Houston Baptist University Catalog

University Admissions


The Office of Admissions accepts formal applications from all students for admission to HBU. The Admissions Office assists prospective students with admission policies and procedures, campus visits and interviews, and initial financial information. Information regarding admission to the University and all necessary forms for admission may be obtained by visiting the Admissions website at www.hbu.edu or by contacting the Admissions Office, HBU, 7502 Fondren Road, Houston, Texas 77074-3298. The telephone number is (281) 649-3211 and email is admissions@hbu.edu. Outside Houston, a toll-free number is available: 1-800-969-3210 for Undergraduate Admissions.

Graduate applicants should contact the graduate program directly at www.hbu.edu/applygrad.
 



Graduate Admissions

MAA – Master of Arts in Apologetics
MABL – Master of Arts in Biblical Languages
MAC – Master of Arts in Counseling
MACC – Master of Arts in Christian Counseling
MAPhil – Master of Arts in Philosophy
MAP – Master of Arts in Psychology
MAP with LSSP – Master of Arts in Psychology with LSSP Certification
MAP with LSSR – Master of Arts in Psychology with LSSP Re-specialization
MATS – Master of Arts in Theological Studies
MBA – Master of Business Administration
MEd – Master of Education
MFA – Master of Fine Arts:  Studio Art
MIB – Master of International Business
MLA – Master of Liberal Arts
MS-HRM – Master of Science in Human Resources Management
MS-MGMT – Master of Science in Management
PBC – Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification
LPC – Licensed Professional Counselor Certification
LSSP – Licensed Specialist in School Psychology Certification
LPC/LSSP – Licensed Professional Counselor or Licensed Specialist in School Psychology

 

The University offers a wide choice of graduate degrees: Master of Arts in Biblical Languages (MABL); Master of Arts in Christian Counseling (MACC); Master of Arts in Psychology (MAP); Master of Arts in Philosophy (MAPhil); Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS); Master of Education (MEd); Master of Fine Arts (MFA); Master of Liberal Arts (MLA); Master of Business Administration (MBA); Master of International Business (MIB); Master of Science in Human Resources Management (MS-HRM); and the Master of Science in Management (MS-MGMT). We also offer certification in the following areas: Post Baccalaureate with Teacher Certification; Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC); and Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP). Graduate admissions are handled by the Graduate School. Applicants for graduate degrees must submit the following credentials:

1. Application for Admission to Graduate School

The prospective student must seek admission to The Graduate School in order to pursue graduate studies. Application and all details may be found online at www.hbu.edu/Grad-Apply. Recommendation Forms are required in support of the program application in addition to a current resume. Some programs may require an essay or goal statement. See individual program requirements for further details. An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution is required for admission to all graduate programs.  However, the University will consider undergraduate degrees from other institutions on a case-by-case basis.

2. Examinations

Some programs require either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) for admission. Waivers may be available depending upon undergraduate GPA for select programs. Refer to www.hbu.edu/Grad-Apply for specific program requirements. When required, it is the student’s responsibility to have GRE or GMAT scores sent directly to HBU from the administering test service. GRE: www.ets.org - HBU GRE code is - 6282.  GMAT: www.mba.com – HBU GMAT code is - 9JD-54-68

3. Transcripts

Official transcripts should be sent directly to The Graduate School from the college or university that awarded the bachelor’s degree and any additional coursework taken since that time.

4. Post-Graduate Admission

Post-graduate admission may be granted to students who have a Master’s degree, and wish to take courses from one of our graduate programs. Post-graduate students must meet the admission requirements for graduate students

5. International Students

International students should refer to the International Admissions section of the HBU website for details on additional admission requirements. www.hbu.edu/international.

6. Permanent Resident Statement

Any applicant who has Permanent Resident or Resident Alien status must provide a copy of his or her green card to The Graduate School. If the applicant has not completed more than two (2) years of college work at a regionally accredited institution within the United States, he or she may be required to submit an acceptable score on the TOEFL.

7. Application Deadline

Students may apply for admission to The Graduate School throughout the year. Refer to the website, www.hbu.edu/Grad-Apply for deadlines. Please note scholarship deadlines are prior to the final application deadline. Waiting until the deadline does not guarantee course availability. Not all degree programs may be entered every semester. For international applicants, the Graduate School should receive all credentials (application, GRE-GMAT-TOEFL scores, foreign transcript evaluation reports, recommendations, resume, written statements, etc.) at least 60 days prior to the application deadline for the intended start term.

8. Transfer Credit

Some graduate degree programs allow the transfer of graduate credits. In no case will more than six (6) semester hours of credit be allowed in transfer from another college or university. Such credit must be at the 3.00 (B) or above grade level (on a 4.0 scale) and the granting institution must be accredited by its regional accrediting association. Credits transferred must apply to a specific course in the program and must be approved at admission to the program. Within two weeks of notification of admission, a student must officially request to have courses transferred and provide course descriptions and syllabi in order for a determination to be made. The University Registrar, with the recommendation of The Graduate School, approves transfer credits. Many programs require transfer work to have been completed within a predetermined period. No correspondence or extension credit will be accepted.

 

 

Program of Study Admission Requirements (Additional Materials)

 

Master of Arts in Apologetics:

  • Submit Official Transcripts - Official transcripts should be sent directly to The Graduate School from the college or university that awarded your bachelor's degree.  Transcripts from any additional coursework since that time should also be submitted.  **If your degree-conferred transcript contains fewer than 100 hours of your undergraduate coursework, you will be required to submit all undergraduate transcripts.  Any post-bacc or graduate level transcripts will also be required.
  • Submit Two Recommendation Forms - Download Recommendation Form. Recommenders should submit the completed forms directly to the Graduate School via email at gradadmissions@hbu.edu. Recommendations must be from a professional or academic source.  Forms from family members or friends will not be accepted.  Recommendation forms must be sent directly from the recommenders to be considered valid.
  • Provide a Current Resume - Email resume to the Graduate School at gradadmissions@hbu.edu.

 

Master of Arts in Biblical Languages:

*Fall and Spring admission only

  • Submit Official Transcripts - Official transcripts should be sent directly to The Graduate School from the college or university that awarded your bachelor's degree.  Transcripts from any additional coursework since that time should also be submitted.  **If your degree-conferred transcript contains fewer than 100 hours of your undergraduate coursework, you will be required to submit all undergraduate transcripts.  Any post-bacc or graduate level transcripts will also be required.
  • Submit Two Recommendation Forms - Download Recommendation Form. Recommenders should submit the completed forms directly to the Graduate School via email at gradadmissions@hbu.edu.  Recommendation forms should be from a pastor and academic or professional recommenders. Recommendation forms must be sent in from the recommenders directly or they will be considered void. 
  • Provide a Current Resume - Email resume to the Graduate School at gradadmissions@hbu.edu.
  • Language Study - Candidates must have significant undergraduate course work in a biblical language(s). Candidates coming in without coursework in biblical languages will be required to complete the necessary leveling courses. 

 

Master of Arts in Philosophy:

  • Submit Official Transcripts - Official transcripts should be sent directly to The Graduate School from the college or university that awarded your bachelor's degree.  Transcripts from any additional coursework since that time should also be submitted.  **If your degree-conferred transcript contains fewer than 100 hours of your undergraduate coursework, you will be required to submit all undergraduate transcripts.  Any post-bacc or graduate level transcripts will also be required.
  • Submit Two Recommendation Forms - Download Recommendation Form. Recommenders should submit the completed forms directly to the Graduate School via email at gradadmissions@hbu.edu. Recommendation forms must be sent in from the recommenders directly or they will be considered void. 
  • Provide a Current Resume - Email resume to the Graduate School at gradadmissions@hbu.edu.

 

Master of Arts in Theological Studies:

  • Submit Official Transcripts - Official transcripts should be sent directly to The Graduate School from the college or university that awarded your bachelor's degree.  Transcripts from any additional coursework since that time should also be submitted.  **If your degree-conferred transcript contains fewer than 100 hours of your undergraduate coursework, you will be required to submit all undergraduate transcripts.  Any post-bacc or graduate level transcripts will also be required.
  • Submit Two Recommendation Forms - Download Recommendation Form. Recommenders should submit the completed forms directly to the Graduate School via email at gradadmissions@hbu.edu. Recommendation forms should be from a pastor and academic or professional recommenders. Recommendation forms must be sent in from the recommenders directly or they will be considered void. 
  • Provide a Current Resume - Email resume to the Graduate School at gradadmissions@hbu.edu.

 

Master of Arts in Psychology:

  • Submit Official Transcripts - Official transcripts should be sent directly to The Graduate School from the college or university that awarded your bachelor's degree.  Transcripts from any additional coursework since that time should also be submitted.  **If your degree-conferred transcript contains fewer than 100 hours of your undergraduate coursework, you will be required to submit all undergraduate transcripts.  Any post-bacc or graduate level transcripts will also be required.
  • Submit Two Recommendation Forms - Download Recommendation Form. Recommenders should submit the completed forms directly to the Graduate School via email at gradadmissions@hbu.edu. Recommendations must be from a professional or academic source.  Forms from family members or friends will not be accepted.  Recommendation forms must be sent directly from the recommenders to be considered valid.
  • Provide a Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) - Email resume or CV to the Graduate School at gradadmissions@hbu.edu.
  • Send Official GRE Score Report - Take the Graduate Record Examination test (GRE). All portions are considered, including verbal, quantitative and analytical writing. Details on the test may be obtained from the Educational Testing Services website. The HBU GRE code is 6282. *You may be eligible for a GRE waiver if your undergraduate GPA is 3.0 or higher.
  • Baccalaureate Degree in Psychology or Equivalent Courses - Candidates must have received a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a major in psychology or the equivalent with the following prerequisites: PSYC 5300 (General Psychology), PSYC 5301 (Introduction to Statistics), and PSYC 5302 (Abnormal Psychology).

 

Master of Arts in Psychology with LSSP:

  • Submit Official Transcripts - Official transcripts should be sent directly to The Graduate School from the college or university that awarded your bachelor's degree.  Transcripts from any additional coursework since that time should also be submitted.  **If your degree-conferred transcript contains fewer than 100 hours of your undergraduate coursework, you will be required to submit all undergraduate transcripts.  Any post-bacc or graduate level transcripts will also be required.
  • Submit Two Recommendation Forms - Download Recommendation Form. Recommenders should submit the completed forms directly to the Graduate School via email at gradadmissions@hbu.edu. Recommendations must be from a professional or academic source.  Forms from family members or friends will not be accepted.  Recommendation forms must be sent directly from the recommenders to be considered valid.
  • Provide a Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) - Email resume or CV to the Graduate School at gradadmissions@hbu.edu.
  • Send Official GRE Score Report - Take the Graduate Record Examination test (GRE). All portions are considered, including verbal, quantitative and analytical writing. Details on the test may be obtained from the Educational Testing Services website. The HBU GRE code is 6282. *You may be eligible for a GRE waiver if your undergraduate GPA is 3.0 or higher.
  • Baccalaureate Degree in Psychology or Equivalent Courses - Candidates must have received a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a major in psychology or the equivalent with the following prerequisites: PSYC 1313 (General Psychology), PSYC 2301 (Introduction to Statistics), and PSYC 2364 (Abnormal Psychology).

 

Master of Arts in Psychology with LSSP Re-specialization:

  • Submit Official Transcripts - This program requires a conferred graduate degree from either a regionally-accredited counseling or educational diagnostician program.  Official transcripts should be sent directly to The Graduate School from the college or university that awarded this degree.  Your conferred bachelor's degree transcript is also required.  **If your degree-conferred transcript contains fewer than 100 hours of your undergraduate coursework, you will be required to submit all undergraduate transcripts.
  • Submit Two Recommendation Forms - Download Recommendation Form. Recommenders should submit the completed forms directly to the Graduate School via email at gradadmissions@hbu.edu. Recommendations must be from a professional or academic source.  Forms from family members or friends will not be accepted.  Recommendation forms must be sent directly from the recommenders to be considered valid.
  • Provide a Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) - Email resume or CV to the Graduate School at gradadmissions@hbu.edu.
  • Send Official GRE Score Report - Take the Graduate Record Examination test (GRE). All portions are considered, including verbal, quantitative and analytical writing. Details on the test may be obtained from the Educational Testing Services website. The HBU GRE code is 6282. *You may be eligible for a GRE waiver if your undergraduate GPA is 3.0 or higher.
  • Interview with the Director of Graduate Studies in Psychology
  • Verification that no disciplinary action has been taken against an applicant's certificate or license.

 

Master of Arts in Counseling:

  • Submit Official Transcripts - Official transcripts should be sent directly to The Graduate School from the college or university that awarded your bachelor's degree.  Transcripts from any additional coursework since that time should also be submitted.  **If your degree-conferred transcript contains fewer than 100 hours of your undergraduate coursework, you will be required to submit all undergraduate transcripts.  Any post-bacc or graduate level transcripts will also be required.
  • Submit Two Recommendation Forms - Download Recommendation Form. Recommenders should submit the completed forms directly to the Graduate School via email at gradadmissions@hbu.edu. Recommendations must be from a professional or academic source.  Forms from family members or friends will not be accepted.  Recommendation forms must be sent directly from the recommenders to be considered valid.
  • Provide a Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) - Email resume or CV to the Graduate School atgradadmissions@hbu.edu.
  • Send Official GRE Score Report - Take the Graduate Record Examination test (GRE). All portions are considered, including verbal, quantitative and analytical writing. Details on the test may be obtained from the Educational Testing Services website. The HBU GRE code is 6282. *You may be eligible for a GRE waiver if your undergraduate GPA is 3.0 or higher.
  • Baccalaureate Degree in Psychology or Equivalent Courses - Candidates must have received a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a major in psychology or the equivalent with the following prerequisites: PSYC 5300 (General Psychology), PSYC 5301 (Introduction to Statistics), and PSYC 5302 (Abnormal Psychology).
  • Interview - An interview may be required as part of the admission process.

 

Master of Arts in Christian Counseling:

  • Submit Official Transcripts - Official transcripts should be sent directly to The Graduate School from the college or university that awarded your bachelor's degree.  Transcripts from any additional coursework since that time should also be submitted.  **If your degree-conferred transcript contains fewer than 100 hours of your undergraduate coursework, you will be required to submit all undergraduate transcripts.  Any post-bacc or graduate level transcripts will also be required.
  • Submit Two Recommendation Forms - Download Recommendation Form. Recommenders should submit the completed forms directly to the Graduate School via email at gradadmissions@hbu.edu. Recommendations must be from a professional or academic source.  Forms from family members or friends will not be accepted.  Recommendation forms must be sent directly from the recommenders to be considered valid.
  • Provide a Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) - Email resume or CV to the Graduate School at gradadmissions@hbu.edu.
  • Send Official GRE Score Report - Take the Graduate Record Examination test (GRE). All portions are considered, including verbal, quantitative and analytical writing. Details on the test may be obtained from the Educational Testing Services website. The HBU GRE code is 6282. *You may be eligible for a GRE waiver if your undergraduate GPA is 3.0 or higher.
  • Baccalaureate Degree in Psychology or Equivalent Courses - Candidates must have received a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a major in psychology or the equivalent with the following prerequisites: PSYC 5300 (General Psychology); PSYC 5301 (Introduction to Statistics); PSYC 5302 (Abnormal Psychology); and CHRI 5300 (Introduction to Biblical Texts) or CHRI 2373 (Christian Theology and Tradition) if taken as an undergraduate.
  • Interview - An interview may be required as part of the admission process.

 

Master of Education:

  • Submit Official Transcripts - Official transcripts should be sent directly to The Graduate School from the college or university that awarded your bachelor's degree.  Transcripts from any additional coursework since that time should also be submitted.  *If your degree-conferred transcript contains fewer than 100 hours of your undergraduate coursework, you will be required to submit all undergraduate transcripts.  Any post-bacc or graduate level transcripts will also be required. **If you are applying for Initial Certification, you must submit all transcripts from every college or university you have attended.
  • Additional Official Transcripts - For students applying to be certified in a content area, you are required to submit all of your transcripts to the Graduate School.
  • Submit Two Recommendation Forms -  Download Recommendation Form. Recommenders should submit the completed forms directly to the Graduate School via email at gradadmissions@hbu.edu. Letters of recommendation should be from a principal or supervisor, student parent, and colleague. Recommendation forms must be sent in from the recommenders directly or they will be considered void.
  • Provide a Current Resume - Email resume to the Graduate School at gradadmissions@hbu.edu.
  • Interview - An interview may be required as part of the admission process.

 

Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification:

  • Submit Official Transcripts - Official transcripts should be sent directly to The Graduate School from all colleges or universities you have attended.
  • Submit Two Recommendation Forms - Download Recommendation Form. Recommenders should submit the completed forms directly to the Graduate School via email at gradadmissions@hbu.edu. If you are currently employed in a school district, it is preferred that you have your principal serve as one of your references. Recommendation forms must be sent in from the recommenders directly or they will be considered void.
  • Provide a Current Resume - Email resume to the Graduate School at gradadmissions@hbu.edu.
  • Additional Official Transcripts - For students applying to be certified in a content area, you are required to submit all of your transcripts to the Graduate School
  • Interview - An interview may be required as part of the admission process.

 

Master of Business Administration:

  • Submit Official Transcripts - Official transcripts should be sent directly to The Graduate School from the college or university that awarded your bachelor's degree.  Transcripts from any additional coursework since that time should also be submitted.  **If your degree-conferred transcript contains fewer than 100 hours of your undergraduate coursework, you will be required to submit all undergraduate transcripts.  Any post-bacc or graduate level transcripts will also be required.
  • Submit Two Recommendation Forms - Download Recommendation Form. Recommenders should submit the completed forms directly to the Graduate School via email at gradadmissions@hbu.edu. Recommendations must be from a professional or academic source.  Forms from family members or friends will not be accepted.  Recommendation forms must be sent directly from the recommenders to be considered valid.
  • Provide a Current Resume - Email resume to the Graduate School at gradadmissions@hbu.edu.
  • Send Official GMAT or GRE Score Report - Take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). For information and to register to sit for the exam, visit the GMAT website. You may order additional score reports on line or by calling 609-771-7330. The HBU GMAT code is 9JD-54-68. OR take the Graduate Record Examination test (GRE). Details on the test may be obtained from the Educational Testing Services website.  The HBU GRE code is 6282. **You may be eligible for a GMAT waiver once your application file is complete. Your file will not be reviewed for a waiver until all other supplemental items listed have been received

 

Master of International Business:

*Fall admission – applicants who hold a Bachelor of Business Administration

*Spring admission – applicants who do not hold a Bachelor of Business Administration or equivalent    coursework

  • Submit Official Transcripts - Official transcripts should be sent directly to The Graduate School from the college or university that awarded your bachelor's degree.  Transcripts from any additional coursework since that time should also be submitted.  **If your degree-conferred transcript contains fewer than 100 hours of your undergraduate coursework, you will be required to submit all undergraduate transcripts.  Any post-bacc or graduate level transcripts will also be required.
  • Submit Two Recommendation Forms - Download Recommendation Form. Recommenders should submit the completed forms directly to the Graduate School via email at gradadmissions@hbu.edu. Recommendations must be from a professional or academic source.  Forms from family members or friends will not be accepted.  Recommendation forms must be sent directly from the recommenders to be considered valid.
  • Provide a Current Resume - Email resume to the Graduate School at gradadmissions@hbu.edu.
  • Fall admission is for students who hold a Bachelor of Business Administration; Spring admission is for all students who do not hold a Bachelor of Business Administration.

 

Master of Science in Human Resources Management:

  • Submit Official Transcripts - Official transcripts should be sent directly to The Graduate School from the college or university that awarded your bachelor's degree.  Transcripts from any additional coursework since that time should also be submitted.  **If your degree-conferred transcript contains fewer than 100 hours of your undergraduate coursework, you will be required to submit all undergraduate transcripts.  Any post-bacc or graduate level transcripts will also be required.
  • Submit Two Recommendation Forms - Download Recommendation Form. Recommenders should submit the completed forms directly to the Graduate School via email at gradadmissions@hbu.edu. Recommendations must be from a professional or academic source.  Forms from family members or friends will not be accepted.  Recommendation forms must be sent directly from the recommenders to be considered valid.
  • Provide a Current Resume - Email resume to the Graduate School at gradadmissions@hbu.edu.
  • Fall admission is for students who hold a Bachelor of Business Administration; Spring admission is for all students who do not hold a Bachelor of Business Administration, including those who received their bachelor's degree from an institution outside the U.S.

 

Master of Liberal Arts:

  • Submit Official Transcripts - Official transcripts should be sent directly to The Graduate School from the college or university that awarded your bachelor's degree.  Transcripts from any additional coursework since that time should also be submitted.  **If your degree-conferred transcript contains fewer than 100 hours of your undergraduate coursework, you will be required to submit all undergraduate transcripts.  Any post-bacc or graduate level transcripts will also be required.
  • Submit Two Recommendation Forms - Download Recommendation Form. Recommenders should submit the completed forms directly to the Graduate School via email at gradadmissions@hbu.edu. Recommendations must be from a professional or academic source.  Forms from family members or friends will not be accepted.  Recommendation forms must be sent directly from the recommenders to be considered valid.
  • Provide a Current Resume - Email resume to the Graduate School at gradadmissions@hbu.edu.

 

Master of Fine Arts:

*Fall admission only

  • Submit Official Transcripts - Official transcripts should be sent directly to The Graduate School from the college or university that awarded your bachelor's degree.  Transcripts from any additional coursework since that time should also be submitted.  **If your degree-conferred transcript contains fewer than 100 hours of your undergraduate coursework, you will be required to submit all undergraduate transcripts.  Any post-bacc or graduate level transcripts will also be required.
  • Submit Two Recommendation Forms - Download Recommendation Form. Recommenders should submit the completed forms directly to the Graduate School via email at gradadmissions@hbu.edu. Recommendations must be from a professional or academic source.  Forms from family members or friends will not be accepted.  Recommendation forms must be sent directly from the recommenders to be considered valid.
  • Provide a Current Resume - Email resume to the Graduate School at gradadmissions@hbu.edu.
  • Provide a Digital Portfolio - Please submit a flash drive, CD or DVD with 20-30 high-resolution, JPEG samples of your work. You may mail your flash drive, CD or DVD to The Graduate School.

 

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) Certification:

**Students who've previously earned a master's degree with psychology or counseling in the name can return to HBU to take the additional courses need to gain their LPC or LSSP certifications.

  • Submit Official Transcripts - Official transcripts should be sent directly to The Graduate School from the college or university that awarded your bachelor's degree.  Transcripts from any additional coursework since that time should also be submitted.  **If your degree-conferred transcript contains fewer than 100 hours of your undergraduate coursework, you will be required to submit all undergraduate transcripts.  Any post-bacc or graduate level transcripts will also be required.
  • Submit Two Recommendation Forms - Download Recommendation Form. Recommenders should submit the completed forms directly to the Graduate School via email at gradadmissions@hbu.edu. Recommendations must be from a professional or academic source.  Forms from family members or friends will not be accepted.  Recommendation forms must be sent directly from the recommenders to be considered valid.
  • Provide a Current Resume - Email resume to the Graduate School at gradadmissions@hbu.edu.
  • Send Official GRE Score Report - Take the Graduate Record Examination test (GRE). All portions are considered, including verbal, quantitative and analytical writing. Details on the test may be obtained from the Educational Testing Services website. The HBU GRE code is 6282. *You may be eligible for a GRE waiver if your undergraduate GPA is 3.0 or higher.
  • Interview - An interview may be required as part of the admission process.