Chapter II. Graduate Admissions

General Requirements for Admission to Graduate Study


Students applying for degree-seeking status at the master’s and doctoral level must fulfill the general requirements for admission to the University of the Incarnate Word and any special requirements for admission to a particular degree program. Additional requirements for the doctoral program are listed on page 27.

General requirements:

Discipline-specific requirements are listed under each program description. Petitions for admission with exception to the published criteria must be recommended by the Program Admissions Committee and approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. Exceptions must be documented with an  explanation. A copy of this documentation must be included in the student’s permanent file.

Conditional admission may be granted upon approval of the Program Admissions Committee and the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. Criteria and the time limit for removing conditions will be specified in the letter of admission.


Students in good standing at a recognized graduate school who wish to enroll for a maximum of nine credit hours and who plan to continue at the school of original admission may be admitted as transient graduate students. Students must fill out a formal application for admission and submit either a statement of good standing from the dean of the graduate school where they are enrolled or an official transcript. Enrolling in additional course work beyond the nine hours will require application for a change of status.

Non-degree Seeking

If non-degree seeking, an applicant to Graduate School must submit:

Non-degree-seeking students may register for a cumulative total of no more than nine credit hours of graduate course work under the normal grading system. Students holding a master’s degree who do not wish to apply for admission as degree-seeking students may register for a cumulative total of no more than 12 credit hours of graduate course work under the normal grading system. Non-degree seeking students are expected to conform to graduate standards of scholarship. In some cases, credit hours taken under a non-degree seeking status and under the normal grading system may be applied toward a degree if a student later gains admission into a graduate program. Such credits will be evaluated as though they were transfer credits from another institution and must be approved by the Program Advisor and the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research.

Non-degree seeking students may not be eligible for some forms of financial aid. 

Change of Status

To change status from non-degree seeking to degree seeking, the student must meet the requirements for admission to the program and submit an Application for Change of Status to the Program Advisor and the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. 


With the approval of the appropriate College/School Dean, certificates may be presented to students in recognition of their attendance at special not-for-credit seminars or continuing educational professional development and in recognition of their earning credit hours in UIW courses offered in a particular field or fields.

The reception/awarding of a certificate will not appear on the transcript, even when the certificate attests to earning credit hours for UIW courses.  When appropriate, for-credit courses taken to earn a certificate may be considered as fulfilling the requirements of a degree program only if the student applies to, meets admission requirements of, and is accepted into the program.

All students taking graduate courses and seeking a certificate must apply for admission to the University’s Graduate School and provide evidence of an earned Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning with an overall GPA of 2.5 or better. Official transcripts from each college and university previously attended must be mailed directly from the college or university to the Admissions Office. Students may have to meet additional requirements set by the school or college from which the certificate is being issued.

Application Procedures

The student must submit to the Admissions Office the credentials listed below. Credentials submitted late can cause a delay in acceptance and registration.

When the Admissions Office receives the required credentials, they are sent to the Program Coordinator for evaluation and recommendation for action. The Dean of Graduate Studies and Research notifies the applicant by letter concerning action taken on the application. Upon acceptance, the student is assigned a Program Advisor.

Credentials submitted for admission become the property of the University of the Incarnate Word and will not be returned. Students who have not begun graduate work within a year of acceptance must re-apply through the Office of Admissions for the reactivation of their application and readmission.

The University of the Incarnate Word reserves the right to refuse admission to an applicant or to request the withdrawal of a student already in the program for reasons considered adequate by the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research.

Admission of International Students and International Exchange Students

An international student is a student who has citizenship in a country other than the United States.

International students should apply for admission no later than 60 days prior to the beginning of the semester in which the student plans to attend to ensure no delay in acceptance and registration. The following credentials must be submitted to the Office of Admissions:

Advising and Registration

Upon acceptance to a program, graduate students must meet with their Academic Advisors before each term to discuss progress toward meeting degree requirements. The Advisor’s formal approval is required to permit registration. Students must make payment arrangements with the Business Office no later than the end of the registration period.