Admission Requirements: College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
The college requires a bachelor's degree from a recognized institution and an adequate background in the subject to be studied for entry into any of its graduate programs. Applicants must satisfy all University of Houston Admission Requirements as specified in this catalog. For specific degree requirements, applicants should consult the appropriate department chair, graduate director, or graduate advisor.
The general requirements for consideration for acceptance into graduate programs in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics are:
Submission of an application for admission to graduate studies.
Submission of official transcripts from all institutions of higher education previously attended.
Admission to individual departments in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics is based on a thorough examination of the applicant's prior academic and professional experience. All students must submit Graduate Record Examination scores and a brief statement as to their aspirations at the graduate level. International applicants are required to score at least 73 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Applicants should contact the individual departments to determine what additional materials may be required to accompany the application for admission.
Conditional and Unconditional Admission Requirements
Conditional and unconditional admission categories apply only at the master's level. Conditional admission may not be granted to doctoral-level applicants or to international students whose degrees were not earned at an accredited United States institution.
To be eligible for unconditional admission, students must have a grade point average of at least 3.00 (A=4.00) during the last 60 semester hours of graduate and/or undergraduate work attempted.
Conditional admission may be granted to students who have a grade point average of at least 2.60 (A=4.00) and whose scores on the GRE are high enough to indicate probable success in the graduate program. Scores must be presented well in advance of the desired date of admission. To remain in a graduate studies program, conditionally admitted students must earn a grade point average of at least 3.00 (A=4.00) on the first 12 semester hours of graduate work attempted at the University of Houston.
Applicants without a strong background for graduate study in the discipline may be requested to take remedial courses as a condition of admission.
Along with the minimal requirements for conditional or unconditional admission, each department in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics has additional admission requirements, depending on the discipline and degree objective. Questions concerning these additional requirements should be addressed to the graduate advisor of the respective department.
Catalog Publish Date: January 14, 2013
This Page Last Updated: December 4, 2012