Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

When is my application due? 
Offers of admission are made on a rolling basis, which means that applications are processed as they are received, with priority given to the applications for the upcoming semester. Applications for master's and certificate programs can be submitted at any time; however, we recommend that prospective students complete their applications by:

Priority Deadlines

Program Term  Recomended Deadline
Ph.D. and Art Applicants Fall only February 1
Master's and Certificate Applicants Fall July 15
Master's and Certificate Applicants Spring November 15
Master's and Certificate Applicants Summer April 15


How should I send in my application materials? It is helpful to the admissions team for applicants to first submit the online application form and then upload supplemental materials once they are available (e.g. unoffical transcripts, statement of purpse, etc.. Your review file is started with the submission of the online application form and is completed when we receive your additional materials via mail or email.

Whom should I ask to write my letters of recommendation and how should I submit them? Your recommenders' contact information will be collected during the online application process. Each recommender will receive an email from UD requesting that they upload their letter of recommendation through a secure application portal. Letters of recommendation may come from professors, supervisors, pastors, lay leaders, etc. A recommendation from your supervisor is required for Master of Catholic School Leadership applicants. Letters of recommendation sent directly from the applicant will not be accepted. 

Do I need to take the GRE? Please refer to the requirements listed for each program. If required, submit scores from the General Test portion of the GRE, which have not been taken more than five years prior to the date of the application. The University of Dallas school code for the GRE is 6868.

What is a statement of purpose? The statement of purpose (750 to 1000 words) should include the applicant's program-specific reasons for pursuing graduate study at the University of Dallas, a brief history of the applicant's intellectual development, and an indication of the applicant's academic goals.

What should I use for my writing sample? A writing sample is an essay (or portion of an essay) written for a university course in the proposed field of major study. If a sample from a university course is not available, a more current example of writing can be used. The writing sample should not exceed 6,000 words.

As an applicant to the M.A. Program in Art, how should I submit my portfolio? Applicants to the M.A. Program in Art are required to submit a portfolio of at least 10 representative works. Include a list of each work in your portfolio, which includes a thumbnail and identification with title, date, and media. The portfolio and listing should be one pdf file and uploaded to your application.

How should I submit my transcripts? Unoffical transcripts can be uploaded to your application portal for admissions review purposes; however, official transcripts will be required prior to beginning your academic program. Official transcripts are required from all colleges attended and must be submitted directly from the institution to the Graduate Admissions Office (mailing address listed below). Please note that official transcripts can also be emailed to, or submitted via an online transmission portal (e.g., Parchment or eScrip-Safe). Students who took classes from a college or university outside of the United States may need to submit additional documentation.

University of Dallas
Braniff Graduate Admissions Office
1845 E. Northgate Drive, Box # 722
Irving, TX 75062