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Official Test Scores

The University of Houston Graduate School requires official test scores for admissions. The College of Education requires the Graduate Records Examinations (GRE) for domestic and international applicants directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). International applicants must demonstrate proficency in English to obtain admission to the University, which can be satisfied by receiving a baccalaureate degree from a regionally U.S. accredited institution, at an institution at which English is the medium of instruction in certain countries or official submission of scores for TOEFL, IELTS or LLC.

The College of Education cannot consider test scores more than five (5) years old on the date of the application for admission to any graduate program.

Graduate Records Examination (GRE)

While there are no minimal guidelines for scores for admission, applicants should complete the examination recognizing their performance on the GRE will be one of the criteria carefully considered by the admission committee. GRE scores must be received directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS) to the University. (School Code: 6870)

Applicants to a graduate program who hold a terminal doctoral degree, including MD, JD or PhD, from this or any other regionally accredited domestic institution are not required to submit GRE results as part of their application (UH Graduate Admission Policy). Applicants holding a terminal doctoral degree outside the United States are subject to review by the UH Graduate School before a waiver of GRE will be granted.

GRE Waiver Options

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

The minimum TOEFL score required is 79 or higher for the internet-based test (iBT). The minimum TOEFL score for the paper-based (pBT) exam is 550 or higher. TOEFL scores must be received directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS) to the University. (School Code: 6870)

International English Language Testing Service (IELTS)

The minimum IELTS score required is an overall band score of a 6.5 or higher. The testing agency should mail the official results directly to the University. (School Code: 6870)

Pearson  Test of English (PTE)

The overall score must be 53 or higher. The testing agency should mail the official results directly to the University. (School Code: 6870)

UH Language and Culture Center (LCC)

Completion of Level 6 of the University of Houston's Language and Culture Center, which formal approval from the office must be provided to the University.