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Fall Deadlines

Fall applications open August 1 each year.

  • January 15: International applicants (all visa types)
  • January 15: U.S. Citizens/U.S. Permanent Residents for financial consideration
  • June 1: U.S. Citizens/U.S. Permanent Residents (final deadline)

Spring Deadlines

Spring applications open May 1 each year.

  • October 1: International applicants (all visa types)
  • October 1: U.S. Citizens/U.S. Permanent Residents

Required Components

  1. UH Graduate School Application via ApplyWeb
  2. Application Fee
    • U.S. Citizens/U.S. Permanent Residents: Waived
    • International Applicants: $80 non-refundable and non-waivable
  3. Official Transcripts: official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended are required.
    • Scanned copies of official transcripts can be uploaded as PDF files by the applicant and may be used to make an admissions decision. Follow these instructions to properly upload your transcript.
    • If admitted, applicants must submit official transcript(s) showing at least undergraduate degree conferral in order to enroll for courses.
  4. Official GRE scores 
    • PhD applicants: GRE optional effective Spring 2021 admissions and all future semesters.
    • MS applicants: GRE optional for Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 admissions only.
    • If you have scores or plan to take the GRE, official scores must be sent by the testing agency to institution code 6870 (department code not needed). Scores older than 5 years are considered expired and not reportable. Visit the ETS GRE score reporting webpage for clarification.
  5. Statement of purpose (maximum one page)
    • For ALL applicants: include a brief description of you, your background, interest in the computer science field, related experience (e.g. professional, teaching, research) and explanation of your motivation for selecting UH.
    • For PhD and MS-thesis applicants: include a statement of the specific UH Computer Science faculty you are interested in work with and why.
    • For PhD and MS-thesis applicants: list 1-3 of your most preferred research area(s) of interest at the top of your personal statement.
  6. Resume or Curriculum Vita
    • This should concisely communicate the remaining criteria on which you will be evaluated such as: industry/professional experience, research experience, professional service (e.g. membership, leadership, mentoring, outreach), professional communications (e.g. publications, research posters, presentations), and awards/honors.
  7. Three (3) recommendations – you can submit the names and emails of your recommenders in the application. A separate email will be sent to your recommenders asking them to complete an online recommendation form and submit a letter.
    • It is preferred that the majority of your recommenders be from academia (i.e. professors).
    • If you participated in undergraduate research, completed an undergraduate thesis, or a masters thesis, then your research advisor/mentor/faculty should be a recommender.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

In addition to the components listed above, international applicants must also submit and/or meet the following requirements.

  1. Official Transcripts – include English translation and grading scale. Refer to the International Transcript Information for country-specific requirements.
  2. English Language Proficiency – to fulfill this requirement, applicants must satisfy one of the following criteria:
    • Baccalaureate degree (or higher) earned from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or at an institution at which English is the medium of instruction in the countries listed here.
    • Official TOEFL scores sent directly by the testing agency to school code 6870.
      • Minimum score required by UH for internet-based = 79
      • Minimum score required by UH for revised paper-based = 20 reading, 20 listening, 20 writing
    • Official IELTS scores mailed directly by the testing agency to UH Graduate Admissions, 4302 University Dr., Room 102, Houston, TX 77204-2012
      • Minimum score required by UH = 6.5 overall
    • Official Duolingo scores 
      • Minimum score required by UH = 105
    • Note: UH Computer Science does not participate in the UH Language and Culture Center.
  3. Scanned copy of passport pages showing full name, date of birth, passport number, expiration date, and photo of the passport holder.
    • This is not required for an admissions decision.
  4. Financial backing – required for F-1 and J-1 visas.
    • This is not required for an admissions decision
    • If admitted, an I-20 will not be printed until suitable financial backing is received.


Acceptance into our graduate program is based on a competitive review of an applicant’s academic background, grades in prerequisite/deficiency/leveling coursework, GRE scores, recommendation letters, resume, and personal statement. If an applicant is weak in one area of the application, but strong in all other areas, it is still possible to be admitted. If all areas are weak, it is not considered competitive. Below are example profiles of competitive applicants:

  • BS degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or other related field
  • 3.0/4.0 or higher cumulative GPA in last 60 hours
  • Grades of B- or higher on ALL prerequisite/deficiency/leveling coursework
  • GRE total of 305 or higher (if applicable)
  • Recommended GRE quantitative of 155 or higher (if applicable)
  • In addition, international applicants are REQUIRED to have a 79 or higher on the TOEFL internet-based test or at least a 6.5 overall on IELTS
  • For Ph.D. and MS-thesis applicants, additional consideration is given for research experience and skills. In the personal statement and/or resume/CV, applicants should highlight their research experiences, research interests, as well as the UH Computer Science faculty of interest.


  • Check the status of your application through ApplyWeb
  • Send reminders to your recommenders via ApplyWeb

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