Frequently Asked Questions

Graduate Programs

Graduate Applicants

  1. What is the minimum accepted test score?
  2. What is the minimum TOEFL score requirement?
  3. What code do I use to submit my test score?
  4. What department code do I use to submit my GRE and/or TOEFL score?
  5. Can a test score be waived?
  6. What is the minimum GPA requirement?
  7. What are the bachelor education requirements to apply?
  8. I have applied, when can I expect an admission decision?
  9. How can I find out if I have been admitted quickly?
  10. What is the difference between conditional and unconditional admission?
  11. How long will it take to complete a Master's degree?
  12. I would like to accept the admission decision, but I want to attend in a future semester. What are the steps to defer admission?

Current Graduate Students

  1. What kind of funding is available?
  2. How do I apply for a GTF position?
  3. What is an approved GTF position?
  4. Once I have been hired in an approved GTF position, what forms do I need to submit?
  5. Can I receive GTF while enrolled part time?
  6. I have been hired in an approved GTF position, but I missed the form submission deadline. Can I receive benefits?
  7. How do I transfer credit?
  8. How do I request elective credit?
  9. How do I request a course substitution?
  10. I am interested in taking a Special Problems course, what do I need to do?
  11. Which elective course are preapproved for my major?
  12. I would like to take a leave of absence (LOA), what do I need to do?
  13. I am ready to return after a leave of absence (LOA), what do I need to do?
  14. How long do I have to complete my degree?
  15. I would like to graduate, what do I need to do?
  16. I am an International student on an F-1 visa, can I attend part time in my final semester?

  1. What is the minimum accepted test score?
    1. We do not have minimum test scores. Test scores must be official and no more than five years old. The average score of an accepted applicant:
    ExamAverage ScorePrograms accepting this exam
    GRE 1100 (verbal & quantitative sections combined)
    400 on the verbal section
    CM, ET, FORE, GR, HRD, TPM, SCLT, and ISS
    GMAT 550 FORE, GR, HRD, TPM, SCLT, and ISS
    MAT 400 FORE, GR and HRD
  2. What is the minimum TEOFL score requirement?
    1. TOEFL scores must be no more than two years old;
    2. TOEFL requirements are 79 iBT or 550 for the paper based;
    3. In place of the TOEFL students may submit IELTS scores. The minimum IETLS score is 6.5.
  3. What code do I use to submit my test score?
    1. College of Technology is located at University of Houston - Main Campus
    ExamScore Code
    GRE 6870 school code;
    GMAT TPM programs: XT1-J7-97
    HRD program: XT1-J7-84
    MAT University of Houston, Main Campus
    TOEFL 6870 school code;
  4. What department code do I use to submit my GRE and/or TOEFL score?
    1. Department codes are not required to submit your GRE and/or TOEFL score. If you cannot submit your scores without a department code, please mark N/A or Other.
  5. Can a test score be waived?
    1. TOEFL Exceptions
      1. The TOEFL can be waived with a degree from an English speaking country. A degree from an English speaking institution is not sufficient to waive the TOEFL requirement.
      2. English Language Proficiency and Exemptions
    2. GRE, or GMAT, or MAT Exceptions
      1. In the case where an applicant has completed a US equivalent Master's degree or higher, the college may consider an application for admission without test scores, however the college does not have the right to waive a test score; test scores may only be waived at the university level. Please add four to six processing weeks to be considered for admission under this condition.
      2. Please note:
        1. Applicants will not be granted an exception to the test score requirements based on cumulative GPA or experience.
        2. Only complete applications will be considered for admission, this includes test scores.
        3. Applicants cannot be considered for conditional admission without official test scores.
  6. What is the minimum GPA requirement?
    1. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 3.00 (A=4.00) on the most recent 60 semester hours of undergraduate coursework.
    2. Applicants may be conditionally admitted with a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a grade point average of 2.75 to 2.99 in a 4.0 scale on the most recent 60 semester hours of undergraduate course work.
    1. What are the bachelor education requirements to apply?
      ProgramBachelor education requirements to apply
      Construction Management Construction Management, Architecture, Civil Engineering or related field. Experienced professionals without a related degree, but with at least two years of related experience may also apply. Students without a related bachelors degree or at least two years of professional related experience may need to take additional undergraduate leveling courses.
      Engineering Technology - Mechanical Engineering Technology track The majority of applicants that successfully complete this track hold a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical/Bio-Engineering/Materials/Systems Engineering or Engineering Technology. Applicants with other relevant degrees such as Physics and Mathematics may be required to take background leveling courses.
      Engineering Technology - Network Communications track The majority of applicants that successfully complete this track hold a Bachelor's degree in Electrical/Computer/Mechanical/Aeronautical/Chemical/Systems Engineering or Engineering Technology as well as Business Management's Management Information Systems Programs.
      Engineering Technology - Biotechnology track The majority of applicants that successfully complete this track hold a Bachelor's degree in Biology/Biochemistry/Chemistry/Chemical Engineering/Environmental Engineering/Computer Sciences and related disciplines.
      Foresight All undergraduate degrees are relevant and applicable to the FSC field.
      Global Retailing All undergraduate degrees are relevant and applicable to the GR field.
      Human Resource Development All undergraduate degrees are relevant and applicable to the HRD field.
      Information System Security Bachelor of Science degree in a computing discipline, such as Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Information Technology, Management Information Systems, electrical & Computing Engineering
      Supply Chain and Logistics Technology Bachelor of Science degree in a supply chain, logistics, transportation, international commerce, industrial distribution, or related discipline
      Technology Project Management Bachelor of Science degree in a discipline related to the Directed Study Area in which they will specialize during the TPM program
    2. I have applied, when can I expect an admission decision?
      1. We want to partner with you for smooth and efficient application processing. The earlier you submit all of your application materials, the earlier you will receive an admission decision. Application Timeline:
      ActionApproximate time; actual times can vary
      For the College to receive an application submitted on-line One to two business days from submission.
      To receive payment submitted in the on-line application Three to four business days from submission.
      To receive official test scores Two weeks once requested.
      For evaluation of official International transcripts (mark sheets and degree certificate) Two to three weeks. Peak periods take approximately six to eight weeks.
      Once the application is complete and has been forwarded for an admission decision. Four weeks.
      I-20 processing once an admission offer has been made, assumes I-20 supporting documents have been received. Seven to ten business days once I-20 processing has begun for the semester.
      I-20 mailing Standard mailing times vary. Please expect approximately 36 days.
    3. How Can I find out if I have been admitted quickly?
      1. The earlier you submit your application and all supporting documents, the earlier you will receive an admission decision. We continually review applications through the year.
    4. What is the difference between conditional and unconditional admission?
      1. All applicants are required to submit the same application materials. Conditional and unconditional refers to how the admission committee has admitted a student. Conditionally admitted students are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA within the first 12 credit hours of study in addition to any other items identified on a case by case basis. International students may not be conditionally admitted.
    5. How long will it take to complete a Master's degree?
      1. Graduate programs in the College of Technology are designed to be completed in two years attending full time. Students may also attend part time, however the program will take longer to complete.
    6. I would like to accept the admission decision, but I want to attend in a future semester. What are the steps to defer admission?
      1. Timeline
        1. Admission applications submitted to the college will be considered for up to one year. This means if you apply in the fall, your application will remain active fall and spring. If you wish to be considered for the following fall you will need to reapply. The timeline is based on application submission term.
      2. How to defer
        1. International applicants
          1. Once an admission decision has been made, an application cannot be deferred. Applicants will need to re-submit an application, application fee and follow up. Supporting documents can be reused for up to one year.
        2. Domestic applicants
          1. Identify your interest in deferring your admission decision to the graduate advisor.

    Current Graduate Students

    1. What kind of funding is available?
      1. Students may apply for scholarships as well as assistantships.
        1. College of Technology Scholarships
        2. University Scholarships
    2. How do I apply for an assistantship?
      1. To apply for an assistantship with the college, please submit a resume and the application to the ASC (room 108 Technology 1 Building).
    3. What is an approved GTF position?
      1. Please see this link for employment restrictions.
    4. Once I have been hired in an approved GTF position, what forms do I need to submit?
      1. To be considered for GTF Funding, please submit the application by the stated deadlines. Only complete forms will be accepted.
    5. Can I receive GTF while enrolled part time?
      1. With approval you may be funded if you are enrolled in less than 9 credits in your final semester. To do so, you need to submit the following items:
        1. RCL form (International students only)
        2. Apply to graduate.
        3. An approved Graduate Petition requesting to be considered to recieve GTF benefits when enrolled part time in a final semester.
    6. I have been hired in an approved GTF position, but I missed the application deadline. Can I receive benefits?
      1. No.
    7. How do I transfer credit?
      1. Considerations:
        1. Credit can be no more than 5 years old at the time you will be completing your degree.
        2. Only courses with a grade of B or better will be considered.
        3. A maximum of 9 approved graduate credits may be transferred.
        4. An official transcript from the institution where the requested credit was earned indicating a completed grade must be on file.
      2. To request transfer credit from an external institution, please complete a Graduate Petition: (one for each course you wish to transfer)
        1. To request transfer credit, choose #9.
        2. In the Explanation section please identify the following points
          1. The course subject, number (XXX ####) and title you wish to transfer
          2. When the course was taken
          3. Where the course was taken
          4. The number of credits the course is worth
          5. How the credit should be applied
        3. Attach a course description.
        4. Attach a copy of the transcript
    8. How do I request elective credit?
      1. To request credit for an elective that is not on the pre-approved list, please complete a Graduate Petition:
        1. To request elective credit, choose #5.
        2. In the Explanation section please identify the following points
          1. The course subject, number (XXX ####) and title
          2. Request elective credit
            1. Example: "Request TEPM 6301 Project Management Principles to count as an elective."
        3. Attach the course syllabus to be considered as an elective
    9. How do I request a course substitution?
      1. To request a course substitution, please complete a Graduate Petition:
        1. To request a substitution, choose #5.
        2. In the Explanation section please identify the following points
          1. The course subject, number (XXX ####) and title
          2. Identify a request to substitute course subject, number (XXX ####) and title
            1. Example: "Request TEPM 6301 Project Management Principles to substitute HDCS 6331 Advanced Strategies for Futures Planning."
        3. Attach the course syllabus for the course to be used as a substitute
    10. I am interested in taking a Special Problems course, what do I need to do?
      1. Special Problems courses are for-credit courses that involve independent study on the part of a student, guided by a faculty member in the College of Technology. Such courses require that the student discuss the possibility of undertaking this work thoroughly with the prospective instructor well in advance of the semester in which the project/paper is to be done. The student should approach the instructor with a topic and research method already in mind, in writing, with the understanding that the instructor has the option to decline participation
      2. To document course content (REQUIRED):
        1. Complete a Graduate Petition:
          1. Select box 10. Special problems course request
          2. In the Explanation of request section indicate:
            1. Course description
            2. Instructor
            3. A short description of work to be done
            4. A short description of how the work will be graded (e.g., report submission, presentation, test, etc.)
      3. Note, without an approved petition on file, you will not receive credit toward your degree plan.
      1. Which elective courses are preapproved for my major?
        ProgramElective Options
        Construction Management Please see your faculty advisor for assistance with course selection.
        Engineering Technology - Mechanical Engineering Technology track Please see your faculty advisor for assistance picking electives.
        Engineering Technology - Network Communications track ELET courses; please see your faculty advisor for assistance picking electives.
        Engineering Technology - Systems Control Technology track ELET courses; please see your faculty advisor for assistance picking electives.
        Foresight Please see your faculty advisor for assistance with your degree plan.
        Human Resource Development Graduate level HRD and HDCS courses.
        Information System Security Graduate level CIS courses; please see your faculty advisor for assistance picking electives.
        Supply Chain and Logistics Technology List of approved electives
        Technology Project Management List of approved electives
      2. I would like to take a leave of absence (LOA), what do I need to do?
        1. The university no longer requires continuous enrollment fall and spring semesters for graduate students. However, if you are not enrolled for a period of 13 months or longer, when you return, you will need to request to be reinstated and you will need to move to a new degree plan, if applicable.
        2. Even with an approved LOA, you are required to complete the program within five years. Five years is counted from the first course you took that will count toward program completion.
        3. Please note that this policy describes the academic policy; visa restrictions may prohibit students from an LOA.
      3. I am ready to return after a leave of absence (LOA), what do I need to do?
        1. If you have been on an LOA for less than 13 months, you may register on-line for classes and resume your study.
        2. If you have been on an LOA for 13 or more months, you will need to:
          1. Complete a Graduate Petition:
            1. Select box 7.
            2. In the explanation section:
              1. Request term activation
              2. Identify additional information you would like considered in reference to your request including, but not limited to, your reason for the LOA as well as your interest in returning.
          2. You will need to contact a graduate advisor to draft a new degree plan, if applicable.
      4. How long do I have to complete my degree?
        1. Five years as counted from the first course you took that will count toward program completion.
      5. I would like to graduate, what do I need to do?
        1. Apply to graduate.
        2. Meet degree requirements
        3. Be enrolled in the semester you have applied to graduate. Completing an "I" grade does not count as current enrollment.
      6. I am an International student on an F-1 visa, can I attend part time in my final semester?
        1. Student may request an RCL. The student must:
          1. Submit an RCL form
          2. Students may not route RCL forms themselves. RCL forms must be submitted to a Graduate Advisor in the ASC for routing.
          3. Apply to graduate online through PeopleSoft
        2. Important notes:
          1. RCL requests will not be processed without an active application to graduate
          2. Allow six weeks for RCL processing
          3. The College of Technology does not approve 2nd RCL requests without an approved Graduate Petition. Criteria for an approved petition include one of two scenarios: 1. Circumstances beyond your control (i.e. hurricane, cancer) or 2. Award winning, exceptional research.