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2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Admissions Requirements: College of the Arts

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The College of the Arts requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and an appropriate 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. These include the submission of a graduate application, transcripts from every institution of higher education attended, letters of recommendation, and a statement of interest. While many fine arts degree do not require GRE scores, some Master of Arts and Master of Music degree tracks do; please consult the pages for the individual programs in this catalog for more information on the GRE requirement.  Creative and performing arts programs in addition require an audition and/or an artistic portfolio as part of the application process.

International applicants must, in addition, provide scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Testing System (IELTS) or the Pearson Test of English (PTE). Minimum TOEFL score for international applicants is 79 (internet-based test), including a minimum writing score of 20; minimum IELTS score is 6.5, including a minimum writing score of 6.5; and minimum PTE is 53.

Unconditional and Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Unconditional
    • 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
    • Conditional admission may be granted to students who have a grade point average of at least 2.60 (A=4.00) and whose test scores in combination with other elements of the application materials indicate probable success in the graduate program. To remain in a graduate studies program, conditionally admitted students must earn a grade point average of at least 3.00 (A=4.00) on the first 12 semester hours of graduate work attempted at the University of Houston. Applicants without a strong background for graduate study in the discipline may be requested to take leveling courses as a condition of admission.
    • The conditional admission category applies only at the master’s level. Conditional admission may not be granted to doctoral-level applicants. 

Please refer to the departmental sections of this catalog for specific information on admission requirements for particular programs, as some programs may have higher requirements than the minimum standards listed above.  Applicants should contact the individual departments to determine what additional materials may be required to accompany the application for admission.


Any student’s continuation in the graduate programs of the College of the Arts is at the discretion of the college, the major department, and the major advisor. A satisfactory rate of progress toward the degree is required throughout a student’s enrollment. A department or program may terminate enrollment at any time if the rate of progress is not satisfactory or if the student falls out of good standing.

The college requires a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or better for good standing and graduation; some departments and programs require a higher minimum GPA.  In addition, the college requires adherence to the university’s low grade policy.