How to Apply

"Hood College is not only a place to get an education, but also a place to share your culture in a diverse environment."   - Mohammed, Management Information Systems




The Graduate School welcomes applications from qualified candidates holding a minimum of a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with at least a 2.75 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale or equivalent. GRE or GMAT exams are not required for most programs. Students with a GPA between 2.5 and 2.7 may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

International students may apply for admission for August or January. Students must enroll on a full-time basis (9 credits) during the August and January semesters. International students are allowed to enroll on a part-time (3 to 6 credits) basis during the May or August sessions but not in the student's first semester.


The following programs are offered on a full-time basis and are available to international students seeking F1 visas: 

International students who apply to Hood College graduate programs in Education (Educational Leadership, Reading Specialization, Curriculum and Instruction) must possess a teaching certificate from their native country. The only exception is the Master of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies, as a teaching certificate is not required of any applicant. 

Please note that the application fee and I-20 processing fee will be applied toward your student account after we have issued your I-20 for a total of $100.

View application requirements per program.  If you have questions regarding additional supporting documents with your application, please email us at

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



hodson.jpgComplete the online graduate school application. 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

June 15

For all students wishing to enter for the fall (August) semester

November 15

For all students wishing to enter for the spring (January) semester

All other programs

July 21

For all applicants wishing to enter in the fall (August) Semester

April 15

For all applicants wishing to enter in the summer (May) semester

December 1

For all applicants wishing to enter in the spring (January) semester

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The Graduate School makes the application process is easy and convenient.  Should you have any questions or concerns, please email us at or call at 001-301-696-3600.

Christian is the admission liaison for the Business Administration (MBA) programs.

Larbi is the admission liaison for the Biomedical Science (M.S.)Bioinformatics (M.S.)Computer Science (M.S.)Cybersecurity (M.S.)Information Technology (M.S.), and Management of Information Systems (M.S.) programs.

Tanith is the admission liaison for the Ceramics (M.Aand M.F.A.), Counseling - Clinical Mental Health (M.S.)Environmental Biology (M.S.)Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Behavior (M.A.), and Humanities (M.A.) programs.



Christian DiGregorio

Director of Graduate Admissions

Tanith Fowler Corsi

Tanith Fowler Corsi. M.A.

Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions


Larbi Bricha

Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions & Data Management



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.


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For students who earned a bachelor’s degree outside of the United States, Hood College accepts official course-by-course evaluations from any member of the National Associate for Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), The evaluation must be received by the Graduate School directly from the evaluation service, at the address below.

The Graduate School at Hood College 
401 Rosemont Avenue 
Frederick, MD 21701

Other Supporting Documentation

Submit any supplemental application documents to such as letters of recommendation and essays. GRE and GMAT scores are not required for many programs. Contact us for more information regarding the documentation requirements or view a list 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.

English Proficiency

All graduate programs at Hood College require English proficiency in writing, reading, and speaking in an academic setting. Such proficiency may be demonstrated by earning a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Ireland or New Zealand or by obtaining a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 89 or higher or an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) composite score of 6.5 or higher.

Students whose bachelor’s or master’s degrees were NOT earned in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Ireland or New Zealand must submit an official score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS); The Hood College school code for reporting purposes is 5296.

If English proficiency is not demonstrated in one of the above ways and if submitted test scores fall in the range of 79-88 (TOEFL) or 5.5-6.5 (IELTS), the admitted student will be required to complete Advanced English for Academic Purposes EAP 500 in his/her first semester at Hood College.  Students may not enroll in other summer program courses unless they take the EAP course first or concurrently with the program course. For more information, please consult your acceptance letter and/or your faculty advisor.

After Acceptance

Once you complete all requirements for admission, you will be issued a letter of acceptance.  At this time, you may begin the I-20 and visa process. You will need your financial documents, affidavit of support, and passport to begin this process.

You can also view our Tuition & Fees in order to prepare you and your family for the costs of a Hood College education.