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English Proficiency

The ability to read, write, speak and understand English is essential for success in graduate studies at UT Dallas. If your native language is not English and you have been educated outside of the United States, you must demonstrate English proficiency.

The English proficiency requirement can be waived for students whose native country’s primary language is English and whose bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) was earned through instruction and examination in English. View the list of applicable countries .

English proficiency requirements can be fulfilled with one of the following:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT (Internet-based test)
    • Minimum score: 80
    • UT Dallas TOEFL code: 6897
  • TOEFL PBT (paper-based test)
    • Minimum score: 550
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    • Minimum score: 6.5
  • Pearson Test of English Academic Academic (PTE)
    • Minimum score: 67
  • Completion of Level 112 at an ELS Language Center

Official test scores must be less than two years old at the time of admission. A minimum score is required for unconditional, regular admission as a graduate student. Applicants with lower scores will be considered but are advised to improve their test scores and reapply.

Submitting Scores

Unofficial scanned copies of official test scores can be uploaded using the online graduate application for admission review. Official test scores should be submitted to UT Dallas directly from the testing agency after admission.

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