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"A man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, can never return to its original dimension."
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Dear Graduate Students:

On behalf of the graduate community, my staff and I want to welcome you as you embark on your graduate studies at The University of Texas at Dallas. For some of you, entry into graduate school represents a continuation of your undergraduate work at our campus. For others UTD is your new academic home. Regardless of the path that brought you to us, you are most welcome.

We hope this Graduate Student Guide will help to ease your transition to graduate school. It will provide you with updated information and access to graduate student policy issues, such as how to complete a graduate degree and those related to teaching and research assistants. The guide will be revised on a regular basis and the Graduate Dean’s Office will welcome and consider any suggestions for additions.

We encourage you to visit your academic advisor and program offices frequently and view our website at for up-to-date postings for graduate student affairs. I wish you a successful and enjoyable chapter of your life on our campus as a UTD Graduate Student.


Austin J. Cunningham

Dean of Graduate Studies