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Graduate/Professional Online Application Instructions

NOTE: If you are applying for a graduate/professional program, please consult the respective school/college for any special admission/application instructions:

The following instructions will guide you through completing the graduate application and will answer potential questions. We recommend that you print this instructions page to have available as you complete the application.

Please read the instructions carefully before proceeding.

The application requirements for each category of student below are different. Please review the appropriate student classification. This application is not applicable for Undergraduate Applicants, Undergraduate Former Students Returning, Domestic or International Exchange or Continuing Education students. Domestic exchange students may contact Wanda Jones at 202.806.2705 or wmjones@howard.edu. International Exchange students may contact Betty Aikens at 202.806.4363 or baikens@howard.edu.

  1. Domestic Graduate: To complete the application process, you must return the signature page found at the end of the on-line application, the $45 application fee, statement of interest, autobiographical sketch, three letters of recommendation, official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended, and GRE scores. If you are interested in being considered for graduate assistantships and fellowships, enclose a letter with your materials and send one directly to the department.
  2. International Graduate: To complete the application process, you must return the signature page found at the end of the on-line application, the $45 application fee, statement of interest, autobiographical sketch, three letters of recommendation, official transcripts (not photocopies) from ALL colleges and universities attended sent directly from the Registrar's Office, GRE scores, TOEFL scores, and a statement of financial resources.
  3. 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, 90 days before registration, to the Office of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions.
  4. 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. To complete the application process, you must return the signature page found at the end of the on-line application, the $45 application fee, statement of interest, autobiographical sketch, three letters of recommendation, official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended, and GRE scores.

Note: The $45.00 application fees must be submitted by money order, cashier’s check (made payable to Howard University). The application fee is valid for two continuous semesters only and is non-refundable. Credit Card payment for paper applications cannot be accepted at this time.

  1. Once you have read the instructions below, click Apply for Admission and follow the instructions if necessary.
  2. The next page requires a login identification number (Login ID) and personal identification number (PIN). You can select your own Login ID or it will be selected automatically. It is recommended that you select a Login ID and PIN that is a mixture of alpha and numeric characters that only you will remember. Your PIN must be at least 6 characters. Once you have selected a Login ID and PIN Click Login.
  3. You will be asked to re-enter your PIN to verify that it is correct.
  4. The next screen allows you to select an action. Are you completing a new application, updating an application or would you like to display the application you have entered? You must select one. Note, once you have submitted a completed application, you can no longer make changes to the document. You may submit amendments/changes to the Admission Office along with your supporting information. Please do not re-enter an application.
  5. Follow the instructions on each page.
  6. You must complete all appropriate fields. If you do not enter all required information, when you attempt to proceed to the next page, the system will prompt you to enter the information required.
  7. As you complete each page, you must click update and you will automatically return to the main menu. At the main menu, you should enter information on the remaining forms in the following order:
    1. Name
      1. If you are a Graduate Former Student Returning and were known by a previous last name when previously enrolled at Howard University, please enter your previous last name so that your original record is located.
    2. First Address and Phone
      1. You should enter your current mailing address on “Address Line 1.”
      2. “Address Line 2” should be used to enter apartment or suite numbers and by international students whose entire address will not fit in “Address Line 1.”
      3. When entering phone number, do not include dashes, parenthesis or spaces.
    3. Second Address and Phone
      1. You should enter your permanent mailing address on “Address Line 2.”
      2. “Address Line 2” should be used to enter apartment or suite numbers and by international students whose entire address will not fit in “Address Line 1.”
      3. When entering phone number, do not include dashes, parenthesis or spaces.
    4. Personal Information
      1. Please respond “yes” if you do not want any personal information shared with any institution or person not affiliated with Howard University.
      2. It is required that you complete the question specifying gender and birth date.
      3. When entering social security number, do not include dashes, parenthesis or spaces.
    5. Planned Course of Study
      1. You should enter your primary course of study (your desired major.)
      2. If you are uncertain of the appropriate School or College for your intended major, please review the major codes.
    6. International Information
            Please provide us with the necessary information.
    7. Previous College
            You are required to submit previous college information.
    8. Test Scores
            Please submit your official test scores with the remaining documents
            to complete your application for admission.
    9. Statement of Interest
            Please provide a statement of your academic and research interest.
    10. Autobiographical Sketch
            Please provide a brief personal biography.
    11. Additional Information
            If you reply yes to questions 3 through 8, please provide a written
            description of the events with your supplemental application materials.

To submit your application, after all questions are answered, you must check the “application is complete” box to submit your application.

**Note, if you must make changes to the application, please do not submit a new application on-line. You can submit any changes with the supplemental material required to complete the application.

If you are applying for a graduate/professional program, please click on the appropriate school/college at the top of this page.

Once you have completed the on-line application and submitted all information to complete your application packet, you may verify the status of your application by returning to Banner Web admission and clicking on Display Application. You will then click on term, and a status box will appear. Go to the status section and you can view your admission status.

Thank you for submitting an graduate application for admission to Howard University!

Last Updated: 6/21/2010


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