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How to Apply

Welcome to Hood College



More than 1,000 students from 25 different nations pursue a wide range of professional aspirations at the Graduate School. These students appreciate the affordable tuition and convenient scheduling that allow them to continue to work during the day. They benefit from the opportunity to learn in small classes taught by caring, dedicated, world-class faculty and adjunct instructors who bring in-depth knowledge and expertise to instruction. And they gain practical skills through unparalleled internship experiences.

Graduate School classes are held on Hood College’s picturesque campus, located in a quiet residential area just a 10-minute walk to downtown Frederick. Hood, consistently ranks among the nation’s best colleges, and the same enduring commitment to high quality education prevails at the graduate level. The school’s Frederick, Maryland, location is a historic and growing center of business and industry, just an hour from both Washington, D.C., and Baltimore.

To be considered for admission to the graduate school, the applicant must meet specific program requirements and hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with at least a 2.75 cumulative grade point average (although some programs require a higher GPA). Based on an applicant’s background, the program director may require registration in specific foundational coursework and/or limit the number of credits for enrollment during the student’s first semester. Please note that GRE and GMAT exam results are not required for our graduate programs.

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.

Please note that the graduate degree application fee is non-refundable. Please apply to one graduate program only.

Non-Degree Graduate Badges & Coursework

If you are interested in enrolling in graduate badges or coursework as a non-degree seeking student, meaning you are not interested in pursuing a graduate for-credit certificate or master level program, please visit our non-degree webpage for application guidelines. You will need to complete the non-degree application/registration form.

A list of our summer and fall 2024 non-degree coursework is now available. Non-degree badges and coursework are ideal for those who wish to heighten their knowledge in a specific subject matter, for teachers who require additional credits or working professionals who must fulfill licensure requirements or wish to show professional proficiency in a specific area. Up to twelve credits taken as a non-degree student may apply towards degree requirements for a master’s or certificate program.

You must also submit a copy of an unofficial or official transcript to the registrar’s office at for verification of bachelor’s degree prior to enrollment. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 or above (3.0 for counseling coursework) to register as a non-degree student. 

Search Class Schedule

The class schedule is available in Self Service.  You do not need a login to search the schedule, but you can follow the instructions to see what courses are available in your area of study.


To ensure timely review of applications and enrollment, students are encouraged to apply and submit all required supplemental documents by the deadlines listed below. Any applications that become complete after the deadlines may be reviewed on a space- and time-permitting basis.


Master of Science in Counseling

February 1

Fall semester application deadline

Oct 1

Spring semester application deadline

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

April 15

Application deadline for Summer I residency (June)

Doctorate in Organizational Leadership or Business Administration

July 1

Application deadline for Fall semester cohort

Counselor Education & Supervision Ph.D.

January 10

Fall semester intake only

February 7

In-person interviews

All Other Graduate Programs

December 1

Spring semester application deadline

May 20 (April 20 for international applicants)

Summer I session application deadline

June 30 (May 30 for international applicants)

Summer II session application deadline

August 15 (July 15 for international applicants)

Fall semester application deadline

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Online Application

Complete the online application for the Graduate School at Hood College. If you do not yet have a Hood account, you will be prompted to create one via the “Sign Up” link at the bottom of the Application page. Please note that the graduate application fee is non-refundable.

Note: If you do not yet have a Hood account, you will be prompted to create one via the “Sign Up” link at the bottom of the Application page.

If you are interested in enrolling in coursework as a non-degree seeking student, please complete the non-degree application/registration form.

Submit Your Transcripts

Please have your previous institution(s) send us your official e-transcript via Parchment to the Hood Graduate Admission or via email to If e-transcripts are not available, please be sure your previous institution(s) mails your official transcript to the attention of Hood College Graduate School, 401 Rosemont Ave. Frederick, MD 21701 to ensure it reaches our office. If an applicant has completed coursework at Hood College, there is no need to make a transcript request, since our office can access all Hood transcripts.

Please note: Applicants with U.S. transcripts may upload one unofficial transcript for each U.S. institution (PDF preferred). Unofficial transcripts can be used for admission considerations, but applicants will be required to submit official e-transcripts if they are admitted. 

If your institution(s) is not U.S. based, please have your official transcript evaluated by a NACES organization or an AICE organization and emailed to us at

Other Supporting Documentation

Submit any supplemental application documents to such as letters of recommendation and essays.

Please note that GRE and GMAT exam results are not required for our graduate programs.

Contact us for more information regarding the documentation requirements or view a list of application requirements per program.

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