Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I add/ remove references for my Letters of Recommendation?
    First, you must make sure you have your NetID and login password, which you will be prompted through e-mail to create within a week or two of submitting your application. Once you have your NetID and password, you log onto AIS, there is a tab that says ‘Documents’. When you click on that tab, there is an option under it that says ‘Letters of Recommendation’. You can add new references or remind your referees to submit their recommendation.

  2. Why have I not received a NetID yet?
    It can take 1-2 weeks to receive the email that will prompt you to create your NetID. Once you have your NetID and password, you will then be able to upload other documents to the Applicant Information System such as your resume and unofficial transcript(s).

  3. Can I send unofficial transcripts?
    The university requires official documents to be submitted. However, the department allows unofficial documents for review purposes only. If admitted, you will be required to submit official documents. Note, the Applicant Information System says unofficial documents are not allowed, however you may upload them. In addition, if you upload unofficial transcripts the system will say that your application is incomplete, but for review purposes and application deadlines, it is not.

  4. Can the requirement of having a TOEFL score be waived?
    If you have a GRE verbal score of 146, received your Masters’ degree from a US institution, you have an IELTS score of 6.0 overall band, or you have completed 4 years of a Bachelor’s degree or higher at a U.S. accredited university.

  5. Is there a minimum GRE requirement?
    While there is no minimum GRE score required, the average quantitative GRE score for students accepted in previous years was around 163 or higher. Average Verbal score is 150 or above, however, international students usually are expected to score above 146 in the GRE verbal section.

  6. I was accepted into the [Ph.D., Masters] program, but there was no financial aid mentioned.

    For a complete list of financial aid opportunities, click here.

    The department does not send an additional acceptance letter. You must contact the faculty member you are interested in working with and inquire if they have availability in their research group. If they agree to work with you and extend an offer then they may support you through their research funds (assistantship). The academic advisor will then provide you with an offer letter.


    It is recommended when contacting faculty that you mention that you have been admitted into the graduate program for the specified semester. If a faculty member requests to review your full application package, please let the advisor know and he/she will provide it to them.

  7. When will I receive an application decision?
    We have rolling admissions. This means that your application will be reviewed in the order in which it is received. We split the applications up into several batches based on when the applications were completed. Each batch is then sent to the review board for a decision. Once your application has been reviewed, you will receive notification from the university of whether you have been accepted or declined.

  8. What are the next steps after I have been admitted?
    Inform the department by e-mailing msen-advising@tamu.edu if you will be accepting the admissions offer. If you have not found a faculty advisor, then you must contact professors to see if one will serve as your chair and provide you with an assistantship.

  9. Who is considered a domestic student?
    Domestic applicants are citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States, or have been granted Asylee, Refugee or Paroled in the Public Interest status by the United States government.