How do I apply?
All students must submit a graduate application, the application fee, the official admission test score (e.g.
GRE, GMAT, MAT) and official transcripts from all universities/colleges attended. Some programs require
additional information such as letters of recommendation, essays, and/or interviews. Please see the application
process for more information. International students have additional documentation to submit.
What are the application deadlines?
The application lists the deadlines as August 1 for fall admission, December 1 for spring admission, May 15
for summer I admission, and June 15 for summer II admission. These dates are target dates as opposed to
strict requirements. However, students are encouraged to complete the application process as early as
possible. Classes at The University Center have limited seating and students applying late may find classes to
be full. International students have earlier deadlines. Some programs have unique deadlines. Please contact the
graduate advisor for program deadline requirements.
Where do I send my transcripts, letters of recommendation, and other admission
Send all admission material to: Office of Graduate Studies, Box 2478, SHSU, Huntsville, TX 77341-2478
If I completed my baccalaureate degree at SHSU, do I have to send an official transcript
to Graduate Studies?
Maybe. Most programs will not require an official transcript from SHSU graduates. Some programs will still
require an official SHSU transcript. Please contact the graduate advisor for program specific requirements.
What undergraduate GPA do I need to be accepted into graduate school?
Most programs require a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or 2.8 on the last sixty hours of
undergraduate coursework to be considered for admission. Some programs will waive the minimum GPA
requirement if supported with an appropriately high admissions test score.
What GRE or GMAT scores do I need to be accepted into graduate school?
Each program has its specific admission requirements. There is not a set minimum score needed for
admission. The score on the admission test is just one of several factors considered for admission.
May I start the program without taking the required admission exam
Some programs allow conditional admission. For these programs, the graduate advisor may allow a student
to take classes for one semester without taking the required admission exam. It is at the discretion of the
graduate advisor and academic dean to offer a student conditional admission status. A student granted
conditional admission must meet the program's admission requirements to continue the program beyond the
If I already have a Master's degree, do I need the GRE/GMAT?
Maybe. If the first master's degree is in a closely related field to the second master's degree, the graduate
advisor may waive the GRE requirement. Each program has it specific requirements. Please contact the
graduate advisor for program specific requirements.
For how many years are the GRE and GMAT valid?
ETS no longer has my GRE/GMAT scores. Do I have to take the test again?
Most programs will accept GRE scores that have been taken in the last five years. ETS recommends that the
test be retaken after five years.
Can I start the program in any semester?
Some programs allow students to start in any semester while other programs only allow students to start the
program in the fall semester. Please contact the graduate advisor for information about a specific program.
How long after I submit an application will I be able to register?
Submitting just an application is not sufficient to earn admission. Students who have submitted ALL of the
required admission documentation and are admitted to a program will be sent a letter of admission. Most
programs will make an admission decision within a week or two of the admission file being complete. Some
programs (especially those with limited enrollment capacities) make all of the admission decisions on a set
date. Please contact the graduate advisor for program specific timelines. Students can check their admission
status at https://ww2.shsu.edu/admn01wp.
After I submit my application, will someone contact me to let me know I am clear to
Submitting just an application is not sufficient to earn admission. Students who have submitted all of the
required admission documentation and are admitted to a program will be sent a letter of admission by the
respective department or college. Students can check their admission status at https://ww2.shsu.edu/admn01wp.
Please contact your graduate advisor for specific details about your application status.
How much does graduate school cost?
The most recent fee structure for SHSU is available on the Cashier's website.
Is a thesis required in all master's programs?
No. Many master's programs offer a non-thesis option.
How long will it take to complete the program?
Most masters programs take two to three years to complete. Doctoral programs usually take four to five
years to complete. The number of hours taken per semester and the length of time spent completing the
thesis/dissertation have the greatest impact on the length of the program.
What are the GPA requirements to graduate from a graduate program?
Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 on all graduate level coursework. Students who
earn one grade of "F" or three grades of "C" in 500-, 600- or 700-level courses will be terminated from the
program. A student cannot graduate with three grades of "C" in a graduate program.
How large a course load should I take?
Full-time students can usually handle nine to twelve hours per semester. Students on an assistantship will
usually take nine hours. Generally, students who work should not take more than six credit hours (two
courses) per semester. Most students can handle two courses while working. However, if your job entails a
lot of travel, you might consider taking only one course per semester. While the workload differs with each
course, a good general rule is to expect to work at least six to ten hours per week outside of the classroom for
How long can I take to complete the program?
A student has six years from the initial semester of admission to complete the program.
What happens if I miss a semester?
Admission to graduate studies remains valid for one long semester only, unless the student, during this
period, engages in active graduate work. A student must submit a new application requesting admission into
a different degree program or if he/she does not attend during a fall or spring semester. One of two forms, the
Graduate Studies Application for Reinstatement or the Graduate Studies Application for Admission, must be
submitted. In either case, the application fee does not need to be paid a second time.
The Graduate Studies Application for Reinstatement is used if:
* the student wishes to continue in the same degree program, and
* the student's absence from the program has been for less than three years.
The Graduate Studies Application for Admission is used if:
* the student wishes to change degree/major sought, degree-seeking status, or certification-
seeking status, or
* the student's absence from the program has been for three years or more.
For more information, please call 936-294-1971.
Can I transfer in classes from another program?
Maybe. Most graduate programs that accept transfer hours allow a maximum of six graduate hours to be
transferred. Please contact the graduate advisor for program specific limitations.
Are any of SHSU's graduate programs available online?
Yes. Please link to distance learning to view SHSU's online opportunities.
What is the average class size?
The average class size for graduate classes is approximately 12. Most classes range from 5 to 30 students.
Are graduate assistantships available?
Most graduate programs offer, on a competitive basis, a limited number of graduate assistantships. All
students who have demonstrated distinguished academic performance may apply. All assistantships require
students to work 20 hours per week at the main campus in Huntsville. Please contact the graduate advisor for
If I just want to take undergraduate classes, why do I have to apply to Graduate Studies?
Students who have already earned a baccalaureate degree and want to take additional undergraduate classes
can be accepted with post-baccalaureate status and must submit a graduate application. Students who wish to
earn a second baccalaureate degree must submit an undergraduate application.
When re-applying, do I have to re-submit my transcripts?
You must submit only those transcripts from universities/colleges attended since last applying to SHSU. If
you have not attended SHSU for more than one year, you may be asked to re-submit your transcripts.
If I change majors, do I have to submit a new application, transcripts and other
A student must submit a new application requesting admission into a different degree program. All
admission material required by the new degree program must be submitted. It may be possible to request
that a previous program transfer admission materials to the new program. Please see the application process
for more information.
If I've already paid the SHSU graduate application fee, do I have to pay it again?
No. The SHSU graduate application fee is a one-time fee.
What is considered full-time and part-time?
For the fall and spring semesters, full-time is nine credit hours or more. Less than nine-hours is part-time.
If I'm just taking classes to raise my undergraduate GPA, do I have to take the GRE?
No. Students seeking to raise their undergraduate GPA may be admitted with post-baccalaureate status and
limited to taking only undergraduate classes.
Can I apply to more than one program at a time?
No. A student may seek only one degree at a time. Please apply to only one program at a time.
Why do I have to re-apply when I've already been accepted in the past?
Admission to graduate studies remains valid for one long semester only, unless the student, during this
period, engages in active graduate work. Some programs have limited capacities. Students who have been
admitted in the past and did not attend or have left the program must re-apply.
Does SHSU offer graduate programs at The University Center in The Woodlands?
Yes. SHSU offers graduate programs at The University Center. Please visit the University Center webpage for
Who can I contact for further information?
For general information, contact: Office of Graduate Studies. Tel: (936) 294-1971 Fax: (936) 294-1271
e-mail: email@example.com Mailing Address: P. O. Box 2478, SHSU, Huntsville, TX 77341-2478.
For program specific information: Please contact the appropriate graduate advisor.