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Continuing Education and Professional Development


The Graduate School at Hood College, located in Frederick, Maryland, offers a variety of courses for non-degree seeking students who wish to enroll for continuing education, professional development or personal enrichment purposes.

For your career or for you, on your time

The Graduate School offers courses for individuals who hold at least a bachelor’s degree and are interested in continuing education for professional development or personal enrichment. Hood also provides the opportunity to sample a graduate degree program before deciding to apply. Conveniently scheduled evening courses enable professionals to pursue studies outside the work day. A number of programs offer courses in the summer, while others offer weekend courses throughout the year.

Non-degree courses

The following programs offer graduate-level courses for non-degree-seeking students:

  • Business Administration
  • Ceramic Arts
  • Humanities
  • Education
  • Environmental Biology
  • Gerontology
  • Human Sciences
  • Thanatology
See a sample list of courses here

STEM Courses for Teachers

Strengthen your STEM Toolbox (Credit-bearing, non-degree courses for STEM teachers or para-educators). View STEM courses here

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Applicants must complete the non-degree graduate application and registration form, and submit an unofficial or official transcript to the registrar’s office at for verification of bachelor’s degree prior to enrollment. Applicants must have a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75 (3.0 for counseling coursework) to register as a non-degree student. Priority enrollment in graduate classes is given to degree-seeking students. Program director and/or instructor approval may be required for non-degree registration (counseling coursework requires program director approval and registrations may be held until degree-seeking students are enrolled).

Up to twelve credits taken as a non-degree student may apply towards degree requirements for a master’s or certificate program.

Please direct questions to the registrar’s office, 301-696-3616 or


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