The college requires a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution and an adequate background in the subject to be studied for entry into any of its graduate programs. Applicants must satisfy all University of Houston Admission Requirements as specified in this catalog. For specific degree requirements, applicants should consult the appropriate department chair, graduate director, or graduate advisor.
Admission to individual departments in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics is based on thorough examination of the applicant’s prior academic and professional experience. The general requirements for consideration for acceptance into graduate programs in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics are:
- Submission of an application for admission to graduate studies.
- Submission of official Transcripts from all institutions of higher education previously attended. Transcripts should be sent to the Graduate School, University of Houston, 4800 Calhoun Road, 102 E. Cullen Building, Houston, Texas 77204-2012.
- Both the cumulative GPA and GPA computed using the last 60 hours will be taken into consideration.
- Graduate Record Examination scores are optional for most graduate programs. Applicants should contact the program to verify the requirement. If required, official GRE scores must be submitted by Educational Testing Service (Institution code 6870).
- Proof of English proficiency for applicants who do not hold a prior degree from a US institution or countries exempted by the University of Houston from this requirement (see University of Houston Admission Requirements). For English proficiency, the requirement is an overall score at least 79 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or an overall score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or an overall score of 105 on DuoLingo.
- A brief statement as to the applicant’s aspirations at the graduate level.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- Applicants should contact the individual departments to determine what additional materials may be required to accompany the application for admission. In addition, applicants should check on the departmental web sites for information on application deadlines. Some departments have Fall admissions only.
Conditional and Unconditional Admission Requirements
To be eligible for unconditional admission, students must have a grade point average of at least 3.00 (A=4.00) during the last 60 semester hours of graduate and/or undergraduate work attempted.
Conditional admission may be granted to students who have earned their degrees at an accredited United States institution, who have a grade point average of at least 2.60 (A=4.00) during the last 60 semester hours of graduate and/or undergraduate work attempted, and if required, whose scores on the GRE are high enough to indicate probable success in the graduate program. To remain in a graduate studies program, conditionally admitted students must earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 (A=4.00) at the end of the term in which the student has completed 12 hours of letter-graded coursework in the program in which they were conditionally admitted, and have the recommendation of their department.
Applicants without a strong background for graduate study in the discipline may be requested to take remedial courses as a condition of admission.
A pre-grad student is one who has earned a Bachelor’s degree at an accredited institution, has the intention of pursuing a graduate career, but is not formally admitted to a graduate program. Rather, the pre-grad student is allowed to take up to 12 hours of graduate courses in a non-degree capacity. Students may apply courses taken in the pre-grad status to a graduate degree, subject to the approval of the individual department. Students are encouraged to consult their respective departments about this matter before embarking on a course of action.
Non-Degree Objective Graduate Status
A graduate student with a non-degree objective is a student who has earned a Bachelor’s degree and does not have the intention to obtain a graduate degree, but wishes to enroll in one or a few graduate courses. No more than 18 hours of graduate courses will be allowed in this status. Students should consult with the respective departments for admission procedures.
Along with the minimal requirements for conditional or unconditional admission, each department in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics has additional admission requirements, depending on the discipline and degree objective. Questions concerning these additional requirements should be addressed to the graduate advisor of the respective department.