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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 (G.P.A.) 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.

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.

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

Step One

Complete the free online graduate school application.

To ensure a 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

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

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

Students who earned a bachelor’s degree outside of the U.S.

Submit an official* course-by-course evaluation to:

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

*Hood College accepts evaluations from any member of the National Associate for Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), www.naces.org. The evaluation must be received by the Graduate School in a sealed envelope or via email directly from the evaluation service.

Step Three

Submit official test score reports for English language proficiency.

Students who do not earn at least a bachelor’s degree in the U.S., United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Ireland or New Zealand 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 is 5296.

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.

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. 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.

Students may also wish to enroll in the Summer Hood English Language Institute (HELI). Students who successfully complete the HELI program will meet the Graduate School’s English language proficiency requirement.

Step Four

Submit any supplemental admission requirements.

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