VIP Admissions Program for Current UTSA Students and Alumni

The VIP Graduate Admissions Program was established to retain UTSA’s BEST and BRIGHTEST Roadrunners who are interested in pursuing a graduate education. Both domestic and international UTSA students who have completed a minimum of 90 semester credit hours can qualify. Additional eligibility requirements can be found below.

The VIP program is based on faculty nomination. The nomination serves as the highest form of recommendation for those students and alumni who demonstrate great academic potential and promise for success within the graduate program of interest. Approved VIP Nominees are fast tracked through the graduate admissions process. Benefits of the VIP Admissions Program include:

  • Abbreviated VIP graduate application
  • All Test Scores are waived
  • Supplemental documentation are waived including:
    • Official transcripts (current UTSA students only)
    • Statement of Purpose
    • Letters of Recommendation
    • Resume/CV

The VIP admissions program is limited to UTSA Master’s programs and can be thesis or non-thesis options, or internship option. Many but not all Master’s programs participate. Contact your advisor, the Department you are interested in pursuing the VIP nomination through and/or The Graduate School for more information.

VIP Nomination and Admissions Deadlines

Nomination deadlines are specifically for the faculty nomination form submission. The subsequent VIP application deadlines apply to both domestic and international VIP applicants. 

Please note, if you are an international student, be aware that the change of level from undergraduate to graduate will require proof of financial resources to update your visa status with the Office of International Programs. If you are an international alumnus and you are currently residing in your home country, you will need to complete the full student visa process. As you know this process can take time. We encourage you to work with your nominating faculty to complete the nomination and subsequent VIP application process as soon as possible to ensure successful navigation of the visa process.

  • Summer Term
    • Faculty Nomination  Form Due: March 15
    • VIP Application Deadline: April 15
  • Fall Term
    • Faculty Nomination Form Due: May 15
    • VIP Application Deadline: June 15
  • Spring Term
    • Faculty Nomination Form Due: October 1
    • VIP Application Deadline: October 15

Current UTSA Student Eligibility

The VIP nomination process allows tenure/tenure track faculty members to recognize outstanding junior or senior (minimum of 90 hours awarded) UTSA students for admission into a graduate program. Both domestic and international students can qualify.

To be eligible, the student must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be degree-seeking student with a minimum of 1 semester of undergraduate coursework at UTSA prior to nomination.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.00
  • Discipline GPA of 3.30
  • Good Academic Standing
  • Additional departmental prerequisite requirements may apply.

UTSA Alumni Eligibility

The VIP nomination process allows a tenure or tenure track UTSA faculty member to recognize outstanding UTSA alumni for admission into a graduate program. The alumnus nominee must have graduated within three years of the admission term of nomination. Both domestic and international students can qualify.

To be eligible, the alumnus must meet the following requirements:

  • Awarded undergraduate degree from UTSA, with 1/3 of coursework completed at UTSA.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.00
  • Discipline GPA of 3.30
  • Good Academic Standing.
  • If another institution has been attended after graduating from UTSA the following items apply:
    • Submission of official transcript from all regionally accredited institutions of higher education attended after UTSA graduation.
      • Will be verified through the National Student Clearinghouse
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.00
    • Good Academic Standing at the last institution attended

VIP Nomination Process

Students who believe they qualify for a VIP nomination should schedule a meeting with a tenure or tenure track faculty member within the department for which they are interested in pursuing the Master’s degree. The student should bring a copy of their unofficial transcript for review. The student should be prepared to discuss their interest in pursuing a Master’s degree in the specified discipline as well as their commitment to continuing their education.

If the student does not know a tenure/tenure track faculty, the student should contact their advisor and/or the Department they are interested in pursuing the Master’s degree through to discuss options for initiating the VIP process. Please note, non-tenure track faculty as well as faculty outside the graduate program discipline can submit a nomination form. However, in these cases, a tenure/tenure track faculty from the graduate program department must be included as a co-sponsor of the nomination form.

There are five easy steps to be accepted as a VIP:

  1. A tenure/tenure track faculty member from the Department you are interested in pursuing the Master’s degree through must identify you as an eligible VIP nominee. See eligibility requirements.
  2. The tenure/tenure track faculty member must complete and submit a nomination form available through The Graduate School prior to the nomination deadline for the applicable term. Student self-nominations will not be accepted.
    • Students can assist faculty members with this process by providing the nominating faculty member with the following information:
      • Full Name
      • Banner ID
      • MyUTSA ID (abc123)
      • Preferred Student Email
      • Expected Graduation Date OR Graduation Date of Alumni
      • Graduate Program of Interest
      • Start term/year for graduate program
      • Cumulative GPA – can be found on ASAP
      • Discipline GPA will be calculated by the Department
  3. Once the nomination form with all appropriate signatures including the tenue/tenure track nominating faculty(s), department chair and associate dean has been received, processed and approved by The Graduate School, the student nominee will be notified through email.
  4. Once notified of the approved nomination, the nominee will be instructed to complete the abbreviated VIP application and submit. Standard application fees do apply.
  5. Once a VIP application is submitted and processed, the newly admitted graduate student will be notified by the Graduate School of acceptance and registration eligibility.