Be A Bearkat - Graduate Students

Start Your New Adventure

Continue your journey to a graduate degree as a Bearkat!

At The Graduate and Professional School at Sam Houston State University, we believe that building a community of support is important to our graduate students. Our community goes beyond academics to include the development of professional skills and mental and emotional strength. We encourage the discovery of leadership abilities, building relationships with mentors, creating opportunities for future development and much more.

With more than 60+ master’s degrees — including 40+ online graduate degrees — 10 doctoral degrees, 35+ graduate certificates and 1 professional degree spread across 8 colleges, there is something for everyone at Sam Houston State University.

How to get into graduate school...

Graduate Requirements

  • Review graduate programs
    Locate your program of study at for application requirements and deadlines.*
  • Complete the Admissions application at
    Pay the $50 non-refundable application fee ($90 for international applicants).
  • Submit your transcript(s)
    Submit your official transcript(s) or upload your unofficial transcript(s) for purposes of your application review. If you are in the process of completing your degree, submit a current transcript and a final one after you graduate. A transcript showing your degree and date awarded is required prior to enrollment.
  • Upload your materials
    Upload additional application materials as required by your program in the SHSU Self-Service Center. See your program of study for specific submission deadlines.

*International applicants are required to submit additional materials. Learn more at

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Tuition & fees for a Texas Resident: 6 hours: $3076; 9 hours: $4476; 12 hours: $5877. Based on Fall 2022/Spring 2023 rates and subject to change.

Admissions application deadlines: Fall: August 1; Spring: December 15; Summer: May 15. Some graduate programs may have earlier application deadlines.

Who can you contact with questions?

For assistance, support, and guidance with degree discovery and more contact the Graduate and Professional School at 936-294-2408 or

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Support Your Journey

At SHSU, we have many resources available to help you along your journey to becoming a Bearkat!

Know Your Deadlines

September 1: Scholarship4Kats application opens. October 1: FAFSA opens for following school year. November 1: FAFSA & Scholarships4Kats priority date.

Get To Know SHSU Better





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SHSU At A Glance
  • Region
    • US - South
    • Online
  • Type of School
    • 4-Year Public
  • Graduate Population
    • Small (>3,000 students)
  • Campus Setting
    • Rural
    • Suburban
  • Application Types
    • Regular Decision
    • Rolling Admissions
  • Application Style
    • Program Specific Application
    • State-wide College Application
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Accepted, Now What?

Congratulations on your acceptance to Sam Houston State University! Your transition to SHSU should be easy and The Graduate and Professional School office is here to help as you continue your Bearkat journey.