Visiting Student Program

Visiting Visiting Student Program

The intent of this program is for you to earn degree credit at Texas State that will transfer back to your primary institution.

Program Overview

Are you currently pursuing a graduate degree at another institution but found a graduate course offered at Texas State that's not available at your primary institution? If so, you can enroll in graduate courses at Texas State with the approval of the dean of The Graduate College, the graduate advisor*, and your primary institution. The intent of this program is for you to earn degree credit at Texas State that will transfer back to your primary institution; therefore, credit earned as a visiting student may not be eligible for Texas State degree programs should you decide to pursue one at a later time.

*Some departments/programs do not admit visiting students, and others may admit after evaluating course availability.

Program Details

Contact The Graduate College for general questions about getting started with your application, funding your degree, and more. If you have program-specific questions after reviewing the program details, we encourage you to contact the following individuals.


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Application Deadlines

DeadlinesU.S. CitizenInternational
U.S. Citizen
June 15 (*Flexible)
June 1
U.S. Citizen
October 15 (*Flexible)
October 1
Summer I
U.S. Citizen
April 15 (*Flexible)
March 15
Summer II
U.S. Citizen
June 1 (*Flexible)
No Admission

*This program’s deadline is flexible for those not requiring an F/J visa. A flexible deadline means applications received after the standard deadline may be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis with no guarantees for admission consideration.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Admission Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.

  • Review important information about the online application.

    • $20 nonrefundable application fee
    • $60 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

    Review important information about application fees.

    • transcripts not required
  • GRE

    • GRE not required

    Approved English Proficiency Exam Scores

    Applicants are required to submit an approved English proficiency exam score that meets the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

    • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
    • official PTE scores required with a 52 overall
    • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
      • minimum individual module scores of 6.0
    • official Duolingo Scores required with a 110 overall
    • official TOEFL Essentials scores required with an 8.5 overall

    This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

    Review important information about official test scores.

  • Domestic applicants

    Return the visiting student form signed by all appropriate parties for The Graduate College dean to approve at least two weeks prior to registration. The form must be completed prior to enrollment each term you study as a visiting student.

    Some departments/programs do not permit visiting students to take their courses, while others will evaluate course availability before approving visiting students.

    International applicants

    • visiting student form (see above)
    • TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS scores (see below)

    Review important information about documents.

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    Creative Writing
    Elementary Education (Teacher Recruitment Program)
    International Studies
    Mass Communication
    Professional Counseling
    School Improvement Ph.D.
    Secondary Education (Teacher Recruitment Program)


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