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Application Procedure

1. Identify a Mentor

Prospective students seeking admission to the CMSS program should first contact the program faculty and identify a faculty member, or members, willing to serve as the graduate supervisor, and the applicant must include a summary of their discussions with faculty members in their essay. Applicants will not be admitted to the program without a graduate supervisor. Faculty profiles are found at the program website:

2. Mind the Application Deadline

For each admitting semester (i.e., fall, spring and summer I), the CMSS program holds two deadlines - priority deadline and final deadline. Applicants submitting complete packages before the priority deadline will receive full consideration and may have an opportunity to visit the TAMUCC campus (for fall admission only), pending fund availability. However, applications will continue to be accepted until the final deadline. See the deadlines for each semester below:

Domestic Students:

Priority deadline to receive complete applications:

Fall            Spring Summer I   Summer II  
December1 August 1 December 1 Not offered

Final deadline for receipt of complete applications:

Fall           Spring           Summer I  Summer II 
May 15 October 15 March 1 Not offered

International Students:

Priority deadline to receive complete applications:

Fall           Spring         Summer I  Summer II 
December 1 June 1 December 1 Not offered

Final deadline for receipt of complete applications:

Fall             Spring  Summer I    Summer II  
April 15 September 15 December 1 Not offered

3. Prepare Your Application Materials

  • Application fee ($50 for US citizen, $70 for international students)
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate course work taken at any accredited college or University attended (Foreign College credits/transcripts require an official foreign evaluation. Please click here).  TAMU-CC transcript is not required.
  • Official GRE scores (Within five years of the date of application)
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Essay (Up to 1000 words in length which describes their educational background, career interests,goals and challenge)
  • Three letters of recommendation

Additional documents for international applicants:

  • Copy of current Visa (if applicable)
  • English Language Proficiency. TAMUCC currently accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within the last 2 years  :
    • Official TOEFL score minimum paper-based score of 550 or internet-based score of 79-80
    • Official IELTS score minimum 6.5

*Please allow 3-5 business days to receive Student ID before submitting additional supporting documents.

4. Explore Funding Opportunities

Teaching Assistantships, graduate research assistantships, fellowships, or scholarships may be available to graduate students admitted as degree-seeking students who maintain full time graduate student status (9 hours/fall and spring semesters, and 3 hours/summer). Faculty members conducting funded research projects often hire qualified graduate students as Research Assistants. Students should contact faculty members in their field of interest for information on these opportunities. Summer funding (3 mos.) is the responsibility of major advisor and/or student, and should be discussed early in the academic year.  

Admitted students are encouraged to apply for a graduate scholarship administered by the College of Graduate Studies toward tuition assistance.

5. Go Ahead and Apply

Please visit the College of Graduate Studies to complete your application. Email ( or call (361-825-3395) if you have questions.