Graduate Admissions

Application for Admission to Graduate School
Examinations
Transcripts
Post-Graduate Admission
International Students
Permanent Resident Statement
Application Deadline
Transfer Credit

Graduate Admissions

EdD – Doctor of Education in Executive Educational 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)
MAC – Master of Arts in Counseling leading to LPC (Residential)
MACC – Master of Arts in Christian Counseling leading to LPC (Residential and Online)**
MACC-Master of Arts in Christian Counseling (Residential and Online)
MACL – Master of Arts in Christian Leadership (Residential and Online)
MAMF – Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy with LMFT (Residential and Online)*  **
MAP – Master of Arts in Psychology (Residential and Hybrid)
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 and Counseling (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, CE – Master of Education in Counselor Education (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 (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)*
MSN – Master of Science in Nursing, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care Provider (Online)*  **  ***
MSN – Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner (Online)*  **  ***

ACP – Alternate Teacher Certification (Residential)
LPC – Licensed Professional Counselor Certification (Residential)
LSSP – Licensed Specialist in School Psychology Certification (Residential)
EDSU – Superintendent Certification (Residential)
APOL – Certificate in Apologetics (Residential)

*Pending Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (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.

*** Pending Texas Board of Nursing Approval


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.

  1. 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

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. International Students

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

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Transfer Credit

Some graduate degree programs allow the transfer of graduate credits. Typically there is a limit of (6) semester hours credit that can transfer but some programs have different requirements.  See “Transfer Courses/Credit” in the catalog for more details.  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. Application for transfer credit must be made within the semester that the student matriculates; 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 Program Director and Dean, 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)

Doctor of Education in Executive Educational Leadership:

The Doctor of Education (EdD) program is designed for those individuals who have already demonstrated leadership ability in an educational setting.  The program will admit candidates who meet the academic requirements for the EdD degree program and who possess personal qualities and professional experiences that suggest a strong potential for success as doctoral candidates and as educational leaders.  Meeting the minimum requirements qualifies an individual for consideration, but does not guarantee admission to the program.  Admission will be granted annually on a competitive basis.

  • Official Transcripts – Applicants must provide official transcripts from institutions awarding the master’s degree.  Transcripts must show completion of a master’s degree.  A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required for courses applied toward a master’s degree.
  • 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.
  • Official GRE Report – Applicants must provide an official report of scores for the Graduate Record Examination (not more than five (5) years old).  The minimum GRE total score required is 291 (Q + V).  Details may be obtained from the Educational Testing Services website.  The HBU GRE code is 6282.
  • Reference Rating Forms – Applicants must provide Reference Rating forms from the following individuals:
    • Three (3) 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.).
    • Two (2) current or former graduate professors (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, to The Graduate School, Houston Baptist University, 7502 Fondren, Houston, TX, 77074.
  • Other items, including an admission interview, may be requested.

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

Master of Arts in Apologetics:

  • 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.
  • Resume/CV – Email a current resume or CV with references to the Graduate School at gradadmissions@hbu.edu.

Master of Arts in Biblical Languages:

  • 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.
  • 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 Counseling:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Interview – An admission interview is required.

Master of Arts in Christian Counseling:

  • 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.
  • 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, Introduction to Statistics and Introduction to Biblical Texts OR Christian Theology and Tradition 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, PSYC 5302 Abnormal Psychology and CHRI 5300 (Introduction to Biblical Texts and Doctrines) before beginning their graduate coursework.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Interview – An admission interview is required.

Master of Arts in Christian Leadership:

  • 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.
  • Resume/CV – Email a current resume or CV with references to the Graduate School at gradadmissions@hbu.edu.

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy with LMFT:

(Pending SACSCOC Approval)

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Interview – An admission interview is required.

Master of Arts in Philosophy:

  • 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.
  • Resume/CV – Email a current resume or CV with references to the Graduate School at gradadmissions@hbu.edu.

Master of Arts in Psychology:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Interview – An admission interview is required.

Master of Arts in Psychology with LSSP:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Interview – An admission interview is required.

Master of Arts in Psychology with LSSP Re-specialization:

*Master’s degree required

  • 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.  Any post-baccalaureate or graduate level transcripts will also be required.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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:

(Pending SACSCOC Approval)

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Interview – An admission interview is required.

Master of Arts in Theological Studies:

  • 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.
  • Resume/CV – Email a current resume or CV with references to the Graduate School at gradadmissions@hbu.edu.

Master of Business Administration:

  • 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.
  • Resume/CV – Email a current resume or CV with references to the Graduate School at gradadmissions@hbu.edu.
  • Official GMAT or GRE Report – Applicants must provide an official report of scores for the GMAT or GRE (not more than five (5) years old).  Details may be obtained from the GMAT website or the Educational Testing Services website for the GRE.  The HBU GMAT code is 9JD-54-68.  The HBU GRE code is 6282. **You may be eligible for a GMAT waiver once your application file is complete. 

Master of Divinity:

  • 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.
  • Resume/CV – Email a current resume or CV with references to the Graduate School at gradadmissions@hbu.edu.

Master of Education:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 principal or supervisor, parent of a taught student, or colleague.  One must be from a campus or school district leader if applicant is a certified teacher.  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 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:

  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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 must be from a campus or school district leader.  Forms from family members or friends will not be accepted.  Recommendation forms must be sent directly from the recommenders to be considered valid.
  • Interview – An admission interview is required.

Master of Fine Arts:

  • 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.
  • 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:

  • 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.
  • Resume/CV - Email a current resume or CV with references to the Graduate School at gradadmissions@hbu.edu.

Master of Liberal Arts:

  • 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.
  • 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:

  • 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.
  • 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:

(Pending SACSCOC Approval)

  • 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.
  • 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.

Master of Science in Nursing:

(Pending SACSCOC Approval)

  • 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.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from an accredited school of nursing in the United States
  • Current registered nurse license in good standing in state or country where clinical or practicum coursework is completed
  • A Texas resident
  • Statement of Purpose – Must include the following:
    • Name
    • A personal goal statement demonstrating fit with specific concentration for which you are applying
    • Skills, talents, unique abilities, or community service essential to preferred advanced nursing role and concentration, including experience with diverse populations
    • Following format:
      • Word document with 500 words or less, 1 inch margins, 1.5 or double spaced, and 11 point Arial font.
      • Strong flow and organization
      • Proper sentence structure, syntax, punctuation, capitalization, etc.
    • 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 is required with MSN or Track Director

Alternate Teacher Certification:

  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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 principal or supervisor, parent of a taught student, or colleague.  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.
  • Interview – An admission interview is required.

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or 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 LPC or LSSP certifications.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Interview – An admission interview is required.

Superintendent Certification (EDSU):

*Master’s degree required

  • Official Transcripts – Applicants must provide official transcripts from institutions awarding the master’s degree.  Transcripts must show completion of a master’s degree.  A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required for courses applied toward a master’s degree.
  • 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.
  • Official GRE Report – Applicants must provide an official report of scores for the Graduate Record Examination (not more than five (5) years old).  The minimum GRE total score required is 291 (Q + V).  Details may be obtained from the Educational Testing Services website.  The HBU GRE code is 6282.
  • Reference Rating Forms – Applicants must provide Reference Rating forms from the following individuals:
    • Three (3) 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.).
    • Two (2) current or former graduate professors (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
  • Other items, including an admission interview, may be requested.

Certificate in Apologetics:

  • 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.
  • Resume/CV – Email a current resume or CV with references to the Graduate School at gradadmissions@hbu.edu.