Frequently Asked Questions
“How do I register, add and drop classes?”
“What if I want to change to a different graduate program within the School of EPPS?“
We know you may have questions, whether you're a prospective or current student. Answers to many of these questions can be found below.
I am a new student, so what should I do?
What are my responsibilities as a student?
What is a degree plan?
When should I begin using a degree plan?
What if a course on my degree plan is not available to take?
How do I register, add or drop classes?
What is Fast Track?
How many hours can be transferred into a program?
I was originally admitted on a conditional basis. Now that I am seeking a degree, how do I transfer the courses I took as a conditionally-admitted student into my degree plan?
Where do I find electronic forms for adding/dropping a class, changing my major, etc?
Why can't UT Dallas talk to my parents about my grades or my account?
What are the admission requirements and process for admission into graduate programs?
As a graduate student, are there opportunities for teaching or research assistantships?
What do I do if I want to change to a different graduate program within EPPS?
Where can I go to get academic advising for my graduate degree program?
Where can I find detailed information about my graduate program?
Q: I am a new student, so what should I do?
A: General recommendations for new students include:
- Read the UT Dallas undergraduate catalog or graduate catalog to understand general university regulations and course descriptions.
- Access the online class schedule, which lists the classes that are offered in the current and next semesters.
- Stop by or e-mail an EPPS academic advisor with any questions or concerns.
Q: What are my responsibilities as a student?
A: Your responsibilities include:
- Making time to periodically visit or e-mail your academic advisor.
- Keeping track of each semester's progress on your degree plan.
- Knowing and observing all prerequisite course requirements. (You can be dropped from a course if you do not have the listed prerequisites.)
- Applying for graduation according to the deadlines published in the course schedule.
- Meeting all degree requirements of your degree plan as well as the general requirements outlined in the catalog of the year specified by your degree plan.
- Knowing and observing the academic calendar.
Q: What is a degree plan?
A: A degree plan is an official document that lists all the courses required for your chosen degree and shows how the courses that you have completed are applied toward the degree. Degree plans can be found on the Degrees web page for each program within EPPS. You can also click on the program below to be taken to the Degrees web page.
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Q: When should I begin using a degree plan?
A: You should being using a degree plan as soon as you start selecting classes. It is important to come to every advising meeting with your degree plan.
Q: What if a course on my degree plan is not available to take?
A: Undergraduate students should contact an EPPS academic advisor to discuss their options. Graduate students should contact the graduate advisor for their program via e-mail to initiate the procedure to approve possible course substitutions.
Any deviation from the degree plan must be approved prior to enrollment in a course.
Q: How do I register, add or drop classes?
A: You need to use Orion to register for classes during the registration dates and times listed in the Academic Calendar. To add, drop or withdrawal from a class, visit the Registrar's Office Add/Drop/Withdrawal web page.
Q: What is Fast Track?
A: Fast Track is a program that allows students to take graduate-level courses while they are undergraduates. More information can be found on the Advising web page.
Q: How many hours can be transferred into a program?
A: Information about transferring credits earned outside of UT Dallas can be found on the Transfer Credit web page.
Q: I was originally admitted on a conditional basis. Now that I am seeking a degree, how do I transfer the courses I took as a conditionally-admitted student into my degree plan?
A: Applicable courses you took at UT Dallas as a conditionally-admitted student will be automatically transferred toward your degree program once you have been admitted to full degree-seeking status.
Q: Where do I find electronic forms for adding/dropping a class, changing my major, etc?
A: The UT Dallas Registrar has a web page of Electronic Forms that includes many different electronic forms. If you can't find what you're looking for there, you can contact an EPPS academic advisor.
Q: Why can't UT Dallas talk to my parents about my grades or my account?
A: The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 provides privacy protection of a student's academic record and limits the release of such records without the student's consent.
A parent or guardian does not have access to your billing and/or education records without your written consent, unless you were claimed as a dependent on your parent or guardian's most recent tax return and are under the age of 24.
Detailed information on FERPA and links to Parent Certification of Dependency and Third party Release of Information forms can be found on the Bursar's Office FERPA web page.
Q: How do I apply for admission?
A: Information on applying for admission can be found on UT Dallas' Application Guidelines web page.
Q: What are the application deadlines for admission?
A: Information on application fees and deadlines can be found on UT Dallas' Application Fees & Deadlines web page.
Q: Are employment services available?
A: Employment services are available for undergraduate and graduate students seeking employment or career information through the Career Center in the Student Services building, SSB 3.300. Information can also be found on the EPPS Employment & Internships web page.
Q: I'm interested in finding an internship. How do I go about this?
A: Information on internship opportunities can be found through the Career Center's Internships web page or through your EPPS academic advisor.
Q: How do I pay my tuition?
A: Visit the Bursar's Office website for information on paying tuition.
Q: Where can I find financial aid information?
A: Information is available on the Financial Aid web page.
Q: What are the admission requirements and process for admission into graduate programs?
A: Information on the graduate admissions process can be found on UT Dallas' Graduate Admissions website. Additionally, specific information on EPPS graduate programs can be found by clicking on the degree below:
Applied Sociology - MS
Criminology - MS, PhD
Economics - MS, PhD
Geospatial Information Sciences - MS, PhD
International Political Economy - MS
Justice Administration and Leadership - MS
Political Science - MA, PhD
Political Science, Constitutional Law Studies - MA
Political Science, Legislative Studies - MA
Public Affairs - MPA, PhD
Public Policy - MPP
Public Policy & Political Economy - PhD
Q: As a graduate student, are there opportunities for teaching or research assistantships?
A: If you wish to be considered for a teaching or research assistantship, complete the application and submit it with a current resume to your program's graduate advisor.
Q: What do I do if I want to change to a different graduate program within EPPS?
A: Students may change their intended master's degrees within EPPS as long as they are in good standing (3.0 GPA) and meet the current admission requirements of the new degree program. Transferring between programs requires approval from both programs and a new application. Students should apply for the new degree program using ApplyTexas and notify the program assistant so she/he is aware of the new pending application.
Q: Where can I go to get academic advising for my graduate degree program?
A: Academic advising for graduate students is provided by graduate advisors in each program, who are listed on the Contact Us page for each program:
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Q: Where can I find detailed information about my graduate program?
A: Degree plans, graduate student handbooks and more can be found on the Degrees web page for your program, under your specific degree. You can also click on the program below to be taken to the Degrees web page.
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Q: Does EPPS sponsor any programs for military veterans?
A: Visit EPPS' Veteran Outreach web page to find information specifically for military veterans.
Q: Is tutoring available at UT Dallas?
A: Yes, the Office of Student Success and Assessment, located in the Alexander Clark Center, offers a math lab and a writing lab as well as tutoring for many subjects.