How to Apply as a Graduate Student

How to Apply to UHCL as a Graduate Student

It’s time to submit your application to University of Houston-Clear Lake and get the next phase of your education under way. We are honored that you’ve selected our school as the location for your graduate studies, so we want to do everything possible to ensure a smooth and successful application process.

Once all of the required official documents are received, an admission decision will be made and you will be notified in writing. Each academic school has a different admission review process including varying review schedules. For questions about admissions requirements or procedures, contact the Enrollment Management Counselor for your academic college.

We look forward to receiving your application for your graduate studies here at UHCL.

Graduate Admission Deadlines

Semesters Session Begin Dates New Degree Seeking Applicants Former/Non-degree seeking/Certificate
Graduate Students* - Priority Deadline
Former/Non-degree seeking/Certificate Graduate
Students* - Final Deadline
Spring 2017 Jan. 17 Dec. 1 (Extended to Jan. 17) Jan. 5 Jan. 17
Summer 2017 June 5 May 1 May 22 June 5
Fall 2017 Aug. 28 Aug. 1 Aug. 14 Aug. 28
Spring 2018 Jan. 16 Dec. 1   Jan. 16
Applicants who apply during Jan. 5-17, 2017 must submit ALL documents together. Graduate test scores are required to be sent by the testing center.

*You may have to go through late registration with a $50 late registration fee

Special Admission Deadlines and Requirements

  College of Business
 

  • Accounting M.S.
  • Admission Deadline

    Standard Graduate Admission Deadline

  • Application
    A standard university application is required.
  • Requirements

    Criteria that require submission of a standardized test score: Less than 3.000 cumulative GPA on the last 60 hours of coursework (3.000 GPA preferred on the last 60 hours of coursework) and submission of GMAT score.

    Criteria that waive a standardized test requirement:

    • 3.000 cumulative GPA on upper division courses at UHCL (minimum of 24 hours required) and a 3.000 GPA on upper division accounting courses at UHCL (minimum of 12 hours required) -OR-
    • Earned a graduate degree in business from an AACSB accredited university or a Ph.D., M.D., Ed.D., D.D.S., or J.D. from an accredited U.S. institution. (or U.S. licensure).

  • Finance M.S.
  • Admission Deadline

    Standard Graduate Admission Deadline

  • Application
    A standard university application is required.
  • Requirements

    Criteria that require submission of a standardized test score:Less than 3.250 cumulative GPA on the last 60 hours of coursework in Accounting, Finance, Economics, or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics fields) and submission of GMAT score.

    Criteria that waive a standardized test requirement:

    • 3.250 cumulative GPA on the last 60 hours of coursework in Accounting, Finance, Economics, or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics fields) and Earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a country where English is the native language. -OR-
    • Earned a graduate or professional degree from a country where English is the native language or a Ph.D., M.D., Ed.D., D.D.S. or J.D. from accredited U.S. institution (or U.S. licensure)

  • MBA, MHA*, MHA/MBA*, MA-HRM, MS-Envr Mgmt
  • Admission Deadline

    Standard Graduate Admission Deadline

  • Application
    A standard university application is required.
  • Requirements

    Criteria that require submission of a standardized test score: Less than 3.000 cumulative GPA on the last 60 hours of coursework and submission of GMAT score (GRE acceptable for MHA, HRM and ENVR MGMT)

    Criteria that waive a standardized test requirement:

    • 3.000 cumulative GPA on the last 60 hours of coursework and Earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a country where English is the native language -OR-
    • Earned a graduate degree or professional degree from a country where English is the native language or a Ph.D., M.D., Ed.D., D.D.S. or J.D. from accredited U.S. institution (or U.S. licensure)
*Applications for the MHA and MHA/MBA must also submit (1) 3 letters of recommendation; (2) current resume; and (3) statement of career goals

  • Management Information Systems M.S.
  • Admission Deadline

    Standard Graduate Admission Deadline

  • Application
    A standard university application is required.
  • Requirements

    Criteria that require submission of a standardized test score:Less than 3.000 cumulative GPA on the last 60 hours of coursework (3.000 GPA preferred on the last 60 hours of coursework) and of GMAT score (GRE acceptable for MIS)

    Criteria that waive a standardized test requirement:

    • Earned a graduate degree in business from an AACSB-accredited university or a Ph.D., M.D., Ed.D., D.D.S. or J.D. from accredited U.S. institution (or U.S. licensure)

  College of Human Sciences and Humanities
 

  • Clinical Psychology M.A.
  • Admission Deadline

    Dec. 10- Jan. 25

  • Application

    Step 1: Apply online for admission to the University of Houston-Clear Lake as a graduate student.
    Step 2: Apply online to the Clinical Psychology Program before January 25.

  • Prerequisites
    Graduate admission to the university. The program requires five prerequisite undergraduate psychology courses (15 hours): Introductory Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Social Psychology, Theories of Personality and one (3 additional hours) of upper-level psychology. Preference is given to applicants with all prerequisites completed.
  • Requirements
    • Submit GRE scores (not more than 5 years old) through the standard reporting procedures.
    • Submit official transcripts from all institutions attended.
    The following two documents must be uploaded to your UHCL E-Services account (assigned after you have completed the ApplyTexas online application):
    • Curriculum Vitae: An expanded résumé describing previous education; all work experience; relevant course work and relevant volunteer activities; any honors, presentations, papers, avocations or other relevant life experiences
    • Statement of purpose and goals, not to exceed 2 pages single-spaced, describing your reasons for wanting this degree and how it fits into career goals.

    Three (3) letters of recommendation and recommendation forms (found on program homepage) should be submitted directly by the person making the
    recommendation to clinicalschool@uhcl.edu. Recommendations from academic faculty and/or work supervisors who know you well are especially preferred. 

    In addition to the university application fee, there is an additional application fee of $35 for the Clinical Psychology application. Make check payable to "University of Houston-Clear Lake" and send it to:

    Clinical Psychology Program Applications
    University of Houston-Clear Lake
    2700 Bay Area Blvd., Box 73
    Houston, TX 77058

  • Behavior Analysis M.A.
  • Admission Deadline

    Fall Only: Jan. 5

  • Application
    Both university and program applications are required.
  • Requirements

    • The following two documents must be uploaded to your UHCL E-Services account (assigned after you have completed the ApplyTexas online application):

    1. Curriculum Vitae: An expanded résumé describing previous education; all work experience; relevant course work and relevant volunteer activities; any honors, presentations, papers, avocations or other relevant life experiences.
    2. Statement of purpose and goals, not to exceed 1,000 words, describing your reasons for wanting this degree and how it fits into career goals.

    • Two letters of recommendation, preferably at least one from an academic source, should be submitted directly by the recommenders to behavioranalysis@uhcl.edu. No form is required. Recommendations from academic faculty and/or work supervisors who know you well are especially appreciated.

  • Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate
  • Admission Deadline

    Fall: March 1
    Spring: Oct. 1

  • Application
    Both university and program applications are required.
  • Requirements

    • The following two documents must be uploaded to your UHCL E-Services account (assigned after you have completed the ApplyTexas online application):
    1) Curriculum Vitae: An expanded résumé describing previous education; all work experience; relevant course work and relevant volunteer activities; any honors, presentations, papers, avocations or other relevant life experiences.
    2) Statement of purpose and goals, not to exceed 1,000 words, describing your reasons for wanting this degree and how it fits into career goals.

    • Two letters of recommendation, preferably at least one from an academic source, should be submitted directly by the recommenders to behavioranalysis@uhcl.edu. No form is required. Recommendations from academic faculty and/or work supervisors who know you well are especially appreciated.

  • Digital Media Studies
  • Admission Deadline

    Fall: Jan. 15 - March 31
    Spring: Aug. 15 - Oct. 15- Extended to Dec. 1

  • Application
    A standard university application is required.
  • Requirements
    You are expected to have had courses in Graphic Design, Digital Photography, Media Writing and Web Design. If you feel you have the experience to waive the entrance requirements, please submit a portfolio to the Digital Media Studies Program Director along with a detailed description of their skills and experience.

    You must also submit a "Statement of Purpose" describing previous education, work experience, and relevant coursework. Include why you are interested in Digital Media and why you are interested in our program. Please also tell us which track (Gaming, Production Design or Public Relations & Social Media) that you would like to pursue. Include any additional information you would like us to know. The statement should be no more than 800 words. Send the statement with a resume and a portfolio of previous work directly to the DMST Program Director:

    Leo Chan Ph.D.
    Digital Media Studies Master's Program
    University of Houston-Clear Lake
    Bayou Building 1508.18 Box 10
    2700 Bay Area Blvd.
    Houston, TX 77058

  • Doctor of Psychology in Health Services Psychology
  • Admission Deadline

    Fall: Dec. 15

  • Application
    A program and university application are required.
  • Requirements
    • Specialist or Master's degree in School Psychology, or Master's degree in Clinical Psychology, or related field, and
    • GPA of 3.4 or higher, and
    • Score of 300 or higher on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), with a minimum score of 3.5 in Analytical Writing, and Research evidence/potential (publication, thesis, formal research project, participation in research).
    • Application to the program requires the general test of the GRE.
    • A current curriculum vitae
    • A Statement of Purpose that provides the applicant's reasons for pursuing this degree and how it fits into his or her career goals. The Statement of Purpose (not to exceed 2 pages, single spaced) includes the following:
    1. Research and clinical/school psychology experience and interestsOther relevant experiences (i.e., volunteer)
    2. Post-graduation professional goals
    3. A list of program faculty with whom the applicant would like to work and why
    • Three (3) Recommendations for Applicant Admission. Each writer must complete the recommendation form and submit a separate letter.
    • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended (except University of Houston-Clear Lake transcripts, which will be generated internally). These transcripts are in addition to the official transcripts sent directly to the university Admissions office.

    After initial review of the application materials (application, recommendations, and supplemental material) an admissions committee will invite selected applicants to campus for an interview. Interviews will be scheduled for January 2017. Applicants will be notified of their program admission status by April 15, 2017.

  • Industrial Organizational Psychology M.A.
  • Admission Deadline

    Fall Only: Dec. 10 - February 28

  • Application
    A standard university application is required. (Apply to I/O, not Psychology)
  • Requirements
    • GPA over the last 60 hours will be at least a 3.0. Submit official transcripts from all institutions attended. Courses taken more than five years ago will not count.
    • GRE scores will be: Verbal score of at least 146 and a Quantitative score of at least 146. The scores cannot be more than five years old.

    Coursework Requirement

    • must have at least 12 hours of upper level undergraduate courses consisting of 3 hours of Introduction to Statistics and
    • 9 hours of any combination of Psychology, Management, Sociology, or Anthropology
    • If some of these courses have not been taken, you are still eligible to apply if all other expected requirements are met, but would be required to take these prerequisite classes while enrolled.

    CV/resume: describe your previous education, work experience, relevant coursework, relevant volunteer activities, any honors, published papers or other relevant life experiences. You must upload an updated resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) to your E-Services account.

    Statement of Purpose: include why you are interested in I/O Psychology in general, and why you are interested in our program at UHCL. Include any additional information that you think relevant that will help us to know you better. You must upload a personal statement of 1000 words, or less, to your E-Services account.

  College of Education
 

  • Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Admission Deadline

    Fall Only: June 15

  • Application
    Both university and program applications are required.
  • Special Requirements
    • Resume
    • Master's Degree from an Accredited Institution
    • A combined score of 297 on the Verbal and Quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination. (GRE) and a minimum score of 4.0 on the Analytical Writing portion of the GRE. The GRE must have been taken within the last five years.
    • Letter of Intent - The Letter of Intent, not to exceed 1000 words, should explain why you wish to pursue doctoral-level work in Educational Leadership. Discuss the following topics: your career goals; your research interests as they relate to education; how the program will help you meet your career goals and pursue your research interests. You should also discuss your scholarly and professional accomplishments and your prior work experiences that relate to your interest in, and aptitude for, the graduate program. Focus on your future and how the degree will help you accomplish your long-term goals. Please do not include how you got into the field of education.

      Please structure your letter as follows:

      Paragraph I – Why do you wish to pursue a doctoral-level degree?
      Paragraph 2 – What are your career goals and how will this degree help you accomplish your long-term goals?
      Paragraph 3 – What are your research interests as they relate to education?
      Paragraph 4 – What are your scholarly and professional accomplishments as they relate to education?
      Paragraph 5 – How does your prior work experience relate to your interest in the doctoral program?

    • Three reference forms- At least one reference must be from a supervisor or other administrator familiar with the applicant's work. If possible, at least one of the Reference Forms should be from a professor involved in the applicant's master's program.
    • A statement made by the applicant's employer indicating support of the applicant's pursuit of the EdD and willingness to allow EdD fieldwork within the organization should the applicant be admitted to the program. This support must include a degree of work schedule flexibility in order to attend classes and conduct research.

  • Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership
  • Admission Deadline

    Fall:May 4

  • Application
    Both university and program applications are required.
  • Special Requirements
    • Resume
    • Master's Degree from an Accredited Institution
    • A combined score of 297 on the Verbal and Quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination. (GRE) and a minimum score of 4.0 on the Analytical Writing portion of the GRE. The GRE must have been taken within the last five years.
    • Letter of Intent - The Letter of Intent, not to exceed 1000 words, should explain why you wish to pursue doctoral-level work in Educational Leadership. Discuss the following topics: your career goals; your research interests as they relate to education; how the program will help you meet your career goals and pursue your research interests. You should also discuss your scholarly and professional accomplishments and your prior work experiences that relate to your interest in, and aptitude for, the graduate program. Focus on your future and how the degree will help you accomplish your long-term goals. Please do not include how you got into the field of education.

      Please structure your letter as follows:

      Paragraph I – Why do you wish to pursue a doctoral-level degree in Education Leadership?
      Paragraph 2 – What are your career goals and how will this degree help you accomplish your long-term goals?
      Paragraph 3 – What are your research interests as they relate to education?
      Paragraph 4 – What are your scholarly and professional accomplishments as they relate to your educational leadership?
      Paragraph 5 – How does your prior work experience relate to your interest in the doctoral program focusing on educational leadership?

    • Three reference forms- At least one reference must be from a supervisor or other administrator familiar with the applicant's work. If possible, at least one of the Reference Forms should be from a professor involved in the applicant's master's program.
    • A statement made by the applicant's employer indicating support of the applicant's pursuit of the EdD and willingness to allow EdD fieldwork within the organization should the applicant be admitted to the program. This support must include a degree of work schedule flexibility in order to attend classes and conduct research.

  • Counseling M.S.
  • Admission Deadline

    Fall: March 1
    Spring: Sept. 1

  • Application
    Both university and program applications are required.
  • Requirements
    • Submit GRE scores (less than 5 years old) the Office of Admissions)
    • Signed FERPA form
    • Certificate of completion of online TEA Ethics Training  
    • Texas Teacher Service Record
    • Texas Teacher Certificate (Standard)

  College of Science and Engineering
 

  • Environmental Science M.S.
  • Admission Deadline

    Standard Graduate Admission Deadline

  • Application
    A standard university application is required.
  • Requirements
    • 3.0 GPA
    • 290 GRE (150 Quantitative, 140 Verbal)
    A GPA of 3.0 or higher on the applicant’s last 60 hours of college credit is preferred, but a somewhat lower GPA may be accepted by some faculty committees, if the other criteria are favorable.

    Environmental Science also requires a personal statement outlining academic background, academic and career goals, and declaration of a specialization under the Environmental Science degree plan. Two letters of recommendation are suggested, but not required. Students should submit a written statement to the College of Science and Engineering Academic Advising Office (cseadvising@uhcl.edu).

  • Engineering Management M.S.
  • Admission Deadline

    Standard Graduate Admission Deadline

  • Application
    A standard university application is required.
  • Requirements
    • A resume summarizing the applicant's career objectives and professional experience.
    • Three letters of recommendation from current or former academic advisers or work supervisors.

The Graduate Student Application Process at UHCL

1) Know Your Deadlines

  • Visit ApplyTexas.org to complete your online application to UHCL.
  • Some programs have special applications procedures, so you will need to submit the correct documentation outline by the college offering your graduate program.
  • If you are planning to enroll in a UHCL program that is taught off-campus or online, you should select the program on the application that includes your preferred campus location (e.g. HSH–Nursing RN-BSN-Pearland); or, you may also choose the online option (e.g. BUS-Finance MS-Online).
  • It is important to select the correct program so you receive important information relating to your chosen campus and to maintain accurate enrollment records.
  • Please note: selecting off-campus or online programs will not prevent you from enrolling in additional courses at the Clear Lake campus.

2) Pay the Application Fee

We require that you pay a non-refundable application fee:

  • Standard graduate application fee- $45.00
  • Doctoral students-$105.00
  • International students-$75.00
  • Doctoral international students-$135.00

You can pay online through ApplyTexas.org or through E-Services using your institution-issued student ID.

3) Send Your Transcripts

Degree seeking students should submit official transcripts from every college or university attended to the Office of Admissions. These should be sent to UHCL electronically from the universities you attended.

  • Master’s applicants should submit transcripts showing an earned bachelor’s degree.
  • Doctoral applicants should provide transcripts showing an earned master’s degree.
  • While we prefer electronic transmission of transcripts, you may also mail or hand-deliver transcripts to:

Office of Admissions
University of Houston-Clear Lake
2700 Bay Area Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77058

  • Transcripts must be in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution, and must be printed no more than 60 days prior to receipt by UHCL Admissions.
  • Some programs may also require the submission of official transcripts to the department of your degree program. International students should see International Admissions for additional requirements.

4) Send Your Scores

  • Official GMAT, GRE or MAT scores must be submitted as required by the department of your degree program. Please see the catalog and/or website for the required scores.
  • Scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. Test scores should not be more than five years old. Before submitting a test score, determine if you qualify for a graduate test score exemptions.
  • If you were born or educated in a country where English is not the native language, you must demonstrate English proficiency prior to admission. You can meet this requirement by taking the paper or internet TOEFL exam, Intensive English Language Test (IELTS) exam, Pearson Test of English (PTE), or by successfully completing the ELS Intensive English Language program.
      • Your minimum scores must be:
          • 550 on the paper-based TOEFL exam;
          • 79 on the TOEFL (iBT) exam;
          • 6.0 on the IELTS exam;
          • 53 on the PTE exam; or,
          • You can successfully complete level 112 in the ELS Intensive English Language program.
  • Your scores cannot be more than two years old, and only those received directly from the testing center will be accepted.
  • You can also review the New Student Information section in our online or paper catalog to determine if you qualify for a waiver of this requirement.
Contact
  • Office of Admissions

    Phone: 281-283-2500
    Fax: 281-283-2522
    Email: admissions@uhcl.edu

    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 13
    Houston, TX 77058-1002

    Office hours:
    Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.