University of Houston
College of Technology
What is Futures Studies? Professional futurists emphasize systemic and transformational change as opposed to traditional forecasters and planners who focus on incremental change based on existing conditions and trends. Since long-term predictive forecasts are rarely correct, futurists describe alternative plausible and preferable futures, in addition to the expected future. Instead of limiting themselves to traditional forecasters' quantitative methods, futurists also use a balance of qualitative and quantitative tools. The program provides collaboration and innovation with multiple perspectives on foresight, business and marketing, consumer science and retailing. Our experience suggests that the demand for strategic foresight graduates in commercial and public sectors will continue to rise.
Accreditation:Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities
International Student Requirements:$75 Application Fee:All students must submit a $75 graduate application fee. International students must submit an additional $75 processing fee ($150 total). Please make checks payable to the University of Houston Letter of Intent:A letter of intent is a 1-2 page essay describing your current employment and your professional intentions. You may want to identify aspects of your previous experience that indicate promise in your selected goal. You may also wish to discuss special circumstances, unique experiences, etc. Official College Transcripts:Transcripts should reflect a baccalaureate degree in a relevant field. Transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope from the attending institution. International students must submit transcripts in original language as well as an official English translation. Three Letters of Reference:References may be academic or professional. Official GRE Score Results to be provided.
Facts & Figures
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive
Locale: Large City
Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999