All applicants must meet the admissions
requirements for both Graduate Admissions
and the program to which they are applying.
Graduate admissions requirements:
Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree
from a regionally accredited college of university,
or from a Maryland college or university approved
by the Maryland Higher Education Commission, with
a minimum grade point average of 3.00 (on a 4-point
scale). The GPA will be calculated for the last 60
Specific programs may have additional requirements
for those seeking admission. Numerous graduate
programs require applicants submit additional materials,
such as letters of recommendation, graduate test
scores, resumes or other supplemental information.
See the individual program
listings for find the desired program’s
For information about conditional admission
and admission for students in their senior
year of undergraduate studies, see our Admissions
2. Submit application and other materials
Applications for admission are processed
on a rolling basis throughout the year.
View the page of the desired program
for specific deadlines. It’s recommended
that students submit applications at
least two months prior to the semester
in which they seek to begin graduate
All applicants must pay a $45 fee for
online applications or $50 fee for hard
copy applications. All checks or money
orders should be made payable to Towson
Applicants must submit one official
transcript from each college or university
attended. Non-degree applicants must
submit one official transcript of their
highest degree. Official transcripts
must be sealed and stamped by the issuing
institution. Pre-degree students need
to make sure transcript includes all
grades from the first semester of their
3. Initial application review
The Graduate Admissions staff will review
applications to verify that materials
have been received and the applicant
has met the minimum requirements for
admission. The office will enter the
application into the student information
system and create an official file.
If the application is complete and minimum
requirements met, the file will be sent
to the selected program for evaluation
by the program director.
If the application is initially incomplete,
the Graduate Admissions staff will notify
applicant by email, fax or mail. The
office will continue to monitor the file
until transcripts, application, supplemental
materials, and payment have been received.
4. Departmental evaluation
The program director oversees the decision-making
process of the application. The length
of time that departments take to make
this determination varies by program.
Some departments review each applicant
as it arrives on a rolling basis, while
other programs review all applications
based on deadlines.
At the end of the review process, the
program director will deliver a recommendation
of admission, conditional admission or
Graduate programs may choose to accept
students who have a GPA between 2.5 and
2.99 unless otherwise specified. Consult
individual program listings to determine
whether a desired program allows conditional
admission. Students admitted with conditions
are required to correct any deficiencies
as determined by the program director.
Completion of the conditional stipulation
removes this status from a student’s
Deny admission: A graduate
program can recommend denial of admission
on a number of grounds, such as:
Applicant fails to meet the program
and/or Graduate Admissions requirements.
Applicant has insufficient background
in chosen field of study.
Standardized test results do not
meet program’s admission standards.
Applicant fails to demonstrate the
ability to do graduate work in chosen
The program director will make his or
her recommendation along with necessary
conditions and comments, and a letter
to the student. If admitted, the student
will be assigned to an adviser.
5. Admission decision
The graduate department will make an
admission recommendation to the dean
of the Office of Graduate Studies. The
dean will send the applicant a letter
either granting or denying admission.
You may check
on the status of your application by
calling Graduate Admission at 410-704-2113.