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2014-2015 Graduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Human Space Exploration Sciences, M.S.

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Application Process

All students must apply on-line through the Online application.  Detailed instruction on filling out the application form can be found on the “Online Application” Web site at  http://www.uh.edu/graduate-school/prospective-students/how-to-apply/fall-2015/.   Additional admission information  is available at http://www.uh.edu/admissions.  Please check this website for additional requirements for international students applying to graduate programs at the University of Houston. 

Application Deadlines:

October 1, for Spring admissions.
March 1, for Summer admissions.
April 1, for Fall admissions.

Students pursuing admittance into the M.S. in Human Space Exploration Sciences program must submit a graduate application, transcripts, letters of recommendation, and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.

Domestic students should submit official transcripts to:

University of Houston
Graduate Admissions
P.O. Box 3947
Houston, Texas 77253-3947

Steps in applying to graduate study at UH

Graduate applications FAQ

Current Admission Requirements:

  1. Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
    • Conditional admission is not available for this program.
  2. Acceptable scores on the GRE submitted to Test Code 6870.
    • Typically expected scores are above the 35th percentile on the quantitative and verbal sections with at least a 3.5 on the analytical writing section.
    • GRE scores more than 5 years old are not valid.
    • Information regarding the test dates and applications can be obtained by calling (713) 743-5444.
  3. Three letters of references on business letterhead with contact information.
    • Your recommenders will be contacted automatically and asked to evaluate you through an online system. They should be encouraged to provide comments and/or upload a signed letter as well.
  4. Current resume - uploaded to MyUH.
  5. Statement of professional goals and interests - uploaded to MyUH.

Please note:  The Office of Admissions will accept recently issued official transcripts received directly from the institution(s) attended or if your former institution’s policy allows, transcripts delivered in the issuing institution’s UNOPENED envelope.  Transcripts in opened envelopes are NOT official and will not be used for admission purposes.

* Evidence of award of degree, if applicable, must be reflected on the transcript(s).

Former UH Applicants who have previously attended the University of Houston should resubmit required transcripts from former institutions.

The application fee of $45 (domestic) or $75 (international) should be made out to the University of Houston.

International Students

International students should send their documents directly to the office of admissions at:

University of Houston
Office of Admissions
Welcome Center
4400 University Blvd.
Houston, TX 77204-2023

International students should contact the Office of International Admissions at the University of Houston regarding admission procedures.  International students who do not hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a United States college must also submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Citizens of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom need not submit TOEFL scores.

Degree Requirements

The following represents minimal expectations regarding the completion of the M.S. in Human Space Exploration Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. 

A minimum of 36 semester credit hours is required, however, some students will complete more hours will preparing their thesis research.  Transfer students must complete at least 27 semester credit hours at the University of Houston after admission to the graduate program.

  1. Students must earn all semester hours, including thesis, within the five years prior to graduation.
  2. With the approval of the advisor, up to nine semester hours of transfer credit may be accepted.
  3. A minimum 3.00 grade point average (A=4.00) is required in all transfer and subsequent work.  No graduate credit is given for grades lower than C-.  A graduate student who receives a grade of C+ or lower in 12 semester hours of credit at the University of Houston, whether or not in repeated courses, is ineligible for any advanced degree and will not be permitted to re-enroll for graduate study.
  4. A common core of twelve semester hours is required of all students.  This requirement normally is fulfilled during the first 18 semester hours taken at the university.
  5. A thesis, for which students receive six semester hours of credit, is a requirement for this program.

An application for graduation must be filed early during the semester when degree requirements are completed.  The application can be completed by logging in to Enrollment Services Online.  Filing deadlines are listed in the class schedule and the academic calendar.


HHP and NASA share a special relationship; many of our faculty are drawn from the ranks of former NASA scientists who currently maintain research relationships with NASA.  Many of our graduate students have conducted research in NASA laboratories, while others have held summer appointments or completed internships at JSC.  Several of our graduates are now successful employees in the space industry at JSC.  HHP researchers are also involved in a large number of space life sciences related projects which complement the activities of the Space Life Sciences curriculum at the NASA/Johnson Space Center. 

The doctoral curriculum in space life sciences is a joint venture between the Department of Health and Human Performance at UH and the NASA/Johnson Space Center.  Please visit the doctoral curriculum in space life sciences for more information.

NASA Space Life Sciences

Space Life Sciences is an organization at Johnson Space Center focusing on medical, health, biology, and biotechnology related aspects of manned spaceflight.  Their activities enable mission success, optimizing human health and productivity in space before, during, and after the actual space flight experience of flight crews, and include support for ground-based functions.

Its mission is:  “To optimize human health and productivity for space exploration.”  All Space Life Sciences human health and countermeasures research, medical operations, habitability and environmental factors activities, and directorate support functions are ultimately aimed at achieving this mission.

Visit the website of the Space Life Sciences Group at NASA.

Visit HHP’s Doctoral Curriculum in Space Life Sciences Program.

Visit the NASA website.

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