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What will I learn?

Welcome to the Foresight (FORE) Graduate Program. As a Foresight graduate, you will enter an emerging professional field helping clients and employers anticipate significant changes that lie ahead and to influence those changes to achieve their long-term goals.

As early as 2000 the Corporate Strategy Board (CSB) surveyed strategists in major corporations to identify critical professional challenges. The top five responses included:

Challenging strategic assumptions

Translating strategy into action

Communicating strategy

Identifying discontinuous change

Adapting strategy to rapid change

The Foresight Program at UH addresses these concerns by focusing on forecasting and planning discontinuous and transformational change by analyzing rapid alterations in external environments and by using systems thinking to increase the chances of achieving preferred futures.

What is Foresight?

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.

Students complete 30 graduate hours, including a project or thesis. Please refer to the Course Requirements section for a description of the program. The program is offered online with virtual classes. This program can be completed in as little as one year for full time (3-4 courses per semester) or 3-5 years taking courses part-time (1-2 courses per semester).

Which department am I in?

College of Technology

Study options

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$18,689.00 per year
USD $1,133.30/SCH
Start date

Expected January 2022

Venue

College of Technology

300 Technology Building,

HOUSTON,

Texas,

77204, United States

Online/Distance (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$18,689.00 per year
USD $1,133.30/SCH
Start date

Expected January 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

All graduate students are required to provide proof of the attainment of a Bachelor’s degree before enrolling at the University of Houston.

For international students

All graduate students are required to provide proof of the attainment of a Bachelor’s degree before enrolling at the University of Houston.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

The minimum TOEFL score required is 79 for the internet-based test. The minimum TOEFL score for the paper-based exam is 550.

IELTS (International English Language Testing Service)

The minimum IELTS score required is an overall score of a 6.5.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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