May 20, 2024  
2020-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Letters from the Administration


Aminta H. Breaux, Ph.D.


Welcome to Bowie State University


Congratulations on choosing Bowie State University to pursue your graduate degree!


You have joined a community of learners whose outstanding faculty, and dedicated staff and administration are here to assist you in developing your unique talents and abilities. This catalog provides an overview of the university and details about the programs and services offered at Bowie State. Familiarize yourself with the content to ensure that you are making use of resources, services, and addressing requirements as outlined for your course of study.


Thank you for choosing Bowie State University for the next step in your educational career and best wishes for a bright future.



Aminta H. Breaux


Carl Goodman, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President
for Academic Affairs

Provost’s Message

Dear Bowie State Graduate Student,


Welcome to Bowie State University! Residing in the Prince George’s County of Maryland and centrally located in the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) area, you will find Bowie State University to be an exceptional learning environment to pursue your graduate education. As Maryland’s oldest HBCU, Bowie State University embraces its humble beginning since 1865.  Today, BSU is one of Maryland’s fastest-growing universities and is ranked among one of the top 25 HBCU institutions in the nation that provide a high-quality and affordable educational opportunity for students with ambitions to achieve and succeed.


As you begin your graduate studies at Bowie State University, we are all fully aware of the many challenges our students face during this unprecedented period of COVID-19 disruption.  We are here to provide you with a supportive environment to thrive in your graduate program.


Since the inception of the first graduate program in 1970, Bowie State University has been proud to boost the growth of 35 master’s degrees and advanced certificates and two doctorate programs that prepare students for today’s most exciting and in-demand career fields and graduate study.  As we continue to build upon the intellectual growth of a vibrant and active graduate community of scholars and learners, Bowie State University is committed to the overall academic success, professional development, personal wellbeing of our students. 


Graduate education is housed in the School of Graduate Studies and remains a top priority at Bowie State University. Please view our website to learn more about the broad range of graduate programs offered in our colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, and Professional Studies ( It is noteworthy that several of our graduate programs hold a high distinction in being nationally ranked, in addition to having an exceptional faculty that is recognized for their scholarly achievements in teaching, research, and service.  


I encourage you to review the graduate catalog. It serves as an official guide with valuable information on academic policies, procedures, forms, and graduate services, as well as useful information on co-curricular and experiential learning opportunities to explore while you matriculate in your graduate program at BSU.  I highly recommend that you engage with your fellow graduate students, Graduate Student Association, and faculty to help you navigate through your new academic journey in graduate school at Bowie State University.


We are genuinely delighted and honor that you have chosen to further your academic endeavors to pursue your graduate studies at Bowie State University.  I wish you the best and ask that you take full advantage of the many wonderful opportunities that lie ahead of you.  If I can be of assistance to ensure that your graduate studies at Bowie State University are a rewarding experience, please do not hesitate to contact us at your earliest convenience.


Welcome again to your next rewarding academic endeavor at Bowie State University!




Carl B. Goodman, Ph.D.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs


Cosmas U. Nwokeafor, Ph.D.

Dean’s Message

Bowie State University has a long and distinguished history as the oldest HBCU in the state of Maryland and a member of the University System of Maryland.  In 1970, BSU was authorized to offer its first graduate degree, the Master of Education, and has since then increased its graduate programs to nineteen Masters and two doctoral programs which have been added to the inventory of graduate level programs approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). 

We are pleased that you have taken an interest in matriculating with. We are prepared to assist you in becoming a part of our educational community. Our goal at Bowie State University is to ensure that you enjoy an excellent academic curricula and a safe learning environment which will help you develop and enhance quality leadership skills, broaden your social, intellectual, cultural and international horizons. We present you with this 2020 - 2022 academic years graduate catalog, and within the pages, you will learn more about the policies and procedures governing graduate education.  We describe in details the processes that have to be followed and completed in order for a graduate degree to be earned.  We advise you to read and follow the policies in the catalog in order to successfully navigate your degree.

If you have any questions about the programs that are detailed and described in the catalog, I ask that you contact either the Graduate School office or the appropriate graduate program coordinator.


Cosmas U. Nwokeafor Ph.D.