BOWIE STATE UNIVERSITY
Bowie State University is the oldest Historically Black College/University (HBCU) in Maryland, and one of the oldest in the nation. Established in 1865, BSU has evolved into a comprehensive university, offering a wide array of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs.
Bowie State University at a Glance
- More than 1,200 graduate students and 4,000 undergraduate students
- More than 200 faculty members
- 17:1 student/teacher ratio
- 20 undergraduate majors
- 20 master's programs
- 2 doctoral programs
- 10 graduate certificates
- 2 certificates of advanced study
- Located in the heart of the Baltimore-Washington-Annapolis triangle
Bowie State University has continued to work persistently to maintain strong academic programs. All of our planning efforts are geared to maintaining that posture. We are increasing our efforts to attract additional resources to ensure that adequate resources exist to continue our historical, present and future role in providing access and success to individuals with limited fiscal means.
Bowie State University is one of only six institutions in the nation designated by NASA and the National Science Foundation as Model Institutions for Excellence, mandated to provide high quality education and research in science, engineering and mathematics. The Bowie State Satellite Control Center is sponsored jointly by NASA and Honeywell Corporation and serves as a live laboratory for education, training, and research in satellite operations and student controlled NASA-related missions. Bowie State was the first HBCU and among the first predominantly undergraduate institutions to house a NASA satellite control center.
Bowie State University is a comprehensive regional institution with academic programs of instruction currently administered in four schools. The institution is continuously positioning itself to address critical needs in the immediate Prince George's County community, the state of Maryland, the nation and the world. Those critical needs encompass but are not limited to the educational, economic, cultural, and social needs of communities locally, in the state, in the nation, and the world.
The College of Education which recently celebrated fifty years of continuous NCATE accreditation continues to develop additional partnerships with local school systems in order to increase the pool of certified teachers. Moreover, with strong support of public officials, the U.S. Department of Education provided funds to address the shortage of certified minority male teachers in Prince George's County. The College of Education is working aggressively in order to expand those efforts. The College of Education is comprised of the Department of Teaching, Learning and Professional Development, the Department of Counseling, and the Department of Educational Studies and Leadership.
The College of Arts and Sciences is currently the academic home to seven departments. Those departments are Communications, Computer Science, English and Modern Languages, Fine and Performing Arts, History and Government, Mathematics, and Natural Sciences. In addition, the college provides core courses and programs that support the institution-wide general education program. Computer Science programs are accredited by the Computer Science Accreditation Commission of the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board (CSAB).
The College of Professional Studies is the academic home of four departments. Those departments are Behavioral Sciences and Human Services, Nursing, Psychology, and Social Work. The Social Work program is accredited by the National Council on Social Work Education. Additionally, Nursing programs are accredited by the Maryland Boards of Nursing and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.
The College of Business is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business School and Programs (ACBSP). The College of Business has one of the largest undergraduate enrollments at the University. The College is comprised of the Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics, the Department of Management Information Systems, and the Department of Marketing, Management and Public Administration. The following are areas of concentration in the College of Business: Accounting, Business Information Systems, Banking and Finance, Economics, Management, Marketing and General Business.