University of Houston-Victoria

International Programs


Graduate Admissions Requirements

The applicant for a graduate program must have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher in an by an accredited institution in the United States. International institutions which may not be formally accredited by United States accrediting agencies must be recognized as maintaining high academic standards, and authorized to grant degrees by the Ministry of Education or appropriate government agency in the country where the institution is located. For graduate admission, applicants with international credentials must have earned a baccalaureate degree equivalent to a 4-year baccalaureate degree in the United States. The appropriate graduate school will determine whether or not the applicant is qualified for that graduate program. Admission to the university does not guarantee a student admission to the graduate program.

Admission to a graduate program is based on

  • Graduate Admission Index

    • Applicants grade point average on all work attempted, undergraduate and/or graduate, beginning with the semester during which the first of the 60 most recently earned semester hours was taken

    • The scores on General Aptitude Test (verbal and quantitative sections only) of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Business majors must submit scores from the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) and follow the requirements for graduate school admission set by the School of Business Administration. In general, the higher an applicant’s grade point average, the lower the test score needs to be for graduate admission approval.

  • English Proficiency

  • Cost and Funding

  • Academic Majors

Steps to Apply as a Graduate Student

  1. Apply Texas Application - Submit a completed online Apply Texas Application for the University of Houston-Victoria Campus. The application process is FREE to apply to UHV.

  2. Official Academic Credentials/Transcripts.

Higher Education Credentials (College/University Level) – Outside the U.S.
Credits/Courses completed outside of the U.S.  We are excited that you have completed credits/courses prior to your arrival to UHV.  Please note that at UHV we are not able to evaluate International College Credit level coursework.  In order for us to transfer credit to UHV, you will need to submit transcripts to a National Association for Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member, suggested evaluation agencies such as ECE, EP, GCE, SpanTran or WES.  You should begin the credential evaluation process in a timely manner, as it may take 12-15 days for the evaluation to be completed upon initial submission and sent to UHV.  All evaluations should be Course by Course Analysis and should have verification of Authenticity stated.  When the evaluation is completed please request for the evaluation agency to send an official evaluation along with copies of credentials submitted.

The Evaluation process cost start at $170.  You will be responsible to pay the fees and complete the evaluation process.  For Temporary Non-Immigrant F-1Visa holders: Once you enroll and begin classes at UHV, UHV can waive $170 from your first semester bill to help defray the cost of recent evaluations.  Please note, you will need to enroll and attend the first semester for this waiver to be applied, not all evaluation agencies qualify, contact our international programs office for exclusions.

US College Credits/Coursework
Please submit all official transcripts directly from the U.S. institution you have attended to the Admissions Office. Check with your Records Office/Student Billing Office for the steps to request official transcripts.

Pending Transfer Course Work/Graduation:
If you are a student at an institution in the U.S. or at an institution outside of the U.S. with pending final grades or pending degree confirmation, please provide the International Programs Office with a letter confirming the course completion, course completion date or degree confirmation date. Upon arrival to the U.S., you must present UHV with the official copy of the final transcript/degree confirmation. If applicable update the evaluation agency with an updated transcript to evaluate your final transcript. Failing to submit a final transcript upon arrival (or a date arranged by the International Programs Office) will result in a termination of your admissions and immigration record. Please connect with a staff member at the International Programs Office immediately.

  1. Official Test Scores. All official test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, GRE, GMAT) must be submitted directly from the testing organizations. UHV is dedicated in providing the most convenient way of score submissions. If you have created testing organization online score profiles, you can submit the username and the password and UHV staff will log, and print the scores online.  A graduate admissions index is calculated with test scores and GPA, see UHV graduate admissions for more information.  UHV recommended minimum of 450 in GMAT for MBA programs.

To submit official TOEFL, GRE, GMAT scores our institutional code 6917

Submit proof of English Proficiency Requirement.

If you do not meet any of above the English Proficiency Requirements, once you are admitted you are able to register for ESL On-Demand and complete the program from your home country to fulfill the English Proficiency Requirement. Email IPO for more details.

English as a Second Language On-Demand.

All EPR submitted scores must be less than 3-years of the issue date. Consult an International Programs advisor to check how you can submit the English Proficiency Requirement.

  1. F-1 Student AgreementSigned and Completed International Student F1 Student Agreement Form. You can also find this form on our Forms page link to the left.

  2. Financial Sponsorship. Submit Letter of Financial Sponsorship Form along with official bank statements/documents. If you have more than one sponsor, each additional sponsor must complete a separate Letter of Financial Sponsorship Form and submit official bank statements/documents.

    In order for you to receive the I-20 – the immigration document which allows you to obtain F-1 Student visa, you must complete submit the Financial Sponsor Form and accompany the Financial Sponsor Form with a Bank Statement. The Bank Statement must be less than six months from the issue date, see International Student fee cost and financing specific program amounts required.  You can scan both the Financial Sponsor Form and the Bank Statement to

    Please note:  The documents which we require are for UHV Admissions purposes only. We strongly encourage you to visit your country U.S. Embassy for specific F-1 student documents needed for your U.S. visa interview.

  3. Additional International Documents. Submit a copy of your passport (U.S. visa and current I-94 (for transfer U.S. students) In order for UHV to issue the immigration document - I-20, we will need a copy of your passport (picture page clearly visible) to ensure that we issue the I-20 for the name which is listed on your passport.

  4. *Activate your Jagspace access.  You can check your to-do-list via your MyUHV on-line student self-service and access email via your JagSpace portal.  Set up all following your first email from UHV post submitting your Apply Texas Application. Not required to make the Admissions decision, but is required prior to registering for courses.

  5. Additional required program documents (letters of recommendation, essays, resumes, etc.) for admission may be requested for specific degree programs.

  6. *Bacterial Meningitis Students under the age of 22 must submit proof of Bacterial Meningitis Immunization prior to registering for courses.  Admission may be granted without immunization record.  Not required to make the Admissions decision, but is required prior to registering for courses.

    * Will not affect the admissions decision to the institution. However you must complete all the * items prior to your arrival and/or course registration at UHV. 

Once you are admitted you can receive your immigration documents via express mail (FEDEX/DHL) however you as the student is responsible for the cost and will need a credit card to make the payment. If interested, please create an account at You can receive your immigration documents as quickly as 8-10 business days. If you are a student with no credit card, visit your local FEDEX/DHL office, make the payment at the local office and send us the tracking number. 

If you do not wish to use the express mail option, please let us know that you will receive the immigration documents via regular mail. Regular mail may take between 4-6 weeks to reach your home and may cause U.S. visa delays. During the holiday season you additional delays will cause you to defer your enrollment for the next semester. We strongly recommend that you use the express mail option. 


  • International Student Admissions
    C/O International Programs Office
    University of Houston-Victoria
    3007 N. Ben Wilson St.
    University West, Suite 228
    Victoria, TX 77901