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Admissions

The following links contain helpful information for students interested in admission into graduate school in the Department of Political Science:

Please use Apply Web.

If you are an International Student, please review the instructions listed at http://www.uh.edu/admissions/international/how-to-apply/steps-applying.

After completing the application form online, please proceed to “Admission Information” for the graduate program in the Political Science. Note that there are different application requirements for US citizens and International Students.

Application Deadline

Applicants for the Fall Semester should submit completed applications by February 15.

The Department of Political Science occasionally admits students in the Spring Semester, particularly candidates who have started some graduate study at other universities. The deadline for Spring admissions is October 15.

If you need further assistance with the application process, please contact Dr. Jeffrey Church, Director of Graduate Studies  jchurch.uh.edu.

Application Requirements (U.S.)

Applicants who are U.S. citizens must submit the following items for admission into the graduate studies program:

  • Graduate Application: apply online.
  • Official GRE scores: The GRE should be taken at least one month prior to submitting your application. Your scores must be sent electronically to the University of Houston (code: 6870) by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Official GRE scores must be received by the Department before we will consider the application complete. The GRE scores should be no more than five years old. For details on the on how to sign up for the GRE please see www.ets.org.
  • Statement of Purpose: A brief essay (a few paragraphs should suffice) stating why you want to get a graduate degree and what you will do with it once you graduate, and how your scholarly interests fit with the resources of the Department. The statement of purpose not only serves as a writing sample, it allows us to evaluate whether you are a good candidate for this program. The statement, along with any other writing samples, must be uploaded via the myUH. Please see the Graduate School Application: http://www.uh.edu/graduate-school/prospective-students/Admissions/how-to-apply/. Make sure to upload the statement under “Optional-Misc. Items.”
  • Three letters of recommendation, preferably from past instructors who can comment on your academic work in detail. Your online application will request the names and contact information of three referees. Once you submit the application, a message will be sent to each of them requesting the letter.
  • A non-refundable $65 application fee is required. Payment must be made in the form of Credit Card

All transcripts must be mailed to the following address:

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
GRADUATE ADMISSIONS
PO BOX 3947 HOUSTON
TX 77253-3947

Application Requirements (International)

In addition to the application requirements for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, applicants who are International Students must submit the following items for admission into the graduate studies program:

  • Evidence of satisfactory English proficiency. All graduate applicants, regardless of citizenship status, must demonstrate proficiency in English to obtain admission to the university.  To fulfill this requirement, applicants must satisfy one of the following criteria:
    • Baccalaureate degree (or higher) earned from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or at an institution at which English is the medium of instruction in the following countries: Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the Bahamas, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, Trinidad and Tobago, the Virgin Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, Grenada, Turks and Caicos, and English-speaking Canadian provinces.
    • Present one of the following scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
      • A score of 79 or higher on the Internet based version (iBT), with a minimum writing score of 20
      • A score of 550 or higher on the paper and pencil version (passing score = 550), with a minimum writing score of 58
      • Alternatively, present a score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with a minimum writing score of 6.5.
      • Scores must not be more than two years old. Photocopies or other duplication of scores are not acceptable. They must be sent directly to UH by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). When ordering scores, be sure to include the University of Houston's ETS School Code 6870. 
  • Original or certified transcripts of previous education both in the original language and the English translation. The graduate program will evaluate the course work for the last 60 semester hours completed and the degree in addition to test scores and letters of reference to determine an applicant's admissibility. If you have any questions about the credentials required, please contact the Office of International Admissions.
  • Syllabus, catalog, or bulletin translated into English, from the foreign college or university attended, which describes course work taken, will be required before a transfer credit evaluation can be completed.
  • Statement of Understanding. The Statement of Understanding is a form explaining the conditions of acceptance into all University of Houston Graduate Studies program. This form must be signed by all international students.
  • Letter of Financial Backing. The University of Houston requires confirmation of financial resources for each applicant who is not a U.S. citizen.
  • Two Passport-Sized Photos.
  • Applicants who hold student (F-1) or other temporary visas should refer to the Information for International Students brochure and application booklet, available from the Office of Admissions (see the important contact addresses and phone numbers section).
  • All transcripts, along with all other supporting documentation listed below, must be mailed to the following address:

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
GRADUATE ADMISSIONS
PO BOX 3947 HOUSTON
TX 77253-3947

  • A non-refundable $140 application fee is required. Payment must be made in the form of Credit Card

Acceptance

When all required documents are on file, an admission decision will be made by the department. If you have been notified of your acceptance, you will also receive information regarding orientation, which occurs prior to the start of the semester. The university encourages students to apply well in advance of the deadlines to ensure a complete review of all qualifications. 

Applications are valid for the specific semester applied. Students unable to enroll in the semester for which a decision is made must contact the Department of Political Science to update their application for enrollment to a future semester. Students must notify the Department of Political Science in writing, by telephone, or in person of their decision to delay enrollment.

Residency Requirements

Generally, applicants who have resided and been employed in the state of Texas for 12 consecutive months prior to the time of enrolling in an institution of higher learning are entitled to be classified as residents. Foreign nationals who hold F-1 or any other temporary visas are considered nonresidents and are required to pay the nonresident/foreign tuition charges.

Students granted teaching or research assistantships from the Department of Political Science are eligible for a waiver of nine hours per semester of nonresident tuition. For more information, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies Dr. Jeffrey Church via email or phone at 713-743-3914.

Students are responsible for registering under the proper residency classification. If there is a question regarding residency classification, students are responsible for raising the issue with the appropriate administrative officials at least three weeks prior to registration.

Contact Information

For further information please contact:


Mailing Address

Department of Political Science
University of Houston
3551 Cullen Boulevard Room 447
Houston, TX 77204-3011
Tel:  713-743-3890 
Fax: 713-743-3927

Online:  http://www.uh.edu/class/political-science/

International Students

University of Houston
Office of International Admissions
125 E. Cullen Building, Houston, Texas 77204-2023
Tel: 713-743-9610

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

GRE Applications may be obtained from:

Online at www.ets.org
Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 955
Princeton, New Jersey 08540