Environmental Engineering Program — FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for admission to Environmental Engineering Program

  1. What is the deadline to apply to for the MS or PhD programs?
    The deadline is February 15 of each year for the upcoming fall semester.
  2. Can I apply for the spring semester to the MS or PhD programs?
    No. Typically, the program admits students for the fall semester. However, under special circumstances (determined on a case-by-case basis), a student may be offered admission for the spring semester.
  3. Can I apply for a PhD with only a bachelor's degree?
  4. How do I apply?
    All students must submit an online application. Also you must submit all required documents requested on the Environmental Engineering admission website.
  5. What criteria are used to admit students?
    The Admissions Committee looks at grades, GRE and TOEFL scores, recommendation letters and the student statement of purpose. To be admitted, a student must receive approval from the Committee and the Associate Dean of Engineering for Graduate Programs.
  6. Is there a minimum GRE score?
    The Quantitative + Verbal scores combined should be at least 1100 (Verbal minimum is 450 and Quantitative minimum is 650); however this does not guarantee admission.
  7. What kind of GRE is needed for the program?
    The General GRE Exam.
  8. Is there a minimum TOEFL score?
    Yes - the minimum scores are as follows:
    550 - Paper Based Test
    213 - Computer Based Test
    79 - Internet Based Test
    6.5 - IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
    No exceptions are made for scores below these minimum scores.
  9. Can GRE or TOEFL exam be waived?
    All interested applicants must take the GRE. For international or permanent resident applicants, the TOEFL exam is required unless you have an undergraduate degree from a US institution.
    Please see rules for exemption from TOEFL exam.
  10. What is the Institution Code for UH that ETS will report GRE and TOEFL scores?
    The code for the University of Houston is 6870; no dept code is needed. However, the department will accept a paper copy of the scores for the review process. 
  11. What about the application fee?
    The application fee is $75 for international applicants and $25 for domestic applicants. It can be paid by credit card when submitting the online application or by check or money order payable to the University of Houston.
  12. Can I contact individual faculty to help me get admitted?
    No. The Admissions Committee, not individual faculty, makes all admission decisions.
  13. What about Financial Assistance?
    All qualified candidates who are accepted into our PhD program receive full financial aid. No separate application is necessary for you to be considered for financial aid.
  14. How do I find tuition and fee costs?
    For estimated costs, please review this web site.
  15. How many full-time students are admitted each year?
    The number of full time students varies each year, but typically the Environmental Engineering program admits around 25-50 students per yr.
  16. What is the correct address to mail required documents?
    University of Houston
    Civil and Environmental Engineering
    N107 Engineering, Bldg. 1
    Houston, TX 77204-4003
    ATTN: Grad. Admissions

Last Updated: August 1, 2018