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General Requirements


Admission to the MPA program at the University of Houston requires an undergraduate degree* from an accredited college or university with a 3.0 (B) or better grade point average in the last 60 hours of coursework. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores should be sent directly from Educational Testing Services (ETS) to the University of Houston Office of Admissions (GRE code R6870). Your application will not be processed without test scores.

*An applicant (domestic or international) has to be awarded his or her undergraduate degree by the end of the prior spring semester for fall application.

Application Deadline

All required application materials should be sent by:

Spring application deadline:

  • October 15th (Domestic)
  • September 15th (International)

Fall application deadline: 

  • June 15th  (Domestic)
  • March 1st (International)

Application fee

  • Domestic application fee: $50
  • International application fee: $80

How to apply

The University of Houston Graduate School Application procedure is all online. The UH Graduate School uses CollegeNET for your application process. Please visit the website to start the online application process (How to Apply to UH Graduate School). Select the semester to apply by clicking the link. The page provides the basic application instructions to apply to the UH graduate program. At the bottom of the page, there is a button to enter the CollegeNET system: to create a CollegeNET account, to submit an application and to access post-submission functionality.

The following materials will be needed to complete the online application for the UH MPA program.


 MPA specific admission requirements: 

  1. A statement of purpose for pursuing an MPA degree
  2. Three letters of reference (There is no specific form.)
  3. An official transcript from each university attended
  4. A completed application form
  5. A Writing Sample
    • The writing sample can be an essay that was written for a college class or a 5-10 page written document demonstrating your ability to think critically and articulate your ideas in writing.
  6. GRE
    • GRE Waiver/Requirement:
      • The MPA program waives the GRE requirement for an applicant with a 3.3 or higher undergraduate GPA.  

                Official score report from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)*

      • Requesting your official score: ETS GRE website*
      • Exam Schedule: Please check the University of Houston Testing Center or any college near you.  
      • For the UH main campus graduates, please consult this page.
                *The GRE score must be sent directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS) to the University of Houston (UH Code for the GRE is R6870). GRE scores older than 5 years will not be accepted. 

Step 1

Apply through UH CollegeNet.

Three letters of recommendation

Letters of recommendation are gathered electronically. You will be asked to provide email addresses of your references while you are filling out the online application. After you submit the online application, the University of Houston will send the selected references in an email providing the log in instructions for myUH Self Service Center to upload a letter of recommendation.

Step 2 Upload your statement of purpose document via UH CollegeNet.

Step 3

Submit required documents through myUH. You will be able to upload various required and optional documentation.

A statement of purpose for pursuing an MPA degree

Submit your official transcripts to:

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

Step 4

Track your application status using your UH CollegeNet account. You may view items still needed for admission and track your application status.

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