College of Liberal Arts
and Social Sciences
The University of Houston
402 Agnes Arnold Hall
Houston, TX 77204-3000
Admissions and Academic Planning
The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences sets minimum program and admissions regulations that must be fulfilled by all graduate students. Individual departments may have additional special requirements.
- Applicants must have earned a bachelor's degree from an institution accredited by one of the six regional accrediting associations. The Ministry of Education or another appropriate agency of the country in which the institution is located must recognize foreign institutions not accredited by U.S. accrediting agencies.
- The University reserves the right to evaluate foreign credentials. In most cases, these evaluations will follow nationally accepted standard practices and will rely on standard references such as those from the World Education Series published by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Offices
- Students transferring from another graduate school must have at least a 3.00 (A=4.00) grade point average on all attempted graduate courses.
- Applicants should have earned a master’s degree or completed 30 hours of graduate work. Some programs allow entrance into doctoral studies directly from the bachelor’s degree for qualified students; consult the individual program websites for more information.
- Students must have maintained a minimum grade point average of 3.00(A=4.00).
- Prospective students should obtain specific requirements for admissions to doctoral programs by contacting directly the department to which they wish to apply.
English Proficiency Requirement
- 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 earned from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or at an institution at which English in the medium of instruction in the following countries: Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the Bahamas, Belize, the British Isles, Fiji, Jamaica, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Trinidad, the Virgin Islands, the West Indies, Zimbabwe, and English-speaking Canadian Provinces
- Present a score of 550 (213 on the computer- based exam) or better on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Departments may require a higher minimum TOEFL or IELTS score where previous experience and demands of the discipline warrant it. Admission materials contain details on this requirement.
* The Associate Vice President for Graduate and Professional Studies may make exceptions to the above upon recommendation from the dean of the college of the student's major. Graduate students whose English proficiency is judged inadequate by the department or college may be denied permission to continue work on graduate degrees.
Additional departmental admission requirements
- Communications Sciences and Disorders
- Creative Writing
- Health and Human Performance
- Hispanic Studies
- Master of Public Administration
- World Cultures and Literatures
Advising/Academics and Enrollment Links
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List of Graduate Advisors
|Anthropology||Dr. Rebecca Storey||(713) 743-3780||233 M|
|Art||Prof. Jessica Locheed
||(713) 743-2838||100F FA|
|Communication, School of||Erika Salinas
||(713) 743-2013||133 WT|
|Communication Sciences and Disorders||Tom Whitley||(713) 743-2897||119 CRS|
|Economics||Amber Pozo||(713) 743-3805||208C M|
|English||Julie Kofford||(713) 743-2939||205 C|
|History||Daphyne Pitre||(713) 743-3086||524 AH|
|Health and Human Performance||Todd Boutte||(713) 743-0571||104B GAR|
|Music||Douglas Goldberg||(713) 743-3314||120 MSM|
|Philosophy||Prof. James Garson||(713) 743-3010||516 AH|
|Political Science||Edward Manouelian||(713) 743-3939||384 PGH|
|Psychology||Patti Tolar||(713) 743-8079|
|Public Administration||Prof. Toshiyuki Yuasa||(713) 743-3931||312 PGH|
|Sociology||Prof. Stella Grigorian||(713) 743-3940||450 PGH|
|Spanish||Prof. Gabriela Baeza-Ventura
||(713) 743-8350||415 AH|
||(713) 743-2013||133 WT|
|World Cultures and Literature||Prof. Alessandro Carrera||(713) 743-3069||418 AH|
For admission deadlines, please consult the department to which you plan to apply.