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Visiting Student Program

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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.

 Contact The Graduate College for general questions about getting started with your application, funding your degree, and more.
If you have program-specific questions, we encourage you to contact the graduate advisor of your program(s) of interest.

Application Process

Step 1

Review Requirements

Application Deadlines

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall June 15 June 1
Spring October 15 October 1
Summer I April 15 March 15
Summer II June 1 No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a flexible deadline, which means applications received after the posted 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.

Application 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.

Application Fee(s)

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

  Review important information about application fees.


  • transcripts not required

GRE Scores

  • GRE not required


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.


Applicants are required to submit TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS scores that meet 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

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

  Review important information about official test scores.

Programs that will not accept visiting students

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