Hood College and the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences – Partners in Education

Aug. 22, 2018 - The Graduate School at Hood College and the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) have agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding to allow students who have completed relevant FAES coursework to transfer credits into Hood’s MBA, Bioinformatics or Biomedical Science programs.



  • Business Administration (MBA)
  • Bioinformatics (M.S.)
  • Biomedical Science (M.S.)


  • Biology
  • The George B. Delaplaine Jr. School of Business
  • Computer Science & Information Technology

Upon acceptance to Hood’s Graduate School, students may submit their FAES transcript for course-transfer review. Each program has pre-approved FAES courses that will transfer, and additional courses may be approved if relevant to the Hood degree. Up to nine credits in the MBA and Bioinformatics program or six credits in the Biomedical Science program can transfer. 

Dr. April Boulton, Dean of the Graduate School, noted that “this partnership will provide additional elective options to a variety of our graduate programs, which are taught by top NIH scientists on their Bethesda campus.  Conversely, NIH employees and others completing FAES coursework will be able to apply their FAES credits toward a graduate degree at Hood, making this MOU very beneficial to both parties.”

Dr. Connie Noguchi, dean of the FAES Graduate School, remarked that “FAES is delighted to partner with Hood College in Frederick and thus extend degree pathway opportunities for FAES students. This agreement will also open up opportunities for Hood students to enroll in FAES’s advanced science courses that often cover the latest science discoveries delivered by NIH research scientists.”

Hood and FAES will each have a liaison responsible for ensuring compliance with the agreement. The Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) Graduate School at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) operates as a non-degree-granting postsecondary institution on the Bethesda, Maryland campus of the NIH. FAES seeks to foster education and research in the biomedical sciences by providing instruction at the cutting edge of biological sciences and its evolving applications. Taught primarily by NIH research scientists, FAES courses respond to the educational, professional development, and training needs of the NIH community. Courses are academic credit bearing and are held in the evenings to suit the needs of working professionals. FAES courses are open to the NIH community, other federal employees, and the general public.