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FAQs

How do I apply for the MPP program?

For complete details on how to apply, please visit the Admissions page.

What is the admissions deadline for the MPP program?

The Fall 2017 application is now closed. The Fall 2018 application opens on August 1, 2017, and the deadline is June 15, 2018.

What semesters offer admission to the MPP program?

The MPP program currently only accepts Fall admissions.

How long does the MPP program take to complete?

Full-time students can complete the program in approximately two years or five semesters. Part-time students can take three or more years.

What tests are required for admission into the MPP program?

The GRE General Test is required for admission into the program. Although there are no minimum scores, the typical well-qualified student scores 152 on the verbal, 150 on the quantitative, and 4.0 on the analytical writing sections of the GRE.

GRE scores should be sent directly from Educational Testing Services (ETS) to UH (GRE Code: R6870). Your application will not be processed without GRE scores. GRE scores older than five years will not be accepted.

The only exception to the GRE irequirement is if an applicant has completed a PhD, JD, or MD in the U.S. or the equivalent of a PhD or MD outside the U.S. The Hobby School does not currently participate in the GRE waiver program that is offered to some recently graduated UH students.

How much does the MPP program cost?

For more information on program costs, please visit the Graduate Tuition & Fees page.

What scholarships and other financial aid is offered?

Each semester, eligible students currently receive up to a $3,000 Hobby School Excellence Scholarship. The Hobby School Excellence Scholarship is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. In addition, other scholarships, grants, and loans are available.

For more information, please visit the UH Graduate School: How to Fund Graduate School page.

Is the MPP program offered online?

Currently, this program is face-to-face and not available online. However, some of the specialization elective courses can be completed online.

When are MPP classes held?

In order to accommodate working students, MPP program classes are offered in the evenings, Monday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where are MPP classes held?

Most MPP classes are held in McElhinney Hall 315. Specialization elective classes can be held in different campus buildings.

Can I transfer courses from another graduate school?

Possibly. With permission from the Graduate Program Director, students can transfer up to 9 graduate credit hours from another university if they have not already completed that graduate program. Students will not receive transfer credit from a completed program. The Graduate Program Director may request that students submit syllabi and coursework to evaluate transfer credit.

Does UH offer a PhD program in Public Policy?

No, UH does not currently offer a PhD program in Public Policy. However, UH does offer a PhD in Political Science.