Limited-Residency Admissions

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received. Rolling Admissions allows prospective students the opportunity to submit all application materials up until the application deadline.

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Acceptance to the program will be based on an evaluation of the applicant's work and experience, essay, recommendation forms, and transcripts. In order to be considered for admission, an applicant must complete the following steps through our graduate admissions portal.

Admissions Requirements Checklist

Welch Center for Graduate and Professional Studies
Goucher College
1021 Dulaney Valley Road
Baltimore, MD 21204

  • Send a minimum of two letters of recommendation 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 graduate admission portal.
  • Complete the essay answering program-specific questions. Please review program-specific essay requirements below.
  • International students must also follow the international student admissions processes.
  • The M.F.A. in Nonfiction requires writing samples in addition to an essay.
  • The Digital Art and Art & Technology 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.

Applicants will know their admissions status within 10 business days of submitting a full application. Accepted students are required to submit an enrollment agreement, along with a nonrefundable $250 enrollment deposit. The deposit will be credited toward tuition charges for the upcoming semester.

Essay Requirements

Select your program of interest to view 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 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. Describe your interest in cultural sustainability, and why this concept matters to you?
  2. Please give a brief autobiography highlighting the experiences that have been important in shaping your goals.
  3. Explain why you have selected a limited-residency rather than a traditional, on-campus graduate program or a fully online 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-disciplinary 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.

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?

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 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 Nonfiction. The statement should also demonstrate writing ability.