Graduate Admissions

Helpful tips for the application process

Here are some tips as you begin your application process and take your first steps toward becoming a Towson University Graduate student.

1. Check the requirements

Students admitted to full status in a graduate program must meet the basic minimum requirements of the university plus additional program requirements of the individual program to which they have applied.

Graduate Admissions requirements:
Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university or the equivalent of this degree from another country, with a minimum grade point average of 3.00 (on a 4-point scale). Your GPA will be calculated for the last 60 credits completed.

For students whom have graduated from a college or university outside of the United States, whether a US citizen or a non US citizen, official verification of their English competency is required by submitting an English assessment report from either TOEFL or IELTS. Minimum passing score on the TOEFL is an 80 with a 20 on each subsection and a 6.5 on all sections of the IELTS.

Program requirements:
Specific programs may have additional requirements including letters of recommendation, graduate test scores (GRE or GMAT), resumes or other supplemental information. Please check See the individual program listings to find the desired program’s requirements.

For information about conditional admission and admission for students in their senior year of undergraduate studies, see our Admissions Policies.

2. Submit application and other materials

Applications for admission are processed on a rolling basis throughout the year. Certain programs have specific deadlines, you can view individual program pages for more information. It’s recommended that you submit your application s at least two months prior to the semester in which they seek to begin graduate study.

The application fee is $45 fee. All checks or money orders should be made payable to Towson University.

You 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 their transcript includes all grades from the first semester of their senior year.

3. Initial application review

The Graduate Admissions staff will review applications to verify that all required materials have been received and that you have met the basic minimum requirements of the university for admission.

Once all required materials have been received, your application with be forwarded on to the Director of the program to which you have applied for review and have a decision rendered.

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 deny admission.

Conditional admission : Admission with conditions may be granted to applicants whose academic achievement does not meet the standard required for regular admission or whose department requirements are incomplete. All students admitted with conditions must maintain a cumulative grade point average of a 3.0 within their first 9 credit units at Towson University. See individual program pages for specifics surrounding conditional admission.

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 field.
  • The program has reached capacity for the given semester and the applicant can chose to reapply for a future semester

The program director will make his or her recommendation along with necessary conditions and comments, and a letter will be sent to the student.

You may check on the status of your application by calling Graduate Admission at 410-704-2113.


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