How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in applying to Towson University for your graduate education.

College of Liberal Arts

Please follow the following steps to apply. For applicants who have earned a degree outside of the United States, please review the additional requirements for international applicants.

How to Apply:

Be sure to read the following instructions carefully before beginning your application using the Apply button below.

  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.
    1. Certain programs have specific deadlines. Please check the individual graduate program for more information.
    2. For non-deadline programs, please see the following application deadline schedule:
      1. The spring 2018 application will close January 2.
      2. The summer 2018 application will close May 1.*
      3. The fall 2018 application will close August 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 international students or admission policies for additional information. Encrypted electronic transcripts may be sent directly via email to . Official transcripts may also be mailed to: Towson University, Graduate Admissions, 8000 York Road, Towson, MD 21252.
  6. Submit email addresses for letters of recommendation. Some programs require letters of recommendation as part of the application process. If the program for which you are applying requires letters of recommendation, you must enter the email address of the references whom you have asked to submit letters of recommendation on your behalf in order for your online application to be complete and successfully submitted. An email will be sent directly to your references asking them to complete an online recommendation.
  7. Timeline for Admissions Processing. 

      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.


      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.


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



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