Graduate School Admission Requirements

Please select a program below to view its admission requirements:

If you are applying as an international student, please visit our international student page for additional admission requirements.

All graduate degrees and certificates require the following documents:

  • Official Transcripts – Official transcripts should be sent directly to The Graduate School from the college or university that awarded your bachelor’s degree, unless otherwise noted below.

All completed documents must be submitted to the HBU Graduate Admissions office via email at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu, fax (281) 649-3390, or mail:

The Graduate School
Houston Baptist University
7502 Fondren Rd.
Houston, TX, 77074.

Please select your graduate program below to view additional requirements.

Archie W. Dunham College of Business

  • Master of Business Administration
    • Personal Statement – Applicants should submit a personal statement, between 300 and 500 words, sharing their desire to attend the HBU Graduate School and how they feel a degree from HBU will assist them in their academic and professional careers.
    • Résumé/CV – Applicants should email a current résumé or CV to The Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.
    • Peregrine Assessment – Applicants are required to complete the Peregrine Assessment prior to admission, but it is not factored into admission decisions. HBU will provide additional instructions upon the applicant’s admission to the university.
    • Foundation Requirements – To earn a graduate business degree, 36-48 semester hours are required, depending on previous academic work. See degree plan for more details.
  • Master of Science in Human Resources Management
    • Personal Statement – Applicants should submit a personal statement, between 300 and 500 words, sharing their desire to attend the HBU Graduate School and how they feel a degree from HBU will assist them in their academic and professional careers.
    • Résumé/CV – Applicants should email a current résumé or CV to The Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.
    • Peregrine Assessment – Applicants are required to complete the Peregrine Assessment prior to admission, but it is not factored into admission decisions. HBU will provide additional instructions upon the applicant’s admission to the university.
    • Foundation Requirements – To earn a graduate business degree, 36-48 semester hours are required, depending on previous academic work. See degree plan for more details.
  • Master of Science in Management & Entrepreneurship
    • Personal Statement – Applicants should submit a personal statement, between 300 and 500 words, sharing their desire to attend the HBU Graduate School and how they feel a degree from HBU will assist them in their academic and professional careers.
    • Résumé/CV – Applicants should email a current résumé or CV to The Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.

College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

  • Doctor of Education in Executive Educational Leadership

    *Master’s degree required*

    • Official Transcripts – Official transcripts should be sent directly to The Graduate School from the college or university that awarded your master’s degree.
    • Master’s Research Paper – Applicants must submit a 5-7 page (not including cover and reference pages) master’s level research paper that was written and graded during their master’s program.  The submission must be a research paper covering any topic and should be authored only by the applicant. If applicants do not have a paper to submit, the
      Graduate Admissions office will then send a writing prompt to the applicant to complete and submit instead
    • Résumé & Service Record – Applicants must provide a current résumé and service record. Applicants must have completed at least three (3) full-time professional years at an accredited school, university, or agency.
    • References – Applicants must provide reference information on their application for the following:
      • Two (2) administrators from the school district or agency at a current place of employment (references from university administrators from former places of employment may be accepted. Include an explanation.).
      • One (1) current or former graduate professor (references from alternate administrators may be accepted. Include an explanation.).
    • Superintendent Certification (optional) – Applicants seeking a superintendent certification must submit the following additional document to be considered for admission:
      • Copy of Principal Certification issued by State Board of Educator Certification
    • Processing fee – Applicants will be required to submit a $35.00 processing fee, payable online at HBU.edu/EdDAppFee, or by check or money order.
    • Other items, including an admission interview, may be requested.
  • Doctor of Education in Special Education Leadership

    *Master’s degree required*

    • Official Transcripts – Official transcripts should be sent directly to The Graduate School from the college or university that awarded your master’s degree.
    • Master’s Research Paper – Applicants must submit a 5-7 page (not including cover or reference pages) master’s level research paper that was written and graded during their master’s program.  The submission must be a research paper covering any topic and should be authored only by the applicant. If applicants do not have a paper to submit, the
      Graduate Admissions office will then send a writing prompt to the applicant to complete and submit instead.
    • Résumé & Service Record – Applicants must provide a current résumé and service record. Applicants must have completed at least three (3) full-time professional years at an accredited school, university, or agency.
    • References – Applicants must provide references information on their application for the following:
      • Two (2) administrators from the school district or agency at a current place of employment (references from university administrators from former places of employment may be accepted. Include an explanation.).
      • One (1) current or former graduate professor (references from alternate administrators may be accepted. Include an explanation.).
    • Superintendent Certification (optional) – Applicants seeking a superintendent certification must submit the following additional document to be considered for admission:
      • Copy of Principal Certification issued by State Board of Educator Certification
    • Processing fee – Applicants will be required to submit a $35.00 processing fee, payable online at HBU.edu/EdDAppFee, or by check or money order.
    • Other items, including an admission interview, may be requested.
  • Doctor of Education in Executive Leadership for Mental Health and Human Services

    *Master’s degree required*

    • Official Transcripts – Official transcripts should be sent directly to The Graduate School from the college or university that awarded your master’s degree.
    • Master’s Research Paper – Applicants must submit a 5-7 page (not including cover or reference pages) master’s level research paper that was written and graded during their master’s program.  The submission must be a research paper covering any topic and should be authored only by the applicant. If applicants do not have a paper to submit, the
      Graduate Admissions office will then send a writing prompt to the applicant to complete and submit instead.
    • Résumé /CV – Applicants must provide a current résumé and service record (if applicable).
    • References – Applicants must provide reference information on their application for the following:
      • Two (2) professional references (references from university administrators may be accepted. Include an explanation.)
      • One (1) current or former graduate professor (references from alternate administrators may be accepted. Include an explanation.).
    • Processing fee – Applicants will be required to submit a $35.00 processing fee, payable online at HBU.edu/EdDAppFee, or by check or money order.
    • Other items, including an admission interview, may be requested.
  • Master of Education
    • Additional Transcripts – Individuals applying to be certified in a content area are required to submit ALL of their transcripts to The Graduate School.
    • References – Applicants must provide contact information for two (2) references on their application. References must be a principal or supervisor; parents of a taught student; or colleague. One must be for a campus or school district leader if applicant is a certified teacher. Friends and family members should not be listed as references.
    • Résumé/CV and Service Record – Applicants must provide a current résumé and an official school district, charter, or independent school service record. Some specializations may require a specific length of work experience as shown on the service record. Documents may be sent to the Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.
    • Interview – An admission interview may be required.
    • Certain specializations may have additional requirements. Contact your graduate admissions coordinator for more information.
  • Alternative Certification Program
    • Additional Transcripts – Individuals applying to be certified in a content area are required to submit ALL of their transcripts to The Graduate School.
    • References – Applicants must provide contact information for two (2) references on their application. References must be a principal or supervisor; parents of a taught student; or colleague. One must be for a campus or school district leader if applicant is a certified teacher. Friends and family members should not be listed as references.
    • Résumé/CV – Applicants should email a current résumé or CV to The Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.
    • Interview – An admission interview is required.
  • Superintendent Certification

    *Master’s degree required*

    • Personal Statement – Applicants must write a personal statement, not to exceed 1,000 words.  The statement must include the following:
      • Reasons for pursuing the program;
      • Career goals and how the program will help in meeting the established goals; and
      • Experiences that relate the student’s aptitude for the program.
    • Résumé & Service Record - Applicants must provide a current résumé and service record.  Applicants must have completed at least three (3) full-time professional years at an accredited school, university, or agency.
    • References – Applicants must provide reference information on their application for the following:
      • Two (2) administrators from the school district or agency at a current place of employment (references from university administrators from former places of employment may be accepted. Include an explanation.).
      • One (1) current or former graduate professor (references from alternate administrators may be accepted. Include an explanation.).
    • Applicants should provide a copy of their Principal Certification issued by State Board of Educator Certification
    • Other items, including an admission interview, may be requested.
  • Principal Certification

    *Master’s degree required*

    • Résumé & Service Record - Applicants must provide a current résumé and an official school district, charter, or independent school service record.  Applicants must have completed at least two (2) full-time professional years at an accredited school, university, or agency.
    • Teaching Certificate – Applicants must provide a copy of their current Texas, or out of state, teaching certificate.
    • References – Applicants must provide contact information for two (2) references on their application. References must be a principal or supervisor; parents of a taught student; or colleague. One must be for a campus or school district leader if applicant is a certified teacher. Friends and family members should not be listed as references.
    • Interview – An admission interview is required.
  • Master of Arts in Psychology
    • References – Applicants must provide contact information for two (2) references on their application. References must be professional or academic contacts. Friends and family members should not be listed as references.
    • Résumé/CV – Applicants should email a current résumé or CV to The Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.
  • Master of Arts in Christian Psychological Studies
    • References – Applicants must provide contact information for two (2) references on their application. References must be professional or academic contacts. Friends and family members should not be listed as references.
    • Résumé/CV – Applicants should email a current résumé or CV to The Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.
  • Master of Arts in Christian Psychology
    • Additional Transcripts – Applicants pursuing licensure are required to submit ALL of their transcripts to The Graduate School.
    • References – Applicants must provide contact information for two (2) references on their application. References must be professional or academic contacts. One reference MUST be a pastoral/ministry reference. Friends and family members should not be listed as references.
    • Résumé/CV – Applicants should email a current résumé or CV to The Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.
    • Writing Prompt – Applicants must provide a written response, at least 500 words, to the following questions:
      • What is the purpose of being a mental health practictioner?
      • What are the characteristics that make you a good counselor? In which of these do you excel? How do you know?
      • Why do you want to pursue a graduate degree in Christian Psychology, and why Houston Baptist University?
      • Given your history and circumstances, describe any challenges that could prevent you from completion of this degree and how you might address them should they arise.
      • Describe your Christian faith journey, including the status of your relationship with God now and your church involvement.
    • Candidate Presentation – Applicants may choose between attending a virtual interview with the admissions team or submitting a 10-12 minute video responding to predetermined questions. This will take place during the second phase of the admissions process.
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
    • Additional Transcripts – Applicants pursuing licensure are required to submit ALL of their transcripts to The Graduate School.
    • References – Applicants must provide contact information for two (2) references on their application. References must be professional or academic contacts. Friends and family members should not be listed as references.
    • Résumé/CV – Applicants should email a current résumé or CV to The Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.
    • Writing Prompt – Applicants must provide a written response, at least 500 words, to the following questions:
      • What is the purpose of being a mental health practictioner?
      • What are the characteristics that make you a good counselor? In which of these do you excel? How do you know?
      • Why do you want to pursue a graduate degree in Counseling , and why Houston Baptist University?
      • Given your history and circumstances, describe any challenges that could prevent you from completion of this degree and how you might address them should they arise.
    • Candidate Presentation – Applicants may choose between attending a virtual interview with the admissions team or submitting a 10-12 minute video responding to predetermined questions. This will take place during the second phase of the admissions process.
  • Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling
    • References – Applicants must provide contact information for two (2) references on their application. References must be professional or academic contacts. Friends and family members should not be listed as references.
    • Résumé/CV – Applicants should email a current résumé or CV to The Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.
  • Master of Arts in Christian Counseling
    • Additional Transcripts – Applicants pursuing licensure are required to submit ALL of their transcripts to The Graduate School.
    • References – Applicants must provide contact information for two (2) references on their application. References must be professional or academic contacts. One reference MUST be a pastoral/ministry reference. Friends and family members should not be listed as references.
    • Résumé/CV – Applicants should email a current résumé or CV to The Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.
    • Writing Prompt – Applicants must provide a written response, at least 500 words, to the following questions:
      • What is the purpose of being a mental health practictioner?
      • What are the characteristics that make you a good counselor? In which of these do you excel? How do you know?
      • Why do you want to pursue a graduate degree in Christian Counseling , and why Houston Baptist University?
      • Given your history and circumstances, describe any challenges that could prevent you from completion of this degree and how you might address them should they arise.
      • Describe your Christian faith journey, including the status of your relationship with God now and your church involvement.
    • Candidate Presentation – Applicants may choose between attending a virtual interview with the admissions team or submitting a 10-12 minute video responding to predetermined questions. This will take place during the second phase of the admissions process.
  • Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy
    • Additional Transcripts – Applicants pursuing licensure are required to submit ALL of their transcripts to The Graduate School.
    • References – Applicants must provide contact information for two (2) references on their application. References must be professional or academic contacts. Friends and family members should not be listed as references.
    • Résumé/CV – Applicants should email a current résumé or CV to The Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.
    • Writing Prompt – Applicants must provide a written response, at least 500 words, to the following questions:
      • What is the purpose of being a mental health practictioner?
      • What are the characteristics that make you a good counselor? In which of these do you excel? How do you know?
      • Why do you want to pursue a graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy , and why Houston Baptist University?
      • Given your history and circumstances, describe any challenges that could prevent you from completion of this degree and how you might address them should they arise.
    • Candidate Presentation – Applicants may choose between attending a virtual interview with the admissions team or submitting a 10-12 minute video responding to predetermined questions. This will take place during the second phase of the admissions process.
  • Master of Arts in Psychology with SSP
    • Additional Transcripts – For students pursuing licensure, you are required to submit ALL of your transcripts to The Graduate School.
    • References – Applicants must provide contact information for two (2) references on their application. References must be professional or academic contacts. Friends and family members should not be listed as references.
    • Résumé/CV – Applicants should email a current résumé or CV to The Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.
    • Interview – An admission interview is required.
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) Certification

    *Applicants who have 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  certification.*

    • Additional Transcripts – Applicants pursuing licensure are required to submit ALL of their transcripts to The Graduate School.
    • References – Applicants must provide contact information for two (2) references on their application. References must be professional or academic contacts. Friends and family members should not be listed as references.
    • Résumé/CV – Applicants should email a current résumé or CV to The Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.
    • Writing Prompt – Applicants must provide a written response, at least 500 words, to the following questions:
      • What is the purpose of being a mental health practictioner?
      • What are the characteristics that make you a good counselor? In which of these do you excel? How do you know?
      • Why do you want to pursue an LPC certification, and why Houston Baptist University?
      • Given your history and circumstances, describe any challenges that could prevent you from completion of this degree and how you might address them should they arise.
    • Candidate Presentation – Applicants may choose between attending a virtual interview with the admissions team or submitting a 10-12 minute video responding to predetermined questions. This will take place during the second phase of the admissions process.
  • Specialist in School Psychology (SSP) Certification

    *Students who have 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 SSP certification.*

    • Additional Transcripts – Applicants pursuing licensure are required to submit ALL of their transcripts to The Graduate School.
    • References – Applicants must provide contact information for two (2) references on their application. References must be a principal or supervisor; parents of a taught student; or colleague. One must be for a campus or school district leader if applicant is a certified teacher. Friends and family members should not be listed as references.
    • Résumé/CV – Applicants should email a current résumé or CV to The Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.
    • Interview – An admission interview is required.

School of Christian Thought

  • Master of Arts in Apologetics
    • Personal Statement – Applicants should submit a personal statement, between 300 and 500 words, sharing their desire to attend the HBU Graduate School and how they feel a degree from HBU will assist them in their academic and professional careers.
    • Résumé/CV – Applicants should email a current résumé or CV to The Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.
  • Master of Arts in Biblical Languages

    *Fall and Spring admission only*

    • Personal Statement – Applicants should submit a personal statement, between 300 and 500 words, sharing their desire to attend the HBU Graduate School and how they feel a degree from HBU will assist them in their academic and professional careers.
    • Résumé/CV– Applicants should email a current résumé or CV 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 Theological Studies
    • Personal Statement – Applicants should submit a personal statement, between 300 and 500 words, sharing their desire to attend the HBU Graduate School and how they feel a degree from HBU will assist them in their academic and professional careers.
    • Résumé/CV – Applicants should email a current résumé or CV to The Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.
  • Master of Divinity
    • Personal Statement – Applicants should submit a personal statement, between 300 and 500 words, sharing their interest in attending HBU. The statement should address their faith in Jesus Christ and general agreement with the University’s preamble.
    • Résumé/CV – Applicants should email a current résumé or CV to The Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.
  • Master of Arts in Christian Leadership
    • Personal Statement – Applicants should submit a personal statement, between 300 and 500 words, sharing their interest in attending HBU. The statement should address their faith in Jesus Christ and general agreement with the University’s preamble.
    • Résumé/CV – Applicants should email a current résumé or CV to The Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.
  • Master of Arts in Classics and Early Christianity
    • Personal Statement – Applicants should submit a personal statement, between 300 and 500 words, sharing their desire to attend the HBU Graduate School and how they feel a degree from HBU will assist them in their academic and professional careers.
    • Résumé/CV – Applicants should email a current résumé or CV to The Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.
  • Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies
    • Personal Statement – Applicants should submit a personal statement, between 300 and 500 words, sharing their desire to attend the HBU Graduate School and how they feel a degree from HBU will assist them in their academic and professional careers.
    • Résumé/CV – Applicants should email a current résumé or CV to The Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.
  • Doctor of Ministry

    *Master’s degree required*

    • Official Transcripts – Official transcripts should be sent directly to The Graduate School from the college or university that awarded your master’s degree.
    • Ministry Experience – Applicants must have three (3) or more years of full-time ministry experience or have completed at least eight (8) hours of internship/ministry practicum courses.
    • Personal Statement – Applicants should submit a personal statement, at least 800 words, addressing the following prompts:
      • Please describe your relationship with Jesus Christ.
      • Please describe your calling to ministry and how you have followed that call.
      • Why are you interested in HBU’s DMin program?
      • Which track do you intend to pursue—New Testament or Faith & Culture?
      • Do you have an intended area of focus for your studies? If so, what is it?
    • Résumé/CV– Applicants should provide a current résumé or CV to The Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.
    • References – Applicants must provide contact information for two (2) references on their application. One of these MUST be a pastroal reference or from a commanding officer (for military chaplains). The other reference must be a professional or academic contact. Friends and family members should not be listed as references.
    • Processing fee – Applicants will be required to submit a $35.00 processing fee, payable online at HBU.edu/DMinAppFee, or by check or money order.
    • Other items, including an admission interview, may be requested.

School of Humanities

  • Master of Liberal Arts
    • Personal Statement – Applicants should submit a personal statement, between 300 and 500 words, sharing their desire to attend the HBU Graduate School and how they feel a degree from HBU will assist them in their academic and professional careers.
    • Résumé/CV – Applicants should email a current résumé or CV to The Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.
  • Master of Arts in Philosophy
    • Personal Statement – Applicants should submit a personal statement, between 300 and 500 words, sharing their desire to attend the HBU Graduate School and how they feel a degree from HBU will assist them in their academic and professional careers.
    • Résumé/CV – Applicants should email a current résumé or CV to The Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.
  • Master of Arts in History
    • Personal Statement – Applicants should submit a personal statement, between 300 and 500 words, sharing their desire to attend the HBU Graduate School and how they feel a degree from HBU will assist them in their academic and professional careers.
    • Résumé/CV – Applicants should email a current résumé or CV to The Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.
    • Writing Sample- Applicants should submit a writing sample (at least 8 pages in length) and email to The Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.
  • Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art

    *Fall admission only

    • Personal Statement – Applicants should submit a personal statement, between 300 and 500 words, sharing their desire to attend the HBU Graduate School and how they feel a degree from HBU will assist them in their academic and professional careers.
    • Résumé/CV – Applicants should email a current résumé or CV to The Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.
    • Digital PortfolioApplicants should submit a flash drive, CD or DVD with 20-30 high-resolution, JPEG samples of their work. Applicants should mail their flash drive, CD or DVD to The Graduate School.
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
    • Personal Statement – Applicants should submit a personal statement, between 300 and 500 words, sharing their desire to attend the HBU Graduate School and how they feel a degree from HBU will assist them in their academic and professional careers.
    • Résumé/CV – Applicants should email a current résumé or CV to The Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.
    • Writing Portfolio – Applicants should submit an email attachment with 2-3 samples of their best writing. The sample must be at least 10-15 pages in length for poetry or 20-30 pages in length for fiction, and may contain one story, multiple stories or excerpts. Additional work from other genres may be included as well. Applicants should email their portfolio to GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.
  • Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting
    • Personal Statement – Applicants should submit a personal statement, between 300 and 500 words, sharing their desire to attend the HBU Graduate School and how they feel a degree from HBU will assist them in their academic and professional careers.
    • Résumé/CV – Applicants should email a current résumé or CV to The Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.
    • Writing Portfolio – Applicants should submit an email attachment with 2-3 samples of their best writing. The sample must be at least 30-50 pages in length and may contain one script, multiple short scripts or excerpts. Additional work from other genres may be included as well. Applicants should email their portfolio to GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.

School of Nursing and Allied Health

  • Master of Science in Kinesiology - Sport Management

    *Fall and Spring admission only.

    • References – Applicants ust provide contact information for two (2) references on their application. References must be professional or academic contacts. Friends and family members should not be listed as references.
    • Résumé/CV – Applicants should email a current résumé or CV to The Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.
    • Interview – An interview may be required.
  • Master of Science in Nursing
    • Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from an accredited school of nursing in the United States
    • Current registered nurse (RN) license in good standing in the state of Texas
    • Applicants must be a Texas resident.
    • Résumé/CV – Applicants should email a current résumé or CV, identifying appropriate objective related to graduate education, to The Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.
    • Interview – An admission interview may be required with MSN or Track Director
    • For Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) applicants, priority will be given to applicants with 2 or more years of RN experience.

College of Science and Engineering

  • Pre-Health Post-Baccalaureate Coursework
    • Official Transcripts – Official transcripts should be sent directly to The Graduate School from the college or university that awarded the applicant’s bachelor’s degree.  Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in their conferred degree.
    • Personal Statement – Applicants should submit a personal statement, between 300 and 500 words, sharing their desire to attend the HBU Graduate School, and how they feel this certificate will assist them in their academic and professional careers.
    • Resume/CV – Email a current resume or CV to The Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.
    • References – Applicants must provide contact information for two (2) references on their application. References must be academic or professional. Friends and family members should not be listed as references.

Certificates

  • 12-Hour Certificate Programs
    • Personal Statement – Applicants should submit a personal statement, between 300 and 500 words, sharing their desire to attend the HBU Graduate School and how they feel a degree from HBU will assist them in their academic and professional careers.