Graduate Admissions FAQ

If you have a question that is not answered below, please reach out to us at

I submitted an application. Have you received my materials yet?

We’re excited to view your application! You can actually check the status of your materials (whether they’ve been received) through your Application Status page. When your transcript and letters of recommendation have a green check mark, that means we’ve received your materials!

How will I know my admission status?

You’ll receive an email confirmation informing you of a status update. You should then login to your application account and view the new status update letter linked on your account. If you don’t hear back after seeing your materials have been received, don’t hesitate to follow up with us.

I’ve been accepted! Now what?

When you decide to accept your offer, you’ll see a new form on your account called “Accept Offer.” In order to move forward with your enrollment with us, you’ll need to accept the offer. After you accept (and pay the enrollment deposit if required), your Goucher credentials will be created and you’ll receive an email with your login information. Someone from our Admissions team will follow up with you to get you ready for the semester!

Is the enrollment deposit refundable?

At this time, enrollment deposits for our graduate programs are not refundable. The $250 enrollment deposit holds your place in the program and is credited towards your first semester's tuition. 

I’m interested in scholarships. What’s the process?

Scholarships vary by program. Please check your program specific scholarship page to learn more about your options.

Note: Currently our Low Residency programs are the only programs that offer Goucher scholarships. 

I’m applying to become a Graduate Assistant. Do I still need to do this application too?

Yes! Even if you find out you received the position first, you’ll still need to apply to the program through us.

Can I defer my acceptance?

You can! You will need to notify us about your decision so we can update your account. 

I’m applying for financial aid. Do I need to accept my offer?

Yes, you do. In order to figure out if you can receive financial aid packages, you’ll need a student account with us. You’ll need to accept the offer of admission in order to have a student account created.

I didn’t make the deadline for admissions. What now?

If you aren’t able to meet the enrollment date for the semester, you can always join us for the next enrollment session or semester. We’ll figure out what works best for you.

Do you need all of my transcripts?

We need your bachelor’s transcript showing your degree conferral date. If you’ve taken some graduate level courses and want to transfer them over, you will need to submit that transcript showing your courses as well. You can send transcripts to consider transfer credits after you’ve been admitted if needed.

*Please note those applying for our Professional Development Certificate cannot transfer any credits into the certificate program. 

I went to Goucher at some point for graduate courses and I want to come back, what do I need to do?

If you have not taken a course for more than one semester, but have not been absent for more than a full year, you will need to complete a reinstatement form and submit it to

If you have not been an active student for more than one academic year, you will need to reapply to your program

Please review the reinstatement policy if you have questions. 

I’m a Goucher alum. Do you need my transcripts?

We don’t! We can pull them off the system, but please let our office know so we can pull your transcript in a timely manner for you.

If you graduated with your Master’s from us and want to continue for your Certificate program, you will need to apply again so we can update your account.