The Graduate School at The University of Texas at Austin is the administrative body that oversees all graduate programs in the Cockrell School of Engineering.  University-wide policies and procedures are outlined in several documents, which can be found at the UT Graduate School Web site under Publications and Policies. Look for policies related to academics and registration as well as a complete list of important dates and deadlines. 

If you are a prospective graduate student, please note that each graduate program may have specific policies or guidelines for admissions. A step-by-step guide is provided to assist you in the application process. 

Accommodations for Graduate Students Who Are Starting Families

The Cockrell School is aware that some graduate students start families while enrolled in our graduate programs. Both the university and the Cockrell School provide resources and services to accommodate these graduate students who have started or are considering starting families.


To accommodate new parents either through childbirth or adoption, graduate students will be allowed a one-semester extension of the academic milestones required to fulfil the requirements of their degree. The extension includes coursework, qualifying exams, committee meetings, presentations and any other required academic responsibilities. The extension may be taken either during or immediately following the semester in which the student’s child is born or adopted.

This policy is similar to the ‘Extending the Tenure Clock’ policy that is provided to assistant professors. Research suggests that new faculty members are hesitant to request this extension out of a concern that it may have negative consequences. Graduate students who are starting a new family may have a similar concern. Be assured that any student who receives an extension will have his or her work assessed fairly and appropriately in the department, the Cockrell School and at the university.

In summary, students are encouraged to work directly with their supervisors as well as their graduate advisors to determine the best course of action depending on their family situation.

Department chairs and the Cockrell School leadership team welcome your questions and suggestions so we may continue to strengthen our family friendly practices within the Cockrell School.

Engineering Student Services

Contact Engineering Student Services (ESS) for answers about policies, procedures, support services and programs.

Location: Engineering Student Services (ESS) Building
Street Address: 2407 Speedway
Phone: 512-471-4321
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.