Graduate Admissions

Holistic Policy

Our admissions focus is on seeking positive indication of potential success in the program. These indications include:

  1. A personal statement describing the applicant’s laboratory, field, or applied interests, career plans, and discussion of how the program can serve to further these interests and plans will be examined for evidence of the appropriateness of the candidate to the program.  
  2. A detailed examination of the student’s transcript. Grade point average per se is not weighed heavily as most candidates for admission have grade point averages greater than 3.0. Accordingly, we examine the coursework on the student’s transcripts as evidence of his/her research interests. Positive indicants of potential success in our program include greater than average course work in the biological and physical sciences, mathematics, or fields of engineering.  Similarly, evidence of experimental research previously undertaken is viewed as a predictor of future research productivity.  For students interested in specialization at the Master’s level, appropriate coursework in relevant background areas is taken into consideration.
  3. Submission of Verbal and Mathematics GRE and Analytical scores is required. High GRE scores are viewed as positive indicants, whereas low GRE scores need not exclude a candidate who shows positive indicants in other areas. Successful applicants will typically present the following scores:
    • Master’s applicants – 155 or higher on the Quantitative section, 145 or higher on the Verbal section, and 2.5 or higher on the Analytical Writing section.
    • Doctoral applicants – 160 or higher on the Quantitative section, 150 or higher on the Verbal section, and 3.5 or higher on the Analytical Writing section.
  4. Letters of reference in general have little impact except where they offer evidence of commitment to experimental research (as in letters from an undergraduate research sponsor). Evidence of success in relevant employment will be considered for the Master’s degree.
  5. A resume indicating the applicant’s educational, research, and work experience. Evidence of success in relevant employment will be considered for the Master’s degree.

In summary, the department mission is to train students to be enthusiastic about conducting research.  Accordingly we seek students who show aptitude in as well as motivation for research. Students interested in the terminal M.S. program will have their records examined for indicants of potential to succeed in related settings. 

For information on university-level admission requirements and deadlines, visit the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies.

Admission Criteria

Our admission requirements are the same for M.S. and Ph.D. students. In order to apply for admission and financial support, the following documents are required:

  1. GRE Scores (official scores are submitted via ETS)
    • Verbal
    • Quantitative
    • Analytical
  2. Official Transcripts of all past degrees and currently enrolled programs (if applicable)
  3. Statement of purpose for graduate study in the department and after graduation written by the applicant
  4. Three recommendation letters indicating research and academic potential as well as ability to work in interdisciplinary teams. Recommenders should state whether they have recommended or are recommending other applicants to the department.
  5. CV detailing education, research experiences, publications, conference and presentations, and other critical information related to the graduate admission. 
  6. Although not required, applicants with publications or other scholarly works are encouraged to include those as part of the package
  7. Send required documents to Lisa Dunlop in mail to University of North Texas Discovery Park 3940 N. Elm St. Denton, TX 76207 or through email at

Domestic applicants must submit all official documents to the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies. International applicants must submit all official documents to the International Admissions office. All documents must be submitted through the appropriate admissions office before they are considered official by the department and before formal admission to the University can be granted

Application Process

  1. Complete and submit the application form with application fees. GET STARTED HERE!
  2. Provide proof of English language proficiency.  TOEFL 213 computer or 550 paper or 79 internet.  If you are unable to take this prior to your application, you should write to the department graduate advisor, Dr. Jincheng Du, requesting permission to complete these requirements prior to registration in the semester for which you are admitted.
  3. Provide official or original academic transcripts (marksheet) and degree certificate from ALL colleges or universities attended.  Minimum credential is equivalent to a 4-year U.S. Bachelor degree. Official transcripts can be sent to the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies.
  4. Proof of financial support must be provided to the graduate school before an I-20 document can be issued.

Applications for admission to the University can be found here. We encourage you to read the frequently asked questions for US citizens and permanent residents and those for international students.