English Language Proficiency

All international graduate students whose native language is not English must fulfill an English proficiency requirement through either English Proficiency Verification or English Proficiency Certification. This proficiency requirement should be met early in a student’s program, and it must be completed before scheduling either the final examination for the master’s degree or the preliminary examination for the doctoral degree.

The two levels of English Proficiency Status for a graduate student are English Proficiency Verified and English Proficiency Certified.  English Proficiency Certification is required by the State of Texas before a graduate student is eligible to serve as a Graduate Assistant-Teaching or any other position considered to be a teaching position (e.g., instructor, lecturer, etc.). All other students must be either English Proficiency Verified or English Proficiency Certified.

Students who have not fulfilled the requirements for English Proficiency Verification or English Proficiency Certification will note a hold on their student account for course registration. 

English Proficiency Verification can be achieved by presenting:

  • a TOEFL score of at least 80 on TOEFL iBT (550 paper based), or
  • an IELTS score of at least 6.0, or
  • a GRE Verbal Reasoning score of at least 146 (400 on the old score), or
  • a GMAT Verbal score of at least 22, or
  • a PTE Academic score of at least 53, or
  • acquiring alternative verification from the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies via a departmental request. An international graduate student holding a masters degree from an accredited institution located in the U.S. qualifies for alternative verification. 

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