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Graduate Students

We see the leader in you.

At Norfolk State University, we prepare you to assume leadership roles in your chosen field of study by offering

  • Small class sizes that allow you to  develop relationships with your professors
  • Opportunities for professional experience through community engagement
  • Career advancement through networking

Ace Your Graduate School Application

Going to graduate school can be a daunting task. With so many options, choosing the one program that suits your needs can feel overwhelming. We believe that we have the right program for you at Norfolk State University. However, below are a few tips to help guide you on your path to graduate school.

  • Assess the requirements of the field you’re going into. What qualifications do you need to excel in that field? Do you need an advanced degree, and if so, should it be research-based where a thesis or dissertation is required? Will the degree help you earn a higher position in your career?
  • Determine what requirements you have of potential programs. Some factors to keep in mind include cost, location, program duration, current research, and faculty expertise.
  • Schedule a visit. Campus visits introduce you to the university’s culture, and it’s a good time to talk with the faculty to make sure they can meet your needs.
  • Find out which, if any, standardized test scores the prospective program requires. Allow for plenty of time to study, to take and process the test as well as to send the scores to different programs by the application deadlines.
  • Begin applying for programs and mailing transcripts and official test scores. Each university has different requirements, so make sure you verify their deadlines and required documents.
  • Write a program-specific cover letter or statement of interest. This is a crucial piece of your application. You can express what you can bring to the program, why you want to be in the program, and what you hope to achieve in your future. If you’re applying to a research-based program, identify which professor you’d like to work with. It’s time to show personality and passion.
  • Ask former professors, business colleagues or other professional connections to write a letter of recommendation for you. Make sure the people you ask know you well enough to say great things about you. Some programs require letters from professors only or have other specification. Be sure to read and follow their guidelines.
  • If the school you’re applying to has an interview component of their admissions process, arrive prepared. Dress professionally, be friendly and come ready to ask specific questions. Doing your research about a program shows your interest in it.
  • Discover ways to fund your education. In addition to scholarships and loans, many universities offer assistantships and work-study opportunities. Some employers also offer tuition assistance, so make sure you know what your options are.
  • Ask questions. To request more information about the programs that Norfolk State University offers, contact the School of Graduate Studies and Research through their website, or by phone at 757-823-8015.

Graduate & Professional School Fair

NSU's Graduate School has provided a great environment for me to grow, pursue my interests, and forge new paths. With faculty and staff who facilitate critical and independent thinking, NSU encourages and challenges students to become the next generation of innovators"

— Rebekah Davis '19