By Briana O’Neal
HBCUs are enrolling high numbers of graduate students each year, and that should come as no surprise. These universities offer top-ranked programs and expose their students to opportunities for research, community involvement, and close mentorship. The following HBCUs have the ten largest graduate enrollments:
Howard University (Enrollment: 3,323)
Howard University enrolls the largest number of graduate students each year. Their Office of Retention, Mentoring and Support Programs works hard to make sure their graduate students are supported by offering mentoring programs in which doctoral students can attend monthly individual mentoring sessions for themselves and also serve as mentors for new graduate students.
Texas Southern University (Enrollment: 2,415)
Texas Southern offers 36 different graduate degrees, including an MBA at their JHJ School of Business, which made the Princeton Review’s list of “Best 300 Business Schools.”
Jackson State University (Enrollment: 2,231)
Not only does graduate enrollment at Jackson State include students in 40 different Master’s and Ph.D. programs housed on campus, but they also accommodate those who prefer distance learning by offering 13 online programs as well.
Tennessee State University (Enrollment: 2,067)
Tennessee State University offers a number of graduate programs including a Master’s in Public Administration. TSU’s MPA program was ranked in the top 200 by U.S. News & World Report and offers students the opportunity to intern with agencies such as the Tennessee Department of Education and the Tennessee Legislature.
North Carolina Central University (Enrollment: 1,873)
Many students pursuing graduate studies at NCCU have the option to earn joint degrees. Partnerships among the School of Business, School of Law, and School of Library and Information Sciences offer the opportunity for students to simultaneously earn a Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration or a Juris Doctor and Master of Library Science.
Florida A&M University (Enrollment: 1,813)
It comes as no surprise that FAMU attracts nearly 2,000 graduate students each year. It was recently named the number one HBCU for research and development expenditures at a grand total of $51.1 million.
North Carolina A&T State University (Enrollment: 1,689)
This highly ranked university hosts top programs in social work, engineering, and computer information technology and was recently approved for an MBA program that will allow for concentrations in accounting, human resources management, and supply chain systems.
Prairie View A&M University (Enrollment: 1,552)
Prairie View A&M offers 32 master’s and doctoral degrees. There are several sources of support for students on campus. The Office of Research and Graduate Studies sponsors programming to assist graduate students such as their Grant Proposal Development Course that covers topics like research compliance and building a proposal budget so that students can create a “submission-ready” proposal.
Morgan State University (Enrollment: 1,294)
Morgan State University offers 37 master’s programs and 14 doctorate programs that contribute to the university’s mission to “create a universal community of scholars […] that will enrich the lives of those they teach and serve.” The Master’s of City and Regional Planning department contributes to carrying out this mission by serving as the leading partner for the Morgan Community Mile initiative dedicated to improving the quality of life in Northeast Baltimore.
Bowie State University (Enrollment: 1,203)
Bowie State offers 2 doctoral and 19 master’s degree programs. Among these programs is the Master of Science in Nursing which exposes students to 600 hours of clinical practice and qualifies them to take the national certification exam for the American Nurses Credentialing Center.