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When can I apply?

To ensure timely review of applications and enrollment, Graduate School candidates are encouraged to apply and submit all required supplemental documents by the following deadlines:

  • July 15 for fall semester
  • Dec. 1 for spring semester
  • May 1 for summer terms

Note: After these dates, completed applications will continue to be accepted, reviewed and considered on a space-available basis. Students applying for an F-1 visa should have their documentation postmarked for fall admission; otherwise, such requests will be deferred for the spring semester.

What other materials do I need to submit with my application?

Students must submit an official copy of their transcripts. Process information and a transcript request form can be found here. For other admission requirements, such as letters of recommendation, resume, and portfolios, please select your program of interest at and then go to Admission Requirements.

What is the minimum Grade Point Average for admission?

While the minimum cumulative GPA for admission is 2.75, the entire academic and professional record is evaluated for admission.  Students who hold a 2.5-2.74 GPA may be considered for provisional admission based upon their academic record and perceived potential for success in the program.  Conditions of provisional admission will be specified in the Admission letter.  

Can I schedule a visit with a Graduate Admission representative?

Yes! You can request an individual appointment online. or give us a call at 301-696-3600.

Does the Graduate School offer education programs with initial teaching certification? 

No. Hood College offers a post-baccalaureate program in which initial teaching certification can be obtained. This program is offered through our Undergraduate Admission office, 301-696-3400 or

How long does it take to complete a program?

Length of completion depends on the particular program and how many credits the student takes per semester. The Graduate School offers the majority of programs on a part-time to working professionals. However, with careful planning, full-time status is possible in some programs.  

What courses are you offering next semester?

Courses are listed in the Schedule of Classes. 

When do classes begin?

The beginning of classes and other important dates are listed in the Academic Calendar and can be found online at

When are classes held?

Most graduate classes are held in the evenings. Special weekend courses are available in some programs. In addition, a number of programs offer hybrid or online courses designed to work with graduate student lifestyles. Consult the schedule of classes and/or program directors for more information. 

How much is tuition?

Tuition for the 2014-2015 academic year differs by program. Information is available online at There is a $100 Comprehensive Fee per fall and spring semester for all programs. Some courses have lab and/or software fees. 

When is tuition due? 

Tuition is due by the following deadlines:

  • Aug. 15 for fall semester
  • Jan. 15 for spring semester
  • Before the first class meeting for both summer sessions.

How do I register?

Students may register through Self Service or by submitting the online Graduate Registration Form

When is the last day to register?

Students may register for classes until the first day of the semester. Late registration begins the first day of the semester and runs through the end of the drop/add period identified in the Academic Calendar. Students may register late for a class, with the instructor's written  approval, provided that the class has not met more than once. However, students who register late often risk a course being closed. 

How to I withdraw from a course?

Notify the Registrar's Office in writing by submitting the Course Withdrawal Form by deadlines outlined in the Academic Calendar. The tuition refund policy is established by the Accounting office.  It is the student's responsibility to know the deadlines for withdrawal. 

Can I meet with an adviser before I register for my first class?

Academic advisers are assigned to new students upon admission. If a student would like to be advised before registering for the first class, she or he may call or email the assigned adviser and make an appointment. 

Where do I get books?

At the Hood College Bookstore located in Whitaker Campus Center.  Special Hours, including Saturday and evening hours, are added to the regular schedule at the beginning of each semester.  Hours are posted on the Bookstore webpage. Students with special needs are encouraged to contact the bookstore at (301) 696-3480 or

Do I need a parking sticker or permit?

Students who wish to park in campus lots and the Frederick Memorial Hospital parking deck may obtain a free parking pass from Campus Safety. Complete the vehicle registration form through your Self Service account and bring your confirmation to Campus Safety to obtain your parking pass. Permits are not required for parking spaces outside campus lots. 

What about financial aid?

Financial aid is available for graduate students in the form of federal student loans.  Students may learn more by contacting the Financial Aid Office at (301) 696-3411 or visiting them at:  Hood College also offers a tuition payment plan for fall and spring semesters through the Accounting office.  Information about this plan can be found on the web at:  A limited number of workships and assistantships are also available.  Open positions will be listed on the Careers page of the Hood College website. Additionally, potential graduate students should always check with their employers to determine if they offer partial or full tuition reimbursement.