site preceptor for clinical practice hours completed as a student.

Can I still work at my regular job while completing clinicals?

Most students continue to work while fulfilling clinical hours. However, it is important to address schedule flexibility with your employer in advance of clinicals in order to maintain work schedules while balancing them with required coursework and clinical hours.

How are payments submitted to the University?

Students may pay their tuition by the following methods:

  • On the Web through your MyMav account (Immediate posting)
  • By cash and/or check made payable to UTA. If paying by check, please include your 10 digit MyMav ID number on the check. You may mail your check to the following address:

    UTA Student Accounts
    Box 19649
    Arlington, TX 76019

    Your required payment must be posted to your Registration Account prior to 11:59 p.m. CT on the Payment Due Date to avoid withdrawal for non-payment. If your account is being paid by a third party, payment must be made by the tuition deadline or you may be subject to being cancelled for non-payment.

Is financial aid available?

For information about financial aid, please see the Financial Aid page.

Are refunds given for courses?

The refund policy can be found on the Tuition Policy page.

How do I ensure that I stay locked into my original tuition rate if I am in the one of the graduate school programs?

Students admitted to cohorts are guaranteed the tuition price in place at the start of their program under the following conditions:

  • Students must maintain continuous term by term enrollment in the program. "Term by term" means that the student must be enrolled in at least one course each Fall, Spring and Summer term.
  • Students must complete the program during the time period prescribed by the degree program. Students who take courses beyond the designed program length may be subject to tuition price increases.

Do I have access to UTA Services and Facilities as part of this online degree program?

Due to the reduced tuition rate, students admitted to the Accelerated Online programs do not have access to on-campus programs and resources, such as, but not limited to: Maverick Activities Center, Student Health Services, Max Express student identification cards, discounted event tickets, on-campus library and other similar benefits. However, AO online students do have full access to the online library resources, UTA helpdesk, and UTA bookstore.

How long do I have to complete the program and other requirements?

The UTA Catalog states the following about coursework completion and other requirements:

  • Coursework that is more than six years old at the time of graduation or teacher/administrator certification program completion cannot be used toward meeting the requirements for a master's degree or graduate-level certification.
  • Master's degree and graduate level certificate programs must be completed within six years (time in military service excluded) from initial registration in the Office of Graduate Studies.
  • Appropriate state exams and application to the State Board for Educator Certification for a standard certificate must be made within six months of completion of residency/practicum/program. If a candidate allows the six month period to go by without passing all state exams and applying for certification, additional coursework and/or state exams will be required.

Is my master's degree program accredited, and if so, by what body?

The University of Texas at Arlington is state accredited by the Texas Education Agency, regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the College of Education is nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Graduate programs are approved through the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and programs leading to certification are governed by the Texas Education Agency/State Board of Education.

Which programs will lead to certification in the State of Texas?

The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction – Literacy Studies program can lead to a Texas Reading Specialist certificate, ESL certificate and/or Master Reading Teacher certificate. The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies can lead to a Texas Principal certificate. The Superintendent Certificate program can lead to a Texas Superintendent certificate. The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction – Mathematics Education program or Curriculum and Instruction – Science Education program can prepare students to test for an add-on grades 4-8 or 8-12 Texas mathematics teacher certificate or grade 4-8 or 8-12 Texas science teacher certificate. The Superintendent program requires a valid Texas principal certificate for those seeking and eligible for Texas superintendent certification.

Does the completion of the Superintendent program lead to a stand-alone degree?

The Superintendent program does lead to Texas superintendent certification if one is eligible (successfully completes the coursework, the practicum requirements in a Texas accredited school). However, it is a non-degree program. Coursework may apply toward the doctoral degree program in the Education and Policy Studies department.

Do other states recognize the UTA programs which lead to certification in Texas?

You must review the UTA program requirements with your State certification department to determine if the program meets its requirements. Some states have reciprocity provisions with other states, but many do not.

I'm an out-of-state student. How do I get a letter indicating I have completed the program to share with my state?

If you are seeking certification in your state, please remember that you are not eligible for state certification in Texas. This is because your practicum experience was completed outside of Texas. Therefore, UTA cannot complete state university recommendation forms that require verification of completion of a state approved educator preparation program. However, the College of Education will provide you a memo that you can present to your state agency for consideration for determining if you are eligible for certification. Complete the form and submit as directed. Once the information you provide is confirmed, you will be emailed the memo.

How can I get technology support?

Technology support details can be found on the Tech Support page.

Must I be connected to the internet to complete the coursework?

Yes. You will need internet access to download your individual course and online readings onto your computer and to submit and receive feedback on assignments and assessments as well as participate in online discussions. You must regularly monitor your UTA Mavs Student email address as this is provided to students as an official means of communication and information regarding your course work, degree, and correspondence.

Whom do I contact for questions about assignment and course content?

Email your academic coach with questions about course assignments or content. The master professors and coaches collaborate regularly regarding students' questions, concerns and performance.

How long will I be able to view my course material once I have completed the course?

Students have two weeks from the final exam date to access course materials for a completed course. You should take this opportunity to save any documents they might need. At the end of the two-week window, students will no longer have access to the completed course tab on the UTA Home Page.

How do I log into a Blackboard course?

To access your Blackboard courses, go to elearn.uta.edu and log in with your NetID (using lowercase letters) and password just like you would for MyMav.

How and when do I apply for graduation?

Please refer to our graduation page for more information.

When are degrees conferred?

Please refer to our graduation page for more information.

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