Cultural Sustainability Admissions

 Fall 2017 Admissions Deadlines

Scholarship Deadline: Apr. 24, 2017

Spring 2018 Admissions Deadlines

Scholarship Deadline: Oct. 30, 2017

Scholarship Deadline: Apr. 24, 2017
Fall 2017 Admissions Deadlines

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

Low-Residency Programs

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. Visit the essay requirements page to view the essay requirements specific to your area(s) of interest.

    • 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.

Letters of acceptance will be mailed in late April. 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.

Graduate Programs in Education

Master of Art in Teaching

  • Completed application with application fee and essay*
  • Official transcripts of undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate work
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Passing scores on PRAXIS 1 as defined by MSDE

    • Applicants who have not taken the PRAXIS 1 maybe submit one of the following: SAT scores of 1100 or better from 1995 to present; a combined score of 1000 prior to 1994; ACT score of 24; GRE composite of 1000

Master of Education and Post-Master's Professional Development Certificates

  • Completed application with application fee and essay*
  • Official transcripts of undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate work
  • Two letters of recommendation (only one letter of recommendation is required for Post-Master's Professional Development Candidates

County Cohort Master's and Post-Master's Professional Development Certificate Programs

Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Cecil County and Harford County only

  • Completed application (no application fee or essay is required for county cohort students)
  • Official transcripts of undergraduate or graduate work; program dependent
  • Two letters of recommendation (only one letter of recommendation is required for Post-Master's Professional Development Candidates

*Essay Requirements

Please write an essay of two to three double-spaced pages discussing one of the following:

  1. What are your professional goals, and how will this program help you achieve them?
  2. Write a brief autobiography highlighting the experiences, which have been important in shaping your goals.
  3. What do you think is the most significant problem in education today? How would you recommend alleviating this problem?

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.

Please visit the essay requirments page for information about the essay requirments for your area(s) of interest.