2015-2016 Graduate Catalog

Types of Admission

TCU provides six types of admission:

Unconditional Admission

Unconditional admission may be granted to applicants who have met all of the general requirements for admission as well as the particular admission requirements of the department and school/college, and who have completed all admission formalities.

Conditional Admission

Conditional admission may be granted to applicants who have been unable to complete all admission requirements by the application deadline. In each such case, an appropriate, specific deadline for satisfying the explicit conditions is given to the student, not to exceed one semester, and may include restriction of hours to be taken as a conditionally admitted student. Special permission to extend the deadline by at most one semester may be requested in writing from the school/college dean. Students who have not removed the conditions by the extended deadline will not be permitted to register for classes. Schools and colleges may have more stringent policies regarding conditional admission.

Non-Degree Graduate Admission

Non-degree graduate admission may be given to an applicant who:

  1. Meets the general requirements for admission;
  2. Is not an applicant for a degree program; and
  3. Wishes to enroll for graduate work for credit.

Non-degree admission requires completion of the appropriate application form, a letter stating why the student is requesting non-degree admission, $60 application fee and submission of one official transcript mailed to TCU from the registrar's office of each college attended showing all work the student has previously completed. Applications for non-degree admission require the approval of the department concerned and the appropriate dean's office. A maximum of nine hours of graduate study is permitted under non-degree admission. Submit applications to the appropriate department/School/College (see Application Procedures Contact Information below).

Courses taken under this status are not credited toward requirements for a degree. If, at some later date, degree admission is desired, the student must complete all regular admission formalities. At the time of application for degree admission, courses previously taken as a non-degree student may be evaluated for possible degree credit. Upon recommendation of the department to which the student is admitted and with approval of the appropriate dean's office, a maximum of nine hours taken in non-degree graduate status may be credited toward degree requirements.

Visiting Graduate Student Admission

Visiting graduate student admission may be granted to students enrolled in graduate programs at other universities, but who desire to take courses from TCU for transfer. Students should get prior approval for this work from their graduate school since the receiving institution has the right to accept or reject transfer courses.

Requirements for visiting graduate student admission are a completed application form, including $60 application fee, and a letter of good standing mailed to TCU from the registrar's office of the student's institution.

Admission for TCU Seniors

Admission for TCU seniors is sometimes permitted. A qualified TCU senior may begin graduate work during the final bachelor's semester. The student must be within nine hours of completing all requirements for the bachelor's degree and enrolled for the courses that will fulfill those requirements.

In addition to other application materials a statement of standing indicating that the student is within the nine-hour limit of completing the degree requirements from the registrar or the academic dean is required. These materials must be submitted prior to the registration period. This admission is limited to TCU seniors only and may be for degree admission or for non-degree student admission.

Workshop Admission

Workshop admission is a simplified admission procedure for students who wish to attend a special graduate seminar or workshop offered by TCU. Admission will be granted to applicants who hold at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in the United States or proof of equivalent training at a non-U.S. institution and are in good standing at all colleges and/or universities previously attended. Graduate credit will be given for grades of "B" or better. Such a student is not regarded as an applicant for a degree program.

TCU Faculty Admission

TCU faculty members with the rank of instructor or above who meet the regular requirements for admission are eligible to register for individual graduate courses or for graduate work leading to an advanced degree. However, they are not eligible to become candidates for a doctoral degree in the academic unit in which they are employed at TCU.

International Student Admission

Admission standards are the same for all students, regardless of country of origin or residency. However, students on F or J visas are required to show English proficiency.

TCU's Intensive English Program staff conducts interviews and exams where necessary in support of TOEFL and TWE requirements and University graduate study expectations. Extra support/needs are reported to the graduate director, and the student will be notified as to courses needed during the students' first term and any subsequent terms of study.

Transfer students within the United States may submit evidence of one year of successful study (within the last two years) in order to have evidence of English requirements waived.

Financial Capability and Affidavits

F and J Visa students are required by U.S. law to provide evidence of sufficient funding to live and study in the United States prior to issuance of any immigration documents. A sufficient financial packet must include:

  1. The TCU Financial Statement accompanied by an original bank statement indicating sufficient funding for ALL expenses. This may be completed by student, family, friend or organization, but must include specific financial data on official financial institution letterhead.
  2. An Affidavit of Support from persons named in sponsorship records, verifying willingness to sponsor student. Students should submit any financial award from TCU as part of their financial portfolio.

All international graduate students must pay a non-refundable $50 orientation fee, due at the time of application submission. There is an additional application fee for students applying to the Neeley School of Business. Further information and necessary forms can be found at wholewideworld.tcu.edu.

Medical Insurance Coverage and University Health Record Requirements

All students on student visas must have insurance coverage during their entire time at TCU. The Brown-Lupton Health Center provides coverage for international students; enrollment is mandatory and automatic for all students, with the exception of those students in sponsored (J Visa) programs requiring purchase prior to arrival. Students with dependents (F-2/J-2) may request waiver under specific circumstances, but national coverage in home country does not merit waiver and will not be considered.

A medical history form with a record of all immunizations is required prior to registration and is included in the pre-arrival packet for international students.

Pre-Arrival Information

Mandatory orientation for international students occurs several days before other graduate student orientations. New students should plan their arrival accordingly.

Wholewideworld.tcu.edu contains information on the above requirements and answers many other questions students may have about coming to TCU. Included are Web applications to request a roommate prior to arrival; what students can expect upon arriving in Texas; and useful information that has been selected based upon student input on needed information before, during and after initial arrival in the United States.