College of Technology Admission Policy
All College of Technology master program’s admission policy is aligned with the policy of the graduate school and the University of Houston as a whole. Minimum requirements for admission include the following:
- Applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by one of the six regional accrediting associations with a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA.
Foreign institutions not accredited by U.S. accrediting agencies must be recognized by the Ministry of Education or another appropriate agency of the country in which the institution is located.
- Submission of official GRE (all programs), GMAT (FSC, GR, HRD, TPM, SCLT, and Cybersecurity), or MAT (FSC, GR, and HRD) scores with minimum scores of 300 on the GRE, 550 on the GMAT, and 400 on the MAT.
Note: the GRE/GMAT/MAT requirement is waived for University of Houston/Main graduates with a 3.3 GPA or higher who graduated three years or less before application to graduate school and for HRD master’s applicants with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
- For those whose bachelor’s degree is from a non-English speaking country, submission of official IELTS (minimum score for admission is a 6.5 overall) or TOEFL (minimum score for admission is a 79 overall) scores are also required.
For more information about the University of Houston admission policy, click here: General Admission Policy .
Required Items for Admission to Graduate School
- Submit an online application through the Graduate School.
- Application Fee: The application fee for all applicants to graduate programs in the College of Technology is $75. International applicants must also pay an additional $75 International Application processing fee for a total of $150.
- One Official Transcript reflecting your bachelor’s degree (must be sent to the Graduate School in a sealed envelope from your college or university)
- One Official Transcript of any coursework since your bachelor’s degree (must be sent to the Graduate School in a sealed envelope from your college or university).
- Three Letters of Recommendation.
- Personal/Goal Statement. A personal/goal statement is a one-two page essay describing your, previous academic accomplishments, current employment, and professional intentions. You should identify aspects of your previous experience that indicate promise in your selected goal. You may also wish to discuss special circumstances, unique experiences, etc.
- Appropriate Exam Scores. Submit official exam scores completed within the last 5 years or less to the Graduate School. See the College of Technology Graduate Admissions page for further exam information.
English Language Proficiency Requirement
All graduate applicants, regardless of citizenship status, must demonstrate proficiency in English to obtain admission to the university. To fulfill this requirement, applicants must satisfy one of the following criteria:
- Bachelor’s degree earned from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or at an institution at which English is the medium of instruction in the following countries listed at this link:
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) www.toefl.org
- The minimum TOEFL score required is 79 for the internet-based test.
- The minimum TOEFL score for the paper-based exam is 550. TOEFL scores must be received directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS). The University of Houston’s ETS Institutional Code is 6870.
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- IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) www.ielts.org
- The minimum IELTS score required is an overall score of a 6.5. The testing agency should mail the official results directly to the University of Houston Graduate School at the following address:
Admission will depend on grade point average (GPA), applicable test scores, and other provided information.
Pre-Graduate (Pre-Grad) is a non-degree seeking option available through the Graduate School application process that allows qualifying domestic students to enroll in up to 12 graduate level credits prior to graduate admission. Students in this non-degree seeking status are not guaranteed admission to the graduate program and do not qualify for financial aid or scholarships.
Pre-Grad minimum requirements include a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and a 2.75 or higher overall GPA. Additional academic background may be required to enroll in some courses.
Pre-Grad students should apply to the graduate program and must fulfill all requirements for admission no later than the end of their first term if they wish to become degree seeking.
Certificate students are admitted through the Graduate School application process for the purpose of seeking a certificate as non-degree seeking. Students in this non-degree seeking status are not guaranteed admission to the graduate program and do not qualify for financial aid or scholarships.
Certificate minimum admission requirements include a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and a 2.75 or higher cumulative overall GPA. Additional academic background may be required to enroll in some certificates.
Applicable Course Credit
Any course(s) taken prior to admission to the program, whether on-campus or off-campus, cannot be applied to more than one degree program.
Only students who have been admitted to a graduate program, an accelerated BS/MS program, or the Pre-Grad program will be permitted to enroll in graduate courses in the College of Technology. Exceptions require the Dean’s approval.
Accelerated BS/MS Plans
Accelerated BS/MS degree plans are open to qualified undergraduate College of Technology majors in the following areas of study:
These accelerated plans are designed for undergraduate students who plan to continue their education at the graduate level immediately upon or shortly after completion of a bachelor’s degree. Students that are accepted into an accelerated plan can take up to six graduate credit hours that are applied to both the bachelors’ degree and master’s degrees in the applicable program. Students can pursue either the thesis, project, or course-only master’s degree option. The bachelor’s degree will be conferred upon completion of the undergraduate curriculum requirements with prescribed graduate courses substituted for undergraduate courses. The graduate degree will be awarded based on existing requirements for the graduate degree in the semester that the student applies and is admitted to the graduate program. Admission to the graduate program is not guaranteed and must be gained through the Graduate School admission process. Application for the accelerated plans is recommended for undergraduates during their junior year and is completed through inquiry with the undergraduate advisor of each program offering the accelerated option.