Planning the Graduate Program > Applicable Graduate Credit
Each college will determine how many hours earned at UH, and applied to a graduate degree, can be applied to a different UH graduate degree. A maximum of 12 approved credit hours may be applied to a graduate degree in this manner. Students are urged to begin such discussions prior to their enrollment in a second graduate degree program.
Graduate credit is not granted for correspondence courses, advanced standing examinations, and courses taken prior to admission to a graduate program. The Time Limitation section specifies additional restrictions.
Students may petition, however, to have graduate credit granted for course work completed as post-baccalaureate students under the following conditions:
The course must be at the 6000 level or higher.
If the course is below the 6000 level, the student must have conformed to the same standards required of graduate students similarly enrolled.
For further information on the numbering and punctuation of courses listed in this catalog, see the section entitled How to Read This Catalog .
Students may apply advanced courses taken while they are classified as post-baccalaureate toward a graduate degree, but there are limitations that particularly affect those whose goal it is to earn a graduate degree at the University of Houston. Because of these restrictions, prospective post-baccalaureate students should consult the department for their major before enrolling in advanced courses. These restrictions include the following:
Enrollment in graduate-level courses in some colleges is either prohibited (i.e., the Bauer College of Business) or severely limited (i.e., the Cullen College of Engineering).
Application of course work completed as a post-baccalaureate student toward a graduate degree is subject to approval by the individual college or department after the student enrolls at the graduate level. A maximum of 12 semester hours may be applied to a graduate degree in this manner. Additional restrictions may be imposed by the colleges and departments.
Note: International students who hold F-1 or J-1 visas cannot be admitted as post-baccalaureate students. International students may hold a post-baccalaureate status if they fall into one of the following categories:
Pursuing a study of a 2nd bachelor degree
A certificate program
Pre-requisites for graduate program
Students who would like more information on post-baccalaureate status should consult the Undergraduate Studies Catalog .