Take Your Education to the Next Level.

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.  With nearly 6994 graduate schools and accredited graduate degree programs in the United States, your critical first step in the admission process is to identify the best school.

With more than 30 disciplines and 100 specializations, Howard University’s graduate programs prepare graduates to seek truth and provide service to communities around the world. 

Our 2020-21 graduate applications may be accessed via the links below. Our 2021-22 applications (for Spring, Summer & Fall 2022 admission) will reopen in September 2021.

Graduate Application Links

Program Spotlight

The Graduate Nursing program offers a rigorous curriculum in advanced nursing education in both traditional and online full-time and part-time schemes.

Graduate Nursing Program

Admission Requirements 

Graduate Admission

The general application requirements for each category of students are different. For additional information on our Graduate School programs, please see the highlighted link. We also highly encourage you to view our Graduate School Application Deadlines for information on each program's deadlines. Also, please consult the respective school/college/division for any admission instructions specific to each program.

NOTE: Unfortunately, our office does not offer application fee waivers at this time. The Graduate Admission Application is also not applicable for:

  • Undergraduate Applicants,

  • Undergraduate Former Students Returning,

  • Exchange (Domestic or International)

  • Continuing Education students


Officials Transcripts

  • Applicants must report all institutions attended and send all official transcripts to the respective CAS system (Application Service). Detailed instructions are included in each CAS application. If you do not list or send official transcripts for all institutions attended, processing of your application will be delayed.
  • Transcripts sent via fax/email or uploaded as an unofficial transcript will not be considered in our official review. If your transcript is being sent via mail, please ensure it is sent by your school in a sealed envelope to the CAS system's transcript processing center. Only transcripts submitted to the processing center will be visible via the 'Check Status' area. We do not encourage you to submit official transcripts via mail directly to Howard University, as there may be significant delays in our receipt. 
  • Sending transcripts electronically? If asked for the recipient’s email address, please provide Otherwise, CAS systems accept electronic transcripts from:

Returning Students

A student who was pursuing a graduate degree at Howard University, who has not been registered at the University for the previous semester, and who wishes to return to the same school/college, department, and degree program. In general, Former Students Returning are readmitted to the last program in which they were enrolled at Howard University. Graduate students seeking to change their program, must submit a new application for admission by the given application deadline posted on the respective application system. Generally, students seeking readmission must submit the Graduate Returning Student Application no less than 30 days prior to the start of the semester to which they are seeking readmission. 

Students must consult with their program for specific requirements, and to determine their general admissibility, especially if they were dismissed from their program for poor scholarship (cumulative GPA below minimum threshold). 

Before readmission is granted, students must also lift all holds on their account by the given deadline before they are able to be readmitted. To view your holds, please log into BisonWeb and click 'Student Records' and/or 'Student Accounts' -> 'View Holds' via the Student Services tab. 

Mailing Address: Office of Admission, 2400 6th Street NW, Washington, DC 20059 


  • December 31, 2021

  • April 20, 2021

  • July 31, 2021

Non-Degree Students

A non-matriculating student who wishes to complete graduate courses during the Spring or Fall semester. Our Spring 2021 application will close on November 15, 2020, and our Fall 2021 application will close on July 1, 2021. All application should be submitted via GradCAS.


The application for non-degree graduate admission at Howard University requires the following documents:

  • Application Essay detailing your reason for pursuing admission

  • Personal Statement    

  • Officials Transcripts
    • Applicants must report all institutions attended and send all official transcripts to GradCAS. If you do not list or send official transcripts for all institutions attended, processing of your application will be delayed.
    • Sending transcripts electronically? Click here for additional information. GradCAS accepts electronic transcripts from:

Admission Policy

Admission Fees Refund Policy

Howard University does not refund the application fee nor the $300 enrollment fee.

Equal Opportunity and Diversity

Howard University, as a community of scholars, is committed to the elimination of discrimination in education and the provision of equal opportunity in education. In compliance with state and federal laws and regulation, we do not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, race, religion sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status in any of our policies, procedures, or practices. This non-discrimination policy covers admission and access to, and treatment, in all programs and activities, including but not limited to, academic admissions, financial aid, educational services and employment.

Program Admission Criteria

Students are accepted in good faith in academic programs on the basis of the certification they provide to meet admissions criteria. If however, the results from the test and assessments procedures upon arrival provide evidence that a student’s actual academic proficiency is significantly different than the one claimed and is lower than the one required for the designated program, then the student will be formally advised of the results and applicable options, if any exist.

A student, either individually or through his/her representative, who has submitted any documents or certification to meet  the admission criteria which is later found to have been falsified may be subject to immediate dismissal from the University.

Graduate Deferment Policy

Graduate applicants (note, this does not relate to Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy or Law applicants) who have been offered admission to Howard University may request to defer their enrollment for up to one year. These deferment requests will need to be completed by January 1 (for Spring applicants), May 1 (for Summer applicants), or August 1 (for Fall applicants) of each year.  If the student does not matriculate in the approved deferment semester, a new application will need to be filed for admission consideration. To complete the deferment process, please send an email to indicating your reason for deferment, and what you will be doing during the gap period.

Deferment requests are not accepted for graduate non-degree students. Non-degree students must submit a new application for admission for the desired entry term to be considered for admission.


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Graduate Program Finder

Find specific information on admission to the program of your choice.

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Graduate School Admission Information

Graduate Admission Requirements