Frequently Asked Questions


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When does the program begin and when should I apply?

Applications are accepted year round and are processed as they are received. Decisions are made as quickly as possible. Early application is strongly encouraged. All programs admit for the spring and fall semesters and adhere to the following guidelines:

The priority deadline for spring is September 1st while the final deadline is November 1st. The priority deadline for the fall is May 1st while the final deadline is July 1st. All application materials must be received by the final deadline.

Can coursework from other universities be transferred to the Engineering Master's Degree Programs?

No. Students are required to complete all credit hours indicated in the degree requirements. We are unable to accept transfer credits in the Engineering Masters Degree Programs.

How much time should I expect to spend studying?

The typical Engineering Master’s Degree Program student spends a minimum of 6 to 15 hours a week outside of class time in preparation. This time varies based on projects and exam schedule.

Are the majority of students sponsored by their companies?

Although many students receive company support, a number of students pay the entire cost of the program form their own funds. Company financial support is not required for admittance into the program.

Are scholarships available? Is there financial assistance available?

We are not able to offer scholarships or assistantships. Many students receive educational loans to finance their tuition. Information is available through the Office of Student Financial Services.

Do I have to attend orientation?

All students are required to attend orientation prior to the start of classes. Engineering Management and Software Engineering students must attend a one-day orientation session on campus. Mechanical Engineering students are highly encouraged to attend the one-day orientation session on campus but are allowed to complete their orientation online if they aren’t able to make it to campus.

The session includes an orientation to the campus, facilities, and expectations of graduate-level work for students in the program. Orientation is mandatory.

Will I need an Internet connection while I am a student?

Students are strongly encouraged to invest in a high-speed Internet connection or other Internet Service Provider while enrolled in the program. A student can purchase an inexpensive UT connection, or IF Account, through the UT Connect System.

Does the program have a career placement program?

Yes. The Cockrell School of Engineering has a career placement center (ECAC), which assists students and recent graduates in finding opportunities.

Are these programs accredited UT Master’s degree programs?

Yes. The Engineering Master’s Degree Programs have been reviewed and approved by UT’s Graduate Assembly (the University’s legislative body), the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System, The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Universities.

Is there financial assistance available?

The Engineering Master’s Programs are unable to provide direct financial assistance to students. However, students who are enrolled in the programs are eligible for Federal Loans through the Office of Student Financial Services. Please note that International Students are not eligible for any financial assistance from OSFS. Please contact OSFS by calling (512) 475-6200 for more information regarding these loans. Additionally, students are encouraged to check with a lending institution of their choice for other possible student loans.

I am a Veteran, is this program approved for VA benefits?

Yes. Veterans Administration benefits are available to eligible students enrolled in the Engineering Master’s Programs through the Office of the Registrar at The University of Texas at Austin. Please call (512) 475-7540 for more information. General information regarding Veterans Administration benefits is available at the VA web sites: (for UT Austin students) or (for other applicants).

How are program costs determined?

The Engineering Master’s Programs are not subsidized; that is, the program does not receive state-supported funds from The University. The student programs fees are the only financial means by which the program supports its operation.

What are the Payment Deadlines?

An invoice for payment of program fees is generated for each student each semester. It is sent as a .pdf attachment each semester to each individual student’s primary e-mail address around the following dates:

Invoice Sent Dates:

  • Fall Semester – August 15
  • Spring Semester – December 1
  • Summer Semester – April 15

Payment must be received by the Texas Engineering Executive Education on or before the due date indicated on the invoice, approximately 45 days from the invoice date.

Payment Deadlines:

  • Fall Semester – September 15
  • Spring Semester – January 15
  • Summer Semester – May 15

What is the Refund Policy?

The Engineering Management and Software Engineering programs typically use the University’s refund policy; however, class days in the program are determined by the number of contact hours that have been held as follows. Please note that full refunds are given only prior to the first class day of the semester.

  • 100% - Before the first class day
  • 75% - On or after the first class day (the Friday of the first weekend)
  • 50% - On or after the second class day (the Saturday of the first weekend)
  • 25% - On or after the third class day (the Friday of the second weekend)
  • 0% - On or after the fourth class day (the Saturday of the second weekend)

The Mechanical Engineering program and when students in the Engineering Management and Software Engineering Programs are registered for a course that does not have class days the following refund policy applies:

  • 100% - Before the first class day
  • 75% - From the first through fourth class day (first and second day of a summer term)
  • 50% - From the fifth through twelfth class day (third and fourth class day of a summer term)
  • 25% - From the thirteenth through sixteenth class day (fifth and sixth class day of a summer term)
  • 0% - After the sixteenth class day (sixth class day of a summer term)

Who can I contact for additional accounting questions?

You can email Or call the accounting department at (512) 471-3506.