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UHD Temporarily Suspends GRE, GMAT, Transcript Requirements for Grad Programs


By Sheryl E. Taylor

The University of Houston-Downtown remains dedicated to ensuring its students’ academic well-being during this challenging time. Over the past month, the University has made significant strides in how we assist students in continuing their academic pursuits for the spring semester.

“We’re in this together,” said Dr. Eric Carl Link, provost & senior vice president for Academic & Student Affairs. “Our commitment to keeping our students on the path toward meeting their educational goals is unwavering. Our students are now trying to balance so much more, and it is up to UHD community to evaluate every possible option. We want to make sure that we retain the quality academic programming we offer and maintain our efforts to attract and retain well-qualified students, while understanding that the current COVID-19 pandemic has made it increasingly difficult for some prospective students to get the standardized testing we typically require.”

To best accommodate UHD’s graduate program applicants, UHD will temporarily suspend consideration of the following materials for admission to its graduate programs:

  • GRE and GMAT Test Scores
  • Official Transcripts: unofficial transcripts must be submitted with application materials followed by official transcripts before the end of the first semester of registration

This temporary shift in graduate admissions protocol was developed by Enrollment Management in partnership with the deans of each college with a graduate program. The same overarching goal must be maintained — to admit students whose application materials demonstrate a likelihood to be successful in the graduate program and, ultimately, in their chosen career. Students will be expected to produce official transcripts by the end of the Fall 2020 semester to remain in the program.

“We are all trying to navigate during a very tedious time; however, we are steadfast in taking care of our students,” said Dr. Jimmy Jung, vice president of Enrollment Management. “We now have a new-normal in how we continue the education process for our students. And, one of the ways that we can do so is to remove obstacles that may delay their educational and career obtainment.”


About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.