Graduate Programs at Texas State University
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Texas State University

Texas State University - The rising STAR of Texas
Texas State University traces its origins to the Southwest Texas State Normal School, which was established in 1899. Over the years, the institution underwent many changes and grew in size and stature. The current name was adopted in 2003, and the university is now home to seven academic colleges, which offer 97 bachelor’s, 89 master’s and 12 doctoral degree programs. Texas State University is located in San Marcos, which is part of the greater metropolitan area of Austin, the capital city of Texas. Texas State University is the fourth largest public university in the state of Texas.
Why Texas State?
  • Classified as an Emerging Research University  
  • Career-centric course curriculum  
  • Affordable tuition  
  • Scholarships and grants are available  
  • Programs taught by leading academic experts and scholars  
  • McCoy College of Business is accredited by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)  
  • Leading university to study aquatic ecosystems and species  
  • One of the top undergraduate programs in musical theatre and acting in the U.S.  
  • Sixth-highest retention and graduation rate of public universities in Texas  
  • Texas State offers a Ph.D. in materials science, engineering and commercialization in the College of Science and Engineering and a Ph.D. and Ed.D. in developmental education in the College of Education. These are the only programs of their kind in the U.S.  
  • First university in the U.S. to offer a master’s of applied geography degree  
  • Highly decorated sports and athletics teams in NCAA Division I  
  • Popular accredited English Language Program available  
  • On-campus accommodations for international students  
  • Strong global alumni network
Science at Texas State University
Texas State University has a simple and transparent admissions process beginning with the Apply Texas application and paying a $90 non-refundable application fee. Applicants for graduate admissions should have completed the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution with a good academic score. Graduate applicants might also need to provide additional departmental documents, which vary by graduate program. Official test scores, such as the GRE, GMAT and English proficiency exams, may be required as well. Applicants are required to submit all official academic transcripts (and an English translation if the transcript is issued in the native language), a copy of his/her passport and a bank statement with the requisite funds to show ability to pay the cost of attendance. Admission requirements  vary by program.
Texas State University offers accommodations to students that are safe, secure and convenient in its residence halls and in off-campus apartments through the Achieving Community Together (ACT) program. The amenities provided in the residence halls include:
  • Lounge/lobby areas  
  • Study rooms  
  • Wired Internet connectivity for each student in his/her room  
  • Wireless Internet access in study rooms and other public areas  
  • Basic cable television in student rooms and lounges  
  • Community kitchens  
  • Laundry facilities (Cost is built into room rate.)  
  • Recreation areas and equipment (pool tables, pingpong tables, sand volleyball courts, outdoor grills, etc.)  
  • Card key access to building main entrances
A Texas State living-learning community (LLC) is a group of students living together based on a common interest, while taking one or more classes together and participating in out-of-class experiences led by successful upper-class students. Residents have access to many special resources, programs and activities, such as seminars, site visits and reserved space in academic courses.
Student accommodation at Texas State University
The Texas State Intensive English (TSIE) program provides academic English programs to international students, scholars and professionals to achieve the goal of academic readiness, test preparation, self-improvement and cultural integration. Participants benefit from the full services of Texas State University while being engaged in English language study. TSIE has a Bridge Program and is accredited by CEA, the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation. 
Campus Life
The Common Experience is an integral part of life on campus at Texas State University. A yearlong sequence of events and cultural activities, the Common Experience introduces all students to life at the university. Common Experience events include films, exhibits, debates, concerts and artistic performances.
With national championships in multiple sports, the Texas State Bobcats have a strong legacy of excellence in athletics. Sixteen men’s and women’s teams compete at the NCAA Division I level in sporting events across the country.  
There are nearly 400 student clubs and organizations, which allow like-minded students to connect and participate in various cultural events. The LBJ Student Center is at the heart of many interesting activities that take place on campus, from talks by renowned speakers to special events.
Texas State University offers a fascinating student experience that students cherish throughout their lives.



Department of Geography: Master of Applied Geography Degree (MAGeo)
Designed to train geographers to use their skills and background knowledge to solve real-world problems with geographic dimensions. 
Duration: 2 Years
Deadline: Feb 1st; June 1st
The History Department offers master of arts degrees in four areas of study: U.S. history, Latin American history, European history and public history. A wide range of graduate offerings is available, with considerable emphasis on new methodologies for historical research. 
Duration: 2 years
Deadline: Ongoing
Master in Science in Human Nutrition
The M.S. in Human Nutrition provides graduate education from whole foods and nutrient perspectives in nutrition, metabolism, food science and biotechnology incorporating practical training and research. 
Duration: 2 Years
Deadline: Feb 15th; June 1st
Master of Arts in Education Leadership
Grounded in a multi-disciplinary and multicultural approach, the program provides opportunities to model collaboration across disciplines and to learn from one another while working effectively with all cultures, groups, individuals and their ecologies. 
Duration: 2 Years
Deadline: Feb 15th; June 1st
Master of Arts in International Studies
The Master of Arts with a major in International Studies is an interdisciplinary degree that prepares students for challenging careers in government, business, and nonprofit organizations.
Duration: 2 Years
Deadline: Feb 1st; June 1st
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
The McCoy College of Business Administration is a student centered learning community dedicated to sharing values, knowledge, and skills that enable students to compete responsibly and successfully in a global business environment.
Duration: 2 Years
Deadline: Feb 1st; June 1st; Oct 1st
Master of Business Administration with Technology Emphasis
The Master of Business Administration with an Engineering Technology Emphasis is offered by the Emmett and Miriam McCoy College of Business Administration and the Department of Engineering Technology.
Duration: 2 Years
Deadline: Feb 1st; June 1st
Master of Science and PhD in Criminal Justice
The School of Criminal Justice offers a Master of Science in Criminal Justice (M.S.C.J.) degree, and also participates in the Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies program. 
Duration: 2 Years
Deadline: Feb 15th; June 1st
Master of Science in Technology Management
The technology management graduate program at Texas State University is designed for those who seek careers or career advancement in the management of engineering and production activity in the construction and concrete industries.
Duration: 2 Years
Deadline: Feb 1st; June 1st;
Masters of Fine Arts in Directing
Texas State University’s Master of Fine Arts degree in directing is a highly selective, three-year program whose objective is to develop creative leadership, disciplined craft and collaboration abilities.
Duration: 3 Years
Deadline: Feb 1st; June 1st
The master of music and master of music in music education programs at Texas State University prepare graduates to flourish in the disciplines of music teaching, history, conducting, composition, performance and interpretation.
Duration: 2 years
Deadline: Ongoing
PhD in Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization
Materials science and engineering involves the characterization of the physical and chemical properties of solid materials-metals and alloys, ceramics, magnetic materials, polymers, optical materials, semiconductors, superconductors, and composites for the purpose of using, changing, or enhancing inherent properties to create or improve end products.
Duration: 2 Years
Deadline: Feb 15th; June 1st


Former Student: Oleksandra Sehin, Ph.D., College of Education, From: Ukraine

"The one word that will describe Texas State is ‘community’. Here at Texas State all community members, be they faculty, staff or students, care about each other and offer support through friendship, mentorship and academic assistance. The Ph.D. program in adult, professional and community education, which I was enrolled in, opened my mind to new perspectives, engaged me intensely in scholarly work on local and global issues, and encouraged me to focus on self-reflection. At Texas State I developed a strong international network, a sense of belonging, and respect for diversity of people and ideas. The campus community at Texas State is very receptive and supportive of the international student population. As an international student from Ukraine, I always felt welcomed and embraced. I am truly blessed with the opportunity I have been given to grow personally and professionally alongside such an exceptional group of people at Texas State University."

Former Student: Oleksandra Sehin, Ph.D., College of Education, From: Ukraine
Current Student: Shijun Chen, School of Music, From: China

“The campus is safe, and the people here are very friendly. Students and residents often say ‘hi’ to me when I walk along the sidewalk even though we have never met before. I like to go to the highest floor of Alkek Library to study and enjoy the spectacular scenery. While studying at Texas State University, I found that the teaching style of the professors and the management of the school form a type of harmonious system. By following this system, you will discover that you are developing gradually after a period of time and that you are approaching your goal. After studying for a year here, as an international student, I found that wherever you are, wherever you are from, you will be respected, find some good friends and receive help from excellent people.”

Current Student: Shijun Chen, School of Music, From: China
Current Student: Sihame Riany, College of Science and Engineering, From: Morocco

"Texas State University is much better than I thought it would ever be! I love the people and the atmosphere in most of my classes. I love the spirit. I strongly believe that getting a master’s degree in computer science will open up a lot of opportunities for me here in the U.S. as well as in my home country, Morocco, especially after being able to get some experience in the industry here in the United States. So many mixed emotions; I am happy and excited but also sad as I am getting into my last semester at Texas State. I have spent a memorable and quality time here, and I learned a lot from each and every person I had the chance to meet, work and study with.”

Current Student: Sihame Riany, College of Science and Engineering, From: Morocco
Current Student: Dedeepya Yarlagadda, College of Science and Engineering, From: India

“Studying at Texas State University and experiencing a different culture, a different lifestyle and a different language has changed many of my perceptions. I am so much more aware of the world now, and when I get back  to India I can't wait to pass on all of my new knowledge. Living away from home, on the other side of the world, has impacted me in ways that will stick with me for the rest of my life.  My Texas State experience has given me the opportunity to decide exactly who and what I want to be and realize that I need to be in a career that allows me to work anywhere in the world.”

Current Student: Dedeepya Yarlagadda, College of Science and Engineering, From: India
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