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Admissions Requirements

Who should apply?

Applicants possessing a Master's Degree from an accredited college or university in the field of Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Materials Science, Physics, Technology, or a closely related discipline.  

Application Deadlines

For priority consideration, all prospective applicants are encouraged to submit their applications by February 1. 

The application deadline for Fall admission is June 1 for International applicants and June 15 for U.S. applicants.

Transcript and Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirement

A minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale is expected for incoming students with a Master's Degree.

Applicants who are not Texas State degree recipients or are not currently enrolled at Texas State, must submit one official transcript from each college or university from which credit was received. These transcripts must be mailed directly from the university or college attended or submitted in a sealed university envelope with the university's registrar's signature on the back of the envelope.

Applicants who are Texas State University degree recipients or are currently enrolled at Texas State need to request transcripts from any colleges NOT listed on the Texas State transcript. The Graduate College will provide the Texas State transcripts.

Leveling coursework may be required prior to admission into the doctoral program for applicants lacking sufficient background coursework. Any required leveling coursework must be completed with grades of B or better prior to admission.

Applicants may transfer a maximum of six semester hours of doctoral-level credit earned at another accredited institution if it bears a letter grade of B or higher pending approval by the Dean of The Graduate College.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Requirement

For applicants who have not received a master’s degree from a U.S. institution, an official GRE (general test only) is required with competitive scores in the verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning sections. The GRE score is valid for five years after the exam date. GRE scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey, to our Graduate College. The college code for Texas State is 006667. Texas State applicants are required to take only the General Test.

English Proficiency Requirement (TOEFL/IELTS)

English proficiency exam scores through the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are required to apply if English is not the applicant’s native language or if the applicant is not eligible for an automatic TOEFL/IELTS waiver. English proficiency exam scores are valid for two years after the exam date. Fluency in English is expected of all accepted students, specifically in the areas of listening, reading, speaking, and writing.

In order to be eligible for admission into this program, applicants must submit scores of at least:

  • TOEFL iBT – 78 overall
  • IELTS (Academic) – 6.5 overall with minimum individual module scores of 6.0

Note: This program does not allow English--based conditional admission ("Bridge") based on TOEFL/IELTS scores. Applicants must submit the required scores for regular admission listed above.

Application and Application Fee

Please apply online through the Slate Application system and allow 2 working days for the application to be received by Texas State. If you have any questions about Slate, please contact the Graduate College at

The required non-refundable $55.00 ($90 for applications with international credentials) application fee can be submitted with credit/debit card information during the application process. Applications will not be reviewed until all of the applicable fees are paid. 

Please Note: If you wish to change your application or submit applications for multiple programs, you must pay the fee(s) associated with the new application(s).


Additional Application Requirements

  • Statement of purpose outlining applicant’s personal history and life goals that are relevant to obtaining a doctoral degree, and in particular, why they want to pursue the commercialization aspect of the MSEC program.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation evaluating the applicant’s skill and potential to be successful in the Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization Ph.D. program.
  • Current curriculum vita or resume
  • Telephone or on-site interviews with admissions committee (interviews may be conducted via phone, internet, or face-to-face)

Applicants will electronically submit the documents listed above to The Graduate College in the Slate application system. Please only submit what is required by the program.  Any additional documents mailed or emailed to our office will not be attached to applications. 

Applicant Interviews

Qualified applicants will be interviewed by the MSEC Director and Core Doctoral Faculty prior to their admission to the program. These interviews will be conducted via telephone, internet video conference, or face-to-face where possible.


For admissions questions, please email