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Morgan State University
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Baltimore, MD 21251


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Morgan State University
Baltimore, Maryland

Morgan State University, a coeducational institution, is located in a residential section of Baltimore, Maryland. The compact campus of forty-one academic buildings, service facilities, and residence halls covers an area of more than 157 acres. The University offers both graduate and undergraduate programs of study. Recently, emphasis has been placed on the urban orientation of the University. This emphasis has been incorporated into the graduate programs. At the graduate level, the University offers the Master of Arts degree in African-American studies, economics, English, history, international studies, mathematics, music, sociology, and teaching. The Master of Business Administration is offered in accounting, finance, hospitality management, information systems, international business, management, and marketing and taxation. The Master of Science degree is offered in bioinformatics, educational administration and supervision, elementary and middle school education, science, sociology, telecommunications, and transportation. The Master of Science degree program in science is offered in biology, chemistry, and physics. Professional master's degrees are offered in architecture, city and regional planning, engineering, landscape architecture, and public health. The Doctor of Education degree is offered in community college leadership, mathematics education, science education, and urban educational leadership. The Doctor of Philosophy degree is offered in bioenvironmental science, business administration, English, higher education, and history. The Doctor of Engineering degree is offered in civil, electrical, and industrial engineering. In addition, the Doctor of Public Health degree and master's and doctoral degrees in social work are offered.

Morgan State University does not discriminate against applicants because of race, sex, religion, or nationality. The institution was chartered in 1867 and was built on its present site in 1890. From 1867 to 1890, it was known as the Centenary Biblical Institute; from 1890 to 1938 as Morgan College; and from 1938 to 1975 as Morgan State College. In 1975, the college became Morgan State University and was designated as the state's public urban university.

The University is a member institution of several consortia, including the National Student Exchange, a consortium of twenty-two state colleges and universities across the country.

Location and Community
The University has the advantages of both suburban life and proximity to an urban center. Built on two slopes, the campus is strategically located in the picturesque northeastern section of Baltimore, a city with a population of about 650,000, and is surrounded by rapidly growing residential communities. The center of the city is easily accessible from the University campus.

Academic Life
Students admitted to Morgan to study for a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree are generally expected to adhere to the accepted standards of higher education. Honors programs, independent study, and cooperative education programs are available in most areas. For those students who require special placement and/or special assistance, support services and programs are provided.

To earn a bachelor's degree, students must generally complete a minimum of 120 semester hours, depending on the program. Engineering students should expect to earn 135 semester hours to qualify for the degree.

Through the Continuing Studies Program, students can pursue an education outside traditional daytime classwork. Participants in the program include part-time students, as well as many full-time students who have been away from a formal educational experience for two or more years and want to pursue courses for personal fulfillment or career advancement. The Continuing Studies Program includes Summer School, Weekend University, Winter Session, noncredit courses, extension programs, conferences, and workshops.

A majority of the University's 302 faculty members hold doctoral degrees. Many faculty members have attained national and international distinction for their research and creative work, and a number are officers of state, regional, national, and international professional organizations.

Morgan State's Weekend University is designed for working adults and others who are unable to attend weekday classes. Classes are scheduled on Friday evenings and Saturdays, providing students the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree in accounting, business administration, social work, or telecommunications in approximately five to six years.

The Cooperative Education Program is a special program that permits students to extend their chosen major program by working in business, industry, or government agencies, alternating a semester of study with a semester of work while studying for undergraduate and graduate degrees. This program enables students to gain experience in an area close to their chosen field and to understand the requirements of that chosen field. A cooperative work-study program allows students who qualify to gain financial support while learning.

Through cooperative education projects, students may participate in specific seminars cooperatively planned and implemented by the Maryland state colleges or may take courses on other state college campuses. In addition, a cooperative project with Goucher College, Towson State University, Loyola College, and Johns Hopkins University provides an opportunity for students to enroll in courses not offered on the home campus.

Majors Offered:
The Bachelor of Arts degree is offered in economics, English, fine art, history, international studies, music, philosophy, political science, sociology, speech communication, telecommunications, and theater arts. The Bachelor of Science degree is offered in the fields of accounting, architecture and environmental design, biology, business administration, chemistry, computer science, economics, elementary education, engineering (civil, electrical, and industrial), engineering physics, family and consumer science, finance, food and nutrition, health education, hospitality management, information science and systems, management, marketing, mathematics, medical technology, physical education, physics, psychology, social work, and telecommunications.

Facilities and Resources
The Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics and the School of Engineering have specialized research facilities. The Murphy Fine Arts Center and the renovated Hughes Stadium opened in fall 2001. The Richard N. Dixon Science Research Center opened in fall 2003. The new communications building and the Library and Information Technology Center are scheduled to open in fall 2005.

Currently, Soper Library's holdings constitute more than 660,000 volumes, including works in special collections. One such collection includes books on Africa, with an emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa. The African-American collection is a body of historically significant and current books by and about African Americans and includes papers and memorabilia of such persons as the late Emmett P. Scott, secretary to Booker T. Washington, and Arthur J. Smith, who was associated with the Far East Consular Division of the State Department. The Forbush Collection, named for Dr. Bliss Forbush, is composed of materials associated with the Quakers and slavery. The Martin D. Jenkins Collection was acquired in 1980. Together, these collections provide both a contemporary and historical view of African Americans in education, military service, politics, and religion.

Campus Life
The McKeldin Center, often called the “living room of the campus,” is the focal point of cultural and social activity for the University community. Its purpose is to provide all members of the University community with programs and facilities to satisfy a variety of out-of-classroom tastes and needs. The McKeldin Center is utilized according to individual interests for meetings, lectures, music, movies, reading, and other forms of indoor recreation, or simply for relaxing over a cup of coffee or casual conversation with friends.

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Financial Aid / Scholarships
Scholarships, loans, and campus employment are available, and awards are made on the basis of student merit and financial need. Information on these as well as on Federal Pell Grants, other federal grants, and Federal Work-Study awards may be obtained by writing to the Financial Aid Office.

Admission Requirements / Application
Applicants whose academic and personal qualifications show promise of success in college are considered on the basis of their high school grades, rank in class, personal recommendation, and scores on the SAT or ACT.Applications for August entrance should be submitted no later than April 15; those for January entrance should be submitted no later than December 1. Applications to Morgan State University are accepted as far as the facilities will permit. Transfer students must submit a transcript from every college previously attended. A limited number of out-of-state and international students may be accepted. All application forms must be accompanied by a $25 application fee.

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