UT Dallas 2020 Graduate Catalog

Graduate Policies and Procedures

Addendum - Temporary Exceptions for Spring 2020 due to Covid-19

Registration, Add, Drop Changes

  • Certain courses taught in summer or fall 2020 with instructor consent or prerequisite courses were allowed to proceed with adjustments to assist with enrollment. If you need information on a specific course, please feel free to contact scheduling@utdallas.edu.

Admission Changes

  • Admissions accepted unofficial transcripts to make admission decisions. Temporary exception remains in effect at time of 2020 online publication.
  • TOEFL/English Language Proficiency requirement may be met by alternative means, such as DuoLingo minimum scores of 105. Temporary exception remains in effect at time of 2020 online publication.
  • GRE/GMAT score waivers due to closure of GRE/GMAT exam centers as deemed necessary. Temporary exception remains in effect at time of 2020 online publication.
  • For fall 2020 graduate applicants, the application deadline changed from May 1, 2020 to July 1, 2020.

Commencement and Graduation Requirements

  • Commencement activities (including Doctoral Hooding and Honors Convocation) were cancelled for spring 2020. The spring 2020 conferral date remained.
  • All doctoral Final Oral Examinations were moved to virtual defenses.
  • A 2020 candidate for graduation whose study was disrupted by COVID-19 resulting in an incomplete will be allowed to graduate in the term of the incomplete.
  • All doctoral final oral examinations were moved to virtual defences in spring 2020.


  • Incomplete Grading
    • Suspension of these requirements:
      • At least 70% of the required course material but cannot complete all requirements by the end of the semester"
      • "An incomplete course grade (grade of'I') must be completed within the time period specified by the instructor, not to exceed eight weeks from the first day of the subsequent long semester"
      • Instructors must still specify the time period by which an incomplete must be cleared to convert the "I" to a letter grade. If the letter grade is not removed by the end of the specified period, then it will automatically be changed to F.
    • Pass/Fail Grading
      • The deadline for graduate students to elect a course to be graded pass/fail was extended from Census Day of the term to 4/30/2020 at 11:59pm.
      • Suspension of these requirements:
        • The 20% restriction limit is suspended for any master's degree.
        • Graduate students could elect any course for pass/fail: such as, prequisites, major core, or electives.

        Academic Standing

        • Academic Standing
          • For spring 2020, students that did not meet the necessary criteria for their current academic status will remain in their current academic status without change in enrollment.
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