How to Apply
You are an international graduate applicant if you:
- are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or an applicant for permanent residency, and you do not qualify for residency under the rules of SB 1528, and
- hold a bachelor’s or professional degree (or equivalent), and
- are not currently enrolled (or have not been enrolled in the year preceding intended term of new enrollment) as a degree-seeking graduate student at Texas A&M University (if so, you should submit a Letter of Intent or Petition to the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies for your intended new program).
- On-line Application. A completed Apply Texas Application. Apply online at applytexas.org. The name on your application must match your name as it appears in your passport. Applicants to the Mays MBA Program should use the on-line application specific to that program. Applicants to the Mays Graduate Programs (MS, MLERE, PHD) should use the on-line application specific to those programs. You may apply to only ONE degree-seeking program per semester. Applications (and offers of admission) are valid for one year from the term of original application; however, deferral requests must be made before the start of the term of original application.
- 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.
Checks or money orders (U.S. dollars) should be made payable to Texas A&M University. Checks or money orders are accepted provided they display an agency bank in the United States and have magnetic ink character recognition (MICR) routing numbers at the bottom.
- 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.
- 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, the admission may be rescinded.
- Official transcripts are required 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.
- Applicants from an institution that does not issue a transcript in English 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 grades earned in each term.
- 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.
- Many universities can use the electronic format. Electronic transcripts can be processed much faster than paper transcripts. Texas A&M will accept transcripts sent electronically through PARCHMENT, SPEEDE, eSCRIP-SAFE or National Clearing House.
- Include official transcript(s) from all post-secondary institutions attended with an original signature of a school official or an original school seal. If any transcripts are in a language other than English, an official translation from the school, a recognized translator or translation verified by a United States Embassy or Consulate must accompany the native language transcript. 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 from students enrolled in the United States. Faxed, emailed and/or notarized scanned copies will not be accepted. Evaluations are not accepted as transcripts.
- Official Test Scores. Required test scores (GRE or GMAT) should be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to Texas A&M University and be from a test date within five years of the date the application form reached the Office of Admissions. Use code 6003 for reporting GRE scores (Department code not needed). Use 7B7K957 for reporting GMAT scores.
Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)
Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)
- PROOF OF ENGLISH PROFICIENCY
Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit proof of English proficiency to be eligible for review. English proficiency can be demonstrated by one of the criteria below.
Beginning with Summer/Fall 2017 enrollment, applicants who are citizens of the following countries will be exempt from the English proficiency requirement for admission and considered English Language Proficiency (ELP) Verified:
- a minimum TOEFL score (from a test date within two years) of:
550 for paper-based testing (p-BT) or 80 internet-based testing (i-BT), 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), or
- 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.
Antigua and Barbuda
British Virgin Islands
Canada (except Quebec)
Federated States of Micronesia
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Turks and Caicos Islands
Test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to be considered official.
To report TOEFL scores: The institutional code for Texas A&M University is 6003.
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. An institutional code is NOT required. Please contact the test center directly where you took the IELTS test and request that your test scores be sent electronically using the IELTS system to Texas A&M University, PO Box 40002, College Station, TX. Please note: there may be multiple addresses on file for the same university. Be sure you reference the PO Box 40002 address.
Tests should be taken at least eight weeks prior to the appropriate application deadline to ensure timely receipt and processing of results.
- IF ADMITTED - Bacterial Meningitis Immunization. TEC 51.9192 requires all students under age 22 entering an institution of higher education to provide current proof of vaccination against bacterial meningitis (an immunization given within 5 years of the date of intended enrollment) or meet certain requirements for declining such a vaccination. The original TDSHS form required for students declining the vaccination must be submitted to the Office of Admissions. Students may not register for classes until this requirement is satisfied.
The following items are department specific and should be submitted to your individual department.
- Letters of Recommendation. Graduate applicants 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 TAMU does not automatically contact the references you may have listed on your ApplyTexas application.
Applicants to certain majors may access the electronic letter of recommendation system available via the Applicant Information System (AIS) or through the Howdy! Portal. Applicants to CPSY, EPSY, SPSY, and EDTC are advised to contact their department for instruction on submitting recommendations.
- Statement of Purpose or Essay. Applicants are required to submit a Statement of Purpose. This may be accomplished by completing the Essay portion of the Apply Texas application online at www.applytexas.org. Applicants who prefer to send the Statement of Purpose separately may do so by submitting it in a word document format.
(Please check with your department of interest for any additional application requirements.)
Test bulletin of information and registration form may be obtained by writing to:
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
Texas A&M University Code is 6003.
Departmental Codes are not used.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
The Admissions Processing Office does not have specific deadlines for Graduate applications. However, you should check with your department of interest about departmental deadlines.
When to Apply as an International Graduate:
Graduate deadlines vary by major. Please see the list of majors in the application itself for deadline information regarding a specific major.
Most documents may be uploaded via the Applicant Information System (AIS) 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.
How to be Admitted
Graduate admission decisions are made by each of the individual Graduate Departments and are competitive; thus, you should contact the specific department or program prior to applying to discuss your intent to apply. The decision to admit an applicant to a program of study leading to a graduate degree is the shared responsibility of an academic department, an intercollegiate faculty (where applicable) and/or a college.
Applicants to the Mays MBA Program should use the on-line application specific to that program.
Applicants to the Mays Graduate Programs (MS, MLERE, PHD) should use the on-line application specific to those programs.