Office of Graduate Studies

The mission of the Office of Graduate Studies is to provide resources, services and leadership that support and guide the graduate academic programs across the university.

Grad students in class


Contacting the Office of Graduate Studies

In response to COVID-19, Towson University is open with limited services. Although you can’t visit the Office of Graduate Studies in person, we’re still available during our normal hours by email.

The Office of Graduate Studies offers more than 80 degree and certificate programs in the fields of business, education, fine arts and communication, health professions, liberal arts, science and mathematics. Both full and part-time programs are available, led by prominent faculty who combine theory and applied, practical knowledge while encouraging collaboration on research projects and creative productions. With more than 3,200 students enrolled, Towson University graduate programs create a rich learning environment complemented by diverse perspectives and experiences.

Graduate Studies Online Info Session April 28.

Registration TBD


Graduate Student Orientation offered Fall and Spring Terms

Our virtual orientation will serve as a quick and easy place to find all the resources you need as a new student. Attend a live chat session, review your To-Do List, watch presentations about key resources, and watch the virtual campus tour.

About Our Graduate Students

Towson University is committed to preparing ethically and globally minded professionals who become leaders within their community and field of study. Our graduate students come from diverse backgrounds. Their goal is to advance their knowledge and skills to become professionals who serve as leaders for Maryland and surrounding communities, and many juggle work and family responsibilities while earning their graduate degrees. For some, the graduate degree is essential for procuring jobs in their chosen field.

Graduate Student Association

The Graduate Student Association represents graduate students at Towson University, addressing needs and concerns that arise for this unique part of the campus community. The GSA also hosts events to build community among students enrolled in graduate programs.

Thesis/Dissertation update

We’ve Gone Paperless

Forms for the establishment of your thesis/dissertation committee and for the final approval of your thesis/dissertation by that committee have recently been converted to an online format. The following DocuSign Forms are listed by the number of members serving on your committee. Please use the form that corresponds with your committee size.

Note: Dissertation committees are required to have at least 3 members (aside from the committee chair, you are required to use the dissertation chair and the three members form).

To establish your thesis committee use these forms:

To establish your dissertation committee use these forms:

Once you have completed your thesis/dissertation and are ready for your committee members to approve the final version, please use the following completed approval forms:

Thesis completed approval form

Dissertation completed approval form

Three-Minute Thesis Competition

The Three-Minute Thesis competition challenges graduate degree candidates to present a compelling spoken presentation on their research topic and its significance in just three minutes. This video includes excerpts from 3 graduate students that presented. The competition was hosted in 2019 by the Office of Graduate Studies.