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School of Graduate Studies

Application Process

Helpful Information for the Application Process

Please refer to the following when applying to graduate studies at Morgan State University:

Part 1: Application Deadlines and Procedures

Application deadlines for the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) are as follows (unless earlier deadline dates are indicated by the individual programs): All deadlines are determined by the programs, not the School of Graduate Studies.  If you  would like to request an extension, you must contact that department, their information is listed here.

These deadlines apply to every academic year and program unless otherwise indicated.

US Citizen / Permanent Resident, degree-seeking - Spring - December 1

International, degree-seeking (All F-1 in and out of USA) - Spring - November 1  (unless earlier deadline dates are indicated by the individual programs)

Non-degree-seeking (US Citizen and Permanent Residents only)- Spring - January 8 / Fall August 1

US Citizen / Permanent Resident, degree-seeking - Fall  - May 1

International, degree-seeking (All F-1 in and out of USA) - Fall - April 1 (unless earlier deadline dates are indicated by the individual programs)

School of Business Masters Programs - October 1 - Spring /  Fall - March 1st

School of Architecture and Planning - Fall 2023 - July 1, 2023

The Master of Arts in Economics program is currently not accepting applications.

(see also Application Process for International Students)

*There are several programs that have only fall admissions, see below for more information:

All requests for graduate funding are due to your program of study by March 15 for Fall semester and November  15 for Spring semester.
No awards are made for the summer or winter sessions.

*NOTE: Application deadlines indicate the day by which ALL required materials must be received including official transcripts, official test scores, recommendations, etc.  Applications lacking one or more required items will be considered incomplete ("Awaiting Credentials" Embark status).

The following programs have Fall admissions only:

Ph.D. Business Administration March 1

M.Ed. Community College Leadership 

Ed.D Community College Leadership

July 1
Ph.D. Social Work February 1
MPH  Public Health / Online May 1
DrPH  Public Health / Online April 15
MS / PhD  Psychometrics January 15
MSW  Social Work / Online March 1
Ed.D  Urban Educational Leadership March 1
MS / Ed.D- Mathematics Education / Science Education May 1
PH.D. - History May 1
PH.D. - English May 1
PH.D. - Bioenvironmental Sciences May 1


  1. Prospective students will be unable to submit a new or in-progress on-line application after SGS deadlines. 
  2. Submissions after deadlines may be considered only as space is available for the next term of admission and has to be requested by desired program's Program Director.
  3. Review of applications by SGS and academic program will begin mid-late September for Spring term and mid-late February for Fall term.
  4. All application fees are for the term to which the applicant applies and may not be used to apply to multiple terms. 
  5. Applications that are incomplete by the close of application period will not be automatically updated by SGS to a future term.  To update to a future term, applicants must submit a second application including fees.  After doing so, applicants may request in writing that materials previously submitted to SGS within the last 12 months be matched with the new application. 
  6. SGS will not retain incomplete application materials more than one year from term of original application.
  7. SGS and academic programs reserve rights of refusal to receive applications submitted after published deadlines. 
Part 2: Admissions Criteria

All applicants must meet the admissions criteria for both the School of Graduate Studies and the program to which they are applying.

School of Graduate Studies Criteria

Applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, and Possess an undergraduate cumulative grade point average G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher from all colleges and universities attended to be considered for regular (unconditional) admission. Students who possess a cumulative undergraduate G.P.A. of less than 3.0 but not below 2.5 may be considered for conditional admission. Post-bachelor’s undergraduate credits cannot be used to enhance G.P.A. requirements for admission to graduate study.

Program Requirements

All programs require 2-3 letters of recommendation, a personal statement and official transcripts Applicants must meet all additional graduate program requirements to which they seek admission. In many cases, graduate programs require applicants to submit additional materials, such as standardized test scores, resumes, or other supplemental information.  These documents are required from the program, not the School of Graduate Studies.  

Part 3: Submit application and other materials

Applications may be submitted for admission throughout the year prior to posted deadlines.  Applications are processed as they are submitted and all supplemental materials are received by the School of Graduate Studies.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications at least 60 days prior to the term in which they plan to begin graduate study.

Required Materials
In addition to the completed application, all applicants must pay an application fee of $50 for the online application.    Please submit all required documents to the School of Graduate Studies.  If you send them to the department to which you are applying, it will delay the processing of your application.   Please refer to the School of Graduate Studies home page for the complete address.


Applicants to degree programs must submit one official transcript from each college or university attended. Non-degree-seeking applicants may submit one official transcript of their highest degree. Official transcripts must be sent directly to the School of Graduate Studies from the issuing institution. 

Unofficial transcripts and/or evaluations must be uploaded to your application portal.  They will not be accepted if sent to the School of Graduate Studies. 

Official transcripts must be issued to the School of Graduate Studies, Morgan State University.  They are only needed if you are admitted to the program.  Applicants must arrange for official copies of all transcripts from all institutions reported on their application for admission to be sent from the registrars of those institutions directly to the School of Graduate Studies.   Transcripts delivered by any other means (i.e., hand delivered by applicant, mailed in by the applicant, etc.) are not official.

If you wish to submit an electronic transcript, please give the institution the code "5416G" in order to ensure it is sent directly to the School of Graduate Studies.   If the company requests an email to send the transcripts, the email address is

International transcripts, diplomas, certificates, mark sheets, etc., or copies of these documents are not admissible in the graduate admission process and will not be accepted if sent to the School of Graduate Studies.  The School of Graduate Studies will only accept official course-by-course evaluations received directly from World Education Services (WES),  Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), FIS (Foundation for International Services or SpanTran.

Letters of Recommendation

The letters of recommendation are to be submitted electronically through the online application. We are not able to upload any recommendations to your application.

Other Materials

Depending on the program to which you are seeking admission, you may be required to submit other materials such as GRE or GMAT Test scores must be uploaded directly to the application (if required).  Scores, admission essays, portfolios, and supplemental applications. See Individual Program Listings to see if your program requires any of these additional materials.   The School of Graduate Studies does not have any score requirements for those examinations.  Please contact the academic department to which you are applying for more information.  The code for test scores is 5416.

Application Fees 

All application fees are non-refundable.  Only participants in the McNair Scholars and Gates Millennium Scholars Program may request a fee waiver.

We do not accept checks or money orders, only debit or credit cards.

Address for the School of Graduate Studies

All materials for graduate admission must be submitted directly to the School of Graduate Studies at the below address.  Any other variation will result in delays.   

School of Graduate Studies
Morgan State University
Earl G. Graves Business Center
4200 Hillen Road, Suite 401
Baltimore, Maryland 21218

Tel: (443) 885-3185
FAX: (443) 885-8226

Checking Your Application Status

You may log back into your application anytime to check your current application status. Please note that updating the status check records may also take several weeks to reflect documents mailed to the School of Graduate Studies.  We will notify you via e-mail if additional information or materials are needed to complete our evaluation.  All email communication will be sent to the e-mail address listed with your application.

Part 4: Initial Application Review

The School of Graduate Studies will review applications to verify that all of the materials have been received and that applicants meet the minimum requirements for admission. The office will enter the application into the student information system and create an official file.

Incomplete Applications

The office will continue to monitor the file until transcripts, application, supplemental materials, and payment have been received.

Complete Applications

The School of Graduate Studies will prepare the file for evaluation by the proposed graduate program. This involves receiving and entering the above materials into the University information system for processing. The file will then be made available to the appropriate graduate program director. The proposed graduate program director will receive the following:

  • the application form
  • all transcripts submitted
  • all supplemental materials
Part 5: Departmental Evaluation

The graduate program director receives the file and oversees the process of making the recommendation whether or not to admit or deny the applicant. The length of time that departments take to make a recommendation will vary based upon the particular department's decision-making process.

At the end of the review process, the graduate program will issue an admission recommendation: Unconditional Admission, Conditional Admission, or Deny Admission.

Admission with Conditions

Graduate programs may choose to accept students who have a GPA between 2.5 and 2.99.  Students admitted with conditions are required to correct any deficiencies as determined by the School of Graduate Studies.  Satisfying the conditions of admission removes this status from a student's record.

Part 6: Admission Decision

The graduate department will make an admission recommendation to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. The Dean will send the applicant a letter either granting or denying admission.

During the peak admission period, admission processing may take a minimum of several weeks after we receive your complete application.