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 at http://www.hood.edu/campus-services/registrar/transcript-requests.html. For other admission requirements, such as letters of
recommendation, resume, and portfolios, please select your program of interest at http://www.hood.edu/Graduate-School/Programs/Graduate-Program-Offerings.html 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
Can I schedule a visit with a Graduate Admission
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 http://www.hood.edu/campus-services/registrar/index.html.
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 http://www.hood.edu/accounting. 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
How do I register?
A comprehensive guide can be found on the Graduate School
registration web page at http://www.hood.edu/gradregistration/.
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 class. Students may register late for a class, with the instructor's approval, provided that the class has not met more than once. However, students who register late often risk a course being closed. Specific dates for the drop/add period are listed in the online Academic Calendar.
How to I withdraw from a course?
Notify the Registrar's Office in writing that you wish to withdraw from a course. Use the withdrawal form found on our website. The tuition refund policy is outlined in the college catalog found online at http://www.hood.edu/catalog and deadlines are listed in the Academic Calendar. 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 bkshood@Bncollege.com.
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: http://www.hood.edu/financial-aid/.
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.