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Graduate Studies

THE HOOD COLLEGE GRADUATE SCHOOL provides post- baccalaureate study in discipline-based and professional-based master’s degree programs. The Graduate School promotes professional expertise in an academic environment that encourages the scholarship of teaching, discovery, application and integration of knowledge.

Graduate students most often choose Hood College because of its reputation for preparing students for professional success. The College offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees.

Hood’s graduate programs are designed for students who seek career advancement or career change. They offer excellent preparation both to students who intend to continue their studies at the doctoral or professional degree level and to students who plan to apply their new knowledge and skills in the workplace.

Graduate programs at Hood College reflect the job requirements of regional employers. Hood’s graduate programs benefit from the College’s strong connections to regional businesses, research laboratories, high technology firms, government agencies and educational organizations. Hood faculty work with professional advisory groups to make certain that the curriculum reflects both state-of-the-art theoretical knowledge and the reality of current practice.

The Hood faculty are excellent teachers and well-regarded scholars. The key to a truly outstanding education is excellent teaching. Hood’s faculty are selected both for their skill as teachers and for their knowledge of and interest in the discipline they teach.

Virtually all are involved in independent professional research and scholarly work, as well as projects undertaken with graduate students.

In addition, many Hood graduate courses are taught by scientists, researchers, business leaders, educators and policy leaders from companies and organizations in the region.

Hood’s powerful mix of outstanding full-time faculty members and adjunct faculty specialists results in graduate programs of exceptional breadth and depth of instruction.

Hood’s graduate programs are extensions of strong and high-quality undergraduate programs. Over the past three decades, Hood has developed graduate programs in disciplines where there are particularly strong undergraduate majors. The same excellent faculty and academic resources that make Hood’s undergraduate programs in these areas distinctive have formed the basis for the graduate programs. And the same experienced faculty members who have contributed to the College’s national reputation as a school for undergraduates have developed, and teach in, these graduate programs.

Enrollment in Hood’s graduate programs is about 70 percent women and 30 percent men.

A Hood College graduate degree is an excellent investment in your future. The cost to enroll in Hood’s graduate programs is competitive with colleges and universities in the region. However, the value of a Hood degree is greater than simply the dollars invested; Hood’s excellent reputation among employers in the region adds significantly to the currency of the Hood degree.

Hood’s graduate programs are designed for working adults. Hood offers strong, well- regarded academic programs, convenient scheduling and access to classes and services, and individual attention. The majority of graduate students are part-time (enrolled for 3 to 6 credits a semester), but with careful planning, full-time status is possible in most programs.

Full-time status for graduate students requires registration in 9 credits of academic coursework each semester and 6 credits in the summer session. Graduate students have seven years in which to complete their degrees.

Classes are scheduled during late afternoon and evening. Please contact the Graduate School for office hours for admission and registration.


Graduate Admission 

Graduate Tuition and Financial Arrangements 

Graduate Resources 

Graduate Academic Policies 

Graduate Student Conduct and Performance Policy 

Academic Programs/Fields of Study 

Master of Arts in Human Sciences 


Master of Arts in Humanities 

Master of Arts in Thanatology 

Master of Business Administration 



Human resource management 

Information systems 


Public management 

Master of Fine Arts in Ceramic Arts 

Master of Science in Biomedical Science 

Biotechnology/molecular biology 


Regulatory compliance 

Master of Science in Computer Science 

Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction  

Elementary education 

Elementary school science and mathematics 

Secondary education 

Special education 

Master of Science in Educational Leadership 

Master of Science in Environmental Biology  

Master of Science in Information Technology 

Master of Science in Management of Information Technology 

Master of Science in Mathematics Education 

Master of Science in Reading Specialization 

Certificate Programs

Certificate in Ceramic Arts 

Certificate in Information Security 

Certificate in Regulatory Compliance 

Certificate in Secondary Mathematics Education 

Certificate in Thanatology

Course Descriptions