The Hobby School uses a holistic approach to its admissions process, considering various aspects of each application received, including a candidate’s academic background, personal and professional experience and community work. The application review process considers a candidate’s passion for public service and commitment to making a greater impact through solving complex problems.
Beginning in Spring 2023, the GRE is not required for applicants with a 3.3 or higher undergraduate GPA or if an applicant has completed a master's or doctoral degree. All other applicants are required to complete the GRE.
The GRE will be used as a factor in determining scholarship funding, so applicants eligible for a GRE waiver are still encouraged to complete the exam.
The Hobby School uses a holistic approach to its admissions process, considering various aspects of each application received. Although the GRE is an essential component of the application, no minimum scores are required. GRE scores will only be accepted if the exam was completed within the past five years of the application submission.
Spring 2024 and Fall 2024 Admissions
The Spring 2024 priority deadline for domestic and international applicants is October 15, 2023. The Spring 2024 application deadline for international applicants is November 1, 2023, and for domestic applicants is December 1, 2023.
The Fall 2024 priority deadline for domestic and international applicants is March 1, 2024. The Fall 2024 application deadline for international applicants is June 15, 2024, and for domestic applicants is August 1, 2024.
International applicants should visit the UH Graduate School's International Students page for more detailed information regarding transcripts, English language proficiency requirements and visa procedures.
- Domestic application fee: $50
- International application fee: $80
How to Apply
The UH Graduate School Application is completed entirely online.
Please follow these steps to complete your application:
1. Go to ApplyWeb, and click "Create Your Account." Fill in the requested fields to create an account.
2. Check your email for a message from firstname.lastname@example.org. Click on the link in the message to activate your account, and log in to ApplyWeb.
3. Click "Online Application," and enter the requested personal information.
4. For "Program Choice," select the type of program and the requested term.
5. Enter your complete academic history.
Submit your official transcripts via one of these options. Electronic transcripts is the preferred method for Texas academic institutions.
Submitting official transcripts ASAP in the application process is strongly recommended. Unofficial transcripts refer to anything not received directly from an academic institution. Registration is not allowed until official transcripts have been received and verified.
International transcripts and degree certificates must be sealed and stamped by the issuing university. For more information on submitting transcripts for international applicants, visit the UH Graduate School's Transcript Information page.
Do not mail or drop off your transcripts to the Hobby School.
|Regular Mail Address||Express Mail Address||Electronic or Speede Transcript|
|University of Houston
P.O. Box 3947
Houston, TX 77253-3947
|University of Houston Graduate Admissions
5000 Gulf Freeway
UH Technology Bridge
Building No. 3, Rm. 170
Houston, TX 77204-2105
The fastest way to send your college transcripts is electronically. We strongly recommend that you inquire at your previous institution about this option.
Within the State of Texas, transcripts may be sent from your previous institution as a "Speede" transcript. For non-Texas institutions, electronic transcripts can be delivered via secured email to email@example.com from the academic institution.
6. Enter your GRE test information, if applicable.
Beginning in Spring 2023, the GRE is not required for applicants with a 3.3 or higher undergraduate GPA or if an applicant has completed a master's or doctoral degree.
7. Submit two letters of recommendation.
Letters of recommendation are gathered electronically. Applicants will be asked to provide the email addresses of two references, preferably from a professional contact and the other from an academic reference. However, the recommenders can be either professional or academic.
Once the application is complete, the selected references will receive an email providing instructions to upload their letters of recommendation.
8. Submit a statement of purpose, resume, and answer any supplemental questions if asked.
The statement of purpose explains why the applicant wants to pursue the advanced degree and why the applicant would be a good candidate for the program. This document should be between 1-2 pages
9. Enter awards and work experience.
10. Enter external scholarships and financial support information.
11. Enter citizenship, demographics, Texas residency questionnaire, and mandatory questions.
12. Complete the "Certificate of Information" page.
13. Submit the application.
14. Pay the application fee.
15. Track your application status using your ApplyWeb account, and check items still needed for admission review.
Please contact Scott Mason (firstname.lastname@example.org; 713-743-5572) if you have questions concerning your application.
The University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs Master of Public Policy will actively prepare graduates for professions by providing a leading-edge education encompassing policy and political analysis, ethics, quantitative analysis, and the development and implementation of leadership skills with a focus on real-world solutions. Students will be prepared through in-class education and meaningful experiential learning opportunities in the diverse city of Houston and beyond. Our students will demonstrate integrity, cross-disciplinary competence, strong communication skills, and a commitment to diversity.