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

Application fee

  • No application fee for applying to UH MPA program (*$75 application fee for international applicants)

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 the selected references an email providing the log in instructions for myUH Self Service Center to upload a letter of recommendation.

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

Submit your official transcripts to:

Regular Mail AddressExpress Mail Address
University of Houston
Graduate Admissions
P.O. Box 3947
Houston, TX 77253-3947
University of Houston
4800 Calhound Road
102 E. Cullen Building
Houston, TX 77204-2012

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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