Graduate Admissions

EdD – Doctor of Education in Executive Educational Leadership (Residential)
EdD – Doctor of Education in Special Education Leadership (Residential)
MAA – Master of Arts in Apologetics, Cultural Apologetics (Residential and Online)
MAA – Master of Arts in Apologetics, Philosophical Apologetics (Residential and Online)
MABL – Master of Arts in Biblical Languages (Residential)
MA-CMHC – Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling leading to LPC (Residential)
MACC – Master of Arts in Christian Counseling leading to LPC (Residential and Online)**
MACCT – Master of Accountancy (Residential)
MACEC – Master of Arts in Classics and Early Christianity (Residential)
MACL – Master of Arts in Christian Leadership (Residential)
MA-HSC – Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling (Online)
MAMFT – Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy with LMFT (Residential and Online)**
MAP – Master of Arts in Psychology (Residential)
MAP with LSSP – Master of Arts in Psychology with LSSP Certification (Residential)
MAP with LSSP-R – Master of Arts in Psychology with LSSP Re-specialization (Residential)
MAPC – Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling–Addiction and Recovery (Residential and Online)
MAPC – Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling–Crisis Response (Residential and Online)
MAPC – Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling–Human Sexuality (Residential and Online)
MAPC – Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling–Marriage and Family (Residential and Online)
MAPC – Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling–Military and Veteran Care (Residential and Online)
MAPC – Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling–Professional Life Coaching (Residential and Online)
MAPhil – Master of Arts in Philosophy (Residential)
MATS – Master of Arts in Theological Studies (Residential and Online)
MBA – Master of Business Administration (Residential)
MDiv – Master of Divinity, Biblical Languages Track (Residential)
MDiv – Master of Divinity, English Language Track (Residential)
MEd, BE – Master of Education in Bilingual Education (Residential)
MEd, SC – Master of Education in School Counseling (Residential)
MEd, C&I – Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (Residential and Online)
MEd, C&I – Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with 7-12 Certification (Residential)
MEd, C&I – Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with EC-6 Generalist Certification (Residential)
MEd, C&I – Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with Specialization in Instructional Technology (Residential and Online)
MEd, C&I – Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with Art, Spanish, Music or P.E. Certification (Residential)
MEd, C&I – Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with English, Language Arts, and Reading 4-8 Certification (Residential)
MEd, C&I – Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with Math, Science, Social Studies 4-8 Certification (Residential)
MEd, C&I – Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with EC-6 and Special Education (EC-12) Certification (Residential)
MEd, C&I – Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with EC-6 Bilingual Certification (Residential)
MEd, EA – Master of Education in Educational Administration (Residential and Online)
MEd, ED – Master of Education in Educational Diagnostician (Residential)
MEd, HE – Master of Education in Higher Education (Residential)
MEd, RE — Master of Education in Reading Specialist with Certification (Residential)

MFA – Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art (Residential)
MIB – Master of International Business (Residential)
MLA – Master of Liberal Arts (Residential)
MLA – Master of Liberal Arts Specialization in Education (4-8 or 7-12) (Residential)
MLA – Master of Liberal Arts Specialization in Education (EC-6 Generalist) (Residential)
MLA – Master of Liberal Arts Specialization in Education (EC-12 Art, Music, PE or Spanish) (Residential)

MS–HRM – Master of Science in Human Resources Management (Residential and Online)
MSK – Master of Science in Kinesiology, Sport Management (Online)
MSME – Master of Science in Management and Entrepreneurship (Residential)
MSN – Master of Science in Nursing, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care Provider (Online) **
MSN – Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner (Online) **
ACP – Alternative Certification Program (Residential)
LPC – Licensed Professional Counselor Certification (Residential)
LSSP – Licensed Specialist in School Psychology Certification (Residential)
EDSU – Superintendent Certification (Residential)
Principal Certification (Residential and Online)
Certificate in Addiction and Recovery Studies (Residential and Online)
Certificate in Apologetics (Residential and Online)
Certificate in Apologetics Communication (Residential and Online)
Certificate in Biblical Apologetics (Residential and Online)
Certificate in Classical Languages (Residential and Online)
Certificate in General Psychology Studies (Residential and Online)
Certificate in Greek (Residential and Online)
Certificate in Human Sexuality Studies (Residential and Online)
Certificate in Literary and Imaginative Apologetics (Residential and Online)
Certificate in Marriage and Family Studies (Residential and Online)
Certificate in Military and Veteran Care Studies (Residential and Online)
Certificate in Missions and Evangelism (Residential and Online)
Certificate in New Testament (Residential and Online)
Certificate in Philosophical Apologetics (Residential and Online)
Certificate in Philosophy of Religion (Residential and Online)
Certificate in Professional Life Coaching (Residential and Online)
Certificate in Worldview (Residential and Online)

* Pending SACSCOC Approval

** Programs designated as online can be completed in their entirety online.  Some courses that are part of an online program may require an intensive residential component.


Graduate Admissions

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 HBU.edu/Grad-Apply. Recommendation Forms are required in support of the program application in addition to a current resume. 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 HBU.edu/GradAdmitReq 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. Non-Degree Seeking Applications

The Graduate School may admit students as non-degree seeking applicants who wish to take courses from one of our graduate programs but are not enrolled in one of our approved programs.  Non-degree students, except some who are in an approved program, do not receive financial aid or scholarships. Admission requirements for non-degree seeking students vary depending on program.

5. Transient Applications

Transient applicants are individuals who are enrolled in another institution and come to HBU to take courses. Transient students do not receive financial aid or scholarships.  Applicants are only required to submit a transient application through the Registrar’s Office and a letter of good standing from the institution in which they are enrolled.

6. Incomplete Applications

There are occasions when students may be admitted for up to one semester with an incomplete application.  Students admitted in such a way are expected to submit any missing items before the end of their first semester if they desire to continue into another semester.  Students who have an incomplete application cannot take a course that is only for state licensure or certification programs.

7. International Students

International students should refer to the International Admissions section of the HBU website for details on additional admission requirements. HBU.edu/international. Holders of 3-year bachelor’s degrees from outside the United States may be considered for graduate admission.

8. 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.

9. Admissions Review

When a candidate completes his or her application to the HBU Graduate School, the staff begins a comprehensive, holistic review. In a holistic review process, HBU considers the applicant as a whole individual, not merely select parts such as GPA or test scores. In doing so, the Graduate School director of admissions evaluates applicants based on who will contribute to HBU’s academic community in meaningful ways. Holistic review takes into account factors such as a student’s strength of undergraduate coursework, work experience, test scores, academic professional goals, unique talents, and personality. By evaluating an application from a holistic perspective, we take the time to get to know applicants as people, not as numbers.

After a holistic review, if a candidate is found to be slightly below admission standards, the Graduate School may offer conditional admission or review by the Graduate Admissions Review Board at the discretion of the director of graduate admissions.

10. Application Deadline

Students may apply for admission to The Graduate School throughout the year. Refer to the website, 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.

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. 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-baccalaureate or graduate level transcripts will also be required.

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.



Program of Study Admission Requirements (Additional Materials)

Doctor of Education:

  • 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 doctoral program;
    • Career goals and how the Executive Educational Leadership doctoral program will help in meeting the established goals; and
    • Experiences that relate the student’s aptitude for the doctoral program.
  • Resume & Service Record – Applicants must provide a current resume 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 – 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.

Master of Accountancy:

*Requires a bachelor’s degree in accounting from a regionally accredited university*

  • Personal Statement – As part of the application process, a statement of the student’s interest should be submitted.
  • Resume/CV – Email a current resume or CV with references to the Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.
  • Processing Fee - Applicants will be required to submit a $75.00 processing fee, payable online at HBU.edu/GradAppFee, or by check or money order.
  • Placement Exam – Applicants are required to complete a placement exam prior to admission.

Master of Arts in Apologetics:

  • Personal Statement – As part of the application process, a statement of the student’s interest should be submitted.
  • Resume/CV – Email a current resume or CV with references to the Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.

Master of Arts in Biblical Languages:

*Fall and Spring admission only

  • Personal Statement – As part of the application process, a statement of the student’s interest should be submitted.
  • Resume/CV – Email a current resume or CV with references to the Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.
  • Language Study – Candidates must have significant undergraduate coursework 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 Clinical Mental Health Counseling:

  • Two (2) Recommendation Forms – 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.
  • Resume/CV – Email a current resume or CV to the Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.
  • Official GRE Report – Applicants must provide an official report of scores for the Graduate Record Examination (not more than five (5) years old).  All sections will be taken into consideration – Quantitative, Verbal, and Analytical Writing.  Details 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, or if your last 60 hours is 3.0 or higher.
  • Interview – An admission interview is required.

Master of Arts in Christian Counseling:

  • Two (2) Recommendation Forms – 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.  One form must be a pastoral recommendation. Forms from family members or friends will not be accepted.  Recommendation forms must be sent directly from the recommenders to be considered valid.
  • Resume/CV – Email a current resume or CV to the Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.
  • Official GRE Report – Applicants must provide an official report of scores for the Graduate Record Examination (not more than five (5) years old).  All sections will be taken into consideration – Quantitative, Verbal, and Analytical Writing.  Details 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, or if your last 60 hours is 3.0 or higher.
  • Interview – An admission interview is required.


Master of Arts in Christian Leadership:

  • Personal Statement – As part of the application process, a statement of the student’s interest should be submitted.
  • Resume/CV – Email a current resume or CV with references to the Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.

Master of Arts in Classics and Early Christianity:

  • Personal Statement – As part of the application process, a statement of the student’s interest should be submitted.
  • Resume/CV – Email a current resume or CV with references to the Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.

Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling:

  • Two (2) Recommendation Forms – 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.
  • Resume/CV – Email a current resume or CV to the Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.
  • Official GRE Report – Applicants must provide an official report of scores for the Graduate Record Examination (not more than five (5) years old).  All sections will be taken into consideration – Quantitative, Verbal, and Analytical Writing.  Details 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, or if your last 60 hours is 3.0 or higher.

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy:

  • Two (2) Recommendation Forms – 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.
  • Resumé/CV – Email a current resumé or CV to the Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.
  • Official GRE Report– Applicants must provide an official report of scores for the Graduate Record Examination (not more than five (5) years old).  All sections will be taken into consideration – Quantitative, Verbal, and Analytical Writing.  Details 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, or if your last 60 hours is 3.0 or higher.
  • Interview – An admission interview is required.


Master of Arts in Philosophy:

  • Personal Statement – As part of the application process, a statement of the student’s interest should be submitted.
  • Resume/CV – Email a current resume or CV with references to the Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.


Master of Arts in Psychology:

  • Candidates must demonstrate entry-level readiness for this program in one of the following ways:
    • Candidates have graduated with a baccalaureate degree with a major in psychology in the last seven years from a regionally accredited college or university. Coursework should include the following: Introduction to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Introduction to Statistics with a grade of B or better.
    • Candidates have graduated with a baccalaureate degree with another major, but have taken undergraduate Introduction to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Introduction to Statistics in the last seven years and passed with a grade of B or better. These courses may have been taken as part of the bachelor’s degree, or may have been taken separately (e.g., at a community college.)
    • Candidates may be accepted into the program and then take PSYC 5300 (General Psychology), PSYC 5301 (Introduction to Statistics), and PSYC 5302 (Abnormal Psychology) before beginning their graduate coursework.
  • 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.
  • Resume/CV – Email a current resume or CV to the Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.
  • Official GRE Report– Applicants must provide an official report of scores for the Graduate Record Examination (not more than five (5) years old).  All sections will be taken into consideration – Quantitative, Verbal, and Analytical Writing.  Details 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, or if your last 60 hours is 3.0 or higher.


Master of Arts in Psychology with LSSP:

  • Candidates must demonstrate entry-level readiness for this program in one of the following ways:
    • Candidates have graduated with a baccalaureate degree with a major in psychology in the last seven years from a regionally accredited college or university. Coursework should include the following: Introduction to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Introduction to Statistics with a grade of B or better.
    • Candidates have graduated with a baccalaureate degree with another major, but have taken undergraduate Introduction to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Introduction to Statistics in the last seven years and passed with a grade of B or better. These courses may have been taken as part of the bachelor’s degree, or may have been taken separately (e.g., at a community college.)
    • Candidates may be accepted into the program and then take PSYC 5300 (General Psychology), PSYC 5301 (Introduction to Statistics), and PSYC 5302 (Abnormal Psychology) before beginning their graduate coursework.
  • 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.
  • Resume/CV – Email a current resume or CV to the Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.
  • Official GRE Report– Applicants must provide an official report of scores for the Graduate Record Examination (not more than five (5) years old).  All sections will be taken into consideration – Quantitative, Verbal, and Analytical Writing.  Details 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, or if your last 60 hours is 3.0 or higher.
  • Interview – An admission interview is required.


Master of Arts in Psychology with LSSP Re-specialization:

*Master’s degree required

  • 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.
  • Resume/CV – Email a current resume or CV to the Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.
  • Official GRE Report– Applicants must provide an official report of scores for the Graduate Record Examination (not more than five (5) years old).  All sections will be taken into consideration – Quantitative, Verbal, and Analytical Writing.  Details 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, or if your last 60 hours is 3.0 or higher.
  • Interview – An admission interview is required.
  • Verification that no disciplinary action has been taken against an applicant’s certificate or license.


Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling:

  • Two (2) Recommendation Forms – 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. One form must be a pastoral recommendation. Forms from family members or friends will not be accepted.  Recommendation forms must be sent directly from the recommenders to be considered valid.
  • Resumé/CV – Email a current resumé or CV to the Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.
  • Official GRE Report – Applicants must provide an official report of scores for the Graduate Record Examination (not more than five (5) years old).  All sections will be taken into consideration – Quantitative, Verbal, and Analytical Writing.  Details 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, or if your last 60 hours is 3.0 or higher.


Master of Arts in Theological Studies:

  • Personal Statement – As part of the application process, a statement of the student’s interest should be submitted.
  • Resume/CV – Email a current resume or CV with references to the Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.


Master of Business Administration:

  • Personal Statement – As part of the application process, a statement of the student’s interest should be submitted.
  • Resume/CV – Email a current resume or CV with references to the Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.
  • Processing Fee - Applicants will be required to submit a $75.00 processing fee, payable online at HBU.edu/GradAppFee, or by check or money order.
  • Placement Exam – Applicants are required to complete a placement exam prior to admission


Master of Divinity:

  • Personal Statement – As part of the application process, a statement of the student’s interest should be submitted.
  • Resume/CV – Email a current resume or CV with references to the Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.


Master of Education:

  • Additional Transcripts – For students applying to be certified in a content area, 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 a principal or supervisor, parent 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.
  • Resume/CV and Service Record- Applicants must provide a current resume 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.

Principal Certification:

  • Resume & Service Record- Applicants must provide a current resume 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, parent 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 Fine Arts in Studio Art:

*Fall admission only

  • Personal Statement – As part of the application process, a statement of the student’s interest should be submitted.
  • Resume/CV – Email a current resume or CV with references to the Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.
  • 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.


Master of International Business:

  • Personal Statement – As part of the application process, a statement of the student’s interest should be submitted.
  • Resume/CV – Email a current resume or CV with references to the Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.


Master of Liberal Arts:

  • Personal Statement – As part of the application process, a statement of the student’s interest should be submitted.
  • Resume/CV – Email a current resume or CV with references to the Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.


Master of Science in Human Resources Management:

  • Personal Statement – As part of the application process, a statement of the student’s interest should be submitted.
  • Resume/CV – Email a current resume or CV with references to the Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.

Master of Science in Kinesiology – Sport Management:

*Fall and Spring admission only

  • 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.
  • Resume/CV – Email a current resume or CV to the Graduate School at gradadmissions@hbu.edu.
  • Interview – An interview may be required

Master of Science in Management and Entrepreneurship:

*Requires either a B.A. or a B.S. conferred degree.

  • Personal Statement – As part of the application process, a statement of the student’s interest should be submitted.
  • Resume/CV – Email a current resume or CV with references to the Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.

Master of Science in Nursing:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from an accredited school of nursing in the United States
  • Current RN license in good standing in the state of Texas
  • Resume/CV– Email a current resume or CV to the Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu identifying appropriate objective related to graduate education
  • Interview – An admission interview may be required with MSN or Track Director
  • For FNP applicants, priority will be given to applicants with 2 or more years of RN experience


Alternate Certification Program:

  • Additional Transcripts – For students applying to be certified in a content area, 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 a principal or supervisor, parent 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.
  • Resume/CV – Email a current resume or CV to the Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.
  • Interview – An admission interview is required.

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) Certification:

**Students who have previously earned a master’s degree with counseling or a related mental health field can return to HBU to take the additional courses need to gain their LPC certifications.

  • Two (2) Recommendation Forms – 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. One form must be a pastoral recommendation. Forms from family members or friends will not be accepted.  Recommendation forms must be sent directly from the recommenders to be considered valid.
  • Resume/CV – Email a current resume or CV to the Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.
  • Official GRE Report– Applicants must provide an official report of scores for the Graduate Record Examination (not more than five (5) years old).  All sections will be taken into consideration – Quantitative, Verbal, and Analytical Writing.  Details 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, or if your last 60 hours is 3.0 or higher.
  • Interview – An admission interview is required.

Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP)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 LSSP certifications.

  • References – Applicants must provide contact information for two (2) references on their application. References must be a principal or supervisor, parent 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.
  • Resume/CV – Email a current resume or CV to the Graduate School at GradAdmissions@HBU.edu.
  • Official GRE Report– Applicants must provide an official report of scores for the Graduate Record Examination (not more than five (5) years old).  All sections will be taken into consideration – Quantitative, Verbal, and Analytical Writing.  Details 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, or if your last 60 hours is 3.0 or higher.
  • 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 doctoral program;
    • Career goals and how the Executive Educational Leadership doctoral program will help in meeting the established goals; and
    • Experiences that relate the student’s aptitude for the doctoral program.
  • Resume & Service Record – Applicants must provide a current resume 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.).
  • Copy of Principal Certification issued by State Board of Educator Certification
  • Other items, including an admission interview, may be requested.

12-Hour Certificate Programs:

All certificate programs 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.  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-baccalaureate or graduate level transcripts will also be required.
  • Personal Statement – As part of the application process, a statement of the student’s interest should be submitted.