Dr. Linda M. Jones, Dean

Administration Building, Room 141

(254) 968-9104

††††††† The Texas A&M University System Board of Directors approved graduate degree programs at the master's level for Tarleton State University on November 26, 1969. Meeting in special session at College Station, the Coordinating Board of the Texas College and University Systems granted approval on December 4, 1969, for three initial master's-level programs, setting the Fall Semester of 1971 as the effective date of graduate course offerings for the programs.

††††††† Approved programs include the Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Master of Criminal Justice and Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership.


††††††† The mission of the College of Graduate Studies is to promote excellence in graduate education through teaching, research, and service. The College of Graduate Studies, in conjunction with the Graduate Council, accomplishes its mission through the planning and development of policy and procedures related to graduate education; the recruitment, admission, and retention of qualified students; and by providing support and coordination of high quality course offerings and degree programs.

††††††† The aims of the College of Graduate Studies are to:

1.†††† increase the professional competence of students in their chosen fields;

2.†††† train students in analytical methodology; and

3.†††† provide advanced training in academic disciplines.


††††††† Administration of the College of Graduate Studies is the responsibility of the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. The Graduate Council, made up of graduate faculty from departments having graduate programs, assists in establishing policies concerning the graduate school. The Dean of the College of Graduate Studies is chair of the Graduate Council and has the authority to act for the administration and the Council within limits of policy.


††††† Tarleton State University offers the Master of Education degree with majors in Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Administration, Physical Education, and Counseling; the Master of Arts degree with major fields in English, History, and Political Science; the Master of Science degree with major fields in Agriculture, Agricultural Education, Biology, Counseling Psychology, Educational Psychology, Environmental Science, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, Liberal Studies, Management, and Mathematics; the Master of Business Administration degree; the Master of Criminal Justice degree and the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership degree.

††††††† Admission policies, program requirements, and comprehensive examination procedures for each of these graduate degree programs are specifically described within the appropriate departmental sections that follow.

College of Agriculture & Human Sciences†    

Department of Agribusiness, Agronomy, Horticulture, & Range Management††

Agriculture MS

Department of Agricultural†Services & Development†

Agricultural Education† MS

Department of Animal Sciences††

Agriculture MS
College of Business Administration    

Department of Accounting, Finance, & Economics †

Business Administration† MBA

Department of Computer Information Systems††††††††

Information Systems MS

Department of Management,Marketing, & Administrative Systems†††

Human Resource Management†


Management and Leadership

College of Education    

Department of Curriculu & Instruction

Curriculum and Instruction MEd

Department of Educational Administration, Counseling, & Psychology††††††††††††††††††

Counseling MEd
Educational Administration MEd
Counseling Psychology† MS
Educational Psychology†† MS
Educational Leadership EdD

Department of Health & Physical Education

Physical Education† MEd
College of Liberal & Fine Arts † Liberal Studies MS

Department of Social Work, Sociology, & Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice† MCJ

Department of English & Languages

English MA

Department of Social Sciences†

History MA
  Political Science MA
College of Science & Technology    

Department of Biological Sciences

Biology MS

Department of Chemistry, Geosciences, & Environmental Science

Environmental Science MS

Department of Mathematics, Physics, & Engineering††

Mathematics MS



††††††† Admission to the College of Graduate Studies is administered for the Graduate Council by the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. Applicants seeking admission to the College of Graduate Studies must present the following credentials and materials indicating they possess the ability to pursue graduate work successfully:

  1. A formal application for admission. Application forms are available from the office of the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, Room 141, Administration Building. For U.S. citizens, applications must be received one month prior to the regular registration dates indicated in the current University Calendar. A $25 application-processing fee must accompany applications of students who will be attending Tarleton for the first time or who have not been enrolled at Tarleton for one year. Checks should be made payable to Tarleton State University.
  2. Official transcript(s) of all previous academic course work. The transcript must bear the date of bachelor's degree conferral and indicate that the applicant was in good standing at the last institution attended.
  3. Scores on the Aptitude Test of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). These scores should be sent directly to the Graduate Office by the Educational Testing Service. See categories of admission for specific requirement.
  4. A 200-300 word essay addressing his/her career and academic goals.

††††††† Beyond these general requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies, departments may set additional standards for admission to degree programs as necessary, subject to administrative approval.


††††††† Enrollment in the College of Graduate Studies requires that students obtain the following:

  1. admission to a graduate degree program,
  2. admission to a professional (graduate) teacher certificate program, or
  3. provisional admission for Tarleton undergraduates.

Degree-seeking students are granted either full (unconditional) admission or conditional admission.

1.†† Admission to a Graduate Degree Program

††††††† Full Admission. Admission to any graduate degree program is granted by the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies upon recommendation of the department of proposed study. Full admission is awarded to applicants who meet the following requirements:

  1. a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a foreign institution;
  2. a minimum grade point average (based on a 4-point scale) of 3.0 on the last 60 hours of credit completed;
  3. acceptable scores on the Aptitude Test of the GRE; (Master of Business Administration students may substitute acceptable scores on the GMAT.)
  4. submission of a 200-300 word essay addressing professional and career goals.

Completion of specific departmental admission requirements and recommendation for admission from the appropriate department may be required for admission to the chosen field of study.

††††††† Conditional Admission. A student who is not qualified for full admission may be granted conditional admission to the College of Graduate Studies. Conditional admission will not be granted, however, to a student whose GPA is less than 2.5 on the last 60 hours of course work completed. GRE scores must be submitted at the time of application if the GPA is below 3.0.

††††††† When a student entering on conditional admission has satisfied all conditions stipulated by the College of Graduate Studies, he/she will be granted full admission when recommended by the academic department at the same time he/she is granted full admission to the program of study.

††††††† Applicants who for reasons beyond their control cannot provide all documents required for admission to the College of Graduate Studies by the time of initial enrollment may be considered for conditional admission.

2.†††† Admission to a Professional Teacher Certificate Program

††††††† Professional teacher certificate programs are open only to graduate students. Some of the programs do not require the completion of a masterís degree.

††††††† Admission to a professional teacher certificate program is granted upon the recommendation of the head of the department in which the program is offered and the submission of a certificate plan approved by the University Teacher Certification Officer.

††††††† Non-degree students are not required to submit scores on the GRE or the GMAT. However, official transcript(s) that indicate the conferral of the bachelor's degree and good standing at the last college attended are required.

3.†† Provisional Admission for Undergraduates

††††††† An undergraduate at Tarleton may be considered for admission to the College of Graduate Studies provided that the student

  1. is within 12 hours of graduation;
  2. is recommended by his/her major department; and
  3. has attained a minimum GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work.
  4. may take no more than 12 hours of graduate work while in provisional status.
  5. must submit GRE scores to re-enroll for graduate courses.

Note: No graduate course work may be counted toward an undergraduate degree.


††††††† An applicant who does not wish to pursue a graduate degree or graduate-level teacher certification program but who has earned a bachelorís degree from an accredited U.S. institution and who is in good standing at the last school attended may apply for admission as a post-baccalaureate student. These applications are received and processed in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

††††††† Post-baccalaureate students are subject to all requirements and regulations that apply to undergraduates. They must meet the academic progress standards applicable to undergraduates and are subject to the same probation/suspension policies.

††††††† An applicant who matriculates as a post-baccalaureate student has no assurance that work completed while in this classification will be applicable to graduate degree requirements, should he or she subsequently gain admission to a graduate degree program. Ordinarily, credits earned as a post-baccalaureate student will not be counted toward a graduate degree. The use of such credits requires the approval of the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.


††††††† Admission of international students to graduate programs will be based upon holding a valid bachelor's-level degree from an accredited college or university. The quality of the applicant's secondary or college-level work is judged from the grades, class attained, or rank achieved in class. A processing fee of $100 (US) and an application fee of $25, both nonrefundable, for a total of $125 must be included with the application made payable to Tarleton State University. Along with the check and application, the student must include all previous university academic records officially translated in the English language. The International Office will evaluate all academic credentials. Any questions regarding this requirement should be directed to the International Office at Tarleton State University.

††††††† In addition to the signed application requirements, a minimum admission grade point average (GPA) of 3.0, a 550 or 213 on the computer based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination and evidence of a GRE or GMAT*, the applicant may be required to attend additional English classes to improve speaking and writing skills or, on the recommendation of the Head of the Department, it may be necessary to take leveling classes in a particular field of study as instituted by the Department.

††††††† The international applicant must have a reliable financial sponsor. To obtain a visa from the American Embassy located in the applicantís country, a prospective student must have documented evidence of financial solvency. A sponsor is obligated to endorse all expenditures for the applicant during the entire course of study. Following the tragedy of September 11, 2001, the American Embassies have placed severe restrictions on all financial statements. Check with the American Embassy for further details. Note that a copy of all financial statement documentation must be included with the admission packet.

††††††† International applicants must submit two passport-style photos taken within six months of application. Additionally, the Department of Homeland Security requires that all students have medical insurance with coverage in the United States. Students may wish to purchase insurance through the University upon arrival.

††††††† All application materials must be sent to the Office of International Academic Programs. Applications cannot be processed and an I-20 cannot be issued until all materials are received.

††††††† For more details about admission for international students, please consult our web page at www.

*† International applicants with a GPA of 3.0 or higher may be granted conditional admission to the graduate program without GRE scores, but they must complete the GRE during their first semester at Tarleton State University. Students planning to pursue a masterís program in business may submit GMAT scores instead of GRE scores.


††††††† Applicants who designate that they do not choose to seek a graduate degree but who hold a baccalaureate degree may be enrolled for course work in the College of Graduate Studies as Special Non-degree seeking graduate students. Students in this category waive the right to count more than 6 hours toward an advanced degree at Tarleton State University. In order to have any graduate course work count toward a masterís degree students must meet admission criteria to the College of Graduate Studies at the time application is made.



††††††† The graduate advisor, designated by a department, assists students in planning their initial course work prior to granting of admission to the program of study. Before seeking enrollment in any course that might be applied toward a master's degree, students must consult their advisors. A temporary advisor will be available to those enrolling for the first time in an off-campus course.

††††††† After receiving admission to the College of Graduate Studies and enrolling for graduate courses, the student should consult with the graduate advisor concerning appointment of an advisory committee. The advisory committee is responsible for guiding and directing the student's entire academic program, which includes initiating all academic actions concerning the student, developing the degree plan, and administering the comprehensive testing prior to conferral of the master's degree. Moreover, the advisory committee as a group and as individual members are responsible for counseling the student on academic matters, and in the case of academic deficiency, initiating recommendations to the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.


†††††† Graduate courses are offered on the Tarleton State University campus in Stephenville, at the System Center in Killeen, and in certain off-campus locations approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.


††††††† The maximum load for a full-time graduate student is 16 semester hours in the fall or spring semester. Summer loads are determined by the length of the summer session in which the student is enrolled.


Semester Hours

16 weeks

(Fall and Spring)

10 weeks


8 week session

5 week session

Maximum load

16 hours

12 hours

9 hours

6 hours

Full load

9 hours

6 hours

5 hours

3 hours


††††††† Every student enrolled in the College of Graduate Students is required to maintain a high level of performance and comply fully with the policies of the institution. The College of Graduate Studies reserves the right to suspend any graduate student who does not maintain satisfactory academic standing or fails to conform to University regulations.

††††††† Students who have achieved admission to the College of Graduate Studies are expected to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA on work completed at Tarleton. If in a particular semester a student's overall GPA falls below the minimum, he/she will be given notice of unsatisfactory academic performance. The student must attain a 3.0 overall GPA during her or his next period of enrollment; failure to do so will result in suspension for one long semester or the summer term. A student must maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average every semester upon returning from the suspension. At the end of any grading period, if a student's overall GPA falls below 2.0 he/she will be automatically suspended. A graduate student is allowed one suspension. If poor academic performance results in a second suspension, the student will be dismissed from the university.

††††††† Students who have been admitted conditionally to a degree program must meet the requirements stipulated for attaining full admission status. Conditions may require a GPA greater than 3.0. If requirements are not met, conditional admission will be rescinded, and any further enrollment will be for undergraduate course work only, as a post-baccalaureate student.

††††††† Post-baccalaureate students are subject to the academic progress policies applicable to undergraduates at Tarleton State University. Academic deficiencies of students in this category will be calculated according to the current undergraduate probation/suspension policy.

††††††† Graduate students who are suspended must apply to the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies for reinstatement. After review of the case, the Dean will make a recommendation to the Graduate Council for action. An appeal of the decision of the Graduate Council may be made to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs who shall render final judgment.


††††††† Graduate degree credit is allowed only for A, B, and C grades. A grade point average of 3.0 or higher is required:

1.†††† for all courses included in a degree plan;

2.†††† for all the courses comprising the major field; and

3.†††† for the courses comprising the minor field, if one is selected.

Courses taken at Tarleton may not be repeated at another institution for degree credit. If a course is repeated at Tarleton, the better grade in the course shall be counted in computing the student's grade point average.

††††††† The grading system for graduate students is:

††††††††† A-Excellent, 4 grade points per semester hour

††††††††† B-Good, 3 grade points per semester hour

††††††††† C-Fair, 2 grade points per semester hour

††††††††† D-Not Passing for graduate course work. Course must be repeated.

††††††††† F-Failing

††††††††† I-In Progress (for thesis course only)

††††††††† K-Incomplete

††††††††† S-Satisfactory (for completion of thesis course)

††††††††† W-Withdrawal from course, no grade designated

††††††††† WF-Withdrawal failing (included in GPA)

††††††† The grade K shall be recorded for a student only in case of extraordinary circumstances. This entry is used only in such cases after the instructor and his/her department head have concurred that the incomplete entry is justified. A grade of K must be made up by the end of the next semester and in all cases before registering for the next sequential course. If this grade is not made up within the prescribed time limit, it automatically becomes an F.

††††††† Internships in Education not completed during the first semester of registration will receive a letter grade of K (incomplete). Reregistration will be permitted for the following semester, at which time a letter grade will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the required work. If the work is not completed during the subsequent semester, the previous semester's K will become NC, and a letter grade of F will be placed on the transcript for the subsequent semester's work.


††††††† Course credits more than six years old may not be counted for a degree. Credits are considered to be earned when they are recorded on the official transcript.



††††††† The candidate must earn graduate credit amounting to a minimum of 36 semester hours. At least two-thirds must be in courses numbered 5000 or above.


††††††† Courses at the 3000- and 4000-level may be counted toward the degree upon a written recommendation of the student's advisor and approval of the chair of the department in which the course is offered and the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. Students taking such courses for graduate credit will be expected to complete course requirements different from those ordinarily included for undergraduates. The number of individual problems courses taken for credit toward the degree and the approved undergraduate courses is limited to a combination of no more than 12 hours.

††††††† Undergraduate courses taken for leveling or as undesignated electives are used in the calculation of the semester and cumulative grade point averages and thus determine oneís academic standing.


††††††† Upon the recommendation of the advisory committee and the head of the major department and the approval of the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, the University may accept as much as 12 hours of graduate work completed at another regionally accredited institution. Course work in which no formal grades are given or in which grades other than letter grades (A, B, C, etc.) are given (for example CR, P, S, U, etc.) is not accepted for transfer credit. Credit for course work submitted for transfer from any college or university must be shown in semester credit hours or equated to semester credit hours.

††††††† A maximum of 6 hours from courses that have been applied or counted toward a completed graduate degree program may be transferred into a Tarleton masterís degree program with the approval of the academic department in which the degree is sought. A maximum of 6 hours from a completed masterís degree from Tarleton may be counted toward a second masterís degree with the approval of the academic department. All courses accepted in transfer must have been completed within six years of the time that the student will complete his/her graduate degree program at Tarleton.

††††††† No academic work completed by correspondence may be applied to graduate degree programs.


††††††† Full admission to graduate study is a prerequisite to admission to candidacy for the Master's degree. A graduate student may be admitted to candidacy when his or her advisory committee files an approved degree plan accompanied by the student's application for candidacy. The advisory committee will not file a degree plan until the student has completed at least 12 semester hours of graduate credit with an overall B (3.0) GPA.


††††† A graduate student's degree plan includes those courses listed for degree credit on the official degree plan form. All courses on the approved degree plan must be completed with a satisfactory grade to meet requirements for the degree. Changes in an approved degree plan can be made by recommendation to the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies by the student's complete advisory committee and head of his or her major department.

††††††† Courses listed for graduate credit on the approved degree plan in which the student has received a final grade may not normally be removed from the degree plan, although courses acceptable for graduate credit may be added. Exceptions to this policy must be approved by the student's advisory committee, head of his or her major department, and the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.


††††††† All degrees require a minimum of 18 semester hours to be completed in the student's major field. At least 12 hours must be 5000-level courses.

††††††† The graduate major requires an undergraduate background of at least 24 semester hours, including 12 advanced hours. However, graduate students who have taken 18 hours of advanced undergraduate education courses as a prerequisite for a teaching certificate may be admitted to a Master of Education degree program. Students choosing the Political Science concentration for the MA may be admitted with a baccalaureate degree in any social science or valid bachelor's-level degree and one year's experience in the public service field.


††††††† A student may declare a minor of 12 hours in a second field. It is possible for anyone with an established major to take a minor in any department that offers 6 hours of graduate courses and 6 hours of upper-level undergraduate courses. If a minor is declared, one-half of the minor courses must be at the 5000 level.


††††††† All students seeking a master's degree must have credit for an approved research course.


††††††† Not every graduate program at Tarleton requires a thesis for completion of a master's degree. The Master of Arts, Master of Science, and some majors in the Master of Education degree provide a thesis option.

††††††† Students must have full admission to a degree program and the permission of the department head to enroll in thesis. A thesis will not be accepted unless a student has completed a minimum of six semester hours of thesis course work (5883). The Thesis Manual, which contains details regarding the preparation and submission of a thesis for approval, is available in the Graduate Office and on the graduate college website. Students who plan to pursue a thesis should obtain a copy of this manual early in their graduate programs.

††††††† Thesis Credit. Students who pursue a thesis are required to enroll each semester in at least one thesis course until the thesis is completed. Those who make satisfactory progress will be given the grade of I. Once the thesis has been approved and accepted, the final six semester hours of thesis will be assigned the grade of S. The thesis grade of S is not included in the GPA calculation for the degree major or minor.


††††† Candidates for any of the master's degrees at Tarleton must satisfactorily pass a comprehensive examination. A graduate student must be admitted to candidacy for a degree before he/she will be allowed to take the comprehensive examination.

††††††† The policies and procedures for the comprehensive examinations are available in the office of the department head of the student's major field of study. Early in their degree program students should review the requirements for taking the examination. Some departments require both oral and written examinations, which must be scheduled early in the semester in which they are to be administered.

††††††† The oral examination, when required, is conducted by the student's advisory committee. A representative of the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies will be invited to participate in this examination.

††††††† Students whose performance on the comprehensive examination is unsatisfactory may reschedule an examination at the next regular administration, or, at the discretion of the advisory committee and head of the department involved, at an earlier date. Unless departmental requirements are more limiting, students who attempt the comprehensive examination three times and are not successful will be dropped from the graduate program.


††††††† Candidates for a degree must complete the following, not later than the dates specified in the University Calendar:

1.†††† apply for the degree indicating fall, spring, or summer commencement and

2.†††† file a "Diploma Name Card" with the Graduate Office.

To be considered for degree conferral, a candidate must be in good standing with the University. All contractual and financial obligations to the University must be satisfied.


The program is a cohort model. Students are admitted annually. The focus of the Ed.D. program is on educational leadership in the Pk-12 environment. The degree program is predicated on the scholar-practitioner model. Graduates of Tarletonís Ed.D. program will be active consumers of educational research and subsequently able to utilize research knowledge and skills in the Pk-12 setting.


The admission process is a three-stage process. Stage 1 is the screening process, which includes submission of all appropriate documents by the deadline of May 1. Stage 2 is the evaluation process, review of a writing sample, and personal interviews. Stage 3 is the selection stage. During stage 3, the admissions committee determines the applicants most appropriate for admission to the doctoral program. Admission to the program is full admission; there is no conditional or probationary status.

Application Packet

††††††† On or before May 1, the College of Graduate Studies in Stephenville must receive all of the following items:

Course Work

The doctoral program curriculum consists of 72 semester hours in educational leadership, research tools, specialization area, and electives. Course work taken more than 10 years previous to the date of graduation will not apply toward the degree. Undergraduate or masterís level work taken as leveling is generally not acceptable as doctoral level credit. Should any masterís level work be applied to the degree plan, approval must be made by the director of the doctoral program and the dean of the graduate college.

The grading system for doctoral students is the same as for masterís level students. Unsatisfactory performance in the program, a cumulative GPA below a 3.0 will result in probation for one semester and if not improved in the subsequent semester, suspension from the program. Any appeals are made to the dean of the college of graduate students through the doctoral committee.

Doctoral students unable to maintain the cohort pace may request a leave of absence through their advisor and graduate committee.

Dissertation and Committee Role

A doctoral dissertation is required of all students in the program. Topics must be approved by the doctoral advisor(s), the doctoral committee and the dean of the graduate college. The student must enroll in a minimum of 12 semester hours of dissertation. A grade of incomplete (I) will be recorded each semester until the dissertation is successfully complete. Upon completion of the dissertation, the dissertation committee chair will record a grade of satisfactory (S).

Upon completion of the dissertation, the student will orally defend the final product to the dissertation committee and a representative of the College of Graduate Studies. Students whose performance is unsatisfactory will work with their advisor to reschedule an examination in the next semester.

Policies and procedures for all requirements for this program may be found in the Ed.D. Educational Leadership handbook, available in hard copy and online.

Application for a Degree

See instructions under application for a degree in the masterís section.