If you are interested in a graduate field of study (i.e., master's or doctoral degree) that isn't offered at any Texas public university, then the Academic Common Market (ACM) may be available to you.
The ACM is a cooperative agreement among 16 Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) states allowing students to pursue out-of-state academic degree programs at the in-state tuition rate. The available programs will vary according to the state and the institution, and a full listing can be found on the SREB web site. If you are interested in an out-of-state graduate school program that is not on the list, you can contact the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and request that it be added.
Please note that Texas participates in the ACM only at the graduate level (masters, doctoral, and related degrees) for both in-state and out-of-state students. The SREB states making use of the Academic Common Market are Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. Schools in Washington, D.C. are not eligible.
If you are an out-of-state resident looking to study in Texas, please contact the ACM coordinator at your home institution or home state. The contact information for each participating state can be found on the SREB web site.
If you are a Texas resident looking to study out of state, the first step is to confirm that a comparable program at the same degree level is not already offered at a Texas public university. Please visit this site to search for degree programs in Texas:
If there are no programs at Texas public institutions that have at least 50% comparable required coursework, then you can apply for the ACM by submitting two items:
1. A completed application with a notarized signature verifying Texas residency, which can be .
2. A copy of the university’s notice to you of your unconditional acceptance to the program.
Send all of the requested information by postal mail (necessary for the original notarized signature) to this address:
Academic Common Market Coordinator Academic Affairs
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
P.O. Box 12788
Austin, TX 78711
General information about the Academic Common Market can be found at http://www.sreb.org/page/1304/academic_common_market.html. For specific questions about Texas participation, send an email to ACMrequests@thecb.state.tx.us or call Allen Michie at (512) 427-6518.