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Office of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions

Message from the Associate Provost

 


Thank you for your interest in the Howard University Graduate School. Graduate Education has been an important part of the University's mission since its founding in 1867. Today, Howard offers master's and Ph.D. programs in more than 30 disciplines and 100 specializations. Our graduates comprise the world's largest grouping of on-campus African-American Ph.D. recipients
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Howard's excellent multicultural faculty and student body are a microcosm of cultures, ethnicities, and racial groups. They help to make Howard an institution of global diversity and perspective that complements its historical tradition and mission. Moreover, the University's location in the nation's capital provides exceptional opportunities for research and study that complement a first-class graduate education.

Howard University's legacy is that of an institution, which prepares its graduates to seek truth and provide service to communities around the world. I invite you to become a part of that legacy. Please contact us if you have questions or need additional information.

 

Gary Harris
Associate Provost for Research and Graduate Studies
Howard University Graduate School
gharris@howard.edu







Admission Policy

The mission of Howard University includes the provision of quality education for any student, but with emphasis upon the provision of educational opportunities for those students who may not otherwise have an opportunity to acquire an education of the type provided at Howard. In fulfilling its mission, the University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, marital status, religion, or handicap in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other University administered programs and employment.

Howard University is committed to equal opportunity in all aspects of its relations with faculty, students, and staff members, without regard to race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, marital status, religion, age, or handicap. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs and activities extends to employment therein and admission therein.

 

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Student Classifications

The application requirements for each student category of student below are different. Please review the appropriate student classification.

Domestic Graduate: Complete the on-line application including uploaded copies of the statement of interest, resume, email address for three recommenders who will submit a letter on your behalf, unofficial transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended, GRE scores, graduate assistantships and fellowships, as well as submit the $75 application fee via credit card. Once approved for Graduate study, you will be asked to submit official transcripts to Howard University Graduate School from ALL colleges and universities attended, and GRE scores.
The Graduate School at Howard University announces the requirement of the Educational Testing Service (ETS)® Personal Potential Index (PPI) for applications in 12 departments (see below).

International Graduate
: Complete the on-line application including uploaded copies of the statement of interest, resume, email address for three recommenders who will submit a letter on your behalf, unofficial transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended, GRE scores, TOEFL scores, and a statement of financial resources, graduate assistantships and fellowships, as well as submit the $75 application fee via credit card. Once approved for Graduate study, you will be asked to submit official transcripts to the Howard University Graduate School from ALL colleges and universities attended (unless the verified transcript is contained in the WES), and GRE scores.

The Graduate School at Howard University announces the requirement of the Educational Testing Service (ETS)® Personal Potential Index (PPI) for  applications in 12 departments (see below).

Graduate Former Student Returning: If you have lapsed enrollment as a graduate student for more than one semester, then you are considered a former student returning. To re-apply, you must submit a graduate application and an official copy of your most current Howard transcript 90 days before registration, to the Office of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions.


Graduate Unclassified Student
: If you plan to enroll as a non-degree or non-matriculated student for one semester, then you are considered an unclassified student. Complete the on-line application including uploaded copies of the statement of interest, resume, three letters of recommendation, unofficial transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended, GRE scores, graduate assistantships and fellowships, as well as submit the $75 application fee via credit card. Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended, and GRE scores must be sent directly to the Graduate School

 

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International Applicants Special Admission Requirements

In addition to the requirements listed above, all international applicants MUST include in their application packet the following:

    • Official transcripts, final certificates and/or mark/grade sheets must be sent directly from the college or university to the Office of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions (photocopies or transcripts in the applicant's possession are not acceptable)
    • If the documents are not in English, they must be accompanied by an official translated copy.
    • All international transcripts must be evaluated by the World Education Services (WES). Please visit www.wes.org and initiate the International Credential Advantage Package which includes the transcript evaluation report with Course-by-Course grades and Grade Point Average (GPA), and provides verified copies of your transcripts. The WES report can be expedited at www.wes.org/why/fast.asp. The WES is sent directly to Howard University Graduate School, 4th & College Streets NW, Washington DC 20059. If the WES is not available in your country, the International Evaluation Services of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) may be accepted.
    • All documents must bear the same name that appears on the admissions application unless an official document so submitted indicating a change of name.
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) from all applicants from countries in whih English is not the official language. The TOEFL test is not required if you received a degree in the U.S.
    • Statement of Financial Resources Form ( click here ) – A completed form that verifies proof of financial support (sufficient funds to cover expenses for one full year in US dollars only) and supporting financial documentation indicating sources of funds while attending Howard University (such as a certified bank statement dated within three months of registration).

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Application Deadlines

The Graduate School will accept new student applications for Fall and Spring admissions beginning October 1st. We invite early applications from prospective Fall semester entrants from October 1 - December 15.    The early applications will receive prioritized evaluations with notifications by January 30

The deadline date for receipt of applications for the fall semester is January 15th, except for the Clinical Psychology program (Department of psychology)  which is December 1st and Counseling Psychology (School of Education) doctoral program deadline which is January 1st.

**Some graduate programs only admit in the fall semester. Please review the Graduate Programs to see the department website for additional information.

Application Start Terms for New Entrants by Department

Programs Degrees Offered Program Entry Term 
African Studies & Research M.A. / Ph.D. Fall/Spring
Anatomy M.S. / Ph.D. Fall only
Atmospheric Sciences M.S. / Ph.D. Fall/Spring
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology M.S. / Ph.D. Fall only
Biology M.S. / Ph.D. Fall only
Chemical Engineering M.S.  Fall/Spring
Chemistry M.S. / Ph.D. Fall only
Civil & Environmental Engineering M.Eng. Fall/Spring December 1st
Comm. Sciences & Disorders M.S. / Ph.D. Fall only
Comm., Culture & Media Studies Ph.D. Fall only
Economics M.A. / Ph.D. Fall only
Education (Psycoeducational Studies) Ph.D. Fall only
Counseling Psychology Ph.D. Fall only January 1st
Electrical & Computer Engineering M.Eng. / Ph.D. Fall/Spring
English M.A. / Ph.D. Fall only
Genetics & Human Genetics M.S. / Ph.D. Fall only
History M.A. / Ph.D. Fall only
Mathematics M.S. / Ph.D. Fall/Spring
Mechanical Engineering M.Eng. / Ph.D. Fall/Spring
Microbiology Ph.D. Fall only
Nutritional Sciences M.S. / Ph.D. Fall/Spring
Pharmaceutical Sciences Ph.D. Fall only
Pharmacology M.S. / Ph.D. Fall only
Physics & Astronomy M.S. / Ph.D. Fall/Spring
Physiology & Biophysics Ph.D. Fall/Spring
Political Science M.A. / Ph.D. Fall only
Psychology M.S. / Ph.D. Fall only
Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Fall only December 1st
Social Work Ph.D. Fall only
Sociology & Anthropology M.A. / Ph.D. Fall/Spring
Systems & Computer Science MCS/Ph.D Fall/Spring

 
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Degree Requirements

Master's Degree

  • Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.00 for graduate (Consult graduate department for exception to this requirement)
  • Minimum number of credits - 30
  • Submission of a thesis in partial fulfilment of requirement for many departments

Doctor of Philosophy Degree

  • Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.00 for graduate (Consult graduate department for exception to this requirement)
  • Minimum of 72 credits beyond the bachelor's degree
  • At least four semesters of residence and full-time study (9 credit hours per semesters) in the Graduate School
  • Passage of a comprehensive examination (not applicable to all departments)
  • Submission of a dissertation in partial fulfilment of requirement for the degree
  • Passage of the final oral examination

NOTE: Additional requirements for the Master's and PhD. degrees include the passing of the Expository Writing Examination and completion of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) workshop. These programs are held each semester of the academic year and are requirements for degree candidacy.

For more information click here or call: 202-806-7277.

 

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Readmission Policy

Former Students Returning  (students who are not enrolled for at least one semester and want to return to complete the degree) FSRs must submit an application following the appropriate application deadlines, and an official copy of their most recent  Howard University transcript.  These documents should be submitted in one complete application packet.

A non-refundable application fee of $75 is required only if you are changing your degree program

Some department admission committees may request a re-evaluation of the student’s academic records. Please contact the Director of Graduate Studies in your department regarding re-admission criteria.

You will receive notification once the Office of Educational Affairs evaluates the Department's recommendation.

For additional information, please contact the Office of Admission:

Phone: (202) 806-4676
Email: hugsadmission@howard.edu

The Last Day for Completed Former Students Returning Application for the Fall Term  is August 16th.

FSR’s readmitted to the University must be cleared by the following offices:

Office of the Bursar
(202) 806-2610

Office of Register

(202) 806-2712

Office of Special Student Services
(202) 238-2420

 

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Personal Potential Index (PPI)

The PPI measurement is designed to evaluate a prospective student’s potential for graduate study based on six (6) non-cognitive characteristics. The PPI allows applicants the opportunity to provide an enhanced range of attributes often valued as indications of success in graduate school. The applicant may select three (3) faculty recommenders to submit PPI evaluations for review by the prospective program.


If you are currently registered with the ETS for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), you may designate the three (3) PPI evaluations at no additional cost. To submit the PPI reports to the Graduate School at Howard University, visit the ETS website at

https://ppi.ets.org/ppi/applicant

The programs that are reviewing ETS/PPI evaluations as part of the admissions review are listed below:

African Studies
Communication, Culture and Media Studies
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Chemistry
Economics
English
Genetics and Human Genetics
History
Sociology
Mechanical Engineering
Pharmaceutical Science
Physiology

For more information, please call 202.806.4676.ps://ppi.ets.org/ppi/applicant

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Caution to Prospective Students

The Board of Trustees of Howard University on September 24, 1983, adopted the following policy statement regarding applications for admission: "Applicants seeking admission to Howard University are required to submit accurate and complete credentials and accurate and complete information requested by the University. Applicants who fail to do so shall be denied admission. Enrolled students who as applicants failed to submit accurate and complete credentials or accurate and complete information on their application for admission shall be subject to dismissal when the same is made known, regardless of classification."

All credentials must be sent to:

 
Howard University Graduate School
Office of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions
4th and College Streets, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20059

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