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Information for Graduate Students

Graduate Programs

Graduate Programs

We are among the most popular colleges on campus. Why? Because we offer an unmatched combination of diverse degree programs that help students land high-demand jobs.

Admissions

Admissions

Preparing for graduate school can be an exciting yet challenging event in your life. Your application provides you with the opportunity to present a compelling picture of who you are, why you’ve decided to go back to school, and what you want to accomplish in your future career.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Important Dates

Whether your a prospective student working on your application or a current student working on your thesis, these important dates and deadlines will help you stay on track.

Dr. Rupa Iyer

Our graduate studies programs uniquely blend research experience with disciplinary education and real-word applications, which provide a strong foundation for professional career advancement.

- Dr. Rupa Iyer, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies

Graduate Programs

Our College offers eleven Master of Science degree programs through four departments. Construction Management, Engineering Technology, Human Development and Consumer Sciences, and Information and Logistics Technology. The balance of theory and real-world applications combined with your commitment and creative invention put you ahead of the game in your future career.

Program Options...
Biotechnology

The Master of Science in Engineering Technology - Biotechnology Track - emphasizes bioprocessing, protein engineering, computational biology, and federal regulations. Designed to help prepare individuals to conduct or supervise research and development in biotechnology or medical fields, this highly inter- and multi-disciplinary degree defines biotechnology education and research for the future.

Contact Us

Program Coordinator

Sivakumar Ganapathy, PhD
Email: sganapa3@central.uh.edu
Phone: 713-743-0497

Graduate Advisor

Email: cotgrad@uh.edu
Phone: 713-743-4100

Program Options...
Computational Health Informatics

The Master of Science in Engineering Technology that focuses on Computational Health Informatics is a highly interdisciplinary degree, which prepares the next generation of professionals for careers in the technological transformation of healthcare. Graduates are empowered to become leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators in a broad range of healthcare technologies for detecting diseases, assisting with treatment, and monitoring the efficacy of therapeutic interventions.

With particular emphasis on emerging trends in mobile computing, medical imaging and instrumentation, wearable sensors, multimodal data mining, information security, and a variety of research activities, students gain valuable experience engaging in application-driven research with engineering technology faculty and collaborators at major research and academic institutions.

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Program Coordinator

George Zouridakis, PhD
Email: zouridakis@uh.edu
Phone: 713-743-8656

Graduate Advisor

Email: cotgrad@uh.edu
Phone: 713-743-4100

Program Options...
Construction Management

Business value and seek out managers with advanced technical knowledge and leadership skills. Earning a Master of Science degree in Construction Management at the University of Houston positions you on a direct pathway for continued success in this challenging and rewarding career. Our experienced faculty and intensive curricula prepare students with a range of practical and technical skills like estimating, scheduling, contract administration, and project management. You will be among the best prepared to apply your knowledge to practical work through training in advanced topics, such as risk analysis, sustainability, information management, industry best practices, quality management, and leadership theories.

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Program Coordinator

Lu Gao, PhD
Email: lgao5@central.uh.edu
Phone: 713-743-4436

Graduate Advisor

Email: cotgrad@uh.edu
Phone: 713-743-4100

Program Options...
Foresight

As futurists, Foresight graduates enter an emerging profession that helps clients and employers anticipate significant changes that lie ahead and influence those changes to achieve their long-term goals. Strategists in major corporations have identified these important professional challenges in their work:

  • Challenging strategic assumptions
  • Translating strategy into action
  • Communicating strategy
  • Identifying discontinuous change
  • Adapting strategy to rapid change

The Foresight program at UH addresses these concerns by focusing on anticipating and creating discontinuous and transformational change. Futurists analyze rapid alterations in external environments and use systems thinking to increase the changes of achieving preferred futures.

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Program Coordinator

Andy Hines, PhD
Email: ahines@uh.edu
Phone: 713-743-4930

Graduate Advisor

Email: cotgrad@uh.edu
Phone: 713-743-4100

Program Options...
Global Retailing

Do you want to become an inspired creative thinker and leader in an expanding fast-paced industry? Are you ready to learn new strategies from faculty whose industry partnerships provide a simulating real world experience? If you have answered yes to both questions, this program is the right match to your interests. Global Retailing uniquely expands opportunities for students to successfully operate and lead retail businesses throughout the international marketplace. With a focus on the dynamics of multi-cultural consumer behavior, retail analytics, profitability and financial models, our program shapes visionaries for a proactive retail workforce flourishing with excellent career opportunities.

Partnerships with more than forty retail companies lead to paid internships that expand into rewarding careers for graduates.

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Program Coordinator

Shirley Ezell, PhD
Email: sezell@uh.edu
Phone: 713-743-4030

Graduate Advisor

Email: cotgrad@uh.edu
Phone: 713-743-4100

Program Options...
Human Resource Development

The Human Resource Development Master of Science degree at the University of Houston is for professionals who seek to lead, facilitate, and sustain learning and change in diverse organizations.

Students who complete the program develop core competencies in instructional design, e-learning, adult learning, evaluation, leadership, and change. Our graduates work in varied functions such as: human resources, talent development. In addition, our graduates are known for their performance data applications in executing learning and change strategies.

In a recent survey, 64 percent of alumni reported that the course projects assisted them in securing employment. In addition, 67% reported changing jobs after graduation. Overall, our alumni reported a 10 to 20% salary increase after graduation.

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Program Coordinator

Consuelo Waight, PhD
Email: cwaight@uh.edu
Phone: 713-743-4086

Graduate Advisor

Email: cotgrad@uh.edu
Phone: 713-743-4100

Program Options...
Information System Security

The Master of Science degree in Information System Security is a hands-on program designed specifically to prepare individuals for responsible leadership roles in the technology-based and information-based workplaces. Designed for working professionals with the skills to assess the security needs of information systems and then to lead and mange the implementation and maintenance of the recommended security solutions.

Recognized by the Project Management Institute, the program includes key management skills within the project management framework. Coupled with the Center for Information Security Research and Education, the program offers you an opportunity to participate in innovative applied research. This program is also recognized under the National Security Agency/Department of Homeland Security Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education program, specifically: CNS 4011, 4014e and 4016e.

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Program Coordinator

Wm. Arthur Conklin, PhD
Email: waconklin@uh.edu
Phone: 713-743-1556

Graduate Advisor

Email: cotgrad@uh.edu
Phone: 713-743-4100

Program Options...
Mechanical Engineering Technology

The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology graduate program builds upon our recognized Bachelor of Science degree, providing students with expertise in design and analysis of mechanical systems. With comprehensive teaching and research laboratories, the M.S. program offers courses and leading-edge research experience in several applied areas including instrumentation and measurement, biomedical systems, advanced materials design, manufacturing, systems integration, oil and gas applications, and energy.

The College of Technology is a destination for students from diverse undergraduate backgrounds including computer science, engineering, mathematics, and the natural sciences. Under the guidance of research faculty, our students are encouraged to complete their degree with a thesis and have the option to replace the thesis with additional class-work and a faculty-mentored project.

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Program Coordinator

Kamran Alba, PhD
Email: kalba@uh.edu
Phone: 713-743-7368

Graduate Advisor

Email: cotgrad@uh.edu
Phone: 713-743-4100

Program Options...
Network Communications

Graduates of the Master of Science in Network Communications graduate program land management and supervisory roles in virtually every industry where networking technologies are essential.

The comprehensive program offers courses ranging from networking fundamentals, security, network management to protocols, and algorithms. It prepares you for a variety of application areas such as optical networking, sensor networks, wireless networks and network programming. In addition to an enriching academic experience, there are opportunities for competitive research and instruction funding.

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Program Coordinator

Deniz Gurkan, PhD
Email: dgurkan@uh.edu
Phone: 713-743-4037

Graduate Advisor

Email: cotgrad@uh.edu
Phone: 713-743-4100

Program Options...
Supply Chain and Logistics Technology

With a Master of Science degree in Supply Chain and Logistics Technology, you will emerge with the right skills and knowledge in logistics, inventory management, transportation, sales and procurement. Graduates of our program fill vital management and supervisory roles in a wide range of industries, with job titles such as procurement manager, distribution manager, logistics engineer, logistics analyst, logistics consultant and logistics manager.

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Program Coordinator

Dan M Cassler
Email: dcassler@uh.edu
Phone: 713-743-1330

Graduate Advisor

Email: cotgrad@uh.edu
Phone: 713-743-4100

Program Options...
Technology Project Management

The ability to plan and mange technology projects is an increasingly important skill for those with a technical background. The Master of Science degree in Technology Project Management prepares individuals for leadership roles in technology-driven workplaces.

Core courses provide in-depth preparation in project management skills complemented by a directed area of study to allow graduate students the opportunity to focus in an area of specialization.

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Program Coordinator

Ron Hopkins, PhD
Email: rkhopkins@uh.edu
Phone: 713-743-4368

Graduate Advisor

Email: cotgrad@uh.edu
Phone: 713-743-4100

Options Explained

  • Project

    Project

    Offered in nearly all our graduate programs, the project option is a way to apply in-depth knowledge of a given area to a practical endeavor. Students work with faculty advisors to complete this option, and may choose a topic relevant to their current workplace.

  • Thesis

    Thesis

    The thesis option, the most traditional pursuit, is offered in all but one of our graduate programs. Advised by faculty, it is an opportunity to conduct in-depth research in the student's chosen field. In addition to performing research and reporting findings, students are required to present a proposal defense and a thesis defense to complete this option.

  • Coursework

    Coursework

    The coursework option offered by the Global Retailing and Human Resource Development programs offers a unique perspective that focuses on equipping our students with the necessary skills and abilities to become more marketable in the workforce. Students are challenged to perform and display a scholarly approach to their assignments and course deliverables, preparing them to become industry leaders.

  • Internship

    Internship

    The internship option offered in our Foresight program provides real world experience while earning an advanced degree. In addition to being prepared for the workforce academically, students that complete this option also possess the special skill-set to advance and perform well as professionals.

Admissions Checklist

  1. Online Application: The online application is submitted through the Office of the Graduate School.
  2. Application Fee: The application fee for all applicants to graduate programs in the College of Technology is $75. International applicants must also pay an additional $75 International Application processing fee for a total of $150.
  3. Official Transcripts: An official transcript must be provided by the college or university from which you received your bachelor's degree; additional transcripts reflecting any coursework since receiving your bachelor's degree must also be provided. All transcripts must arrive in a sealed envelope from your college or university.
    • Note on GPA Requirement: Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, for the most recent 60 semester hours of undergraduate coursework. Applicants may be conditionally admitted with a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale for the most recent 60 semester hours of undergraduate course work.
  4. Three(3) Letters of Recommendation
  5. A Personal/Goal Statement: A personal/goal statement is a 1-2 page essay describing your current employment and your professional intentions. You may want to identify aspects of your previous experience that indicate promise in your selected goal. You may also wish to discuss special circumstances, unique experiences, etc.
  6. Resume (optional)
  7. Entrance Exam Scores: Please submit official exam scores. Please note exams must have been completed within the last 5 years. See the "Entrance Exams" section below for more information on entrance exams and related requirements.
  8. TOEFL or IELTS Exam Scores (International Students Only): International students who are not native speakers of English must also sit for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS exam. The minimum score requirement for TOEFL is 79 and IELTS is 6.5. You can use the UH Testing Service to schedule your exam.

Entrance Exams

The College of Technology participates in the UH Graduate School's GRE/GMAT Waiver program for UH main campus undergraduate students. To be eligible, future College of Technology graduate students must meet the following qualifications:

  • Students must have graduated from the University of Houston main campus within the three (3) years preceding the term for which they are applying.
  • Students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.3.

This program only waives the submission of GRE or GMAT scores from the application process and does not guarantee admission to any degree program. Students should be aware of application deadlines, and should also be aware that this program is part of a pilot program and may be discontinued for future terms.

For students not eligible to participate in the GRE/GMAT Waiver program, here are the required entrance exams for all students:

Exam Average Score Programs Accepting this Exam School or School Code
GRE 300 (Quantitative & Verbal combined)
3.5 (Analytical Writing)
All College of Technology Master's Programs 6870
GMAT 550 Foresight, Global Retailing, Human Resource Development, Technology Project Management, Supply Chain and Logistics Technology, and Information System Security XT1-26-69
MAT 400 Foresight, Global Retailing and Human Resource Development University of Houston, Main Campus

Important Dates and Deadlines

The College of Technology has the following deadlines:

Admission Deadlines for All Applications and Supporting Documents
Fall: July 1st April 1st for International Applicants
Spring: December 1st October 1st for International Applicants
 
Project and Thesis Task Timeline
Deadline Task(s)
10—12 months prior to expected graduation date
  1. Select an advisor.
  2. Register for a master project/thesis section.
  3. Select a project or thesis topic.
August (May graduates)
January (December graduates)
  1. Select a committee.
September (May graduates)
February (December graduates)
  1. Project Option: Finish the literature review and finalize the project topic.
  2. Thesis Option: Schedule and complete the thesis proposal defense if needed.
  3. Thesis Option: Submit a one page proposal to the thesis committee at least two weeks prior to the scheduled proposal defense meeting.
October (May graduates)
March (December graduates)
  1. Submit project report introduction or thesis introduction to advisor.
November (May graduates)
April (December graduates)
  1. Submit chapters to project or thesis advisor as agreed.
  2. Significant progress should be made toward finishing project and writing project report or thesis.
December—January (May graduates)
May—August (December graduates)
  1. Register for a master project/thesis section.
  2. Continue working on and finishing the project and project report or thesis.
February (May graduates)
September (December graduates)
  1. Continue working on and finishing the project and project report or thesis.
  2. Submit conclusion and discussion to advisor
  3. Student should complete project and project report or thesis draft by this time.
March (May graduates)
October (December graduates)
  1. Schedule project presentation or thesis defense meeting.
  2. Submit the draft project report or thesis to the committee at least two—three weeks prior to the scheduled presentation or defense meeting.
April (May graduates)
November (December graduates)

The thesis defense will consist of a 20—30 minute presentation where the student includes:

  1. Literature review
  2. Introduction and objectives
  3. Proposed research
  4. Results
  5. Conclusions
  6. Future work

After defense, but no less than four weeks prior to the end of the term submit an unbound copy of the thesis to the Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies for pre-printing review.

Prior to end of term
  1. Submit final project report or upload thesis electronically.
  2. Submit signed approval page.