Academic Catalog 2021-2022

Admission Requirements

Admissions Program Administration

Applications for admission to all graduate degree programs of the University are processed through the Graduate School. The Graduate Admissions Committee within the department reviews all applications, and the decisions of the Committee are referred to the Dean of the Graduate School.

Persons interested in applying for admission to the Graduate School can apply online at: https://app.applyyourself.com/?id=tsu

Application materials not submitted online need to be forwarded to:

The Graduate School, Texas Southern University, TSU Box #1254, 3100 Cleburne Avenue, Houston, Texas 77004

Please visit the following link to access Graduate Admission FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):

http://www.tsu.edu/faqs/graduate-admission

Procedures and Regulations

All applicants must request the registrars of institutions previously attended to forward two official transcripts to the Graduate School of Texas Southern University. These transcripts must be received from each institution in which the applicant has previously enrolled before action will be taken on the application.

For foreign students, student a TOEFL score of at least 550 on the paper based test or 213 on the computer based test or 79 on the Internet based test is required. An official IELTS score can be submitted in lieu of TOEFL in which case a minimum overall band score of 6.0 is required. Alternately, an equivalent score from an approved English as a Second Language (ESL) program can be submitted for consideration.

The applicant’s official credentials, including completed application form and transcripts of previous work, must be on file in the Office of the Graduate School at least four weeks before the date of registration.

Types of Admission

An applicant who is unconditionally admitted to the Graduate School is immediately eligible to pursue a program of study leading to the master’s degree, the doctorate, or the professional certificate. Each applicant should choose a field of specialization and work out a degree plan in consultation with his/her adviser.

Applicants may also be admitted on a conditional basis; these conditions will be outlined in the applicant’s respective admissions letter. It is the responsibility of the applicant to notify the Graduate School when he or she has fulfilled the conditions stated in the admissions letter.

Graduate School Policy regarding GRE (Graduate Record Exam) Requirements

Please note that the Graduate School policy regarding GRE requirements is a general policy across all degree programs under the jurisdiction of the Graduate School at Texas Southern University. Individual Programs and/or Departments and/or Colleges/Schools may have requirements that exceed the minimal requirements detailed by this policy, and, if so, the policy as mandated by the Program, Department and/or College/School will be applicable.

Doctoral Programs

For all Doctoral Programs (Ph.D. and EDD) applicants MUST submit a valid and acceptable GRE score. Applications for Doctoral Programs will NOT be processed without an official GRE score on file with the Graduate School at Texas Southern University. Doctoral program applicants are NOT eligible for conditional admission appertaining to later submission of a valid and acceptable GRE score.

Masters Programs

For Masters Programs the Program, Department and/or the College/School will specify the GRE requirement, or in the case of the School of Business, the GMAT requirement. If a Masters Program requires the GRE, applicants must submit a valid and acceptable GRE score. Applications for Masters Programs requiring the GRE will not be processed without an official GRE score on file with the Graduate School at Texas Southern University. The same applies to any Business Graduate programs requiring the GMAT. Masters program applicants for programs requiring the GRE are not eligible for conditional admission appertaining to later submission of a valid and acceptable GRE score. The same applies to any Business Graduate programs requiring the GMAT.

Seniors in Graduate Courses

A senior at Texas Southern University who demonstrates superior scholastic ability and needs fewer than 12 semester hours to complete the bachelor’s degree may be permitted to take graduate courses. The head of the major department, the Dean of the undergraduate college, and the Dean of the Graduate School must approve requests from seniors for permission to take graduate courses. Permission to take graduate courses during the senior year does not constitute admission to the Graduate School. Moreover, such credits may not be applied toward fulfillment of the residence requirement for the master’s degree. No more than six (6) semester hours of graduate course work may be taken by seniors.

Readmission

A student who discontinues matriculation in the Graduate School for one academic year must apply for readmission. The evaluation of applications for readmission will be based on University and specific program admission requirements in existence at the time of the re-admission application.