Application Requirements

Academic Expectations:

Normally students applying for admission to the Graduate Program in Arts and Technology (MA, MFA) should have a previous academic degree (BA or BS) in an appropriate field (i.e., Art, Computer Science), a grade point average of 3.3 (especially in upper-division undergraduate work), and evidence of previous course work and/or expertise in the creative arts and digital technology.

Normally students applying for admission to the Graduate Program in Arts and Technology (PhD) should have a previous academic degree (MA or MS) in an appropriate field (i.e., Art, Arts and Technology, Computer Science), 6 hours of advanced undergraduate or graduate courses in computer programming; a grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 point scale, and evidence (in the form of a portfolio) of expertise in the creative arts and digital technology.

Normally students applying for admission to the Graduate Program in Emerging Media and Communication (MA) should have a previous academic degree (BA or BS) in an appropriate field (i.e., Arts and Technology, Communication, Computer Science, Art), a grade point average of 3.3 (especially in upper-division undergraduate work), and evidence of previous course work and/or expertise in digital technology, communication, and the creative arts.

Normally students applying for admission to the Graduate Program in History (MA) should have a previous degree (BA or BS) in History or related disciplines and a grade point average of 3.3 (especially in upper-division undergraduate work).

Normally students applying for admission to the Graduate Program in Humanities (MA, PhD) should have previous academic degrees (BA or MA) in Arts and Humanities fields and a grade point average of 3.3 (especially in upper-division undergraduate or graduate work).

Normally students applying for admission to the Graduate Program in Latin American Studies (MA) should have a previous degree (BA or BS) in Latin American Studies or related disciplines (i.e., History, Literature, International relations, Spanish), a grade point average of 3.3 (especially in upper-division undergraduate work), and some background in an appropriate Latin American language (Spanish, Portuguese, French)

The Application Process:

Step 1. Fill out an application form. Your application is important to us, so please read the following instructions before you submit your information to UT Dallas. UT Dallas uses its own on-line application form.

  • To fill out your application, you must create a NetID (which functions as a password) using your ten-digit UTD ID (for instance 2012345432) and your date of birth (MM/DD/YY). Instructions can be found at the Net ID site under "Setup a new UTD computer account."
  • As you fill out your application, remember to save every page as you input information and then submit it at the end.
  • Be consistent in how your name is used in all the documents you submit. Inconsistencies may cause delays in processing your documents.
  • When mailing your supporting documents, include your ten-digit UTD-ID number or, if you have not received your UTD-ID number, include your ApplyTexas Application six-digit number at the top of each document.
  • You may track the progress of your application by going to www.utdallas.edu/status. You will need to use your NetID (password) to access application status.
  • It can take between 4 - 6 weeks to process applications once received at UT Dallas.
  • Please note that all forms of Financial Aid must be applied for separately.

Step 2. Send official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work.

Office of Enrollment Services and Admissions

Mailing Address:

Domestic Applicants
Office of Admission & Enrollment Services
The University of Texas at Dallas
ROC 11
800 W. Campbell Rd
Richardson TX 75080-3021
U.S.A.

International Applicants
Office of Admission & Enrollment Services
The University of Texas at Dallas
ROC 11
800 W. Campbell Rd
Richardson TX 75080-3021
U.S.A.


Step 3. Write a 650-word narrative essay, which should be reflective rather than factual. Use this essay to address your academic interests and goals and then to indicate how you believe the specific Graduate Program and degree for which you are applying might enable you to pursue them.

Applicants to the PhD program in Arts and Technology must also present a portfolio including any publications or other evidence of scholarly or creative endeavor achieved by the applicant and should list academic and professional organizations in which the applicant is active and any fellowships, scholarships, or other honors received.

Step 4. Request three letters of academic recommendation.

Since recommendations are used for the sole purpose of determining academic potential, you should seek them from your teachers. Applicants who have taken courses at UT Dallas within the past decade are required to obtain letters of recommendation from UT Dallas faculty members. If you have lost contact with former teachers elsewhere, you may submit letters from professional supervisors and colleagues, but purely personal letters from friends or ministers are not helpful for our purposes.

The essay (statement of purpose) and letters of recommendation can be submitted online. If you wish to send hard copies instead, please submit them as follows:

Students applying to the graduate programs in History, Humanities, or Latin American Studies should send the essay and letters of recommendation to:

University of Texas at Dallas
School of Arts and Humanities
Graduate Coordinator, JO31

800 W. Campbell Rd.
Richardson, TX 75080-3021

Students applying to the graduate programs in Arts and Technology or Emerging Media and Communication should send the essay and letters of recommendation to:

University of Texas at Dallas
ATEC/EMAC
Chip Wood, ATEC 10

800 W. Campbell Rd.
Richardson, TX 75080-3021

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Each application is considered on its individual merits.

The Graduate Record Examination is not required, but GRE scores may be requested to augment or clarify a student's academic record.

The Associate Dean for Graduate Studies may require students with background deficiencies in interdisciplinary work to take additional courses at the undergraduate or graduate level to remedy those deficiencies.

Full-time and Part-time Students

Students can pursue the graduate degrees in the School of Arts and Humanities on a full- or part-time basis. Full-time students normally register for nine or more semester hours per term. The School takes care to accommodate part-time study by scheduling both day and night classes, thus allowing students flexibility in organizing individual schedules.