Academics

Graduate students from across the country and around the globe choose Howard University, a leading research-intensive and historically Black private university, for its reputation for academic excellence and distinction in STEM, its research prominence, its globally diverse community, and its distinct location in the global capital of the world, Washington, D.C.

The Howard University Graduate School commits itself to producing leaders for America and the global community. Students like you, across some 44 Howard doctoral, master’s, certificate, and MD/Ph.D. degrees and over 100 specializations, turn their graduate education and research passions into a relentless pursuit of ideas to solve some of the globe’s toughest challenges. Our institutional motto, Veritas et Utilitas (Truth and Service), is woven throughout the research work. You’ll learn from award-winning faculty who are distinguished scholars and expert practitioners, including Fulbright Scholars, NSF CAREER Award recipients, and National Academies Fellows. Our faculty and graduate students are driven by a deep-rooted sense of purpose and inquiry in their work. What’s more, our global presence and scale allow us to fulfill our commitment to making an enduring impact in the world.

Top-Ranked Academics 

Consistently ranked among the best, the Howard University Graduate School has earned national recognition for the quality of its graduate programs, a number of which are ranked in the top 20 in the country by U.S. News & World Report, such as graduate programs in African American History, African American Literature, and Social Work. Ranked 30th among the nation’s most innovative universities, Howard University has been a global leader in innovation for more than a century, with its high-quality graduate programs, internationally recognized faculty, and commitment to impactful research. 98% of incoming students cite the outstanding reputation of their graduate program as important in their decision to enroll at Howard, and our academic offerings are constantly evolving to meet global workforce needs. At Howard’s Graduate School, you can choose from over 40 degree offerings and over 100 specializations that deeply immerse you in your chosen discipline, while encouraging you to synthesize knowledge across a wide array of fields of study.