Graduate Schools in Houston, TX

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Graduate Schools in Houston, TX

There are a variety of Graduate Schools in Houston TX to choose from. Among the options are several partner schools which are listed below.

Browse popular graduate programs from our partner schools in and near Houston.

written by Rana Waxman

Students who pursue a Masters or Doctorate degree at one of the Universities in Houston may be interested to know that employment forecasts are good.

Per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, total (non-farm) employment in the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land Metropolitan Statistical Area stood at 3,061,600 in October 2017. This represents an increase of 48,100 or 1.6 percent, from one year earlier, per BLS data. vi

The three industry super-sectors that each added 10,000 jobs or more from October 2016 to October 2017 are: (1) Professional and Business, (2) Education and Health Services, (3) Manufacturing. Close behind are areas such as Leisure and Hospitality and Government. vi

Explore the options for graduate degrees in Houston at our partner schools listed below.

MBA Programs in Houston

Earn a MBA in Houston. Whether you need an online MBA or could spend time on campus, InterContinental University offers a Master of Business Administration with several potential areas of emphasis.

Plus, AIU’s Master of Business Administration (MBA), with all its concentrations, is programmatically accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Curriculums could entail about 48 credit hours, devoted to a business core and a designated focal area. Core courses span global financial and strategic management as well as marketing and business research. See some examples of concentrations below, then refer to the school for more choices.

Human Resource Management: A MBA program with a focus in Human Resource Management could explore leadership, employment law, and strategy. Students might learn industry-relevant employment issues and the current trends and policies that affect personnel decisions in the modern corporate environment.

Marketing: MBA in Marketing students could explore the role marketing plays in business strategy, operations, finance and management. Students might learn to lead promotions, drive product development and use analytics to meet customer needs.

Accounting: A MBA in Accounting could help students develop a global mindset about economics and financial management. Coursework might cover topics such as cost accounting, public and not-for-profit accounting, business law, budgets, and auditing.

Management: Students who pursue an MBA in Management could study to boost leadership skills. Coursework could help learners to grasp the legal aspects of business decisions, ethics, economics, quality management and constant improvement. Management students might also explore a variety of issues such as employment, international trade and investment, licensing property, commercial transactions and conflict resolution strategies.

MSW Programs in Houston

Pursue a Master of Social Work (MSW) in Houston. Whether you need an online MSW or want to take classes with other social workers on campus, the Worden School of Social Service at Our Lady of the Lake University is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. It is also the first school of social work in the state of Texas.

Prospective MSW students could choose to enter the MSW concentration (for those who have their Bachelor of Social Work), or the MSW Foundation track. The Foundation track is for applicants whose bachelors degree is not in social work.

Curriculums vary based on the track selected, however, coursework melds a pedagogical component specifically oriented toward the Hispanic community, with field education and research. For instance, students could learn how to adapt social work practices for Hispanic youth, families and elders.

Physician Assistant Programs in Houston

Consider a Physician Assistant Program in Houston. Physician Assistants (PAs) examine, diagnose and treat patients under the supervision of a surgeon or physician. Houston is one of the metropolitan areas with the highest level of employment of PAs.vii

Per U.S. News and World Report, Baylor’s PA Program is well-ranked (13th in Nation).viii The curriculum draws on resources from Baylor College of Medicine’s School of Medicine, and other programs of the School of Allied Health Sciences as well as interdisciplinary training from programs in and around the Texas Medical Center.

In addition, students All enrolled students in the PA Program are required to complete a minimum of 12 hours of service learning (SL) within a specified community agency. This could expose learners to the underserved members of the Houston community and the issues that beset them.

Compare it with a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Nurse Anesthesia program. Baylor has a 36-month program for registered nurses. The College also offers advanced standing in the DNP program for master’s-prepared Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists who want to pursue a DNP degree.

DNP Nurse Anesthesia students could learn to administer all forms of anesthesia in two phases that consists of an 18-month didactic experience and an 18-month clinical practicum.

Upon completion of the degree requirements, graduates may be eligible to take the National Certification Examination administered by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists. The DNP-Nurse Anesthesia program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

Why Universities in Houston?

Graduate Schools in Houston place students in what is thought of by some as the Energy Capital of the World. Home to more than 5,000 energy related firms, Houston’s economy has a broad industrial base in the energy, aeronautics, and technology industries. i

Here prospective grad students could find the Texas Medical Center (TMC) —the world’s largest concentration of healthcare and research institutions—and NASA‘s Johnson Space Center, where the Mission Control Center is located. Moreover, Houston also has a distinct culture, cuisine, civic pride and sense of community.

Is Houston, TX a City?

Houston is the fourth most populous city in the nation, and the largest in the southern U.S. and Texas.i It was founded in 1836 by brothers Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen on land near the banks of Buffalo Bayou.

Much of the city was built on marshes, forested land, swamp or prairie, and, as the largest city in the United States without zoning laws, has grown up with multiple business districts rather than a single downtown.ii

Greater Houston consists of Houston, The Woodlands, Sugar Land, Baytown, Conroe and various county regions. As the main metropolis of the Greater Houston Metro Area, Houston boasts an estimated 2016 population of over 2.3 million.iii


More than 90 languages are spoken throughout the Houston area. i

Add to that, Conroe City was the fastest-growing large city (population of 50,000 or more) between 2015 and 2016 at 7.8 percent.iv Its off-the-charts growth rate is more than 11 times the nation’s growth rate of 0.7 percent.iv

What Is it Like to Live and Study in Houston, TX?

Graduate students who choose one of Houston universities may find it rather affordable. Cost of living is definitely lower than New York, to the tune of 29.48 percent.v Potentially great news if you want to enjoy all that the hot summers and mild winters Houston has to offer.

In terms of neighborhoods, the Houston Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area covers 8,778 square miles. Locations in Houston are generally classified as either being inside or outside the Interstate 610 Loop. Houstonians report an average 26.8-minute commute time.iii

The central business district and some pre-World War II residential areas are ‘inside’ along with some newer and high-density residential pockets. Outside the loop are suburbs and enclaves.

Explore some of Houston’s different areas below. Houston is big with both urban and family-friendly areas.

The Woodlands – About a 30-minute trek to Houston it is now a self-sufficient community of sprawling neighborhoods with a dense urban core. The Town Center is a bustle of boutiques, sidewalk cafes, open plazas and pedestrian-friendly areas, though residents may still be car-dependent.

West University Place – To West U residents, this area in the Loop is a small town within a big city. It is Close to Rice University, Hermann Park, and Houston’s Museum District.

Eastwood – Eastwood dates to the early 20th century and is on Houston’s more industrial East End. Here you could find various bungalow, Craftsman, Arts & Crafts, Foursquare, and Mission architectural styles. Also, your neighbors might be other young urban professionals. It’s just three miles from downtown’s skyscrapers and Theater District, plus just a 15-minute drive from a more urban energy.

Linkwood – On the southwest side, this area has a neighborhood feel and is 10 non-freeway minutes from the TMC and 30 minutes from downtown.

Hunters Creek Village – This is one of six townships west of Houston known collectively as Memorial Villages. Think lakes, big houses, and country clubs.

The Big Flavors of Houston

Per the government of Houston, Houstonians eat out more than residents of any other city. And there are reputedly more than 11,000 restaurants with a range of award-winning and upscale to local and memorable deli shops. i

What food is H-Town known for? As a port city, and close to Louisiana and Latin America, Houston cuisine is ethnically diverse. You could find iconic Tex-Mex, Louisiana Creole, Vietnamese and of course, BBQ. Dishes that make the ‘to-eat list’ include Viet-Cajun crawfish, chicken-fried steak, chile con queso, BBQ brisket, and Tex-Cajun fries.

What Is There To Do in Houston?

Houston is a city that loves sports and has plenty of recreation.

  • Take in a Game. Sports fans could take in football, baseball, basketball, soccer, and AHL hockey games.
  • Parks and Recreation. For those who like to stay active, there are two main parks. Hermann Park, located minutes from downtown has a golf course, IMAX, Miller Outdoor Theatre, Planetarium, Zoo and more. Memorial Park is a favorite for joggers. It also features tennis courts, playing fields, a fitness center, swimming pool and six miles of mountain and recreational bike trails along the bayous.
  • Go for a Ride. Houston has BCycle a ride share program. Or bring your own to one of the many biking trails. Try Jack Brooks Park, Terry Hershey Park and others.
  • Catch a Performance. A 17-block Theatre District gives Broadway a run for its money. It is home to about eight performing arts organizations and more than 12,000 seats. There’s also Miller Outdoor Theatre where you could catch music, dance, film, Shakespeare and more.
  • The Water Wall. Something to take a selfie at. It is a dramatic, 64 foot U-shaped fountain with water that rushes down both inside and outside walls.
  • A Day at the Museum. Take in the art at Houston’s wide variety of museums, galleries, art and cultural institutions.
  • On the Boardwalk. Just 20 miles from downtown Houston is Kemah Boardwalk, which overlooks Galveston Bay and is known for its restaurants (particularly seafood).
  • Annual Events. Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Pride Parade, Bayou City Art Festival, the Art Car Parade and others.
  • Stay in Style. Houston is home to more than a dozen distinct shopping areas whether your style is chic, funky, vintage, thrift or something else.

Houston Nightlife

Houston’s nightlife scene is eclectic and never dull. There are places to go for every taste – high energy dance clubs, action-packed sports pubs, low-key wine bars, Texas honky tonks, and more. In fact, there is so much to do, there is an APP called ‘ShoutOutMyCity’ which is basically a mobile bar and nightclub directory.

Plus, you could explore without the danger of driving tipsy by taking the Wave. The Wave is a jitney service that runs through Houston’s primary nightlife areas such as Midtown, Montrose, Downtown, Uptown, Rice Village and the Washington Avenue corridor.

  • Downtown: Home to pro sports teams (Astros, and Rockets), the Theatre District, classic bars, and GreenStreet, an open-air retail entertainment center where you find restaurants, live music venues, a hip bowling lounge, flagship stores, and so much more.
  • Midtown: Like a social oasis, with an array or restaurants, hot spots and more. What’s more is you could avoid the parking frenzy and head out by Uber or METRORail.
  • Montrose: Think art galleries, thrift shops and local cafes. Hipster lounges, pinball machines and drag queens add spice to this edgy area.
  • Washington Avenue: Here you could find luxurious lounges, honky tonks, wine bars, and well-loved restaurants. Head out for a pre-game cocktail or be seen at one of the dance-driven nightclubs.
  • West University/Rice Village: Fashion-forward boutiques, bites, happy hour sips and lots of night life hot spots, pubs, and laid-back quaint hideaways.

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