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Graduate Admission

GRADUATE ADMISSION

Entrance Criteria

To be considered for admission to graduate study, the applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with at least a 2.75 cumulative grade point average and meet specified program requirements in a discipline of study. Students whose cumulative grade point average falls between 2.5 and 2.7 may be considered for provisional admission. 
Some programs have additional admission requirements. Please check for special requirements listed in the sections of this catalog describing the programs.
Students are admitted on a degree or nondegree basis. Special requirements for international students are listed in the section titled International Students.

Procedure for Applying

Students must apply online at www.hood.edu/graduate. 

The applicant must arrange to have one copy of their official transcript reflecting highest degree conferred sent directly to the Graduate School from the appropriate institutional registrar or from the student, provided that the envelope remains sealed. Please refer to the next section below titled Program Specific Application Requirements for a list of additional transcript requirements and application materials needed for individual programs.

Student copies of transcripts will not be accepted. Students will not be permitted to begin coursework prior to the receipt of official transcripts.
To ensure timely review of applications and enrollment, students are encouraged to apply and submit all required supplemental documents by the following deadlines:

  • July 15 for fall semester
  • December 1 for spring semester
  • May 1 for summer terms

Any applications submitted and completed after the deadlines for the term or semester of interest will be reviewed on a space- and time-available basis at the discretion of the program director. International students requiring visas must adhere to these application deadlines.
Applicants may register for courses only after they have submitted their transcripts and have been approved for admission.
All documents sent as part of the application for admission become the property of Hood College. Under no circumstance will they be duplicated, returned to the applicant or forwarded to any other college, university, individual or agency. These documents will not be available to any person who is not involved in the admission process, with the exception of the academic adviser. Copies of transcripts and other relevant academic information will be released to the academic adviser.
The Graduate School will notify the applicant of the admission decision by mail.
After being admitted to graduate study, the student is asked to complete a Personal Data Form. Information on this form is needed for institutional research and for federal and state reporting purposes.
The Application for Admission and official transcripts will be held until the student registers to take classes or until two years have expired. A student who has not taken a graduate course and whose application exceeds the two-year limit will be required to reapply and submit all required supplemental documents.

Program-Specific Application Requirements

Biomedical Science (M.S.)

Applicants will be accepted into the program based on selection criteria that include undergraduate coursework, grade point average, area of research interest and experience. All official transcripts must be submitted. Undergraduate coursework required includes: microbiology, organic chemistry, pre-Calculus, upper level genetics (equivalent to Hood’s BIOL 316) and cell biology (equivalent to Hood’s BIOL 339). In addition, an essay that discusses the student’s matriculation intent and desire to complete the M.S. degree in Biomedical Science as well as the relatedness of her or his work experience and future goals is required.

Business Administration (M.B.A.)

Students applying for the M.B.A. program must complete an essay of 250 words or less that includes background experience and future goals. All official transcripts must be submitted. Students whose cumulative GPA from their conferring institution is below 3.0 must also submit a résumé and two letters of recommendation, which can be emailed to the Graduate School at gofurther@hood.edu.

Ceramic Arts (Certificate)

Submit all official transcripts. Submit an essay detailing your experiences in clay and your art background, as well as your goals for entering the program. Submit a portfolio on CD of a minimum of 12 300 dpi images of your work.

Ceramic Arts (M.A.)

Candidates for the M.A. program must have obtained a prior baccalaureate degree, B.A. or B.F.A. as a studio arts major or equivalent training in ceramic arts.  

To be considered for admission to the M.A. program, students must meet the admission requirements of the Hood College Graduate School. Interested parties must submit:

A completed application to the Hood College Graduate School as well as submitting official transcripts from all institutions attended. All applicants should submit a portfolio on CD of 20 images of personal work as 300 dpi digital images; a slide/image index with written objectives for the body of work; a résumé; an essay (no more than 500 words) discussing how the M.A. relates to previous experience, current direction, career and academic goals; and two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s recent work. 

Ceramic Arts (M.F.A)

Candidates for the M.F.A. program must have obtained a baccalaureate degree , B.A. or B.F.A. as a studio arts major. To be considered for admission to the M.F.A. program, students must meet the admission requirements of the Hood College Graduate School. Interested parties must submit a completed application to the Hood College Graduate School as well as submitting official transcripts from all institutions attended. All applicants should submit a portfolio on CD of 20 images of personal work as 300 dpi digital images; a slide/image index with written objectives for the body of work; a résumé; an essay (no more than 500 words) discussing how the M.F.A. relates to previous experience, current direction, career and academic goals; and two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s recent work. An interview and portfolio review with the director of the M.F.A. in Ceramic Arts is also required.

The program allows students to pursue a terminal degree for an artist, the Master of Fine Arts in Ceramic Arts. 

Students with an undergraduate degree in an area other than ceramic arts, who have considerable life experience and skill in the ceramic arts, may apply with the permission of the program director. Students with strong current skills will be encouraged to select courses that will expand their knowledge of the ceramic arts.

Computer Science (M.S.)

All official transcripts and a résumé must be submitted. 

Curriculum and Instruction (M.S.)

Submit one official transcript reflecting the highest degree conferred. Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview with the program director of Curriculum and Instruction or the program coordinator in the Concentration area. This interview is based on core beliefs and Dispositions from the Six Institutional Outcomes (program expectations and requirements are explained to the applicant at this time). In addition, applicants must produce an acceptable writing sample during the interview process.

Cybersecurity (Certificate)

This program is designed for students who have a solid background in Computer Science or Information Technology, either through formal study or professional experience. All official transcripts and a résumé/CV that provides educational and professional experience with specific information about mathematics background, programming background, if any, and technical skills must be submitted. Applicants should also provide a statement of purpose indicating their motivation for choosing the program and the goals they hope to achieve through completing it.

Educational Leadership (M.S.)

Submit one official transcript reflecting the highest degree conferred. Applicants must submit a letter of recommendation from a current supervisor. Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview with the program director of Educational Leadership based on Dispositions of the Six Institutional Outcomes (program expectations and requirements are explained to the applicant at this time). At the interview, the applicant will be asked to respond to one of two writing prompts in which the applicant responds to a school setting situation with leadership actions.

Educational Leadership Certification Program (for those who hold a master’s degree)

Submit one official transcript reflecting the highest degree conferred. Applicants must submit a letter of recommendation from a current supervisor. Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview and an essay.

Elementary STEM Education (Certificate)

Submit one official transcript reflecting the highest degree conferred. Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview with the program director of Curriculum and Instruction or the program coordinator in the Concentration area. This interview is based on core beliefs and Dispositions from the Six Institutional Outcomes (program expectations and requirements are explained to the applicant at this time). In addition, applicants must produce an acceptable writing sample during the interview process.

Environmental Biology (M.S.)

Students applying for the Environmental Biology program must complete an essay (550 words or less) that includes background experience and future goals. All official transcripts must be submitted. Two letters of recommendation are suggested but not required. A minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA is required for admission to the Graduate School and to the Environmental Biology program, however a GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred.

Geographic Information Systems (Certificate)

Students applying for the certificate in GIS program must complete an essay (550 words or less) that inclused background experience and future goals.  All official transcripts must be submitted.  Two letters of recommendation are suggested but not required.  A minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA is required for admission to the Graduate School and to the Environmental Biology program, however a GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred.

Human Sciences (M.A.)

Students applying for the Human Sciences program must submit one official transcript reflecting the highest degree conferred. Submit a written statement of goals. The quality of the personal statement’s content and structure carries considerable weight in determining admission to this program.

Humanities (M.A.)

Students applying for the M.A. in Humanities program must complete a formal essay of no more than 500 words, discussing how this degree relates both to previous academic experience and to their occupational or personal goals, and identifying a proposed area of study within the program. The quality of the essay’s content and structure carries considerable weight in determining admission to this program. Official transcripts from all institutions attended must be submitted. While the cumulative GPA is a significant factor in the application review, a candidate’s record of humanities courses will be closely examined. Some students may be required to provide additional information, such as a recommendation letter and/or a phone interview with the program director.

Information Technology (M.S.)

Students applying to the Information Technology  program must submit all official transcripts and a résumé/CV that provides educational and professional experience with specific information about mathematics background, programming background, if any, and technical skills must be submitted. Applicants should also provide a statement of purpose indicating their motivation for choosing the program and the goals they hope to achieve through completing it.

Management of Information Technology (M.S.)

Students applying to the Management of Information Technology program must submit all official transcripts and a résumé/CV that provides educational and professional experience with specific information about mathematics background, programming background, if any, and technical skills must be submitted. Applicants should also provide a statement of purpose indicating their motivation for choosing the program and the goals they hope to achieve through completing it.

Mathematics Education (M.S.)

Students applying to the Mathematics Education program must submit all official transcripts and complete a one-page statement describing how the M.S. in Mathematics Education relates to their previous academic and professional experience and to their occupational or personal goals.

Reading Specialization (M.S.)

Students applying to the Reading Specialization program must submit one official transcript reflecting the highest degree conferred. Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview with the program director of the M.S. in Reading Specialization program based on Dispositions of the Six Institutional Outcomes (program expectations and requirements are explained to the applicant at this time). In addition, applications must produce an acceptable writing sample during the interview process.

Regulatory Compliance (Certificate)

Submit one official transcript reflecting the highest degree conferred.

Secondary Mathematics Education (Certificate)

Submit one official transcript reflecting the highest degree conferred.

Thanatology (M.A.)

Students applying to the Thanatology program must submit one official transcript reflecting the highest degree conferred. They must also complete a written statement of goals and submit two letters of reference. Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview with the program director.

Thanatology (Certificate)

Submit one official transcript reflecting the highest degree conferred.

Conditional Admissions Policy

Students with a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5 to 2.7 or those lacking sufficient educational preparation, may be admitted conditionally to a specific graduate program at the discretion of the Graduate School and the program director. The program director will stipulate the conditions of admission, which may include registration in a specific course or courses, limiting the number of credits for enrollment and achieving a specified G.P.A. in this coursework. The program director will review the status of students admitted conditionally at the end of each semester. Students meeting the conditions specified in the conditional admission letter can have their status changed to full program and graduate school admission based on the recommendation of the program director. Students who do not meet the conditions of admission may have their admission rescinded.

International Students

The graduate programs require that a student who does not earn at least a baccalaureate degree in the U.S., United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Ireland or New Zealand, submit an official score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International Language Testing System (IELTS). The Hood College school code is 5296

International students requiring F-1 Visas must adhere to the following deadlines to be considered for the semester of choice. All application materials must be submitted to the Graduate School by the dates below:

  • July 15 for fall semester
  • December 1 for spring semester

Late applications will be deferred for review for the following semester.

The following requirements are necessary for consideration of full admission for international students entering any graduate degree program:

  • A minimum TOEFL score of 89 Internet-based scale or 231 computer-based scale (575 former scale).
  • A minimum IELTS score of 6.5.

Some programs may review applications for possible provisional admission with the following English language test scores. Applicants whose test scores fall below the minimum requirements for provisional admission are not admissible:

  • TOEFL: 79-88
  • IELTS: 5.5 or 6

Any student who has completed a baccalaureate in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Ireland or New Zealand is waived from this testing requirement.

International students who earned a baccalaureate degree from another country must obtain a course-by-course evaluation of those transcripts by a certified organization. Hood College accepts evaluations from World Education Services (WES), www.wes.org, or any other member of the National Association for Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), www.naces.org. The evaluation results must be sealed and mailed directly to: Hood College Graduate School, 401 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD 21701-8575.

Almost all of our students work full-time and attend classes in the evenings. All courses that are offered exclusively to graduate students are conducted during evening hours. It is not possible to earn a graduate degree during daytime hours at Hood College. It usually takes two or more years of part-time study to earn a master's degree. International students with student visas must pursue nine (9) hours of credit each semester to be considered full-time graduate students. The number of programs that offer enough courses for a full-time load during every semester may be limited.

International applicants seeking F-1 visas must complete the application for I-20 after being admitted and before registering for coursework. As part of the I-20 application, students must arrange for financial support from their governments, from international organizations or from personal and family resources. We estimate the costs for one year of graduate study at Hood College to be approximately $22,000 in U.S. funds. This includes: tuition, fees, books, lodging, food, clothing, transportation and incidental expenses. There is a one-time I-20 processing fee of $50, due upon receipt of the application for I-20. I-20 applications will not be processed until a fee is submitted. In addition, students requesting I-20 application processing in fewer than five (5) business days must remit a $250 expedite fee at the time of request.

Please note: All graduate students are responsible for all fees and living expenses. Hood College does not provide housing for graduate students, nor can faculty and staff assist you in locating housing. Please make sure your housing is secured before you arrive to the U.S. and/or campus.

It is incumbent upon all students to understand that the academic standards of the graduate programs at Hood College are applied equally to all students without regard to written, oral or semantic capabilities in English. Thus, all prospective students should consider their competency in English with care. The office of the Director of Multicultural Affairs offers support services and programs to help students with personal, academic and practical concerns.

Resident Aliens and Other Visa Statuses

Students who are not citizens of the United States will be required to submit a copy of their Resident Alien card or current visa before registering for any coursework.

Housing

The College does not provide housing for graduate students. All graduate students must make arrangements for their own housing. Generally, housing is available in the area.

Visiting Graduate Students

Holding the Doctoral Degree

Persons holding the doctoral degree and wishing to take graduate courses as a nondegree-seeking or visiting student must follow the complete application and registration procedure. However, a letter from the student’s employer acknowledging that the visiting student holds the doctoral degree and verifying the institution where the degree was conferred, will be accepted in lieu of transcripts as part of the application procedure. Those individuals who wish to pursue a master’s degree or certificate program must submit official transcripts.

Enrolled at Other Graduate Institutions

Some students who are enrolled at other graduate institutions may wish to take one or more graduate courses at Hood College. Those students must follow the complete application and registration procedure as a nondegree-seeking student.