Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Howard University is a fully accredited, private, nonsectarian institution incorporated by an Act of Congress and approved by President Andrew Johnson in 1867. While always open to students and faculty without regard to race, creed, sex, or national origin, Howard University has been especially oriented toward providing academic opportunities for African Americans, who have traditionally been denied access to higher education for reasons other than their intellectual abilities. Howard has educated the majority of the nation's African-American scholars and professionals. The main campus, site of the Graduate School and the University's fifteen other schools and colleges as well as the University's radio and television stations, occupies 89 acres in northwest Washington. On the West Campus, also located in northwest Washington, is the School of Law and several institutes. The East Campus in northeast Washington is home to the Office of University Communications and the Divinity School. The University is currently developing a 108-acre research site in nearby Beltsville, Maryland.
Washington, D.C., is a large, beautiful, urban community with a distinct cosmopolitan flavor. It is an ideal location for many fields of study because of the resource materials available at the Library of Congress, federal agencies, the consortium of universities, and the many museums in the area.
Currently, women total 710 and men total 604. Out of a total enrollment of 1,314 students, 76 percent received financial support provided from both university and external sources. U.S. nationals represent a total of 71 percent (totaling 995) in GSAS enrollment. Forty-two percent of non-U.S. nationals are from Africa and vicinity, 27 percent from the Caribbean, 2.5 percent from North America, 2.8 percent from South America, 2.5 percent from Europe, 16.8 percent from the Far East and Pacific, and 5.8 percent from the near and Middle East. Sixty percent of students are part-time and 40 percent are full-time.
Programs of Study
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offers Ph.D. degree programs in African studies, anatomy, atmospheric sciences, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, communication sciences and disorders, economics, education, electrical engineering, English, genetics and human genetics, history, human communication studies, materials science and engineering, mathematics, mechanical engineering, microbiology, nutritional sciences, pharmacology, physics and astronomy, physiology and biophysics, political sciences, psychology, social work, and sociology and anthropology. The Graduate School offers master's degree programs (M.A., M.S., M.A.P.A., M.E., or M.C.S.) in the areas cited for doctoral study and in several others, including art, chemical engineering, civil engineering, modern languages and literatures, philosophy, physical education, and systems and computer sciences. The Graduate School offers the M.D./Ph.D. degree in anatomy, biochemistry, biology, genetics and human genetics, microbiology, pharmacology, and physiology. It also offers interdisciplinary programs in atmospheric science and materials science.
The minimum requirements for the Ph.D. include 72 semester hours of course work (inclusive of dissertation credit) beyond the bachelor's degree, 18 of which must be pursued after admission to candidacy; at least four semesters in residence at Howard University, two of which must be consecutive; demonstrated proficiency in expository writing; passing a final oral examination; successfully defending the dissertation; and meeting additional academic requirements by departments offering doctoral programs. For the master's degree, the minimum requirements include 30 semester hours (24 of which must be in course work), demonstrated proficiency in expository writing, two semesters in residence at Howard, passing a final examination (oral or written), and meeting other academic requirements by departments offering master's programs. Most master's programs require a thesis, which yields a maximum of 6 semester hours of credit, but some offer a nonthesis option, which must yield a minimum of 6 semester hours of credit.
All graduate students must be enrolled during the semester in which they expect to receive their degrees.
Facilities & Resources
Howard University provides a variety of research opportunities. On-campus facilities include the University Library System, which comprises the Founders Library for graduate students, the Undergraduate Library, and eleven branches in the various schools, colleges, and departments; the Solid-State Electronics Laboratory; the Laser Chemistry Laboratory; the Computational Science and Engineering Research Center; an imaging and motor behavior unit; an antiepileptic drug unit; and other specialized research centers and institutes. In addition, the research facilities of the eleven other members of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area are available to students.
Expenses and Aid
Tuition for full-time graduate students is $8,832.50 per semester for 915 hours (including University fees); for part-time students, $847 per credit hour for 18 hours. Other fixed costs for graduate students include the enrollment fee of $150 (a one-time charge that is payable on acceptance and is not refundable) and the graduation fee of $100. A fee is charged for the binding of the thesis or dissertation.
Living and Housing Costs
The Howard Plaza Towers provides graduate students with an attractive, competitively priced option for on-campus housing. The semester costs range from $1405 for a triple studio apartment to $1890 for a double studio apartment. For more information about these accommodations as well as for information about off-campus housing, students should contact the Office of Student Housing at 202-806-6131. Requests for assistance should be made well in advance of the school year for which housing is needed.
Prospective students may apply for tuition scholarships, graduate assistantships, fellowships, and loans. Graduate assistantships pay salaries of $8000 for half-time teaching or research assistants and provide tuition remission. Awards, such as the Patricia Roberts Harris and the Dorothy Danforth Compton fellowships, and special traineeships provide stipends ranging from $10,000 to $15,000 and payment of tuition and fees. Application should be made to the department of interest. Inquiries concerning loans and tuition scholarships, as well as those pertaining to application procedures, should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment (telephone: 202-806-2800).
How to Apply
Applications for admission may be obtained from the Office of Admissions and Student Recruitment, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Completed forms must be accurate and accompanied by a nonrefundable application fee of $45 payable to Howard University only by a certified check or money order. All applicants are required to submit scores on the GRE General Test as part of their application. Scores more than five years old are not acceptable. Applications for financial assistance must be filed by April 1. Applications for admission must be filed by April 1 for the fall semester, November 1 for the spring semester, and March 1 for the summer sessions.
Who to contact
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Washington, D.C. 20059
The Faculty and Major Research Interests
More than 300 individuals hold professorial appointments to the graduate faculty at Howard University. Listed below are the graduate professors who head the various academic units, along with the units' areas of specializations.
Division of Arts and Humanities
- Art: Floyd Coleman, Ph.D., Georgia. Art history, art education.
- Communication Sciences and Disorders: Noma B. Anderson, Ph.D., Pittsburgh. Speech pathology and audiology.
- Education: Veronica Thomas, Ph.D., Howard. Bilingual education, early childhood education, mathematics education/science education, reading, secondary curriculum and teaching, teaching English as a second language.
- English: Eleanor W. Traylor, Ph.D., Catholic University. English literature and language; American literature, including African-American literature; other literature written in the English language.
- Human Communication Studies: Melbourne Cummings, Ph.D., UCLA. Communication theory and rhetoric, linguistics, mass communication, organizational communication.
- Modern Languages and Literatures: Alphonso Frost, Ph.D., Maryland College Park. French literature, Spanish literature, advanced languages and linguistic skills and theory, African-French literature, African-Hispanic literature.
- Philosophy: Segun Gbadesegin, Ph.D., WisconsinMadison. Plato and Aristotle, moral philosophy, philosophy of science.
Division of Biological and Life Sciences
- Anatomy: James H. Baker, Ph.D., Maryland. Cell biology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, gross anatomy/paleontology.
- Biochemistry: Thomas E. Smith, Ph.D., George Washington. Enzymology: structure-function relationships; metabolism: lipids, carbohydrates, proteins; biochemistry hormone action: metabolic regulation; molecular biology: structure and regulation of gene expression; biochemistry nutrition; clinical biochemistry.
- Biology: Arthur Williams, Ph.D., Purdue. Cell biology and ultrastructure, plant growth and development, mycology, plant pathology, genetics and molecular genetics, applied microbiology, plant physiology, plant systematics, population biology, plant ecology, parasitology, molecular biology, immunology, developmental biology, entomology, endocrinology, genetics, physiology, ecology and animal behavior, protozoology, biochemical genetics, carcinogenesis, herpetology.
- Genetics and Human Genetics: Robert F. Murray Jr., M.D., Rochester. Biochemical and molecular genetics, cytogenetics, immunogenetics, clinical geneticsgenetic counseling.
- Microbiology: Georgia Dunston, Ph.D., Michigan State. Immunology, molecular and cellular microbiology, microbial genetics, microbial physiology, pathogenic bacteriology, medical mycology, medical parasitology, virology.
- Nutritional Sciences: Lillie Williams, Ph.D., Howard. Community nutrition, experimental nutrition, and human development.
- Pharmacology: Robert Taylor, Ph.D., Purdue. Cardiovascular pharmacology, neuropharmacology/behavioral pharmacology, toxicology, biochemical pharmacology, clinical pharmacology.
- Physical Education: Marshall Banks, Ph.D., Illinois. Exercise physiology, sports studies, leisure studies, physical education and athletics administration, health education.
- Physiology: Bernell Coleman, Ph.D., Loyola. Neurophysiology, endocrinology and cellular physiology, cardiovascular physiology, pulmonary physiology, membrane biophysics.
- Psychology: Leslie H. Hicks, Ph.D., WisconsinMadison. Biological psychology, social psychology, personality, developmental psychology, clinical psychology.
Division of Engineering and Physical Sciences
- Chemical Engineering: Mobolaji E. Aluko, Ph.D., California, Santa Barbara. Environmental engineering; electronic, ceramic, and biomaterials; biochemical engineering.
- Chemistry: Jesse M. Nicholson, Ph.D., Brandeis. Analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, laser chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, theoretical chemistry.
- Civil Engineering: Lorraine N. Fleming, Ph.D., Berkeley. Environmental and water resources engineering, structural and engineering mechanics, transportation systems engineering, geotechnical engineering.
- Electrical Engineering: James A. Momoh, Ph.D., Howard. Microelectronics, power system and control and applied electromagnetics, radiation and microelectronics.
- Mathematics: Joshua Leslie, Ph.D., Paris IV (Sorbonne). Algebra, analysis, geometry and topology, differential equations and applied mathematics, fluid mechanics, combinatorics.
- Mechanical Engineering: Lewis Thigpen, Ph.D., IIT. Aerospace engineering, applied mechanics, fluid and thermal sciences, nuclear engineering.
- Physics and Astronomy: Demetrius D. Venable, Ph.D., American. Astronomy and astrophysics, theoretical physics, condensed-matter physics, biomedical physics, atomic and molecular physics, laser spectroscopy, synchrotron radiation physics, computational physics.
- Systems and Computer Science: Ronald J. Leach, Ph.D., Maryland. Computer design, programming and languages, mathematical analysis and theory of languages, systems design and analysis.
Division of Social Sciences
- African Studies: Robert J. Cummings, Ph.D., UCLA. African economic history, labor and transport systems, economic development, regional integration and economic cooperation strategies.
- Economics: Ransford Palmer, Ph.D., Clark. Developmental economics, urban economics, monetary/fiscal economics, health services and human resource economics.
- History: Emory J. Tolbert, Ph.D., UCLA. U.S. history to 1865, U.S. history since 1865, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, modern Europe, East Asia.
- Political Science: Alvin Thornton, Ph.D., Howard. American government and politics, public administration and public policy, comparative government, international relations, political theory, African American politics, political economy, public affairs. (M.A. or Ph.D. in political science with a concentration in any two of the specializations)
- Social Work: Fariyal Ross-Sheriff, Ph.D., Michigan.
- Sociology and Anthropology: Florence Bonner, Ph.D., Rice. Race and ethnic relations, social control and deviance, medical sociology/social gerontology, U.S./urban sociology.
- Atmospheric Sciences: Arthur Thorpe, Ph.D., Howard. Chemistry, mechanical engineering, physics.
- Materials Science and Engineering: Michael Spencer, Ph.D., Cornell. Chemical engineering, chemistry, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, physics.
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