Bowling Green State University Graduate College

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Academic Excellence
BGSU is ranked as a top national comprehensive institution by U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek. It is one of only two universities in Ohio to achieve an overall Tier One recognition along with mention for notable First-Year Experiences.

Student Life and Support
• Nearly 6,000 students in 14 residence halls
• More than 300 student organizations
• 30 instructional computing labs across campus
• Library system with six million items and electronic access to research materials worldwide
• On-campus student health service and counseling center
• Student recreation center, Perry Field House, golf course, and ice arena for fitness activities
• More than 400 cultural events annually

Tuition and Fees
• $12,885 for Ohio resident graduate tuition and fees*
• $20,421 for non-resident graduate tuition and fees*
• 80% of all BGSU students receive some type of financial assistance.
• More than $22 million in scholarships and stipends were offered to incoming graduate students for the 2016–2017 school year.

* Based on estimated 24 credit hours per academic year fall/spring/summer

Application Process
Applicants must have graduated with a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, or completed the degree prior to enrollment. Students are advised to apply at least six months in advance for admission. International students should allow more time for the application process. The application for admission to the Graduate College is online and should be submitted along with:
• $45 nonrefundable application fee for domestic applicants; $75 for international applicants 
• Scanned copies of official transcripts from all institutions attended; upon admission, final official transcripts from each degree-granting institution must be submitted. 
• Standardized test scores (GRE, GMAT, PRAXIS II) based on program requirements 
• Programs may also require recommendations, a statement of purpose, a résumé, and other documents. Please visit the program website for additional information. 
• TOEFL or IELTS scores are required from applicants whose native language is not English.
• If you plan to apply to more than one program, you must submit a separate application and application fee for each. 


• American Culture Studies
• Biological Sciences
• Communication Disorders
• English (Rhetoric & Writing)
• Higher Education Administration
• Interdisciplinary Studies
• Leadership Studies
• Mathematics
• Media & Communication
• Music (Contemporary)
• Philosophy (Applied)
• Photochemical Sciences
• Psychology
• Sociology
• Statistics
• Technology Management
• Theatre

• Accounting
• American Culture Studies
• Analytics
• Applied Geospatial Science
• Applied Statistics & Operations Research
• Architecture
• Art (2D/3D Studies & Digital Arts)
• Art History
• Biological Sciences
• Business Administration (Executive/Professional MBA)
• Chemistry
• Classroom Technology
• Clinical Mental Health Counseling
• College Student Personnel
• Communication Disorders
• Computer Science
• Creative Writing
• Criminal Justice
• Cross-Cultural & International Education
• Curriculum & Teaching
• Educational Leadership
• English
• European Studies
• Financial Economics
• Food & Nutrition
• Forensic Science
• French
• Geology
• German
• Gerontology
• History
• Human Movement, Sport & Leisure Studies (Kinesiology, Leisure, and Tourism & Sport Administration)
• Interdisciplinary Studies
• Learning Design
• Mathematics & Statistics
• Media & Communication
• Music
• Organization Development
• Philosophy
• Physics & Astronomy
• Political Science (German & Political Science)
• Popular Culture
• Psychology (as a precursor to the PhD)
• Public Administration
• Public Health
• Reading
• School Counseling
• Social Work
• Sociology
• Spanish
• Special Education
• Teacher Education (Adolescent/Young Adult, Middle Childhood & World Languages)
• Technology Management (Construction Management, Engineering Technology & Quality Systems)
• Theatre
• Workforce Education & Development

• Educational Administration & Supervision (K-12)

• Administration of Higher Education
• Assistive Technology
• Autism Spectrum Disorders
• Bioinformatics, Proteomics/Genomics
• Biological Sciences for Professionals & Educators
• Building-Level Leadership
• College Writing: Theory & Practice
• Computer Technology Endorsement
• Construction Management
• District-Level Leadership
• Diversity & Inclusion in Higher Education
• Early Childhood Generalist Endorsement for Grades 4 & 5
• Ethnic Studies
• Food & Nutrition
• French for Professionals & Educators
• Geospatial Technology
• German for Professionals & Educators
• History for Professionals & Educators
• International/Intercultural Communication
• K-12 Online Teaching & Learning Graduate Certificate
• Mathematics for Professionals & Educators
• Performance Studies in Theatre & Film
• Political Science for Professionals & Educators
• Public History
• Quality Systems
• Reading Endorsement
• Research & Assessment of Higher Education
• Social & Interactive Media
• Spanish for Professionals & Educators
• Strategic Communication
• Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
• Technical Writing
• Women’s Studies

Vibrant graduate environment, flexible learning options
The Bowling Green State University Graduate College prepares graduate students for real-world challenges within a vibrant research-based interdisciplinary and international graduate environment. 

Approximately 2,700 students are enrolled in 17 doctoral and 55 master’s degrees, together with one specialist and dozens of certificate programs across six academic colleges.

Our graduate students are engaged in professionally oriented programs that prepare them for successful careers or highly academic programs that lead to a life of research, scholarship, and creative endeavors in and outside higher education.

To enrich this experience, more than half of our graduate students are funded through graduate assistantships that provide applied academic experience while working full time on their degrees.

In addition to full-time education, the Graduate College also offers flexible and varied learning experiences that fit into students’ current professional lifestyles through part-time, weekend/evening, and online/blended programs.

General Information
• Founded: 1910
• Location: Bowling Green, Ohio, 30 minutes south of Toledo in northwest Ohio
• Campus: 1,338-acre residential
campus with park-like setting and 119 buildings, including the new Stroh Center, the Wolfe Center for the Arts, Centennial Residence Hall, Falcon Heights Residence Hall, The Oaks Dining Center, and Carillon Place Dining Center
• Enrollment: More than 19,000 total students, including nearly 2,700 graduate students
• Diversity: Students from 50 states and 70 countries; 20% of the entering class ethnic and racial minority students
• Faculty: More than 800 full-time faculty, nearly 80% with the highest degree in their field
• Accreditation: Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

The City of Bowling Green
• A traditional “college town” with 30,000+ residents, including students
• Named one of five best places to live in Ohio by Ohio Magazine
• Downtown shopping, dining, and entertainment within walking distance of campus

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167 Graduate Programs Offered

Program Certificate Master's Doctorate
Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online
Art History                
Art and Fine Arts                
Botany and Plant Sciences              
Cell & Molecular Biology              
Child & Human Development              
Clinical Psychology              
Cognitive Psychology              
Communication Sci & Disorders              
Communication Studies        
Community Psychology              
Comparative Literature              
Computer Graphics                
Computer Science                
Computer Security                
Construction Management              
Counseling & Therapy              
Creative Writing                
Criminal Justice            
Cultural & Demographic Studies                
Curriculum & Instruction            
Developmental Psychology              
Educational Leadership            
Educational Technology              
Engineering Management                
European Studies                
Evening MBA Programs                
Evolutionary Biology              
Executive MBA Programs                
Experimental Psychology              
Film Studies                
Food Science          
Forensic Science                
General MBA                
Geographic Information Systems                
Graphic Design                
Higher Education            
Historic Preservation                
Industrial Technology                
Interdisciplinary Studies                
Interpersonal Communication                
MBA - Accounting                
MBA - Finance                
Manufacturing Management                
Marine Science              
Media Studies              
Museum Studies                
Nanoscience & Technology                
Organizational Psychology              
Physical Education                
Professional Writing              
Public Admin                
Public Health                
Quality Management                
Quantitative Psychology              
Radio, Television, and Film              
Reading & Literacy              
School Counseling              
Secondary Education              
Social Work - MSW                
Social/Personality Psychology                
Special Education        
Speech Pathology              
Sports Administration                
Student Affairs/Development                
TESOL Education                
Teaching Business          
Teaching Foreign Language              
Teaching Math              
Teaching Music              
Teaching Science              
Technical Communication                
Weekend MBA Programs                
Women's Studies                


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Student Body

2,679 students

1,286 full-time

1,393 part-time




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