Graduate Admissions Standards
Admission to the Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management program is based on the applicant's experience and interest in the nonprofit sector, academic ability, and the personal qualities necessary to successfully complete the program. Further consideration is given to the applicant’s ability to positively contribute to the nonprofit sector upon completion of the program.
Applicants to the program should meet the following minimal criteria:
- Completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university.
- A grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 for the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate or graduate study.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language minimum score of 550 with section scores of 50 or higher if graduate of a university in which English is not the native language.
Applicants that do not meet these criteria may be admitted conditionally if their application warrants special consideration.
Applicants must complete and submit and following documentation to the Office of Admissions prior to the admissions deadline for the semester they desire admission: UHD Office of Admissions – Graduate Admissions, One Main Street, Suite
325, Houston, TX 77002.
- Application for admission to the Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management.
- Personal resume.
- Personal statement: In 1000 words or less, describe your experiences with the nonprofit world and how those experiences have prepared you to work in the nonprofit world. The personal statement is a very important introduction to the Graduate Admissions Committee. The central purpose of the statement is to give you an opportunity to demonstrate why you are a good candidate for admission to the program.
- Certified transcripts from all educational institutions you have attended, regardless of the number of hours completed or attempted or the length of time since the course work was taken.
- TOEFL results as outlined above, submitted by the admissions deadline.
- Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores, unless you have five or more years of experience in the nonprofit section. Applicants can be accepted conditionally into the program without having taken the GRE, provided they take the exam during their first semester in the program. Applicants who have completed graduate programs in any discipline do NOT need to take the GRE.
- Three letters of recommendation: The letters of recommendation must be from those
individuals who have had personal and professional contact with you. Further, the writers should have had some authority over you either currently or in the past. Examples of these types of individuals would be college professors, supervisors, or community leaders. In their letters, the writers should address the following: how the writer is associated with you and the length of time of that association, their opinion regarding your potential for academic success including skills you possess that they feel demonstrate this potential, and how your completion of a master’s degree would benefit both you and the nonprofit sector.
Applicants meeting all the above criteria and having submitted all the above documentation will be invited to an interview with the members of the Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management Advisory Committee. SUBMISSION DEADLINE: August 1st.
Students admitted conditionally will be advised as to the specific limitations of this status and the conditions necessary to remove the conditional admission classification.
Students may transfer no more than six semester hours of graduate work and must have the approval of the Graduate Coordinator to do so; transferred coursework must be at B level or above.