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Graduate Admission

The University promotes academic excellence through a highly selective admission process. Students who are admitted show strong personal motivation along with backgrounds of consistent academic growth and achievement. The University encourages the submission of applications from socially and economically disadvantaged students who show promise of gaining from a Howard University education.

To protect its character and standards of scholarship, the University reserves the right, and the applicant concedes to the University the right, to deny admission to any student at any time for any reason the University deems sufficient.

Admission Process Overview

  1. Review this Admission Process
  2. Review Admission Deadlines & Requirements
  3. Choose an Academic Program
  4. Submit Application and Fee
  5. Submit Supplemental Documentation
  6. Check Application Status
  7. Respond to Admission Decision

Code for Standardized Test Scores: 5297

Application Deadlines

Applicant: Domestic International
November 1 - Early Action
February 15 - Traditional Action
Spring: November 1 September 1
Summer: April 1 February 1

Select your Student Type below for specific requirements.

Domestic Graduate >>
A student who has never been admitted to a degree program at Howard University or any other post-secondary institution of higher education (first time in college). Read more...

International Graduate >>
A student who has attended another post-secondary institution of higher education and who may seek admission to Howard University with advanced standing. Read more...

Graduate Former Students Returning (FSR) >>
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, 90 days before registration, to the Office of Graduate Recruitment & Admissions. Read more...

Unclassified Graduate >>
If you plan to enroll as a non-degree or non-matriculated student for one semester, then you are considered an Unclassified Student. Read more...

Note to Prospective Students:
On September 24, 1983, the Board of Trustees of Howard University adopted the following policy statement regarding applicants 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."