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The Graduate School is committed to advancing academic excellence in graduate and postdoctoral education and training. We have several departments that can assist you with questions regarding professional development activities, administrative processes, and graduate student success initiatives. 


Office Hours: 8 A.M. to 5 P.M., Monday through Friday 

Campus Location: GSR 2.116


Questions regarding admissions, transcripts and recruiting.




Graduate School Orientation

You are about to embark on an exciting journey of self-improvement, professional growth and academic excellence. We are excited to join you on this journey beginning with Graduate School Orientation (GSO). You're invited to a day of fun and learning to network with fellow new students and hear from current students and faculty! 


Spring Staged Doctoral Orientations
Dissertation Dissertation Completion Dissertation Completion

In-Person: February 14, 2-4 p.m. Mesquite Room (SU 2.01.24)

Invitations will be sent the week of 1/29/2024

In-Person: February 21, 2-4 p.m.    Pecan Room (SU 2.01.26)

Invitations will be sent the week of 2/5/2024

In-Person: June 12, 2-2:45 p.m.          Pecan Room (SU 2.01.26)

Invitations will be sent the week of 5/27/2024

Virtual: Feb. 15, 4-6 p.m.

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Virtual: Feb. 22, 4-6 p.m.

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Virtual: June 13, 3-3:45 p.m.

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  Admitted for Summer Term   Opens in July
  Admitted for Fall Term   Opens in July
  Admitted for Spring Term   Opens in December
Required In-Person Doctoral Orientation:  August 14, 2024
  • Invitations will be sent the week of 7/29/2024
  • Graduate School Program: 3 - 5 p.m.
    • Check-in 2:30 - 3 p.m.
  • College/Program Session: Determined by College


Admitted for fall your orientation will be August 15, 2024 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Future Orientations
Spring 2025 will be January 16, 2025 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Admitted for fall your orientation will be August 14, 2024 from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., information will be sent the week of 7/29/2024.

Future Orientations

Spring 2025 will be February 5, 2025 from 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

We are excited to share what UTSA Graduate School has to offer during your doctoral journey!
Doctoral orientation is required and an important milestone in your graduate education!

*A hold will be placed on your record if you do not attend one of the doctoral orientations.


Click to view the Bold Doctoral Staged Orientation series!

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We offer other important aspects of GSO prerecorded on the Graduate School YouTube channel Orientation Playlist for you to view at your own pace; including student success breakout sessions covering the following topics:

  • Graduate Study Skills and Habits
  • Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
  • The Working Graduate Student
  • Stress Management and Wellbeing
  • Understanding the Graduate Student Experience
  • Learning in a Virtual Environment

Prior to the start of your first semester, make sure all items are complete on the Graduate School Rowdy Ready Checklist .

If you have questions about GSO, email our Orientation team at If you are an international student and have questions about intake paperwork, please contact International Student Services at GSO is held prior to the fall and spring semesters; summer admits are encouraged to attend in the fall semester Orientation program.