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UTEP Undergraduate Seniors have two options to earn Graduate credit.

Fast-Track Program
Reservation for Graduate Credit

Fast-Track

Why Fast Track?

  • Experience graduate coursework!
  • Save time and money!
  • Get a head start on grad school!

Fast-Track Program

The Fast-Track Program enables outstanding undergraduate UTEP students to receive dual undergraduate and graduate credit for up to 15 hours of UTEP course work as determined by participating Master's and Doctoral programs.  Not all undergraduate programs have elected to participate in the Fast Track option, so students should see their departmental graduate advisor for information about requirements and guidelines.

Application Requirements

UTEP seniors with 90 hours of undergraduate coursework toward their major with a minimum of 24 of those hours at UTEP and have a 3.30 GPA may apply.  A student who has previously earned a Bachelor's degree may not apply to this program.

To be considered for the Fast Track Program, students need to complete a Graduate School application.  Once the Graduate School clears the application based on the recommendations of the intended graduate program, students will be assigned a fast track code until the Bachelor's degree is conferred.  The student will be subsequently admitted as a new student in the graduate program.

Participating graduate programs may have additional requirements including specific GRE scores and undergraduate coursework preparation.

Program Guidelines

Students must be advised each semester by both the undergraduate and graduate advisors and cleared for registration in graduate courses by the Graduate School.

A grade of B or better in the graduate course is required for it to count as graduate credit.  A grade of C will not count toward the graduate degree but the credit hours will still count toward the undergraduate degree. Graduate courses will show on the undergraduate transcript as a transfer and are not calculated in the undergraduate GPA.  Graduate courses should not be used for determination of undergraduate honors or other academic awards at the Bachelor's level.
Exceptions to these guidelines will be handled through an appeal process established by the participating graduate program.

Tuition will be based on the level of the course, not on the level of the student.  Financial aid may be available if enrollment in graduate courses are less than half of your total credit hours for the semester.

For a list of approved dual credit courses, click here: 

Steps:

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    Step 2

    Speak with your Undergraduate Adviser. Have them sign the form.

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    Step 3

    Speak with your Graduate Adviser. Have them sign the form.


    Graduate Program Contacts
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    Step 4

    Get a signature from the College Dean.

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    Step 5

    Go to our Applications page to apply to the Fast-Track, or program specific Fast-Track program.


    Apply to the Fast-track program
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    Step 6

    The Graduate School will register you in the course(s) on your fast-track form.

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    Step 2

    Speak with your Undergraduate Adviser. Have them sign the form.

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    Step 3

    Speak with your Graduate Adviser. Have them sign the form.


    Graduate Program Contacts
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    Step 4

    Get a signature from the College Dean.

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    Step 5

    Your College will forward your form to the Graduate School in most cases. You may send the form to gradschooladmissions@utep.edu if this does not occur.

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    Step 6

    The Graduate School will register you in the course(s) on your fast-track form.

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      Step 1

      Submit any outstanding required documents for the program.

      • Statement of Purpose
      • Letter(s) of recommendation
      • Test scores
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      Step 2

      Contact gradschooladmissions@utep.edu after you have applied for Undergraduate graduation to "reserve" your Graduate degree program admission in a specific future term.

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      Step 3

      The Graduate School will admit you into your Graduate degree program in the specific future term you requested.

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      Step 4

      Contact us again at gradschooladmissions@utep.edu after your degree has been awarded.

Reservation For Graduate Credit

Why Reserve for Graduate Credit?

  • Seniors may be eligible to take graduate courses without entering the fast track program!

Reservation of Courses For Graduate Credit

Ordinarily, undergraduates are not eligible to take graduate courses, but it is possible for seniors to register in graduate courses in their last semester under the following conditions:

Application Requirements

UTEP Seniors must need 12 or fewer hours (or six hours in summer) of work to complete all requirements for their first baccalaureate degree and must have a upper division GPA of at least 3.0.

  • This option is limited to one term/final term.
  • The 12 hours (or less) must be completed in the same semester as the graduate courses.
  • Total registration for the semester must not exceed 15 hours (or 9 hours in summer).
  • Enrollment in graduate courses must be approved prior to registration by the graduate advisor of the department, the undergraduate dean, and the Dean of the Graduate School.
  • A student who has a baccalaureate degree cannot reserve courses for graduate credit unless enrolled at the undergraduate level working toward a second baccalaureate degree. 

 

Program Guidelines

With the exception of students enrolled in institutionally approved curricular programs that explicitly involve the joint granting of baccalaureate degrees and graduate degrees and fast-track programs, an undergraduate cannot count credit for graduate courses toward the baccalaureate degree. It will be reserved for credit toward a graduate degree. A form for reserving courses is available in the Graduate School. This program is not eligible for financial aid.

Approval to reserve work for graduate credit neither constitutes nor implies admission to any graduate program.


Reservation for Graduate Credit form under Admission tab