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Program Requirements

For students applying to the Certificate in Accounting program, please submit the following to the Graduate School:

  • One copy of an official transcript from the institution from which their highest degree was conferred
  • A statement of intent of at most 250 words that describes background experience and future goal

Candidates for the Bioinformatics must have completed one of the following:

  • B.A. or B.S. in a life science or computer science field with a GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Bioinformatics certificate from Hood (or be progressing toward the certificate) with a 3.0 or higher
  • M.A. or M.S in a biology-related or computer science-related field with a 3.0 or better.

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Students applying to the Bioinformatics M.S. program must submit:

  • A completed online application.
  • One copy of official transcripts from each institution of higher education attended; submit to the Graduate School.
  • A statement of intent of no more than 250 words that describes your background, experience and future goals.

GRE or GMAT exams are not required.

All application materials should be submitted by July 15 for fall admission and Dec. 1 for spring admission. Applications will continue to be reviewed after the deadline on a space-available basis.

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For students applying to the Bioinformatics Certificate program, please submit the following to the Graduate School:

  • One copy of official transcripts from each institution of higher education attended; and
  • A statement of intent of at most 250 words that describes background experience and future goals.

This program is designed particularly for students who have a background in biotechnology, biomedical science or the life sciences, either through formal study or professional experience. The program director will advise the student of any prerequisite requirements. A minimum 2.75 undergraduate GPA is required for admission to the Graduate School.

  • Applicants will be accepted into the program based on selection criteria that include undergraduate coursework, grade point average, area of research interest and experience.
  • Relevance of the undergraduate degree is considered. Priority is given to students who majored in biology, biochemistry or chemistry.
  • Undergraduate coursework required includes completion of the following with a grade of B or better: microbiology, organic chemistry, pre-Calculus, upper level genetics (equivalent to Hood's BIOL 316), and cell biology (equivalent to Hood's BIOL 339).
  • To apply to the Biomedical Science program, please submit the following to the Graduate School:
    1. All official transcripts from each institution of higher education attended; and
    2. An essay that discusses the student’s work experience and future professional goals

 

For students applying to the MBA program, please submit the following to the Graduate School:

  • One copy of official transcripts from each institution attended
  • An essay (250 words or less) that includes background experience and future goals

Applicants who have an undergraduate GPA below 3.0, must also submit the following:

  • A résumé
  • Two letters of recommendation (letters can be emailed to gofurther@hood.edu)

No GRE or GMAT required

Students entering the program must exempt or complete six foundation courses designed to provide the appropriate prerequisite background for the cross-disciplined major. The program director determines the required foundation courses or exemptions based on a thorough evaluation of transcripts and other supporting documents. The objective is to ensure the student is well prepared and ready to succeed in the program.

For students applying to the MA or MFA in Ceramic Arts program, please submit the following to the Graduate School:

  • One copy of official transcripts from each institution of higher education attended
  • An essay (500 words or less) discussing previous academic and personal experience with clay, current work and professional goals in relation to the degree
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with recent work (letters can be emailed to gofurther@hood.edu)
  • A portfolio on CD with 300dpi digital images to include
    • 20 images of current work
    • A corresponding image list stating title of work, medium, size and dates of completion
    • An artist statement about the portfolio work addressing concept, objectives and process
    • Résumé.

For students applying to the Certificate in Ceramic Arts program, please submit the following to the Graduate School:

  • One copy of official transcripts from each institution of higher education attended
  • An essay (500 words or less) discussing previous academic and personal experiences with clay, current work and professional goals in relation to the certificate
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with recent work (letters can be emailed to gofurther@hood.edu)
  • A portfolio on CD with 300dpi digital images to include
    • 12 images of current work
    • A corresponding image list stating title of work, medium, size and dates of completion
    • An artist statement about the portfolio work addressing concept, objectives and process
    • Résumé

For students applying to the Computer Science program, please submit the following to the Graduate School:

  • One copy of official transcripts from each institution of higher education attended
  • A résumé of work experience

An applicant to the graduate program in computer science is expected to have a strong background in computer science and mathematics.

Four foundation courses introduce the student to algorithms and programming, computer organization and design, advanced data structures and discrete mathematics. Students holding a baccalaureate degree in computer science will normally be exempted from all foundation courses. Other students may, upon review by the department, be exempted from some or all of the foundation courses. The program director determines the required foundation courses or exemptions based on a thorough evaluation of transcripts and other supporting documents. The objective is to ensure the student is well prepared and ready to succeed in the program.

Admission to the clinical mental health counseling specialty master’s program and school counseling specialty master’s program requires a minimum undergraduate GPA. of 3.0.  If the GPA is below 3.0, the applicant may submit GRE scores for possible consideration. Undergraduate coursework in psychology is strongly recommended.

Individuals must also submit:

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended
  • A personal statement describing factors that influenced the decision to apply to Graduate School and how this program will facilitate fulfillment of the applicant’s professional goals (by email to gofurther@hood.edu)
  • In the counseling profession, a professional is expected to recognize and appreciate individual differences. Write about an experience (or experiences) you have had working with people different than yourself? What strengths and limitations do you see in your ability to recognize and appreciate individuals who hold beliefs and/or values that differ from your own?
  • A résumé or curriculum vitae (by email to gofurther@hood.edu)
  • A minimum of two (three preferred) academic and/or professional letters of recommendation (by email to gofurther@hood.edu)

All application materials should be submitted by June 15 for fall admission and Nov. 15 for spring admission. Applications will continue to be reviewed after the deadline on a space-available basis.

Applicants may be contacted to schedule an interview, with online or video interviews used for applicants who live more than two hours from campus.

For students applying to the Curriculum and Instruction program, please submit the following to the Graduate School:

  • Complete the online application
  • Submit one copy of official transcripts from the institution where the highest degree was conferred

Once these two documents have been submitted to the Graduate School, the applicant will be invited to an Intake Interview with the Program Director. At this meeting, an informal writing sample will be completed, and a decision for admittance into the Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Program will be made.

An applicant to the graduate program in Curriculum and Instruction must already hold teacher certification. This program does not issue teacher certification.

For students applying to the masters in cybersecurity program, please submit the following to the Graduate School:

  • One copy of official transcripts from each institution attended
  • Résumé/CV that provides educational and professional experience

This program is designed for students who have a solid background in computer science or information technology, including database and telecommunications concepts, either through formal study or professional experience. Students who do not have the necessary background will be required to complete one or both of the foundation courses in addition to ensure they are well prepared for the required coursework.  The program director determines the required foundation courses based on a thorough evaluation of transcripts and other supporting documents. 

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For students applying to the certificate in cybersecurity program, please submit the following to the Graduate School:

  • One copy of official transcripts from each institution attended

This program is designed for students who have a solid background in computer science or information technology, including database and telecommunications concepts, either through formal study or professional experience. Students who do not have the necessary background will be required to complete one or both of the foundation courses in addition to ensure they are well prepared for the required coursework.  The program director determines the required foundation courses based on a thorough evaluation of transcripts and other supporting documents. 

 

To be considered for admission to the program, applicants must:

  • Submit an official transcript for a master’s degree. (Applicants must have completed a master’s degree with a minimum 3.25 GPA and taken at least one course in statistics.)
  • Submit a résumé that demonstrates a minimum of 8-10 years of progressive professional work experience.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation: One from your employer that speaks to your professional work experience and leadership skills, the second from an individual who can attest to your leadership skills.
  • Submit a 400- to 500-word personal essay that describes what attracts you to this doctorate program.
  • Submit a 500- to 750-word essay in response to one of the following prompts:  
    • What is the role of leadership in an organization as it focuses on challenges and issues of the twenty-first century?
    • Leadership is often defined as the “art of influence.” What lessons have you learned from a leader you admire?
    • Compare and contrast your leadership style with that of a leader you admire and respect.
    • Describe how sustainable leadership (economic, social and environmental) fits with your personal paradigm of leadership.
  • Provide one of the following admission elements:
    • Standardized test scores (SLLA, GRE, GMAT or MAT)
    • Evidence of master’s level culminating research experience (capstone project, thesis, field work or action research project)

To apply for the Educational Leadership Master's program and Certification program, a candidate must:

  • Complete the online application;
  • Submit a valid teaching certificate;
  • Submit one official transcript from the institution where the highest degree was conferred; and
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from the principal (or supervising administrator).

Once these three elements are received the applicant's application is complete, and he/she will be contacted for an intake interview which will include a review of program requirements, the course of study and the collection of a brief writing sample.

The Educational Leadership Master's Degree and Certification courses of study are open to candidates who hold teacher certification. Applicants to the Certification course of study must hold a master's degree in a related field.

Applicants for the partnership program with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) are required by the school system to have completed five years of teaching before beginning classes in order to be eligible for the MCPS cohort program.

For students applying to the Elementary STEM Education program, please submit the following to the Graduate School:

  • One copy of official transcripts from the institution where the highest degree was conferred
  • Interview with program director
  • Writing sample to be completed during the interview

An applicant to the graduate program in Elementary STEM Education must already hold teacher certification to apply. This program does not issue teacher certification.

For students applying to the M.S. in Environmental Biology program, please: 

  • Complete and submit the online application, including an essay describing background experience and future goals 
  • Request an official transcript be submitted by each institution attended

Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher are preferred. Two letters of recommendation are suggested and can be emailed to gofurther@hood.edu.

All applicants must have completed and earned a B or better in the following five courses: two college-level biology courses (with lab), two college-level chemistry courses (with lab), and one college-level math course (e.g., statistics, algebra, pre-calculus, calculus).

 For students applying to the Certificate in Financial Management program, please submit the following to the Graduate School:

  • One copy of an official transcript from the institution from which their highest degree was conferre
  • A Statement of Intent of at most 250 words that describes background experience and future goals 

For students applying to the certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) program, please submit the following to the Graduate School:

  • One copy of official transcripts from each institution attended
  • An essay (550 words or less) that includes background experience and future goals

Two letters of recommendation are suggested but not required (letters can be emailed to gofurther@hood.edu).

To apply to the M.A. Humanities program, please submit the following to the Graduate School:

  • A completed application to the Graduate School (See: www.hood.edu/gradapply/
  • Official copies of all college transcripts
  • A formal essay that discusses:
    • The applicant's academic and professional interests; and
    • How the M.A. Humanities program will help the applicant to achieve his or her specific academic, professional and or personal goals.

Given the importance of writing in the humanities, the essay is an important component of the application and should demonstrate the applicant's formal writing skills.

Students applying to the M.S. in Information Technology program must submit the following to the Graduate School:

  • One copy of official transcripts from each institution attended
  • A résumé of work experience
  • An essay of background experience and future goals

Students entering the program must exempt or complete two foundation courses designed to provide the appropriate prerequisite background for the cross-disciplined major. The program director determines the required foundation courses or exemptions based on a thorough evaluation of transcripts and other supporting documents. The objective is to ensure the student is well prepared and ready to succeed in the program.

For students applying to the masters in art in interdisciplinary studies in human behavior program, please submit the following to the Graduate School:

  • The graduate school application
  • One copy of official transcripts from each institution of higher learning attended
  • A written personal statement (300 to 600 words) of your experience, education, future goals, and how the interdisciplinary studies in human behavior program fits in with these aspects. Note: The quality of the personal statement may carry considerable weight in determining admission to the program.

A 2.75 minimum GPA is required for admission to the Graduate School and to the Master of Arts in interdisciplinary studies in human behavior program. No GRE is required.

For students applying to the M.S. in Management Information Systems program, please submit the following to the Graduate School:

  • One copy of official transcripts from each institution attended
  • A résumé of work experience
  • An essay of background experience and future goals

Students entering the program must exempt or complete six foundation courses designed to provide the appropriate prerequisite background for the cross-disciplined major. The program director determines the required foundation courses or exemptions based on a thorough evaluation of transcripts and other supporting documents. The objective is to ensure the student is well prepared and ready to succeed in the program.

For students applying to the M.S. in Mathematics Education program, please submit the following to the Graduate School:

  • One copy of official transcripts from each institution attended
  • A one-page statement describing how the program relates to previous academic and professional experience and to occupational or personal goals

For students applying to the certificate in Secondary Mathematics Education program, please submit the following to the Graduate School:

  • One copy of official transcripts from each institution attended.

For students applying to the M.S. in Education Multidisciplinary Studies, please submit the following to the Graduate School:

  • One copy of official transcripts from the institution where the highest degree was conferred
  • Interview with program director
  • Writing sample to be completed during the interview

For students applying to the Organizational Management Certificate program, please submit the following to the Graduate School:

  • One copy of an official transcript from the institution from which their highest degree was conferred
  • A Statement of Intent of at most 250 words that describes background experience and future goals

For students applying to the Reading Specialization program, please submit the following to the Graduate School:

  • One copy of official transcripts from the institution where the highest degree was conferred
  • Interview with program director
  • Writing sample to be completed during the interview

An applicant to the graduate program in Reading Specialization must already hold teacher certification to apply. This program does not issue teacher certification.

Students applying to the Certificate in Thanatology program are required to:

  • Submit the online application (no essay required)
  • Request that a copy of the official transcript be submitted from the institution where the highest degree was conferred