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OTRC: James Franco pursues a second Phd for Creative Writing at the University of Houston

James Franco appears in a still from the 2006 film, 'Spider Man 3.' (Columbia Pictures)

James Franco plans to pursue a second PhD in Literature and Creative Writing, this time at the University of Houston, the school has confirmed.

The communications director of the Texas University confirmed that Franco had deferred his admission until Fall 2012. The University of Houston Creative Writing program has been consistently rated one of the top writing programs in the country. The school says that out of 400 applicants, only 20 are accepted to the program.

"James Franco was scheduled to enter the PhD program in Literature and Creative Writing in Fall 2011, but he requested a deferral for an additional year, which the faculty granted," a University of Houston spokesman told Us Weekly. "So he is now scheduled to begin doctoral work here in fall 2012."

Franco, 33, is currently working on a PhD in English at Yale University. The actor received his Master of Fine Arts at Columbia University in 2010 while simultaneously studying film at New York University and Creative Writing at Brooklyn College.

Franco received his Undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2008, completing his course load in just two years after receiving permission to take up to 62 credits per quarter, while the regular allowance is 19 credits. While at UCLA, the actor continued working on movies and maintained a GPA above 3.5, according to the University's website.

In February, Franco co-hosted the 2011 Academy Awards with Anne Hathaway. He also recently reprised his character of serial killer Franco on the ABC soap opera "General Hospital."

In the fall, Franco published a book of short stories called "Palo Alto: Stories," named after his California hometown.

In early February, OnTheRedCarpet.com confirmed that the actor will be teaching a college course based on his career called "Master Class: Editing James Franco ... with James Franco."

Franco got his big break with Judd Apatow's beloved, but short-lived TV series "Freaks and Geeks" but didn't reach mainstream consciousness until 2002's "Spider-Man." He received an Oscar-nomination for his 2010 film "127 Hours" and has also appeared in films like "Milk," "Pineapple Express" and most recently in the medieval comedy, "Your Highness."

The busy actor also has six movies in production and another seven in development.

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