Admission Policies

Towson University admits graduate applicants whose academic and personal qualifications give promise of success in graduate study. Admission to graduate programs is competitive, and admission is based on the most qualified applicants and available space.

The applicant must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or the equivalent of this degree from another country. In addition, some doctoral and certificate of advanced studies programs require the applicant to hold a master's degree. These degrees also must be  from a regionally accredited college or university, or the equivalent of this degree from another country. Any student taking classes on the Towson University campus or any off-site location administered by the University System of Maryland must meet the university’s immunization policies prior to registration.

Full Admission

Students admitted to full status must meet the basic minimum requirements of the university, plus the additional requirements of the individual program. In order to meet the basic minimum requirements for full admission to the university an applicant must have:

  • Earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, with a minimum GPA of 3.00 (on a 4-point scale) in either the cumulative units of the degree or the last 60 units of the degree, or
  • Earned a master’s degree or doctorate from a regionally accredited college or university.

In cases where the above minimum standards are not met, the last 60 units may include courses taken beyond the baccalaureate degree that are 300-level or higher. Courses used for admission purposes may not be applied toward the graduate degree.

Since some individual programs may have additional requirements and enrollment restrictions, meeting the above minimum requirements may not ensure admission to a specific program. Please refer to the program listing for specific requirements.

Students admitted to a degree-seeking program have one academic year to enroll in graduate classes. If unable to do so, they may request a deferral. Please see Deferred Registration After Admission for instructions.

 

Conditional Admission

Admission with conditions may be granted to applicants whose academic achievement does not meet the standard required for regular admission or whose department requirements are incomplete. All students admitted with conditions must maintain a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 within their first 9 graduate units. See individual program descriptions for specific requirements. Students admitted to a program with conditions must satisfy requirements and correct any deficiencies as determined by the program director. Requirements that must be completed to continue in the program, and the timetable for completing the requirements, are listed on a letter prepared by the program director and sent to the student.

Provisional Admission

Provisional Admission for International Students Earning a Bachelor Degree or Higher Outside of the United States

Towson University offers provisional admission in select programs for applicants who meet all of the Towson University and program specific requirements for full admission except the English Language proficiency requirement. Students who wish to be considered for provisional admission are to contact the University Admissions Office at . Students who are provisionally admitted must complete the following before enrolling in any graduate courses:  

  • Enroll in the Towson University English Language Center and successfully complete ELC classes through Level VI with a grade of B or better or earn and confirm the required the English Language Proficiency scores (TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic)

Admission for International Students Earning a Bachelor Degree or Higher within the United States

International students who are in the process of earning a baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited U.S. college or university may be eligible to have the English Language proficiency requirement waived. Once they have completed the baccalaureate degree or higher, they are to submit evidence that their degree was conferred in order for their application to be considered complete.

Note: The following programs are excluded from Provisional Admission. CAT (Clinician-Administrator Transition), Health Science, Humanities, Human Resource Development, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant, Experimental Psychology, School Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Special Education, Audiology, Speech Language Pathology, Interdisciplinary Arts Infusion. 

Exceptions to Policy
 

Students who hold a baccalaureate, master's or doctoral degree from a college or university in the United States that is not regionally accredited are to have their transcript reviewed and degree equivalency determined by a post-secondary institution regionally accredited to support such a review.

An applicant who is a professional with significant work experience in a field relevant to the program and whose undergraduate degree was obtained at least five years prior to his or her application to Towson University may petition the Director of University Admissions in writing for an exception to the policy regarding minimum GPA. The applicant is to submit:

  1. Letter outlining his or her rationale for the request and performance indicators that reflect his or her potential for successfully engaging in graduate studies;
  2. Documentation of at least five years of successful work experience in the relevant field; and
  3. At least two letters of recommendation supporting the request from relevant supervisors or from faculty members who taught graduate-level courses to the applicant.

The petition will be reviewed by the program director and the program admissions committee, who will assess the relevancy of work experience and the applicant’s qualifications for the program. The program director and program admissions committee may require additional documentation. The program director will inform the Director of University Admissions in writing of his or her and the committee’s recommendation for conditional admission, and the parameters for conditional admission, if applicable. Applicants are to refer to the graduate program website for additional criteria that program may require for an exception to the policy regarding the minimum GPA.

Admission Prior to Receiving a Baccalaureate Degree 

Some programs may grant admission to seniors in their final semester of undergraduate studies, evaluating them as a “pre-degree” student. You must submit a transcript with grades through the first semester of your senior year for evaluation. Admission standing is subject to cancellation or change if admission credentials remain incomplete or do not meet the requirements for admission. Final transcripts showing degree conferral must be received by University Admissions. 

Graduate Work by Towson University Seniors
 

Towson seniors may register for a maximum of six credit hours of graduate study if they meet the following criteria:

  • Graduate courses in excess of the credits required to complete a bachelor’s degree
  • A written request to the program director prior to registration, specifying the student’s intended graduate courses
  • A 3.00 or higher cumulative GPA

The cost for the courses is separate from that of undergraduate courses taken in the same semester and is assessed at the graduate tuition rate. The courses may be transferred later to your graduate record.

Transcripts
  • Official hard copy of transcript must be submitted in an envelope sealed by the sending university or college.
  • An encrypted electronic transcript may be sent directly via email to . (We currently accept electronic transcripts from institutions using Avow System, Inc., Scrip-Safe, Docufide, and USM. Any other source will require review of the vendor by Graduate Admissions staff before it can be accepted.).
  • International transcripts must be evaluated by either WES, ECE or ASCISSS.
Test Scores
  • We require TOEFL, PTE or IELTS test results from any student who received a degree from a college or university outside the United States. TOEFL and PTE scores must be sent electronically from the testing agency. Students may send a copy of their score report for the IELTS. Towson University Graduate Admissions will verify the scores. Scores are valid for only two years after test date.
  • See specific graduate programs for required GRE or GMAT scores. These test scores may ONLY be submitted electronically.
  • See specific graduate programs for other required test scores.
  • Towson University’s identification number for test score submission is 5404.

Contact Information

University Admissions

Location
7800 York Road, 
Suite 216 
Hours
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Phone
410-704-2113
Fax
410-704-3030