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The Graduate College
J.C. Kellam Administration Building,Suite 280

With the first graduate degrees having been offered in 1937, graduate education has a long tradition at Texas State University.  Today, The Graduate College offers 100 outstanding graduate programs (88 master’s programs and 12 doctoral programs) covering a broad spectrum of academic disciplines. The demonstrated advantages of graduate education include more recognition, better job prospects and greater career advancement, and a higher earning potential in academia, industry, and cultural institutions.  Just as importantly, while earning a graduate degree, students engage in stimulating teaching, research and creative endeavors, which promise to bring intellectual fulfillment, personal growth, and a deep sense of accomplishments Graduate Students at Texas State are trained not only to consume knowledge but also to produce it, they thus will create new knowledge that allows society to solve problems and that advances our understanding and interpretation of the world around us.

The Graduate College is committed to delivering a wide range of quality degree programs with a flexible class schedule. Students enjoy seminar-sized classes that meet at convenient times — mostly late afternoons and evenings — and in convenient locations. Classes are available at the main campus in San Marcos, as well as off-campus sites in San Antonio and Round Rock.  In addition, several degrees and many courses are offered online. 

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Admission Requirements

Degree-seeking applicants to The Graduate College must submit a Graduate College application, a $40 non-refundable application fee, and official transcripts. Some programs require additional documents and/or personal interviews. For more information and program deadlines, visit International students must provide additional materials, a description of which can be found at

Applicants with a baccalaureate degree interested in obtaining a teaching or professional certification or a Texas State certificate can find out more and find application forms at

General application deadlines are listed in the table below:


U.S. Citizens

International Students


June 15

June 1


October 15

October 1

Summer I

April 15

March 15

Summer II

June 1

May 1

Please note, however, that some programs have different deadlines.  In addition, many have priority deadlines for applicants to be considered for scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships.

For more information, please select the specific graduate program page at

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Graduate Programs

Information and brochures on the following programs are available in The Graduate College and online. They also can be requested by mail.

Doctoral and Professional Programs

  • Aquatic Resources
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education – Developmental Education
  • Education – Adult, Professional and Community Education
  • Education – School Improvement
  • Geography
  • Geography – Geographic Education
  • Geography – Geographic Information Science
  • Materials Science, Engineering and Commercialization
  • Mathematics Education
  • Physical Therapy

Master’s and Specialist Programs

College of Applied Arts

  • Agricultural Education
  • Criminal Justice
  • Family and Child Studies
  • Human Nutrition
  • Interdisciplinary Studies – Occupational Education
  • Interdisciplinary Studies – Sustainability
  • Management of Technical Education
  • Merchandising and Consumer Studies
  • Social Work – Advanced
  • Social Work – Regular

McCoy College of Business Administration

  • Accounting
  • Accounting and Information Technology
  • Business Administration
  • Human Resource Management

College of Education

  • Adult Education
  • Athletic Training
  • Developmental Education
  • Educational Leadership
  • Educational Technology
  • Elementary Education
  • Elementary Education –
  • Bilingual/Bicultural
  • Exercise Science
  • Health Education
  • Physical Education
  • Professional Counseling
  • Reading Education
  • Recreation and Leisure Services —
  • Recreation Management
  • Recreation and Leisure Services —
  • Therapeutic Recreation
  • School Psychology
  • Secondary Education
  • Special Education
  • Student Affairs in Higher Education

College of Fine Arts and Communication

  • Communication Design
  • Communication Studies
  • Mass Communication
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Theatre

College of Health Professions

  • Communication Disorders
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Health Services Research

College of Liberal Arts

  • Anthropology
  • Applied Philosophy and Ethics
  • Applied Sociology
  • Creative Writing
  • Dementia and Aging Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • Interdisciplinary Studies –
  • Political Science
  • International Studies
  • Legal Studies
  • Literature
  • Political Science
  • Psychological Research
  • Public Administration
  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Technical Communication

College of Science and Engineering

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Aquatic Resources
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Interdisciplinary Studies – Biology
  • Interdisciplinary Studies – General
  • (Elementary Mathematics,
  • Science and Technology)
  • Materials Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Middle School Mathematics Teaching
  • Physics
  • Population and Conservation Biology
  • Software Engineering
  • Technology Management
  • Wildlife Ecology

Texas State Certificate Programs

  • Adult English as a Second/Foreign Language
  • Autism
  • Behavioral Disorders/ Positive Behavioral Support
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Science
  • Corporate Communication and Training
  • Developmental Education
  • Dietetic Internship
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Intelligence Analysis
  • Learning Disabilities/Inclusion
  • Long-term Care Administration
  • Mediation
  • Music Performance
  • Paralegal Studies
  • Polysomnographic Technology
  • Professional Ethics
  • Public History Studies

Round Rock Campus
Master’s Programs

  • Business Administration
  • Computer Science
  • Educational Leadership
  • Elementary Education
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Interdisciplinary Studies –
  • Occupational Education
  • Management of
  • Technical Education
  • Professional Counseling
  • Public Administration
  • Software Engineering
  • Technical Communication

Visit and click on the Prospective Students link for more information on these programs, including their application deadlines.

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Assistantships, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

Teaching and research assistantships offer students the opportunity to earn a stipend while gaining valuable experience in their field. Information and application forms for assistantships are available from program advisors or academic departments.

The Graduate College offers a variety of fellowships and scholarships (ranging from $1,000-9,000).  Fellowships and scholarships  are competitively based and are available to qualified students, who are regularly admitted, through The Graduate College. Students who are not Texas residents and receive a Texas State competitive scholarship of at least $1,000 may be eligible to pay in-state/resident tuition.  The application deadline for most scholarships is March 1.

In addition, The Graduate College provides financial support for research activities in the form of thesis and dissertation support fellowships and conference travel funds.  For more information about financing a graduate education, visit

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships helps students obtain loans, grants, and scholarships. For details, visit

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