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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. 

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Program Spotlight

Howard MSW Online, our online Master of Social Work (MSW) program, is the next step toward a future where students everywhere can attend a leading historically Black university (HBCU) and become architects of liberation in diverse communities and professional contexts.

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New Online Degree Program

Howard's MS Online Applied Data Science and Analytics enrolls individuals who show potential to become change agents in the field of data science. Our online MS curriculum is grounded in a framework that prepares students to advance social justice, by challenging students to engage in issues concerning minority health & health disparities, environmental justice, and economic empowerment.

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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 application 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 Graduate & Professional Admissions

2400 6th Street NW,

Washington, DC 20059

Non-Degree Students

A non-matriculating student who wishes to complete graduate courses during the Spring or Fall semester. Our Spring 2023 application will close on December 15, 2022, and our Fall 2023 application will close on March 1, 2023. 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 as a non-degree student

  • One letter of recommendation from a designated school official (advisor, department chair, professor etc.) or community leader.

  • 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:

Please noteCredits earned as non-degree students at Howard University will not be considered for admission into the university, for students who eventually would like to earn a degree from the university. We encourage students who would like to eventually matriculate into a degree-seeking program at Howard University to consider taking coursework at another regionally accredited college/university, and then apply for degree-seeking admission consideration once the minimum requirements are satisfied. If you have further questions, please contact us at 

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