Get Started as an Online Graduate Student

If you've decided to take your career and your education to a higher level by pursuing a master‘s or doctoral degree, or a graduate certificate, SHSU Online offers the resources of a well-established, highly respected institution—AND online convenience.

7 Steps to Apply as an Online Graduate Student

Follow these steps to apply to a master's, doctoral, or certification online program.

*Please Note: The admission process differs for international and non-degree seeking students.


Apply for Admission to SHSU

Complete an online application.



Submit the Non-refundable Application Fee

You have the option to pay the application fee through the online application. Alternatively, you may pay later by mailing a check to the Admissions Office or pay through the SHSU Self Service Center.



Submit Required Documentation and Materials

All applicants must send an official transcript from their baccalaureate degree granting institution to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Additional application materials may be required depending on your chosen degree program.

Submit Additional Materials to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Sam Houston State University
Box 2478
Huntsville, TX 77341-2478

Fax: 936.294.1271




Check Your Application Status

After you've submitted the application and other required admission materials, verify that they have been received by the Office of Graduate Admissions through the SHSU Self-Service Center.


Already Been Accepted as a Graduate Student?

Preview the Graduate Online Orientation. See detailed instructions for accepted students in the enrollment checklists.



Complete Advising for Your Program

Discuss your degree plan option with the graduate advisor for your degree program.



Register for Classes

View the Registration Schedule to verify when you can register. This is available through My Sam. You may also view the "How to Register" video.



Plan for Tuition

Apply your financial aid and/ or pay your account balance though My Sam. Estimate your tuition and explore scholarship, assistantship, and other financial aid opportunities.