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UHD Graduate Policies - Admissions


Applicants wishing to pursue graduate-level work at UHD must hold a bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education and meet the minimum admissions criteria of the graduate program for which they wish to pursue a degree.

An applicant must be accepted into a specific graduate program at UHD to be admitted to the university as a graduate student.


International Applicants
International applicants whose undergraduate work was completed at a foreign university are eligible for admission if UHD determines that their academic preparation is equivalent to or higher than that of graduates of an accredited US institution.

Individuals who hold non-immigrant visas are classified as international students. Individuals who have applied for immigrant status, but who have not adjusted their status with US Citizenship and Immigration Services, also must follow procedure’s specified to obtain an I-20 immigration form.

International students and US citizens born outside the United States must provide original, valid immigration documents (I-551, I-688, I-94, passport or US citizenship certificate). International graduate students are also subject to the general provisions regarding undergraduate international student admission including providing a transcript evaluation by a certified evaluation service of all transcripts from colleges and universities outside the United States, a statement of financial support indicating who will be responsible for the applicant’s educational and living expenses, a current TOEFL score of at least 550, IELTS score of at least 6.0, IBT score of at least 80 or other evidence of English language proficiency as required by the program the applicant desires to enter, evidence of required health insurance, and any other documentation required to comply with policies and procedure’s of US Citizenship and Immigration Services.


Graduate Admission Procedures
Applicants must submit all application materials to the Office of Admissions and pay the non-refundable $35 application fee by the application deadline.
The application fee for international students is $60.


Application materials should be sent to:
University of Houston-Downtown
Office of Graduate Admissions
One Main Street, Suite N325
Houston, TX 77002


Applicants must submit a completed application form and official copies of all previous college transcripts including previous graduate work. A transcript is considered official when it bears the institution’s seal, is signed by the issuing authority, and is sent directly by the issuing institution or delivered in a sealed envelope from the institution.
Additional application materials, such as standardized test scores, vary based on the specific graduate program. Please consult graduate admissions website ( or contact the Office of Graduate Admissions for more information.


Application deadlines and enrollment procedures are printed in the Registration & Information Bulletin.



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Last updated or reviewed on 8/28/13

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