How to Apply
You are an international graduate applicant if you:
- are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States (or applicant for permanent residency), and
- you have not graduated from a Texas high school after three years in residence in Texas (please review Senate Bill 1528), and
- hold a bachelor’s or professional degree (or equivalent)
Note: If you are currently enrolled or have been enrolled in the past year as a graduate student at Texas A&M University, you should submit a Letter of Intent or Petition to the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies.
- Application. Refer to your program's website for the specific application service. Most academic programs utilize ApplyTexas.org. You may apply to only ONE degree-seeking program per semester. Your application (and offer of admission) is valid for one year from the term of original application; however, your deferral request must be made before the start of that term.
- Application Fee. A nonrefundable $90 application fee. The application fee may be paid by check, money order or approved credit card. If you wish to submit your application fee by check or money order please use the alternate payment form. Applicants who wish to pay by credit card may do so as part of the online application. If you are unable to pay the fee online, you may call the Fee Office (979) 458-5155. Waiver of the $90 international application fee is not available.
- Official Transcripts and Records. To ensure that your official transcripts and other supporting documents are processed in a timely and efficient manner, please include the appropriate Document ID Sheet with all documents you submit in support of your application. Please view a brief List of Bachelor Degree Equivalencies by Country. If you do not find your country listed and are unsure of your degree equivalency, please contact the Office of Admissions at email@example.com. Applicants who do not possess a degree considered to be equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor’s degree or higher will be denied admission.
- You must submit transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. NOTE: You do not need to submit a transcript from Texas A&M University. Official transcripts (not unofficial transcripts/advising sheets) uploaded via the Applicant Information System (AIS) will temporarily complete your file for review. If you receive admission, you must submit all required original official transcripts (and diplomas) before you will be allowed to register for classes. The official transcripts will be compared to any unofficial documents used for admission. If discrepancies are identified, your admission may be rescinded.
- You are required to submit official transcripts from each post-secondary university or college attended. An official statement of the award of the degree or diploma is required for each degree completed. College work from one institution posted on the transcript of another institution will not be accepted.
- Transcripts are considered official if they have an original signature of a school official or an original school seal. Accepted signatures include the Registrar, Principal, Controller of Examinations, or The Ministry of Education. Photocopies or other duplications of a transcript, such as notarized copies, faxed, or scanned documents are not considered official.
- If your institution does not issue a transcript in English you must submit the native language transcript with an official English translation. Official translations are prepared by a recognized translation service and include all original seals and/or signatures.
- Consolidated transcripts or provisional mark-sheets are not considered official. Please ask the registrar to send individual mark-sheets that list your grades earned in each term. Do not send mark-sheets that include student information other than your own.
- For students currently enrolled in the United States, we will accept copies of official transcripts from other countries provided the copies are verified by the United States institution the applicant is currently attending. Faxed, emailed, and/or notarized copies will not be accepted. Evaluations are not accepted as transcripts.
- Many universities in the USA can use the electronic format. Electronic transcripts can be processed much faster than paper transcripts. Texas A&M will accept transcripts sent electronically through SPEEDE, eSCRIP-SAFE or National Clearing House.
- Official Test Scores. Required test scores should be sent directly from the testing agency. Most scores expire after five years.
- Use code 6003 for reporting GRE scores for non-engineering programs (Department code not needed).
- Use code 4119 for reporting GRE for engineering programs. (EngineeringCAS).
- Use 7B7K957 for reporting GMAT scores.
- Proof of English Proficiency. If your native language is not English, you are required to submit proof of English proficiency to be eligible for review. If you are a citizen of one of the following countries, you will be exempt from the English proficiency requirement for admission and considered English Language Proficiency (ELP) Verified:
Antigua and Barbuda
British Virgin Islands
Canada (except Quebec)
Federated States of Micronesia
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Turks and Caicos Islands
English proficiency can also be demonstrated by:
Test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to be considered official.
- a minimum TOEFL score (from a test date within two years) of 80 i-BT (Texas A&M University does not accept the MyBest TOEFL score), or
- a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 overall band
- a minimum PTE Academic score of 53
- a GRE Verbal Reasoning score of at least 146 (subject to departmental approval)
- a GMAT Verbal Score of at least 22 (subject to departmental approval)
- completing all years of a Bachelor's degree or higher at a U.S. accredited university (subject to departmental approval)
- acquiring alternative verification from the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies via departmental request. An international graduate student holding a master's degree from a U.S. accredited university qualifies for alternative verification.
To report TOEFL scores:
- Use code 6003 for reporting TOEFL scores for non-engineering programs (department code not needed).
- Use code B887 for reporting TOEFL for engineering programs (EngineeringCAS).
To report IELTS scores:
Texas A&M University only accepts scores submitted electronically by the IELTS test center. No paper Test Report Forms will be accepted. Please contact the test center where you took the IELTS test and request that your test scores be sent electronically to Texas A&M University (College Station and Galveston). Please note: there may be multiple instances of Texas A&M University.
Tests should be taken at least eight weeks prior to the appropriate application deadline to ensure timely receipt and processing of results.
The following items are department-specific:
- Letters of Recommendation (LOR). You should provide three recommendations from individuals who are familiar with your academic achievement and potential. If you have been out of school for a number of years and are unable to contact former professors, you may submit non-academic references (e.g., employers). Please be aware that Texas A&M does not automatically contact the references you may have listed on your ApplyTexas application.
BEST> LOR system in AIS
- Statement of Purpose. You are required to submit a Statement of Purpose.
BEST> Submit through ApplyTexas
Other> Upload through the Howdy portal via the Applicant tab
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae. You may be required to submit either a Resume or Curriculum Vitae.
BEST> Upload through the Howdy portal via the Applicant tab
Please check with your department of interest for any additional application requirements.
Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)
Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6000
Princeton, NJ 08541-6000
Admissions Test (GMAT)
Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6103
Princeton, NJ 08541-6103
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Deadlines vary by graduate program. Contact the departmental graduate advisor for the semester deadline pertaining to your degree program.
Most documents may be uploaded through the Howdy portal via the Applicant tab which you can access after you have submitted your application for admission and have received your Universal Identification Number (UIN).
When mailing documents, please include the appropriate Document ID Sheet. You do not need to include the Document ID Sheet with items you upload via AIS.
If you wish to submit your application fee by mail, please use the Office of Admissions Application Alternate Payment Form. Please submit the following items by the appropriate deadline.
For documents that must be sent via postal mail, please use the addresses listed below:
International Admissions Processing
Texas A&M University
P.O. Box 40002
College Station, TX 77842-4002
(Overnight or Hand Delivery)
Texas A&M University
General Services Complex
750 Agronomy Road, Suite 1601
College Station, TX 77843-0200
Texas A&M University is closed on Saturday and Sunday. Credentials scheduled by overnight mail carriers for Saturday delivery will be delivered and accepted by the University on the next business day.
All students applying to Texas A&M University are expected to follow the Aggie Code of Honor which states “An Aggie does not lie, cheat or steal nor tolerate those who do.” Applicants found to have misrepresented themselves or submitted false information on the application will receive appropriate disciplinary action.
Pursuant to the 2013-2014 undergraduate catalog and Texas A&M student rule 24.4.1, acts of dishonesty include but are not limited to:
- Withholding material information from the University, misrepresenting the truth during a University investigation or student conduct conference, and/or making false statements to any University official.
- Furnishing false information to and/or withholding information from any University official, faculty member, or office.
- Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any University document, record, or instrument of identification.
The submission of false information at the time of admission or readmission is ground for rejection of the application, withdrawal of any offer of acceptance, cancellation of enrollment, dismissal or other appropriate disciplinary action.
Review Admits by Graduate Department
Graduate admission decisions are made by individual departments. Contact the specific department or program prior to applying.