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You are taking the first step to continuing your education at the graduate level. We are excited to assist you through the many options you have to advance your career and build your skill set.

Application Types
Program Description
Soft Start Application​
Students who wish to pursue a “soft start” to the MBA program and bypass the GMAT requirement may do so by following the steps listed below keeping in mind that admissions to the MBA program will be CONDITIONAL.
Traditional Application​
Students admitted through the traditional process can follow the same path as the soft start or they can take the MBA core courses followed by the concentration courses.
International Application​
International applicants interested in the MBA program are only eligible for UHD MBA traditional process (UHD MBA soft start is not available for F1 students). International students will need to submit all of the following items to be considered for the program.
Graduate Certificates​
Students interested in one of the nine standalone certificates can apply directly to pursue the Graduate Certificate academic credential.​

Admissions Checklist Requirements​:​



Graduate Certificates
Soft Start MBA
Traditional MBA
Online Application​
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​Personal Statement
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Application Fee​
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Resume
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​Official Transcript (Bachelor's Degree Conferred)
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GMAT


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2 Letters of Recommendation


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​​ Apply

Complete online application and submit application fee at GoApplyTexas.

​​Sending Official Transcripts

Submit the following to: University of Houston-Downtown Office of Graduate & International Admissions One Main Street, Suite GSB 308 Houston, TX 77002 

  1. ​Official transcript(s) from all institutions attended post-secondary; all documents must be received from the degree/credit granting institution 
  2. A Bachelor’s Degree conferred must be shown on the official transcript 

​Resume 

A resume that details the applicant’s relevant professional and academic work experience ​

Personal Statement

A personal statement about why you are pursuing an MBA degree. The statement should not exceed 250 words.​​

GMAT

​​The​​re are several options that provide the opportunity for students to start either the MBA Program or any of the Graduate Certificates without being required to take the GMAT. Possible options are:

  1. Students who have an undergraduate degree with a GPA of 3.5 or higher, or 3.5 or higher in their last 60 hours can have the GMAT requirement waived.
  2. Students who have an adequate percentile score on other exams frequently used for graduate program admission (e.g., LSAT, MCAT) may petition to have those scores used in lieu of the GMAT.
  3. Students who have completed an advanced degree (e.g. masters or higher).
  4. Students may seek permission to use the Soft Start option. To employ Soft Start students must include an essay to the College of Business Graduate Admissions Committee in their admissions materials indicating their seriousness in which they will be approaching their program and their commitment to be a viable contributor to their classes. In some instances, the Admissions Committee may further require an interview before the Soft Start option can be employed.​



Applicants are evaluated on all elements within the application – no one individual component is more important than another; rather, all elements are taken into consideration to select individuals in the program who demonstrates scholastic ability, motivation, managerial experience and potential. The application and its supporting documents are all weighed together in the decision-making process.

​​Sof​t-Start MBA Application Process

How to Apply for Soft-Start MBA:

1.      Complete online application and submit application fee at Apply Texas​.​

2.      Submit the following to:  University of Houston-Downtown Office of Graduate & International Admissions One Main Street,  Suite GSB 308 Houston, TX  77002

a.       Official transcript(s) from all institutions attended post-secondary; all documents must be received from the degree/credit granting institution

b​.      ​A Bachelor’s Degree conferred must be shown on the official transcript

3.      Resume

4.     ​A personal statement about why you are pursuing an MBA degree. The statement should not exceed 250 words.

View the deadline for applications​, any applications received after the deadlines will be considered for the following semester unless you request special consideration.  Contact the MBA office at 713-221-8252 or email MDCOBGradAdvising@uhd.edu.​​



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Traditional MBA Application & Admissions Process

Traditional MBA Process

A​pplicants will need to submit all of the following items to be considered for the MBA ​program. An applicant’s admission status cannot be reviewed until his/her file is complete and all items are received.

1.      Complete online application and submit application fee at ApplyTexas.
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2.      Submit the following to: University of Houston-Downtown Office of Graduate & International Admissions One Main Street,  Suite GSB 308 Houston, TX  77002

a.   Official transcript(s) from all Institutions attended post-secondary; all documents must be received from the degree/credit granting institution. Evaluations from foreign institutions must include the course by course evaluation with GPA indication.

b.   Official GMAT score report or copy of scheduled test date.*

c.   Official TOEFL score report if you graduated from a University where English is not the native language. Minimum score needed is 81 for IBT (TOEFL) and 6.5 for the IELTS exam.

3.      Submit the following documents in .pdf file format** to: gradadmissions@uhd.edu

a. Two letters of recommendation from professional references. Download the Professional Reference Form.

b. A personal statement about why you are pursuing an MBA degree. The statement should not exceed 250 words.

c. Resume

4.     ​View the deadline for applications​, any applications received after the deadlines will be considered for the following semester unless you request special consideration.  Contact the MBA office at 713-221-8252 or email MDCOBGradAdvising@uhd.edu.​

*The test date is for informational purposes only. The application will not be forwarded to the MBA Admissions Committee until UHD receives the actual scores.

**A .pdf is an electronic file format. Several software programs are available on the Internet that convert electronic documents to .pdf format.​​



​​​​Graduate Certificates Application Process

How to Apply for Graduate Certificate:

1.      Complete online application and submit application fee at Apply Texas​.​

2.      Submit the following to:  University of Houston-Downtown Office of Graduate & International Admissions One Main Street,  Suite GSB 308 Houston, TX  77002

a.       Official transcript(s) from all institutions attended post-secondary; all documents must be received from the degree/credit granting institution

​A Bachelor’s Degree conferred must be shown on the official transcript

3.      Resume

4.     A personal statement about why you are pursuing a graduate certificate. The statement should not exceed 250 words.

​View the deadline for applications​, any applications received after the deadlines will be considered for the following semester unless you request special consideration.  Contact the MBA office at 713-221-8252 or email MDCOBGradAdvising@uhd.edu.​​


​​MBA Admissions Process for International Students

International applicants interested in our MBA program are only eligible for UHD MBA traditional process (UHD MBA soft start is not available for F1 students). International students will need to submit all of the following items to be considered for the program. An applicant's admission status cannot be reviewed until his/her file is complete and all items are received. 

Summary of information requested:

  1.  Where to complete an application.
  2.  What to submit along with your application.
  3.  Financial eligibility documentation.
  4.  Affidavit of support.
  5.  Copy of Passport.

1. Complete online application

Fill out application and submit application fee at ApplyTexas​.
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2. Submit the following:

a.      Official transcripts(s) from the degree granting institution. Transcripts from foreign institutions must be evaluated by one of the UHD acknowledged companies (follow the link below)

https://www.uhd.edu/admissions/international/Pages/international-transcripts.aspx 

Please make sure the evaluating company includes the course by course evaluation and the GPA.

b.      Official GMAT score report. Under certain circumstances, prospective UHD MBA applicants may request a waiver for the GMAT when applying to the program. The UHD MBA Admissions Committee will consider, on a case-by-case basis, GMAT waiver requests from applicants who have completed an advanced degree (e.g. masters or higher), have an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher, 3.5 or higher in their last 60 hours or have already taken a GRE/LSAT/MCAT exam at least six months prior to applying to the UHD MBA program.  The decision of the MBA Admissions Committee on GMAT waiver is final. Download the GMAT waiver request. 

c.      Official TOEFL score report if you graduated from a country where English is not the official language. The minimum score needed is 81 for iBT TOEFL and 6.5 for the IELTS exam.

The above should be sent to: UHD Office of Graduate and International Admissions, One Main Street, Suite GSB308, Houston, TX  77002

          Submit the following documents in pdf file format to: gradadmissions@uhd.edu

a.       Two letters of recommendation from professional references. Download the professional reference form here.

b.       A personal statement about why you are pursuing an MBA degree. The statement should not exceed 250 words.

c.      Resume

3. Financial Eligibility

Current bank statement from the student's sponsor that is not more than three months old with a minimum balance of $35,000 US dollars or equivalent. This amount will not be required immediately but is a mandatory item for obtaining your form I-20 that you will receive from UHD to apply for the F1 visa. If you have dependents who will accompany you, the bank statement should include an extra $6,180 US dollars for the spouse and $3,280 US dollars per child. To apply for F2 or a dependent from I-20, download the form.

4. Affidavit of support

You must provide an affidavit of support from the sponsor providing the bank statement. This form is required to prove that you have the finances necessary to fund the length of your stay in the US. If you are self-sponsored, you can fill out the affidavit for yourself and attach it to your bank statement.

5. Copy of your valid passport.

International application deadlines are November 1st for Spring and May 1st for Fall.  Any applications received after this date will be considered for the following semester only if the student provides the international graduate application update form. Download the form.

If you have other questions please contact the MBA office at 713-221-8252 or email MDCOBGradAdvising@uhd.edu.

Graduate and International Admissions at 713-221-8093 or 713-221-8522   or email gradadmissions@uhd.edu  or internationaladmissions@uhd.edu​​






Last updated 2/8/2022 7:34 AM