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Master's Degree in World Cultures and Literatures

Requirements for Admission

  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA in last 60 hrs.
  • Satisfactory GRE scores (Important: The MCL Department will not require the GRE for Spring 2021, Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 admissions.)
  • Major in target language

Provisional Admission

  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA in last 60 hrs.
  • Satisfactory GRE scores (Important: the MCL Department will not require the GRE for Spring 2021, Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 admissions)
  • Minor in target language and approval of director

Conditional Admission

  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA in last 60 hrs.
  • Satisfactory GRE scores (Important: the MCL Department will not require the GRE for Spring 2021, Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 admissions)
  • high level in target language and some background in target culture and/or literature, with approval of director

Application Process and Materials

Students should submit the following materials to the University of Houston Graduate School. (University of Houston, Graduate Admissions, P.O. Box 3947, Houston, TX 77253-3947).

Admission deadlines are:

  1. For the fall semester: May 20 (international students); June 1 (domestic students)
  2. For the spring semester: October 1 (international students); November 8 (domestic students)

Students who intend to apply must have their papers in order (including their GRE scores) before the deadline. They must also check in advance the following websites: Admissions Contacts and Deadlines and  International Dates and Deadlines (for international students) as deadlines may slightly change from one semester to the next according to the needs of the department and the Graduate School.

  • The online application (CollegeNet)
  • All academic transcripts
  • The GRE general test score (The ETS code for the University of Houston is 6870.)
  • TOEFL score (if required by International Admissions)
  • 2-3 letters of recommendation solicited through CollegeNet
  • Completed departmental application form with student’s statement of intent (500 words) and a brief statement in the target/core language (200 words minimum), especially required for Chinese, French, German and Italian concentrations
  • The Departmental Application form must also be mailed to:

Director of Graduate Studies / WCL
University of Houston
Department of Modern and Classical Languages
612 Agnes Arnold Hall
Houston, TX 77204-3006