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Fall 2017 Admissions Deadlines
Scholarship Deadline: Apr. 24, 2017
Application Deadline: May 22, 2017
Spring 2018 Admissions Deadlines
Scholarship Deadline: Oct. 30, 2017
Application Deadline: Nov. 27, 2017

For more information or to speak with an academic director, please contact us at graduateprograms@goucher.edu or 1-800-697-4646.

Limited-Residency Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admission, an applicant must submit the following by April 2017. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received.

  • A completed application form, including one copy of the essay and a nonrefundable $75 application fee made payable to Goucher College.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work can be sent directly by the institution to the address below or included with your application in the institution’s sealed envelope.
    • 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Baltimore, MD 21204
  • At least 2 recommendation forms completed by people who know you well enough to give an informed opinion of your intellectual ability, capacity for sustained self-directed study, personal qualifications, and professional potential. The recommendation process is completed online through the application but paper forms are available upon request.
  • An essay answering program-specific questions. Select your program of interest below to view the essay requirements.
    • The M.F.A. in Nonfiction requires writing samples in addition to an essay.
    • The Digital Arts programs require a portfolio in addition to an essay.

Dual degree applicants should complete the admissions requirements for both programs, such as supplying a digital portfolio and addressing the essay questions for both programs in one essay.

Acceptance to the program will be based on an evaluation of the applicant's work and experience, essay, recommendation forms and transcripts. The essay is particularly important as it demonstrates the applicant's depth of experience, professional aims and ability to undertake self-directed graduate study and ability to present a cogent argument in writing.

Admissions decisions are made within two weeks of an application becoming complete. Acceptance letters are emailed immediately upon decision. Accepted students are required to submit an enrollment agreement, along with a nonrefundable $500 deposit. The deposit will be credited toward tuition charges for the upcoming semester.

Individuals who wish to take a course or courses (up to 12 credits) are able to do so as a non-degree seeking student. To apply, complete the Non-Degree Seeking Application and submit it along with a copy of unofficial transcripts to graduateprograms@goucher.edu.

Select your program of interest below to view the essay requirements:

Arts Administration

Essay requirements:

Write an essay of 8 to 10 pages discussing all of the following topics. This essay is extremely important, as it demonstrates your ability to write and to develop thoughtful responses.

  1. What has been your involvement in the arts and in arts administration up to the this point?
  2. What are your professional goals in the area of arts administration, and how do you believe this program will help you to achieve these goals?
  3. Please provide a brief autobiography highlighting the experiences that have been important in shaping your thinking and your goals in arts administration. How have your thoughts and ideas been changed or expanded through your experiences with people and organizations in the arts?
  4. What do you expect to be your strongest characteristics as a graduate student? What do you expect to be some of your challenges?
  5. What do you consider to be the most important piece of information that the Admissions Committee should know as it considers your application?

Cultural Sustainability

Essay requirements:

Write and essay of not less than 1,000 words, discussing all three topics below. This essay is extremely important as it demonstrates your ability to clearly and concisely commit your ideas in writing. This is your opportunity to tell us about yourself.

  1. What is your interest in cultural sustainability, and why does this concept matter to you?
  2. Please give a brief autobiography highlighting the experiences that have been important in shaping your goals.
  3. Why have you selected a limited-residency rather than a traditional, on-campus graduate program?

Digital Arts

Essay requirements:

Write an essay of no fewer than 1,000 words, discussing all three topics below. This essay is extremely important as it demonstrates your ability and desire to successfully complete the program. This is your opportunity to tell us about yourself.

  1. What is your interest in digital arts, and why does participation in a cross-disciplenary graduate program matter to you?
  2. Please give a brief autobiography highlighting the experiences that shape your current goals in digital arts.
  3. Why have you selected a limited-residency rather than a traditional, on-campus graduate program?

Portfolio requirements: 

A portfolio of work samples (minimum of 3). Online or DVD portfolios are encouraged.

Environmental Studies

Essay requirements:

Write an essay of not less than 1,000 words discussing all three topics below. This essay is extremely important as it demonstrates your ability to clearly and concisely commit your ideas in writing. This is your opportunity to tell us about yourself.

  1. What features of Goucher's Environmental Studies program interest you and why?
  2. Describe your professional and academic goals in this field, focusing on what aspects matter the most to you and why.
  3. Why have you selected limited-residency rather than a traditional, on-campus graduate program? One of the benefits of limited residency is that it allows you to collaborate with organizations in your community. What are some of the resources in your community that you would like to draw upon during your graduate career?

Historic Preservation

Essay requirements:

Write an essay of not less than 1,000 words discussing all three topics below. This essay is extremely important as it demonstrates your ability to clearly and concisely commit your ideas in writing. This is your opportunity to tell us about yourself.

  1. What features of Goucher's Historic Preservation program interest you and why?
  2. Describe your professional and academic goals in this field, focusing on what you feel is significant about historic preservation in America today.
  3. Why have you selected limited-residency rather than a traditional, on-campus graduate program? One of the benefits of limited residency is that it allows you to collaborate with organizations in your community. What are some of the resources in your community that you would like to draw upon during your graduate career?

Management

Essay requirements:

Write an essay of not less than 1,000 words discussing all three topics, below. The essay is extremely important, as it demonstrates your ability to clearly and concisely commit your ideas in writing. This is your opportunity to tell us about yourself.

  1. Explain why you have chosen to pursue your graduate work through Goucher's Management program rather than through other types of management programs.
  2. What drives you and inspires you? What is your personal vision for how this degree will help you meet your personal and professional goals?
  3. Why have you selected a limited-residency rather than a traditional, on-campus graduate program? One of the benefits of limited residency is that is allows you to collaborate with organizations in your community. What are some of the resources in your community that you would like to draw upon during your studies?

Nonfiction

Writing samples requirements:

One copy of a double-spaced 25- to 35-page writing sample of original nonfiction writing, published or unpublished. The writing sample may be one long piece or several shorter ones. It should demonstrate an ability to write a more creative form of creative, or narrative, nonfiction.

Essay requirements:

One copy of a double-spaced three- to five-page personal statement that addresses the applicant's expectations for the program, professional writing goals and interests, and reasons for seeking the MFA in Creative Nonfiction. The statement should also demonstrate writing ability.


International Students

  • Completed online application and non-refundable $75 application fee
  • Essay, 2 letters of recommendation, and other required documentation required by your specific program of interest
  • A signed statement of willingness from your sponsor(s) to financially support your pursuit of a graduate degree
  • An official bank statement or letter showing funds to support the completion of a graduate degree
  • Applicants whose first language is not English are expected to submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. Students must have a score of 80 or higher on the TOEFL iBT (213 computer-based or 550 paper-based) or at least a 28 with no subsection score lower than 7.0 band score on the IELTS exam to be considered for admission to Goucher.
    • Students who have attended a secondary school where English is the primary language of instruction or who have received a bachelor's or master's degree from a U.S. based institution, are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement. 
  • For undergraduate education that was completed outside of the United States, a sealed, official course-by-course evaluation is required. There are several evaluation services available but WES (World Education Services) and Josef Silny & Assoc are highly recommended. Evaluations can take considerable time to process, so students are encouraged to submit them evaluation request as soon as possible.