Howard University

Howard University Admissions and General School Information

Howard University is a private, non-profit, historically black university located in Washington D.C. Although known for its graduate programs in law, medicine, pharmacy, dentistry and divinity, the university also offers a wide variety of undergraduate programs.

About Howard University

Howard University was chartered as a coeducational university by U.S. Congress in 1867. The university has a strong tradition of offering educational opportunities to African-American and minority students.

The university is a member of the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund, and averages a student enrollment of over 10,000 each year. Academic programs have been designed to take advantage of the historical and cultural resources unique to the Washington, D.C. area, including the National Institute of Health, Embassy Row and the National Library of Medicine.

Admissions and Enrollment Information

Howard University welcomes applications from undergraduate- and graduate-level students, as well as international students. To maintain its reputation for academic excellence, the university's admissions process is highly selective. Students at the university have a background of consistent academic growth and achievement and demonstrate strong personal motivation.

Howard University's Schools and Colleges

College of Arts and Sciences

The largest and oldest college at Howard University, the College of Arts and Sciences enrolls approximately 3,000 students each year. Comprised of four divisions--fine arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences--the college offers 21 undergraduate degree programs that provide educational experiences both inside and outside of the classroom.

School of Business

The School of Business offers undergraduate programs in a variety of disciplines, including information systems and decision sciences, management, accounting, marketing and hospitality. In 2009, Princeton Review ranked Howard University's MBA program as the number one greatest opportunity for minority students.

John H. Johnson School of Communications

The school of communications houses four academic departments: communication sciences and disorders, communication and culture, television and film, journalism, and radio. The school offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees and enrolls over 1,400 students each year.

College of Dentistry

Howard University's College of Dentistry is the nation's fifth-oldest dental schoo; it is both a teaching and patient care institution. Academic departments within the college include clinical dentistry, restorative services, dental hygiene, pediatric dentistry and orthodontics. The university's patient care clinics allow dental students to gain hands-on experience providing dental treatments and healthcare services under the supervision of faculty.

School of Divinity

Howard's School of Divinity is one of the oldest fully accredited theological schools to be affiliated with the Association of Theological Schools. Available degree programs include the Master of Arts in Religious Studies, Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry.

School of Education

The School of Education offers 23 master's degree, four doctoral and nine certificate of advanced studies programs. The school is made up of the following departments: education administration and policy, curriculum and instruction and human development and psycho-educational studies. A Bachelor of Science in Human Development with a Certificate in Childhood Education is also available. The School of Education at Howard University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences

This college offers accredited undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the fields of systems and computer science, electrical and computer engineering, architecture, chemical engineering, civil engineering and mechanical engineering. Home to a number of research centers and institutes, the college's research areas of focus include electrical power systems, computerized medical imaging, environmental engineering and material science.

School of Law

Howard University's School of Law is located approximately 15 minutes away from the university's main campus. The school has full American Bar Association approval and it is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Available programs include the Master of Law and Juris Doctorate.

College of Medicine

The College of Medicine places emphasizes patient care in underserved communities experiencing a shortage of physicians and public health professionals. Popular programs include a Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health. Dual degree programs are offered in conjunction with the Graduate School and the College of Arts and Sciences. Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees are available in program areas that include genetics, anatomy, microbiology and pharmacology.

College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences

The College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences enrolls approximately 1,100 students per year. It offers professionally accredited programs in a variety of healthcare fields, including pharmaceutical sciences such as medicinal chemistry and pharmacy administration. The Division of Nursing provides bachelor- and master-level nursing programs, as well as a post-master's certificate for family nurse practitioners. The Division of Allied Health provides undergraduate programs in healthcare specialties such as radiation therapy, nutritional sciences and health management.

School of Social Work

The School of Social Work provides its students with professional education and research opportunities to support social policy, social work practice and public engagement. The Master of Social Work program prepares graduates to provide direct services and solutions for human problems on the local, national and international levels. The Ph.D. program is research-oriented, preparing students for careers in social work research and education.

Graduate School

The Graduate School administers all graduate level programs at Howard University. The school oversees compliance of rules, regulations and policies for all research-based master's degree, Ph.D. and certificate programs. The Graduate School offers programs of study leading to Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Computer Science, Master of Engineering and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

Contact Information

  • Address: 2400 Sixth Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20059
  • Phone Number: (202) 806-6100