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Admissions and Academic Planning


The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences sets minimum program and admissions regulations that must be fulfilled by all graduate students. Individual departments may have additional special requirements.

Master's Programs

  • Applicants must have earned a bachelor's degree from an institution accredited by one of the six regional accrediting associations. The Ministry of Education or another appropriate agency of the country in which the institution is located must recognize foreign institutions not accredited by U.S. accrediting agencies.
  • The University reserves the right to evaluate foreign credentials. In most cases, these evaluations will follow nationally accepted standard practices and will rely on standard references such as those from the World Education Series published by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Offices
  • Students transferring from another graduate school must have at least a 3.00 (A=4.00) grade point average on all attempted graduate courses.

Doctoral Programs

  • Applicants should have earned a master’s degree or completed 30 hours of graduate work. Some programs allow entrance into doctoral studies directly from the bachelor’s degree for qualified students; consult the individual program websites for more information.
  • Students must have maintained a minimum grade point average of 3.00(A=4.00).
  • Prospective students should obtain specific requirements for admissions to doctoral programs by contacting directly the department to which they wish to apply.

Test Scores

  • All applicants must submit official scores for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) in order to be considered for admission. GRE scores should be sent directly by the testing agency to UH. Refer to the program's website for test score requirements. 
  • Use school code 6870for reporting GRE and/or TOEFL scores.

English Proficiency Requirement

  • All graduate applicants, regardless of citizenship status, must demonstrate proficiency in English to obtain admission to the university. To fulfill this requirement, applicants must satisfy one of the following criteria:
    • Baccalaureate degree earned from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or at an institution at which English in the medium of instruction in the following countries: Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the Bahamas, Belize, the British Isles, Fiji, Jamaica, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Trinidad, the Virgin Islands, the West Indies, Zimbabwe, and English-speaking Canadian Provinces
    • Present a score of 550 (213 on the computer- based exam) or better on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Departments may require a higher minimum TOEFL or IELTS score where previous experience and demands of the discipline warrant it. Admission materials contain details on this requirement.

* The Associate Vice President for Graduate and Professional Studies may make exceptions to the above upon recommendation from the dean of the college of the student's major. Graduate students whose English proficiency is judged inadequate by the department or college may be denied permission to continue work on graduate degrees.

Additional Information

Additional departmental admission requirements

Advising/Academics and Enrollment Links

List of Graduate Advisors

Department Advisor Phone Location
Anthropology Dr. Rebecca Storey (713) 743-3780    233 M
Communication, School of Prof. Suzanne Buck (713) 743-2874 101 COMM
Communication Sciences and Disorders (713) 743-2897 119 CRS
Economics Amber Pozo (713) 743-3805 208C M
English    Julie Kofford (713) 743-2939 205 C
History Daphyne Pitre (713) 743-3086 524 AH
Health and Human Performance Lauren Abbott (713) 743-0571 104B GAR
Philosophy    Prof. Justin Coates (713) 743-3010 516 AH
Political Science Ebony Cockrell (713) 743-0872 447 PGH
Psychology Linda Canales (713) 743-8395
Public Administration    Prof. Toshiyuki Yuasa (713) 743-3931 312 PGH
Sociology Prof. Stella Grigorian (713) 743-3940 450 PGH
Spanish Elizabeth Goodin-Mayeda (713) 743-8350 415 AH
World Cultures and Literature Prof. Alessandro Carrera (713) 743-3069 418 AH

Admission Deadlines

For admission deadlines, please consult the department to which you plan to apply.