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Admissions decisions will be made on the totality of the student’s application.

The MPP program now waives the GRE requirement for UH alumni with a 3.4 or higher undergraduate GPA that apply within three years of graduation. The GRE requirement is also waived if an applicant has completed a PhD, JD, or MD in the U.S. or the equivalent of a PhD or MD outside the U.S. All other applicants are required to complete the GRE. The GRE will still be used as a factor in determining scholarship funding, so applicants that are eligible for a GRE waiver are still encouraged to complete the exam.

Although there are no minimum GRE scores, the typical well-qualified student scores 152 on the verbal, 150 on the quantitative, and 4.0 on the analytical writing sections. GRE scores will only be counted if the exam was completed within the previous five years of the application.

Applicants must show through either their quantitative GRE score or their performance in previous coursework that they possess the ability to handle the quantitative elements of the curriculum. Students must have an undergraduate degree, although no particular major is required. Applicants to the MPP program are not required to have any professional experience, although such experience enhances their application.

Application Deadline

The Fall 2019 application deadline is June 15, 2019. The priority deadline for Hobby School scholarship eligibility is March 1, 2019. The program currently only accepts Fall admissions.

All required application materials MUST be submitted by this deadline.

International applicants: Click here for additional information about admissions.

Application Fee

  • Domestic application fee: $75
  • International application fee: $150

How to Apply

The UH Graduate School Application is completed entirely online.

Please follow these steps to complete your application to the MPP program:

1. Go to ApplyWeb, and click "Create Your Account." Fill in the requested fields to create an account.

2. Check your e-mail for a message from Click on the link in the message to activate your account, and log into CollegeNET.

3. Click "Online Application," and enter the requested personal information.

4. For "Program Choice," select Public Policy, MPP and the requested term.

5. Enter your complete academic history.

Submit your official transcripts via one of these options. Electronic transcripts is the preferred method.

Regular Mail Address Express Mail Address Electronic or Speede Transcript
University of Houston
Graduate Admissions
P.O. Box 3947
Houston, TX 77253-3947
University of Houston
4800 Calhoun Road
102 E. Cullen Building
Houston, TX 77204-2012
Within the state of Texas, the fastest way to send your transcript is electronically. Please inquire at your previous institution about this option. Electronic transcripts can be delivered via email to

6. Enter your GRE test information, if applicable.

The GRE requirement is waived for UH alumni with a 3.4 or higher undergraduate GPA that apply within three years of graduation. The GRE requirement is also waived if an applicant has completed a PhD, JD, or MD in the U.S. or the equivalent of a PhD or MD outside the U.S.

GRE scores should be sent directly from Educational Testing Services (ETS) to UH (GRE Code: R6870). Your application will not be processed without GRE scores if they are required. GRE scores older than five years will not be accepted.

7. Submit two letters of recommendation.

Letters of recommendation are gathered electronically. Applicants will be asked to provide the e-mail addresses of two references, and one of the recommenders must be an academic reference. Once the application is complete, the selected references will receive an e-mail providing instructions to upload their letters of recommendation.

8. Submit a personal/goal statement, resume, and answer the supplemental questions.

The personal/goal statement is a statement of purpose that explains why the applicant wants to pursue the MPP, and why the applicant would be a good candidate for the program.

9. Enter awards and work experience.

10. Enter external scholarships and financial support information.

11. Enter citizenship, demographics, Texas residency questionnaire, and mandatory questions.

12. Complete the "Certificate of Information" page.

13. Submit the application.

14. Pay the $75 domestic/$150 international application fee.

15. Track your application status using your ApplyWeb account, and check items still needed for admission review.

Please contact Dr. Alan Witt (; 713 743 3253) and Scott Mason (; 713 743 5572) if you have questions concerning your application.