Graduate Admissions


Thank you for your interest in applying to Towson University for your graduate education. For applicants who have earned a degree outside of the United States, please review the additional requirements for international applicants.

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.

2. Submit your application and other materials.

We recommend that you submit your application at least two months prior to the semester in which you seek to begin graduate study. Application deadlines vary by department. Please check individual program pages for information about specific deadlines and additional application requirements or supplemental materials.

3. Know the deadlines.
Applications for graduate admission are processed on a rolling basis throughout the year. Certain programs have specific deadlines. Please check the individual graduate program for more information.

For non-deadline programs, please see the following application deadline schedule:

  • The fall 2015 application will close August 1.
  • The spring 2016 application will close January 2.
  • The summer 2016 application will close May 1.*

*While we will continue to accept applications and materials after May 1, we cannot guarantee that your application will be reviewed in time for the start of summer classes. Non-degree applications for summer classes will close June 21.

4. Pay your application fee.
A $45 non-deferrable, non-refundable fee is required with your application. An application fee waiver may be available. Students who attended a Graduate Open House are eligible for a fee waiver.

5. Send your transcript.
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 must make sure their transcript includes all grades from the first semester of their senior year. For students who earned their degree from an institution outside the United States, please refer to the international students requirements page. See admission policies for additional information. Encrypted electronic transcripts may be sent directly via email to

6. Submit email addresses for letters of recommendation.
In order for your online application to be complete and successfully submitted, you must enter the email address of the references whom you have asked to submit letters of recommendation on your behalf. An email will be sent directly to your references asking them to complete an online recommendation.

Timeline for Admissions Processing

Initial Application Review
Once all documents have been received, 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. The program director will make an admission decision.

Incomplete applications will be withdrawn after the intended entry term has begun.

Departmental Evaluation
The program director oversees the decision-making process of the application. The time between application and a decision varies by program. At the end of the review process, the program director will deliver a recommendation of admission, conditional admission or denied admission. Please see admission policies for additional information.

Check on the Status of Your Application
You may check on the status of your application by using the Application Status Checker or emailing

Mark Your Calendar

 2016 application now open; check program deadlines

Schedule a graduate student campus tour.


University Admissions

Phone: 410-704-2113
Fax: 410-704-3030
Campus Tours: 410-704-4696

Office Location

Office of Admissions
7800 York Road, 2nd Floor

University Codes

SAT: 5404
ACT: 1718
FAFSA: 002099