Division of Academic Affairs

School of Graduate Studies


With an emphasis on professional and advanced education, we prepare our students to take their careers to the next level. We commit to our focus on applied research, public service, and to continuously provide programs relevant to the changing needs of our students, communities, and society.

Invest in Yourself—and Your Career

Designed for busy working professionals, the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) combines a conveniently located, urban campus with the power of a world-class graduate education. We offer graduate degrees and certificates—many of which can be completed in just 2 years—in today’s most in-demand disciplines. Here at SGS, we help you hone leadership and management skills, and give you the tools to do more, earn more, and excel in your field.  

Offering advanced degrees in education, criminal justice, natural sciences, nursing and human services, we go beyond traditional classroom education by offering practical, hands-on experience, personalized attention, small classes and so much more—all in the convenience of your own backyard. 

Our campus is easily accessible by car or public transit, where we offer graduate and doctoral classes on evenings and weekends. Your time is valuable, so our classes are small to ensure that you receive individual attention from instructors and a dynamic network of peers. Take your professional development to the next level without sacrificing your career, family life, or personal responsibilities—it’s possible at Coppin. 

Why choose a School of Graduate Studies Program?

Our primary goal is to provide a learning environment where our students can thrive. We prepare you to take on leadership and management roles. Earning a graduate certificate, master’s or doctorate at Coppin means you are supported to develop the skills, attitudes, and competencies needed to grow and succeed in urban, professional settings.

Paying for Graduate School

Are you a student interested in or currently enrolled in a graduate degree or certificate program? You may be eligible for federal financial aid! 

Here are your next steps to apply for federal graduate funding:

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  2. Email the Office of Financial Aid (OFA) from your Coppin email to request federal funding for your current or next semester.

You may also explore scholarship opportunities in the Division of Institutional Advancement.

Still have questions after completing these steps? Email us, visit our office, or give us a call at (410) 951-3090. 

Partnerships that Promote Success

Education shouldn’t exist in a vacuum. We are proud of our longstanding partnerships with some of Baltimore’s most important agencies and corporations. From partnerships with Baltimore’s public education system and criminal justice system to collaborations across private industry, these relationships add immeasurable value to your graduate education.  

In SGS, we understand partnerships are crucial to our students’ success outside of the classroom. These partnerships ensure our curricula are contemporary and relevant, meeting both the current and future needs of our students and the workforce.  

Professional and research opportunities outside of the classroom allow you to network with peers and leaders in your field, and also add valuable experience that bridges theory and practice. The result is an up-to-the-minute graduate education that, like our students, is always moving in the right direction. 

Innovative Graduate Research

We are proud to prepare global-ready professionals and leaders. When it comes to graduate and professional education, innovative research matters. Not only does it embed instructors in their fields, research keeps our faculty current, strengthens the curriculum, enlivens classroom discussions, and ultimately, enriches our students' futures.

Who's leading graduate research at Coppin?

Our legacy is built on a philosophy of connecting students to the communities where they will ultimately work. Our faculty and staff stay committed to asking the big questions, and working to solve some of the biggest challenges of our time. Current faculty conducting graduate-level research include: 

  • Michael Berlin, criminology
  • Joan Tilghman, nursing
  • Janet Spry, rehabilitation counseling
  • Fred Nesbitt, polymer and material science
  • Thavamani Rajapandi, molecular biology

Fast Track Program

As a graduating CSU student, you may start your graduate career early and complete the equivalent of one semester of graduate studies by taking up to 6 graduate credits if you…

• Are entering your last semester of undergraduate study
• Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.70
• Have at least a 2.80 GPA in the major

Contact Us

Our professors don't live in ivory towers. They're out actively applying research to practice, keeping up with the latest advances in their fields and leading cutting-edge research. Fully accessible, our faculty and staff keep their doors open, and stay committed to preparing our students to be a vital part of today's workforce. 

Ericka Covington
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