EFFECTIVE DATE: April 11, 2017
ISSUE #: 1
PRESIDENT: Michael A. Olivas (Interim)
This PS states the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) policy on the admission of
2.1 Former Graduate Student Applicant: A graduate degree-seeking applicant returning to
UHD after an interruption of at least one long semester, or after suspension.
2.2 Graduate Student Applicant: An applicant who has completed the equivalent of a
bachelor's degree and wishes to pursue graduate-level work.
2.3 International Graduate Student Applicant: A degree-seeking applicant who is not a
citizen or permanent resident of the United States, has not applied for permanent
residency, or has not qualified for Texas residency based on SB 1528.
2.4 Special Admission Applicant: An applicant not meeting the requirements of any of the
above categories may be considered for special admission to take graduate courses.
2.5 Transient Graduate Student Applicant: An applicant wishing to attend UHD for only one
long semester or for one or more summer sessions (in a single summer) and has a letter
of academic standing from a regionally accredited graduate program.
3.1 Graduate Admission: Graduate admission to UHD means that the student is authorized
to enroll in credit-bearing courses for which they are qualified and approved by the
relevant UHD program. In addition to meeting the requirements for admission
specified in this policy, the applicant must comply with all procedures established by
the Office of Admissions. In signing the application for admission, the applicant certifies
that all of the information submitted in support of the application is complete and
accurate. Any misrepresentation, falsification, or omission of information on the
application for admission or any other documents is grounds for dismissal.
3.1.1 Graduate Admission: An applicant 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 U.S. Department of Education (or completed
undergraduate work at a foreign university that is determined to be of equivalent
or higher academic quality as an accredited American institution) and meets the
minimum admission criteria of the graduate program in which the applicant
intends to pursue a degree.
3.1.2 Admission to a Graduate Degree Program: Applicants to a graduate degree
program must comply with the process outlined by the Office of Admissions.
Graduate degree program handbooks will enumerate specific application materials
required by the degree program. Admission decisions are rendered in accordance
with criteria established by the program to which the student has applied.
3.1.3 International Graduate Admission:
220.127.116.11 To qualify for international graduate admission, an applicant whose
undergraduate work was completed at a foreign university is eligible for
admission if UHD determines that their academic preparation is
equivalent to or higher than that of a graduate of an accredited American
institution. International applicants must provide transcript evaluation
by a UHD-approved certified evaluation service of all transcripts from
undergraduate work from outside the United States.
18.104.22.168 In addition to meeting the appropriate admission requirements for the
specific graduate program, an international applicant must provide a
statement of financial support indicating who will be responsible for the
applicant's educational and living expenses; a current TOEFL score or
other acceptable evidence of English proficiency at a level acceptable for
college; evidence of required health insurance; and any other
documentation required to comply with policies and procedures of the
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
3.1.4 Transient Admission: To be considered for transient graduate admission, an
applicant must submit an application for admission, the non-refundable
application fee, and provide a letter of academic standing from the home
institution. The applicant must receive approval from the relevant program director
before enrolling in a graduate course. Additional materials such as transcripts may
be required by the specific graduate program.
3.1.5 Special Admission: An applicant not meeting the requirements of any of the above
categories may be considered for special admission on an individual basis. An
applicant for special admission must submit an application for admission, the nonrefundable application fee, and provide all required application materials. An
applicant in this status will be permitted to enroll in a maximum of 9 total semester
credit hours at UHD. Students admitted under this category, who are later
admitted as degree-seeking students, may only apply credits earned under the
special admission status towards the degree with program approval.
3.1.6 Admission Decision Appeals:
22.214.171.124 A graduate applicant that has been denied admission may request
further consideration by submitting a Graduate Admissions Appeal Form
to the director of the graduate program. An appeal to reconsider the
original admission decision may or may not change the decision. The
applicant is encouraged to appeal only if:
(A) The graduate applicant’s academic credentials (test scores and/or
grades) have changed significantly.
(B) The graduate applicant wishes to provide additional information that
further explains personal circumstances that may have affected their
ability to meet admission requirements.
3.1.7 Graduate Certificate Programs: Applicants to a graduate certificate program must
comply with the process outlined by the Office of Admissions. Graduate
certificate program handbooks will enumerate specific application requirements.
Applicants accepted into a certificate program may apply for admission into a
degree program. Admission to a certificate program does not guarantee admission
into a graduate degree program and additional application materials may be
Procedures for this policy are imbedded in the Policy section.
There are no exhibits associated with this policy.
Responsible Party: (Reviewer): Senior VP for Academic & Student Affairs & Provost
Review: As needed.
Maintained by the Office of the Provost
Issue #1: 4/11/17
PS 03.B.07 Graduate Academic Probation, Suspension, and Dismissal