Tuesday, March 31, 2020
  Community, Announcements

By News and Internal Communications

By Cinthia Monsivais

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS COVID-19 (coronavirus) has had an impact on testing centers, so the UTRGV Graduate College is helping students who are applying to master’s or doctoral graduate programs by waiving or suspending certain requirements for admission. 

With the approval of the UT System, the UTRGV Division of Research, Graduate Studies & New Program Development temporarily has suspended all Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) test score requirements.

In regular circumstances, the GRE has been a required entrance exam for admission to most graduate programs, while the GMAT has been the preferred and optional alternative for students applying to UTRGV’s MBA and PhD programs, as well as the required exam for admission to UTRGV’s Accountancy program.

With these newly implemented accommodations, GRE and GMAT requirements will be waived for students applying for master’s or doctoral programs during the following semesters and modules:


  • Summer I 2020
  • Summer II 2020
  • Fall 2020


  • Summer 2020 Module I
  • Summer 2020 Module II
  • Fall 2020 Module I
  • Fall 2020 Module II

During these uncertain times, the Division of Research, Graduate Studies and New Programs is reassuring UTRGV students applying to any graduate program that their success is still a priority.

“This accommodation will allow students to continue their journey onto graduate school and fulfil their higher education dreams, despite the hurdles posed by the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. Parwinder Grewal, executive vice president of Research, Graduate Studies, & New Program Development.

Additionally, the Graduate College temporarily will accept an English proficiency admission requirement alternative. If score requirements are met, students will be able to use the Duolingo English Test, in place of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

For more information about the Graduate College’s admission accommodations for COVID-19, visit https://www.utrgv.edu/graduate/for-future-students/grad-admissions-covid-19/index.htm.


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.