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Frequently Asked Questions

When is the application deadline?

Applicants need to complete and submit the application to Graduate School by December 1st, 11:00 PM CST.

Does applying early improve my chances for consideration?

Although applicants are advised to complete and submit your application in a timely matter, applying early does not provide an advantage in consideration and review. The admissions committee begins reviewing completed applications in late December.

The application to Texas ECE is not on Apply Texas. Where is it located?

Applicants to Grad School in Engineering at UT Austin use the custom Application for Graduate students in Engineering that is located on the Cockrell School website. Make sure to select Electrical and Computer Engineering (MSE, PhD) for your major.

When will I receive the decision on my application?

Applicants may receive the decision on your application at any time between the beginning of the new year and mid-March.

If I apply late, will my application be considered?

Applications received after the deadline may be considered at the discretion of the admissions committee.

Will recommendations be considered if they are late?

We understand that recommendations sometimes come in after the application deadline. This is common and they will be accepted.

Is the GRE required?

Applicants to Texas ECE are not required to submit GRE scores with your application to Graduate School. The admissions committee will not be considering GRE scores during the admissions review process. Applicants may leave the fields for GRE scores blank on the application form.

Do International Students need to take TOEFL?

For purposes of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) requirement, international applicants are exempt only if they are from a country where English is the sole official language and the primary conversational language of the country. In some countries, English is but one of the officially recognized languages or it is not the primary language used to communicate outside of the classroom.

Qualifying Countries for TOEFL Waiver

Are the supporting materials to my application complete?

After you have completed and submitted your application to Grad School, University Admissions (GIAC) will send you the link to your application status portal. Your status portal will have a checklist of items that you need to complete, and directions for doing so.

If I am a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident Applicant, do I qualify for an application fee waiver?

If you are a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident (USPR) applicant to Texas ECE, you qualify for a waiver of the application fee if you are the recipient or award scholar (or applicant to) one of the fellowships from the list below. The application form includes a survey of these external fellowships that allow USPR applicants to eligible for an application fee waiver.

  • GEM
  • McNair
  • NSF
  • Ford
  • Soros Foundation
  • AAUW Selected Professionals
  • GFSD

If I am an International Applicant, do I qualify for an application fee waiver?

Texas ECE is unable to provide for an application fee waiver for our International applicants.

Is there an additional application for financial support that I have to complete?

No separate application is required in order to be considered for financial support. The admissions committee evaluates applicants concurrently for consideration for admission and financial support. Applicants admitted to our PhD program receive full financial support for the duration of your PhD study, which can include some combination of a graduate research assistantship (GRA), teaching assistantship (TA) and/or fellowship.

Applicants admitted to our Master’s program who are a GEM, McNair or selected fellow receive a TA during your first year of study.

Can I apply for both Master’s and PhD?

Applicants to the Texas ECE major are required to select if you are applying to our Master’s program, or to our PhD program. Applicants are not permitted to submit more than one application to ECE. In some rare cases, the admissions committee may decide to evaluate an applicant for both Master’s and PhD.

Can I apply to more than one track of study?

Applicants to our major are required to select your primary track of study, and your second-choice track. Applicants are not allowed to apply to more than one study track. In some rare cases, the admissions committee may decide to evaluate an applicant for his or her second-choice track.