Applying to the DRS PhD Program
Applications for admission into the DRS PhD program next Fall must be submitted by December 1st. Applications submitted by November 1st are eligible to apply for an Application Fee waiver (see below).
Required Components of the Application
The complete application must include and/or be accompanied by:
Note: Online applications must be submitted by December 1st; however, supporting documents will be accepted for up to two weeks after the deadline. Applicants who upload all of their materials by Nov. 1st (priority application deadline) may apply for an application fee waiver. Please contact Janice.Marshall@utsa.edu to inquire about waivers.
November 1: Priority Deadline – to be considered for application fee waivers and special additional funding opportunities
December 1: Final Application Deadline – to be considered for admission into next Fall’s class
Criteria for Admission into the UTSA DRS PhD Program
An admissions committee of seven tenured or tenure-track faculty members reviews all applications for admission into the DRS PhD program. Although there is no single, specific set of minimum criteria required for admission into the program, multiple aspects are considered. These include academic background, GPA, laboratory research experience, letters of recommendation, and the applicant’s personal statement.
Note: you do not need to identify or communicate with any of our program faculty prior to submitting your application, though you are welcome to do so if you wish. Selection of a faculty member’s lab for the dissertation research project is made at the end of the first year in the program following completion of three 10-week lab rotations.
If you have previously worked with one or more of our program faculty, or if there are faculty associated with our program with whom you think you might particularly like to work, you should note that in your personal statement and/or your resumé.