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International How to Apply

The Graduate School welcomes applications from qualified candidates holding a minimum of a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with at least a 2.75 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale. GRE or GMAT exams are not required. Students with a GPA between 2.5 and 2.7 may be considered for possible provisional admission.

International students may apply for admission in the fall, spring, and summer. US Federal guidelines allow international students admitted to a graduate program to enroll on a part-time (3 to 6 credits) basis during the two summer ssessions (May-August). However, students must enroll on a full-time basis (9 credits) during the fall and spring semesters.

The following programs are offered on a full-time basis and are, therefore, available to students on F1 visas: Biomedical Science (BMS), Computer Science (CS), Counseling, Environmental Biology (ENV), Information Technology (IT), Masters in Business Administration (MBA), and Management in Information Technology (MIT).

Students who are admitted with English language proficiency requirements may enroll in a summer English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course. They may not enroll in other summer program courses unless they take the EAP course first or concurrently with the program course. For more information, please consult your acceptance letter and/or your faculty advisor.

Due to state regulations for teacher certification, international students are not eligible to apply to the following graduate programs: Educational Leadership (M.S. and 18-credit certification preparation), Reading Specialization, Curriculum and Instruction.

Please note that the application and I-20 processing fee of $85 will be applied toward your student account after we have issued your I-20.

The Graduate School application process is easy and convenient; follow these four four simple steps:

Step one - Application

Complete the online graduate school application (application fee/VISA processing is billed later).

To ensure a timely review of applications and enrollment, students are encouraged to apply and submit all documents by the following deadlines:

  • August 5 (I-20 materials must be received in our office) for fall semester (June 15 for Counseling)
  • Dec. 1 for spring semester (Nov. 15 for Counseling)
  • April 15 for summer semester

Any applications that become complete after the deadlines may be reviewed on a space- and time-permitting basis. Late applications may be deferred for review for the following semester. Students requiring F-1 visas should adhere to the application deadlines to ensure enough time for the processing of I-20 documents and visa interviews with embassies.

Step two - Transcripts

For students who earned a bachelor’s degree outside of the U.S.: Hood College accepts official course-by-course evaluations from any member of the National Associate for Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), The evaluation must be received by the Graduate School directly from the evaluation service, at the address below.

For students who earned a bachelor’s degree in the U.S., submit an official college transcript to:

The Graduate School at Hood College
401 Rosemont Ave.
Frederick, MD 21701

Step three - English Proficiency

Submit official test score reports for English language proficiency.

Students whose bachelor’s degree was earned in countries that are predominantly non-English speaking must submit an official score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS); The Hood College school code for reporting purposes is 5296.

Students whose bachelor’s or master’s degrees were earned in the U.S., United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Ireland or New Zealand are not required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score. If your degree is not from one of these countries, you must submit English proficiency test scores.

The overall test score requirements for admission are:

  • TOEFL 89 (internet-based)
  • IELTS 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 (internet-based)
  • IELTS 5.5 or 6

Students who feel they should be waived from the TOEFL or IELTS score requirement because their primary language is English, please fill out and submit the TOEFL Waiver Request form. Completing this form does not guarantee a waiver from the test score requirement and students whose primary language is not English but who have studied ESL courses are not eligible for this waiver.

Please note that in lieu of an official test score report, students may be required to complete an interview and/or additional writing sample with the program director. In addition, students may be required to complete the English for Academic Purposes (EAP 500) course their first semester of enrollment.

Step four - Additional Requirements

If your program requires additional documents with your application, please email them to

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and students are notified of admission decisions approximately two weeks after their application file becomes complete.