General Graduate Studies Requirements
The applicant for a graduate program must have earned a bachelor’s degree
or higher in an institution accredited by one of the six recognized
regional accrediting associations. The six associations are Middle States
Association of Colleges and Schools, North Central Association of Colleges
and Schools, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Northwest
Association of Schools and Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and
Schools, and Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Courses taken at an
institution that has only national, professional or specialized accreditation
will apply to the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences, and Nursing degree programs
only, and will not apply to other degrees. Only accreditations bodies recognized by the
Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) will be accepted. Foreign
institutions which may not be formally accredited by United States
accrediting agencies must be recognized by the Ministry of Education in
the country where the institution is located as maintaining high academic
A student transferring from another graduate school must have at least a
3.0 (A=4.0) grade point average on all graduate work attempted.
Admission application forms may be obtained by writing the Office of
Admissions and Records, University of Houston-Victoria, 3007 N. Ben
Wilson, Victoria, Texas 77901, emailing
telephoning 361-570-4110 or toll-free 1-877-970-4848, ext. 110, or
downloading and printing an application from
www.uhv.edu/oar. The Texas
Common Application may be submitted by students who are U.S. citizens or
Legal Permanent Residents (LPR) of the United States. To access the Texas
Common Application, see the website at www.applytexas.org. International
students are not eligible to submit the Texas Common Application, and must
submit the UHV application. The application for admission and supporting
credentials should be on file as early as possible to ensure time for
processing before registration.
A student must file a new application for a future semester if the student
does not enroll for the semester indicated on the original application.
One official transcript of all undergraduate and graduate work must be
sent directly to the Office of Admissions and Records of UH-Victoria from
each institution attended. The single exception is that applicants holding
a master’s degree from an accredited institution are required to submit
only the official transcript from the U.S. institution which granted the
Although unofficial documents may be accepted for course registration
purposes, official transcripts showing the last semester of course work
and degree earned must be received in the registrar’s office by the 12th
day of classes during the fall and spring semesters and by the 4th day of
classes during the summer terms. In no case can a student’s application
for graduate studies be considered until all transcripts and scores are
Processing of transcripts of students currently enrolled can begin if not
more than one semester of course work is outstanding. The applicant who
submits an incomplete transcript must submit a complete official
transcript showing the latest semester of course work attempted and the
degree earned not later than the 12th class day of a fall or spring
semester or the 4th class day of a summer term.
The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test, or Graduate Management
Admission Test (GMAT) is required of all applicants applying for graduate
admission. Applicants to the M.Ed. Counseling Program may substitute the
Miller Analogies Test (MAT) and applicants to Business Administration must
take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). For students taking
the GRE, only verbal and quantitative sections of the General Test are
used for determining graduate eligibility.
Applicants holding a master’s degree or higher from an accredited
institution are not required to submit test scores.
Test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to the Office of
Admissions and Records of UH-Victoria. Scores no longer being reported
will not be accepted and the student must retake the exam. Information
concerning the GRE, GMAT and MAT tests may be obtained from the Office of
Admissions and Records or from the testing companies. For GRE call (609)
771-7670, access website at www.gre.org or write Graduate Record
Examinations, Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6000, Princeton, NJ
08541-6000. For GMAT, Call (609) 771-7330, access website at
www.gmac.org or write Graduate Management Admission Test, Educational Testing Service,
P.O. Box 6103, Princeton, NJ 08541-6103. For MAT, call 1-800-622-3231 or
write The Psychological Corporation, 555 Academic Court, San Antonio, TX
The institutional code number for UHV is 6917 for the GMAT and GRE.
Beginning January 3, 2006, the GMAT program code for University of
Houston-Victoria will be changed from 6917 to XTI-GJ-55.
circumstances, MBA applicants may request a waiver for the GMAT when
applying for initial admission to the MBA program, or when attempting to
progress from temporary graduate admission to conditional or full
admission to the MBA program. The MBA Director will consider, on a
case-by-case basis, GMAT waiver requests from applicants who fall into one
of the following categories:
The applicant has completed a graduate or professional degree
(i.e., a degree beyond a four-year baccalaureate degree) from an
accredited college or university; OR
The applicant has a current GRE score (less than 5 years old)
of 900 or higher (verbal and quantitative sections combined); OR
The applicant has a current GRE score (less than 5 years old) and overall
GPA sufficient to meet the university admission index; OR
The applicant (i) has an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher AND (ii) has at least two years of relevant professional and/or
management/supervisory experience AND (iii) writes a letter of
application outlining career goals and objectives AND (iv) earns a
B or better in QMS 6351 and MGT 6351.
A GMAT waiver is not
automatic for any applicant. To request a GMAT waiver, the applicant must
submit the following materials to the MBA Director:
A brief written request outlining the reasons why the MBA
Director should grant a GMAT waiver (including career goals and
objectives) and indicating which of the above waiver categories applies.
Copies of all academic transcripts for work completed at any
college or university attended. The applicant may submit unofficial
transcripts for consideration, but any unofficial copies must be followed
by official transcripts submitted with the formal application.
A current professional resume.
Any other information the applicant wishes to submit to the
MBA Director in support of the request (e.g., letter from supervisor
explaining the applicant's job duties, performance, and potential, or
letters of recommendation).
Requirements for Graduate Admission
Students are considered for admission to graduate programs on the basis of
an admission index, as indicated below. The academic schools may have
additional criteria for certain degree programs and may consider admitting
students whose indices are below the minimum but within the range
The admission index results from a combination of the following:
Grade point average (GPA) over at least the last 60 hours multiplied by
200. Verbal score plus quantitative score on the Graduate Record Examination
(GRE) or equivalent scores on the Graduate Management Admission Test
(GMAT) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT).
Admission index of 1,400 or higher:
Students are admitted,
so long as they meet any additional criteria specific to a particular degree program.
Admission index below the 1400
minimum but not lower than 1300:
Students may be
admitted by the dean of the school, considering scores on the analytical portion of the GRE (or equivalent), grades in a particular
relevant courses, or other relevant indicators of a students potential to succeed in a given graduate degree program. Such admission may be conditional or probationary with initial course work specified.
Students rejected for admission to a graduate program may appeal to the
(c/o the Registrar). Appeals must specify the program and cite evidence of
ability to complete its academic and professional requirements.
If you do not meet 1) the minimum GPA and test score or 2) the 1400
admissions index, you do not meet the minimum admission requirements. The
dean of the school of your major may make an exception as long as your
admissions index is at least 1300. You should base your appeal on your
academic record, related experience and notable achievements that attest
to your ability to complete a graduate degree. The academic school will
respond to you in writing, approving or denying your appeal and stating
any conditions that apply to you.
In addition to submitting official transcripts (see previous section on
transcripts for admission requirements) and test scores, applicants are
required to submit supporting documents, as specified by the relevant
degree program. See the appropriate school section of this catalog for
supporting documents required. Possible documents may include:
• A letter of application and/or resume
• A recommendation from a practicing professional in the field of study or
a related field
• A personal essay
Applicants also may have to complete prescribed courses prior to admission
to the degree program. Please see the particular degree program in this
catalog for an explanation of the specific admission requirements for that
Applications and all supporting documents should be sent to the Office of
Admissions and Records at the university. That office determines whether
the application is complete and meets the minimal admissions index. It
then forwards the file to the relevant academic school. The school reviews
the index and supporting qualitative documents and approves or disapproves
admission. See the relevant school section in this catalog for specific
An applicant who has earned a baccalaureate degree after electing to
enroll under the “academic fresh start” will have only the courses and
grades earned after that enrollment date used in computing the grade point
No more than 12 credit hours of graduate-level courses completed prior to
admission will count toward fulfillment of graduate program requirements.
If you are a postbaccalaureate student who wishes only to take certain
graduate courses, you should request “temporary graduate student’
admission on your application. As a temporary graduate student, you may
take up to 12 credit hours of graduate course work. If you are later
admitted to a graduate program, applicable graduate courses you have
taken, up to a maximum of 12 credit hours successfully completed within
the previous 10 years or the period specified by the degree program, will
be included on your degree plan as approved by the school.
(Note that all grades in courses applicable to the degree count when a
student gains admission to a graduate program.)
International students must also meet the requirements for international
admission as outlined in this catalog and the International Student
English Proficiency Requirement
All graduate students are expected to be proficient in the use of English.
Further information concerning English proficiency requirements may be
found in the general Admissions section of this catalog. If an applicant
for graduate admission demonstrates that he or she satisfies any of the 4
criteria stated for TOEFL exemption, no other evidence or examination is
required for admission purposes.
Readmission of Former Students
A former student of UH-Victoria is not required to file a new application
A former student must submit transcripts from all colleges attended since
the last enrollment at UH-Victoria. If the student has earned less than a
2.0 (A=4.0) average over all work completed since attending UH-Victoria,
or left the last institution on probation, the student may be readmitted
to the university on probation. A student who is not eligible to return
immediately to any former institution(s) will not be considered for