General Requirements

General Requirements

Admission to the MPA program at the University of Houston requires an undergraduate degree* from an accredited college or university with a 3.0 (B) OR BETTER GRADE POINT AVERAGE IN THE LAST 60 HOURS of course work. The Graduate Recode Exam (GRE) test scores should be sent directly from Educational Testing Services (ETS) to the University of Houston Office of Admissions (GRE code R6870). Your application will not be processed without test scores.

*An applicant (domestic or international) has to be awarded his or her undergraduate degree by the end of the prior Spring semester for Fall application.

Application Deadline

All required application materials including official GRE Score report should be send by:

Spring application deadline:  October 15th**

Fall application deadline: June 15th

How to apply

The University of Houston Graduate School Application procedure is ALL ONLINE.  Please visit the website (How to Apply the UH graduate programs) for detailed information.

 MPA specific admission requirements: 

  • A statement of purpose for pursuing an MPA degree
  • Three letters of reference (there is no specific form)
  • Two hard copies of official transcripts from each university attended
  • A completed application form
  • Official copy of scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)*

*The GRE score must be sent directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS) to the University of Houston (UH Code for the GRE is R6870). GRE Scores older than 5 years will not be accepted

Step 1

Apply online through ApplyTexas. This is the common application portal for all public universities in the State of Texas. After you have confirmed submission of your application, please allow 24-48 hours to begin the next step.

Make sure to identify three references. After you submit online application, the University of Houston will send you an email providing the log in instructions for myUH Self Service Center.

Step 2

Submit required documents through myUH. You will be able to upload various required and optional documentation.

A statement of purpose for pursuing an MPA degree

Step 3

Track your application status at myUH. You may view items still needed for admission and track your application status.


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