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International students must decide which of many graduate schools across the U.S. will offer the ideal learning opportunities for their career path. They want challenging master's degree classes taught by top-notch instructors who know them by name. And they want a campus that feels friendly and safe, in a community that welcomes them. The Graduate School at Hood College offers all this and more. Learn more about Hood's exceptional Frederick, Maryland location, convenient to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, and explore online resources about the city and the region.

Scholarly knowledge, professional skills

Hood’s master’s degree programs equip students from around the world with the deep intellectual understanding and applied competencies to give them the edge in their choice of professions. Internships, labs, linkages to business and industry enable students to gain practical experience and forge valuable connections beyond the classroom. Learn more about Hood's exceptional location and explore online resources about the city and the region.

Small, diverse

Small classes and an emphasis on collaboration stimulate lively exchange of ideas and information. Students from more than 25 nations contribute to a rich cultural diversity and dynamic fusion of perspectives. Hood’s international faculty and foreign language instructors provide an important cultural bridge, too.

Home to leading industries

Hood is strategically situated in the midst of world-class research and development, life science, biomedical, information technology, engineering and other industries, military installations and government institutions. Among them are the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Lockheed Martin, National Cancer Institute, Northrop Grumman, Medimmune and Bechtel Power.

Historic yet modern

One of the largest cities in Maryland, Frederick is steeped in history yet firmly rooted in the 21st century. Restaurants, shops, art galleries and museums abound in the cosmopolitan downtown. Surrounding neighborhoods, the countryside and nearby smaller towns offer comfortable living and recreational opportunities. A low crime rate and state-of-the-art health care system make the area a safe, healthy place to live.

Metropolitan access

Less than an hour’s drive by car—or via the metro rail system—is Washington, D.C., seat of the nation’s government, embassies, museums, sports and culture. Three international airports within 50 miles of Frederick put home and family within flying distance.

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