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International Admissions

Thank you for your interest in applying to the University of Maryland.

This page contains an overview of the application process, as well as important information, for international applicants and for applicants with international credentials.

Please read this page carefully before submitting your application to ensure that your application is complete.

It is highly recommended that you submit all application materials at once; complete files will be given priority when evaluated. Missing documents will be requested, and your application will not be reviewed until all documents are received.

The Application Process

  1. Select the program to which you would like to apply. View our complete list of graduate programs and visit the Before You Apply section.
  2. Review the program's admissions requirements and deadlines to understand the documentation that you need to submit and by when you need to submit it.
  3. Complete an online graduate application. See the Step-by-Step Guide to Applying.
  4. Pay the non-refundable $75 application fee and visit the After You Apply section.

Admissions Documentation Required by the Graduate School

The following items are required for a complete application.

International Academic Credentials

You must upload an official copy of ALL previous degrees/diplomas and transcripts issued in the original language with a literal English translation.

Evidence of English Proficiency

You will NOT be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores if you have or will be awarded a degree from the United States, United Kingdom, Anglophone Africa, Anglophone Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and the Commonwealth Caribbean prior to enrolling in the University of Maryland. See a complete list of countries.

You will be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores if you are a US citizen or permanent resident with international credentials whose native language is not English and who does not hold a degree from an institution in the US or one of the areas listed above.

Options for providing evidence of English proficiency include: 

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Score
    For the University of Maryland to receive your TOEFL score, please use the reporting code 5814.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Score
    For the University of Maryland to receive your IELTS score, please have the testing center mail your score sheet to:

    University of Maryland
    Enrollment Service Operations
    Application for Graduate Admission
    Room 0130 Mitchell Building
    College Park, Maryland 20742

If your TOEFL or IELTS score falls within the range for provisional admission, the Graduate School may admit you with an English provision. If so, you will be notified of this provision in your official admission letter issued by the Graduate School. Please note that the Graduate School cannot consider applicants for admission whose scores fall below the range for provisional admission.

Keep in mind that you may submit as many additional test scores as you would like before August 1 (for fall admissions) or January 1 (for spring admissions). If your new score meets the requirements for full admission, the Graduate School will remove the English provision. 

If you are admitted with an English provision, you will be required to take a placement test through the Maryland English Institute (MEI). Based on this placement examination, the Graduate School will make one of the following decisions and notify you:

  • You have satisfactory English language proficiency.
  • You need more English language training, requiring successful completion of a semi-intensive English language course at MEI. Note: You must enroll in the required course during their first semester of study at the university.
  • You need more English language training, requiring successful completion of an English writing course at MEI. Note: You must enroll in the required course during their first semester of study at the university.
  • You need to complete a full-time intensive English language program before being allowed to take classes.

Academic Department Approval

Each program or department may require that additional information be submitted with your application (e.g., an essay, a résumé, GRE scores, letters of recommendation). Be sure to review the Admissions Requirements section and contact the graduate program to which you are applying for information about additional admissions requirements.

The Admissions Process

Once you have submitted your application, it will first be reviewed by the program or department to which you have applied. If the program/department recommends you for admission to the Graduate School, your file will then be forwarded to the Graduate School for further verification of your academic record, and TOEFL or IELTS scores (if necessary).

When the Graduate School has made a final decision, you will receive an email notice informing you to log back into your graduate application to view the decision letter. IMPORTANT NOTE: If you choose to “opt out” of receiving emails from the Graduate School, you will not receive this notice.

If you have been admitted and you are not a US citizen or permanent resident, the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) will contact you to verify your visa status and to collect the financial documents required to receive Form I-20 or DS-2019, which you will need in order to obtain a student visa. Please wait a minimum of 48 hours after notification of your admission to the Graduate School to receive communication from ISSS.

Contact Information

The Graduate School
University of Maryland

2123 Lee Building
College Park, MD 20742

301-405-3644
gradschool@umd.edu