The information here is general to TCU graduate admission. Applicants should consult the appropriate school or college requirements for further details. Contacts are available here.
General Admission Requirements
Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree from an institution regarded as standard by the University and a regional accrediting agency.
Admission is competitive. New students will only be accepted as facilities can accommodate, regardless of the number of qualified applicants. Remember to check the application deadline for each department.
Scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) , Graduate Management Test (GMAT) or other appropriate professional test must be submitted if required by the major department. The examinations are administered through the Educational Testing Service, PO Box 6004, Princeton NJ 08541-6004. Information and registration bulletins for the GRE and GMAT are usually available in the TCU Graduate Studies Office (JScharbauer Hall, Suite 1016); GMAT applications may also be obtained from the MBA Office in the Neeley School of Business.
A non-refundable application fee of $60 is required with all applications payable when application is submitted. Some professional programs have additional application fees.
We are excited to welcome students who are part of a Department of Education McNair Scholars Program. We waive the $60 application fee for McNair Scholars. There is a place on the application to indicate that you are a McNair Scholar. We will confirm this with your institution and process your application without the payment
For unconditional admission, the student must have satisfactory undergraduate preparation for the particular degree sought and have met all requirements for admission. Individual departments, schools, or colleges may set different standards and require particular placement tests.
Conditional admission is granted to applicants who have completed all admission formalities, have a sufficient and superior undergraduate record, but lack certain prerequisites for the graduate program selected. It is also occasionally granted to qualified students who have been unable to complete all admission formalities (e.g., all official transcripts have not yet arrived). The University assumes no responsibility for continued enrollment or for graduate credit if these students are denied admission upon evaluation of their completed records. These students must register during the regular registration period; late registration is not permitted.
Conditional admission will be changed to unconditional admission when the necessary prerequisites and/or admission formalities have fulfilled
Non-Degree Graduate Admission
Non-Degree admission may be given to applicants who (1) meets the general requirements for admission, (2) is not an applicant for a degree program, and (3) wishes to enroll for graduate work for credit.
Non-Degree admission requires completion of the appropriate application form, $50 application fee, a letter stating why the student is requesting non-degree admission, and submission of an official transcript mailed to TCU from the registrar’s office showing all work the student has previously completed. Applications for Non-Degree admission require the approval of the department concerned and the appropriate dean’s office. A maximum of 9 hours of graduate study is ordinarily permitted under Non-Degree admission.
Courses taken under this status are not normally credited toward requirements for a degree. If, at some later date, the student wants to apply for degree admission, he or she must complete all regular admission formalities. At the time of application for degree admission, courses previously taken as a non-degree student may be evaluated for possible degree credit. Upon recommendation of the department to which the student is admitted and with approval of the appropriate dean’s office, a maximum of 9 hours taken in a non-degree status may be credited toward degree requirements.
Download Non-Degree Admission Form
Visiting Graduate Student Admission
Visiting Graduate Student admission may be granted to students enrolled in graduate programs at other universities but who desire to take courses from TCU for transfer. Students should get prior approval for this work from their graduate school since the receiving institution has the right to accept or reject transfer courses.
Requirements for Visiting Graduate Student admission are completed application form and a letter of good standing mailed to TCU from the registrar’s office of the student’s institution
Admission for TCU Seniors
Admission for TCU seniors is sometimes permitted. A qualified TCU senior may begin graduate work during the final bachelor’s semester. He or she must be within 9 hours of completing all requirements for the bachelor’s degree and must be enrolled for the courses which will fill those requirements. A complete transcript from the Registrar at TCU is required, as well as a statement of standing indicating that the student is within the 9-hour limit of completing the degree requirements. These materials must be submitted prior to the registration period. This admission is limited to TCU seniors only and may be for degree admission or for non-degree admission.
Graduate Workshop Admission
Workshop Admission is a simplified admission procedure for the student who wishes to attend a special graduate seminar or workshop offered by TCU. Admission will be granted to applicants who hold at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the U.S. or proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution and are in good standing at all colleges and/or universities previously attended. Graduate credit will be given for grades of “B” or better. This such student is not regarded as an applicant for a degree program
- Completed application form – APPLY NOW
- International applicants only – International Supplement and Financial Statement for International Students (this is submitted IN ADDITION to the application to the appropriate school or college officer)
- Provide one official transcript of each institution attended since high school. This includes all undergraduate and graduate work from all colleges and universities attended. Have official electronic transcripts emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or official hard copies mailed to TCU Registrar’s Office, TCU Box 297005 Fort Worth, Texas 76129. (If the school last attended was TCU, we will obtain transcripts that are on file in our Registrar’s Office – you do not need to have them mailed).
Notices of admission to graduate study are not held for release on any particular date but are sent as soon as action is taken. Successful applicants are notified of the semester for which acceptance has been granted.
Campus Security Information
Texas Christian University’s annual security report is available at any time. This report is required by federal law and contains policy statements and crime statistics for the University. The policy statements address the school’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, for rexample, policies for responding to emergency situations and sexual offenses. Three years’ worth of statistics are included for certain types of crimes that were reported to have occurred on campus, in or on off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the University and on public property within or immediately adjacent to the campus.This report is available online at http://police.tcu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/TCU-Annual-Security-Report-2016.pdf. You may request a paper copy from the TCU Police Department.
Office of Institutional Equity / Title IX
TCU is committed to providing a positive learning, living and working environment free from discrimination and harassment. As a result, TCU prohibits a range of behaviors, including unlawful discrimination, harassment, and related sexual and other misconduct based on age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ethnic origin, disability, predisposing genetic information, covered veteran status, and any other basis protected by law, except as permitted by law. See TCU’s Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Retaliation.
If you feel you have been unlawfully discriminated against during the admissions process, you may report your concerns to TCU’s Office of Institutional Equity. See TCU’s Policy on Responding to Reports of Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Retaliation.