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How to Apply

Go to the following link and follow the instructions to create an account and to submit an application via CollegeNet: 

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Completed applications with all required documentation should be submitted between October 1 and February 1 preceding the fall semester of expected entrance. After you establish your account on CollegeNet, you can check the status of your application, upload required materials, including your resume or CV, research statement and writing samples, as well as update your contact information as needed. Application decisions will be communicated by email.

Required Materials

US APPLICANTS

  • Completed Electronic Application
  • Official Transcripts:
    • Scanned copies may be uploaded as PDFs for admissions decision. However, if admitted, the applicant will not be able to enroll without an official transcript(s) showing undergraduate degree conferral on file. Official transcripts should be sent by regular mail, express mail, or electronically as described on the University of Houston Graduate School Website:
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  • Recommendation Letters and Form
    • In your application, submit the names of three persons who are familiar with your competencies and your potential for doctoral education. It is recommended that two (2) of the letters be from doctoral-degreed tenure track faculty (i.e., current and/or former graduate level professors from your previous college or graduate program). Your references will receive an email with instructions for completing an online recommendation form. Please inform your references that they must use the online form and also to attach a scanned reference letter to accompany the form.
  • Personal Statement of Purpose explaining why you want to join the specific graduate program to which you are applying
  • GRE (≥300 V+M to be competitive) The University of Houston’s ETS institutional code for the GRE is 6870.
  • Curriculum Vitae /Resume

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

  • Completed Application
  • Official Transcripts
    • Scanned copies may be uploaded as PDFs for admissions decision. However, if admitted, the applicant will not be able to enroll without an official transcript(s) showing undergraduate degree conferral on file. Official transcripts should be sent by regular mail, express mail, or electronically as described on the University of Houston Graduate School Website:
      Click Here
  • Recommendation Letters and Form
    • Submit the names of three persons who are familiar with your competencies and your potential for doctoral education on your application. It is recommended that two (2) of the letters be from doctoral-degreed tenure track faculty (i.e., current and/or former graduate level professors from your previous college or graduate program). Your references will receive an email with instructions for completing an online recommendation form. Please inform your references that they must use the online form and also to attach a scanned reference letter to accompany the form.
  • Personal Statement of Purpose explaining why you want to join the specific graduate program to which you are applying
  • GRE (≥300 V+M to be competitive) The University of Houston’s institutional code for the GRE is 6870
  • Curriculum Vitae /Resume
  • Signed Letter of Understanding
  • Letter of Financial Backing or statement that student can enroll with financial support
  • $25 application fee (non-refundable)
    • The minimum TOEFL (www.toefl.org) score required is 79 for the internet-based test, with a minimum writing score of 20. The minimum TOEFL score for the paper-based exam is 550, with a minimum writing score of 58. The University of Houston’s ETS institutional code for the GRE and TOEFL is 6870. Or, the minimum IELTS (www.ielts.org) score required is 6.5 overall, minimum writing score of 6.5. The testing agency should mail the official results directly to the University of Houston:
      University of Houston
      Graduate Admissions
      4302 University Dr., Rm. 102
      Houston, TX 77204-2012

*not required of students from English-speaking countries or students who have received a degree from an accredited English-speaking University / Countries exempt from TOEFL: A Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the Bahamas, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, Trinidad, the Virgin Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, Grenada, Turks and Caicos, and English-speaking Canadian provinces.

Additional information can be obtained by contacting the graduate program manager at phopgrad@uh.edu or rrattelade@uh.edu or 1 (713) 743-1885.

Graduate Program in Physiological Optics and Vision Science
University of Houston
College of Optometry
Physiological Optics & Vision Sciences
4901 Calhoun, 505 JDA RM 2115
Houston, TX 77204-2020