MSTC | Admissions


Approximately 90 students begin the Master of Science in Technology Commercialization (MSTC) program each year. Admission to this elite, one-year program is competitive; however, all aspects of an application are considered to ensure a diverse and stimulating academic environment.

Admissions Criteria

  • A bachelor's degree (or the equivalent) in any discipline from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • A grade point average of at least 3.0 in upper division coursework and in any graduate work already completed.
  • An official GRE or GMAT score from within the past five years.
  • Work experience preferred, but not required.
  • The ability to think at a graduate level and the willingness to contribute thoughts and experience to class discussion.
  • The ability to make a full one-year commitment towards completing a vigorous academic program.

Admissions Deadlines

A complete application, along with all required materials must be received by the admissions deadlines in order for your application to be reviewed. The application deadlines for the Class of 2015 (beginning end of April 2014) are as follows:
 Round  Applicants  Deadline
 1st  Domestic & International  October 15, 2013
 2nd  Domestic & International  December 1, 2013
 Final  International  February 1, 2014
 Domestic  February 15, 2014 March 14, 2014

Please note: The final application deadline for domestic applicants has been extended to March 14, 2014. Applications received after March 14 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The final international application deadline for the Class of 2015 has passed. We encourage you to check back in the Fall of 2014 for next year’s application.

Application Review Process

The MSTC Admissions Committee reviews applications on an individual basis looking at all aspects of the applicant's professional and academic background. The committee seeks to assess an individual's passion for technology commercialization and/or entrepreneurship. The committee carefully considers each completed application, with particular attention to the following: 

    • Personal essays
    • Work history
    • Post-MSTC goals
    • Undergraduate performance
    • Letters of recommendation
    • Test scores
All of these components are considered holistically; no specific weight is assigned to any criterion and no formulas are used. Our ultimate objective is to get a firm sense of each applicant as a person in order to determine if he or she is a good fit for the Texas MSTC Program. We carefully search for those applicants whose work and educational experience will allow them to make full use of the opportunities and resources afforded by the program in order to help them fully develop their skills in technology commercialization.

Deferred Admission

Applicants who have been granted deferred admission from the previous year will need to reapply by completing another online application and submitting the $65 US ($90 International) application fee by admissions deadlines. Deferred applicants are encouraged to submit their application and fee early, as a reserved seat in the class cannot be guaranteed. 

Ready to Apply

The application process is a large undertaking. Each class is selected from a competitive pool of applicants with unique professional and life experiences. It is the diversity of this group that enhances classroom discussions and builds a strong team camaraderie. We have outlined our application process on our How to Apply page.


Our dedicated admissions staff is happy to help so please do not hesitate to contact us.


Page last updated: 3/5/2014