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UH Moment: ‘Grad School’

The decision to go to graduate school is at once exciting and daunting. New University of Houston effort aims to guide students through the process.

“My primary goal is to make sure that the students succeed.”

More than 15,000 students apply to UH each year aspiring for higher level degrees.  A new effort, The UH Graduate School, places all aspects of the process under one roof to help them on that ambitious goal.

“Somebody who studies history is probably very different from somebody who studies some hard core rocket sciences, but the needs, financial needs, professional development needs, are very similar,” said Professor Dimitri Litvinov, dean of the UH Graduate School. “Having this one central organization helps to use resources more efficiently and makes them better.”

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 With more than 190 graduate level programs, from liberal arts to business to science, success starts with the application process, which has been streamlined so students can track their progress.

 “The collection of application materials, documents, CVs, transcripts, test scores are all collected locally and then channeled out to the individual programs to make the decisions,” he said. “Once students click the ‘apply’ button they’ll be able to go and check where the application is.”

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Students can take advantage of thesis and dissertation preparation and faculty can take advantage of events designed to promote interdisciplinary research and connections. 

“We’ve been working on this to make as much information as possible more easily accessible to both students and faculty,” Litvinov said. “ If we’re a Tier One, everything needs to be Tier One, everything needs to be excellent.”

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Professor Dmitri Litvinov

The Graduate School is part of what’s happening at the University of Houston.  I’m Marisa Ramirez.

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