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Review UTPB's admission requirements for your online degree program.

Below are the university admission requirements. Each University of Texas Permian Basin Online degree program has specific requirements that you must meet in order to enroll. Please read the admission criteria for the program in which you are interested.

Unconditional Admission

  1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  2. One year teaching experience – Educational Leadership, Special Education only candidates seeking the University Certificate in Autism and Developmental Disabilities
  3. Two letters of Recommendation: Preferably from someone who has supervised you and/or could speak about you strength and weaknesses. –ESL/Bilingual Only
  4. Must have a 3.0 grade point average or better on a 4.0 grading system in the last 60 credit hours.
  5. Essay submitted and reviewed. Essay questions for the graduate programs are as follows:
    1. Bilingual/ESL: Why is the applicant interested in obtaining a master's degree in bilingual/ESL education?
    2. Educational Leadership: What do you see as the role of an educational leader?
    3. Special Education: Why do you want to pursue a degree in special education?

Conditional Admission

  1. Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university
  2. One year teaching experience – Educational Leadership, Special Education only candidates seeking the University Certificate in Autism and Developmental Disabilities
  3. Two letters of Recommendation: Preferably from someone who has supervised you and/or could speak about you strength and weaknesses. –ESL/Bilingual Only
  4. GPA below 3.0-2.5 in the last 60 hours
  5. Essay submitted and reviewed. Essay questions for the graduate programs are as follows:
    1. Bilingual/ESL: Why is the applicant interested in obtaining a master's degree in bilingual/ESL education?
    2. Educational Leadership: What do you see as the role of an educational leader?
    3. Special Education: Why do you want to pursue a degree in special education?
  6. Other Evidence*. Must meet at least one of the following:
    1. Minimum GRE score of 282 (verbal and quantitative combined)
    OR
    1. Other evidence may include, but not limited to, Resume, Letter of Recommendation or Essay.
    • Educational Leadership applicants must provide the following:
      1. A one page Essay explaining the circumstances surrounding the low GPA AND why the applicant believes they believes they are ready for graduate studies.
      2. Two (2) professional letters of recommendation: both should be from school administrators who have supervised your work in the classroom. If you can only secure one from such a person, the second must be a professional letter of recommendation from someone who can speak to your capacity to be a school leader.
      3. Students will be required to submit a Service Record within 7 weeks of Acceptance. Students who fail to do so may be subject to dismissal from the Educational Leadership program.
      4. Students seeking principal certification must have a teaching certificate and meet all other state specific requirements.
    • Special Education applicants must provide the following:
      1. Statement related to the circumstances surrounding your lower GPA and why you believe you are ready for graduate studies (at least one page in length) AND two professional letters of recommendation, both should be from school administrators who have supervised your work in the classroom. If you can only secure one from such a person, the second must be a professional letter from someone who can speak to your capacity to be a special education teacher.

*All essays must be uploaded through your myUTPB student portal.

**The University of Texas Permian Basin takes a holistic approach in the admission of applicants to graduate programs as authorized by section 51.842 of the Texas Education Code. This section authorizes graduate programs to consider certain academic, socioeconomic, family, geographic, and other factors relating to an applicant's background in making an admission decision for admission into the graduate program.

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  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in the United States or proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution
  • 3.0 GPA or better in upper level (junior and senior level) work and in any graduate work already completed
  • GMAT scores at average percentile or better
  • Regular admission entrance score: ES = (GPA x 200) + GMAT: above 1120
  • GPA below 3.0 - 2.5 in the last 60 credit hours may qualify for conditional admission with other evidence by providing at least one of the following: two letters of recommendation, or professional experience and/or awards. Conditional admission entrance score: ES = (GPA x 200) + GMAT: at least 1000
  • A GMAT waiver is available for those with a 3.25 GPA in their undergraduate degree or 3.25 GPA in the last 60 hours of their undergraduate degree. All applicants qualifying for a waiver need to submit two letters of recommendation, at least one of them should be from an immediate supervisor or instructor.
  • Provisional admission is a temporary classification offered to students that have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 credit hours. Provisionally admitted students may take up to 6 credit hours of approved graduate coursework (non-elective courses). GMAT scores are required by the end of the term for a final admission review.
  • All recommendation letters, work experience or awards must be uploaded through your myUTPB student portal.
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  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in the United States or proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution
  • 3.0 GPA or better in upper level in the last 60 credit hours
  • GMAT scores at average percentile or better
  • Regular admission entrance score: ES = (GPA x 200) + GMAT: above 1120
  • GPA below 3.0 - 2.5 in the last 60 credit hours may qualify for conditional admission with other evidence by providing at least one of the following: two letters of recommendation, or professional experience and/or awards. Conditional admission entrance score: ES = (GPA x 200) + GMAT: at least 1000
  • A GMAT waiver is available for those with a 3.25 GPA in their undergraduate degree or 3.25 GPA in the last 60 hours of their undergraduate degree. All applicants qualifying for a waiver need to submit two letters of recommendation, at least one of them should be from an immediate supervisor or instructor. All recommendation letters must be uploaded through your myUTPB student portal.
  • Provisional admission is a temporary classification offered to students that have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 credit hours. Provisionally admitted students may take up to 6 credit hours of approved graduate coursework (non-elective courses). GMAT scores are required by the end of the term for a final admission review.
  • All recommendation letters, work experience or awards must be uploaded through your myUTPB student portal
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Criteria for Regular Admission

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in the United States or proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution.
  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 grading system in the last 60 credit hours.
  • The equivalent of three or more years of full-time professional experience in public, nonprofit, or for-profit organizations OR GRE Scores of 295 or above (verbal and quantitative combined).
  • Three letters of recommendation.

Criteria for Conditional Admission

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in the United States or proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution.
  • GPA of 2.50 - 2.99 in the last 60 undergraduate credit hours.
  • GRE Scores of 287-294 (verbal and quantitative combined).
  • Three letters of recommendation.

International students may be required to submit TOEFL and GRE scores dependent upon UTPB's admission requirements for international students.

Must complete two (2) MPAL graduate courses with a grade of B or better to change conditional admission status to regular admission.

The final decision regarding admission will be made by the Master of Public Administration Leadership Coordinator.

All recommendation letters must be uploaded through your myUTPB student portal.

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Unconditional Admission Criteria

Transfer students seeking unconditional admission, who have accumulated 24 semester credit hours or more from regionally accredited colleges or universities, must meet the following entrance requirements:

  • Submit to the Office of Admissions official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended. All documents submitted become the property of the University and will not be returned to the student.

    All official sealed transcripts may be mailed to the address below:

    Admissions Office
    University of Texas Permian Basin
    4901 E. University Blvd.
    Odessa, Texas 79762

    Students may request that the original institution send the transcripts electronically to admissions@utpb.edu. Transcripts sent electronically will only be reviewed if they are received directly from the original school.

  • Must have a 2.0 cumulative grade point average or better on a 4.0 grading system in previous college work.
  • Must not be on academic or disciplinary suspension from any previously attended college or university (be eligible to re-enroll in the colleges or universities previously attended).

Conditional Admission Criteria

A small number of students who do not successfully meet these requirements or who enter with academic deficiencies may be admitted conditionally. Conditionally admitted students will complete a student success plan as one of the conditions for their admissions. To be removed from conditional status, a student must:

  • Complete twelve or more general education credit requirements from UT Permian Basin with grades of "C" or better in each course; and
  • Complete other enrollment requirements consistent with his or her deficiencies at the time of application.

Failure to meet these requirements may result in an academic probation or dismissal.

A transfer applicant from a non-accredited institution may be considered for conditional admission by the Admissions Review Committee. A transfer student admitted conditionally must achieve a grade point average of 2.0 or above for the first 30 hours of course work undertaken at U.T. Permian Basin and is subject to academic dismissal at any time the grade point average falls below 2.0.

Nursing Admission Requirements

  • Complete The University of Texas Permian Basin application and submit the $40 application fee and transcripts
  • Must hold a current RN license to practice professional nursing in Texas or other state recognized by the NCLEX-RN Council of Nursing
  • Must be graduate of a professional nursing program approved by the Texas State Board of Nursing, or appropriate State Board, and the professional nursing program must be nationally accredited
  • GPA requirement 2.5 Cumulative
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Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science – Industrial Technology Requirements

Applicants must have an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree or have at least 24 semester hours of vocational or technical credit from an accredited community or technical college.

All official sealed transcripts may be mailed to the address below:

Admissions Office
University of Texas Permian Basin
4901 E. University Blvd.
Odessa, Texas 79762

Students may request that the original institution send the transcripts electronically to admissions@utpb.edu. Transcripts sent electronically will only be reviewed if they are received directly from the original school.

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