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    Thank you for your interest in applying to the University of Maryland. Below is an overview of the application process, as well as important information for international students and those with international credentials. Please read carefully before submitting your application to be sure your application is complete. It is highly recommended that you submit all application materials at once; complete files will be given priority when evaluated.  If you are missing documents, they will be requested and your application will not be reviewed until they are received.

    The Application Process

    Apply Online at The Graduate School
    A complete list of graduate programs can be found here

    1. First select the program to which you would like to apply.
    2. Review the program's admission deadlines and requirements to understand the documentation you need to submit.
    3. Complete the Graduate School Application:

        Fall 2014 application.
        Spring 2015 and/or Winter 2015 application.

    4. Pay the non-refundable $75 application processing fee.

    The Admissions Packet

    The following items will be required for a complete admissions packet.

    1. International Academic Credentials
    Official copy of all previous degrees/diplomas and transcripts issued in the original language with a literal English translation.

    2. Evidence of English Proficiency
    Options for providing evidence include the following:
    Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    For the University of Maryland to receive your scores, please use the reporting code 5814.
    International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    For UM to receive your scores, please enter the name of our institution.

    If your scores do not meet the minimum requirements (click HERE for PDF) you will be required to take a placement test through the Maryland English Institute (MEI). Based on this placement examination, it may be determined that:
    - The student has satisfactory English language proficiency.
    - The student needs more English language training, requiring successful completion of the semi-intensive English Language course at MEI.
    - The student needs to complete a full-time intensive English language program before being admitted to the academic program.
    - Students who need further English must enroll in the required course during their first semester of study at the University.

    Please be advised that even if your initial TOEFL or IELTS scores did not meet minimum requirements, you may submit as many additional scores as you would like before August 1st (for Fall admissions) or January 1st (for Spring admissions). If your new scores meet the requirements for unconditional admission your English provision will be removed and you will no longer be required to take a placement test.

    Note: Students who have or will be awarded a degree from the U.S., United Kingdom, Anglophone Africa, Anglophone Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and the Commonwealth Caribbean prior to enrolling in the University of Maryland are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS.

    Note: For US citizens or permanent residents with foreign credentials, if your native language is not English and you do not hold a degree from an institution in the US or one of the anglophone countries and areas previously listed, you will be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

    3. Financial Certification
    Proof of liquid finances to cover one year’s worth of expenses (tuition, fees, books, insurance, and living expenses) is required to be issued an Immigration document (I-20/DS-2019).
    - A current official bank statement from your sponsor or yourself. The statement should clearly indicate the name(s) of the account holder(s) and the actual amount of money in the account(s). 
    - Certificate of Finances/Cost of Attendance form

    If you have a sponsor, the following information from your sponsor is required:
    - The Certificate of Finances/Cost of Attendance form or a letter of guarantee completed and signed by your sponsor.
    - If your sponsor is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, an official, notarized Affidavit of Support (I-134 form signed by all sponsors) is required.
    - If you have dependent(s), please show additional financial support of $4500 for each dependent.

    If you require a graduate assistantship:
    In some cases, students are awarded graduate assistantship to cover their expenses. These awards are usually awarded before the applicant is fully admitted and may be used to certify support. In this case, the academic department will send a copy of your award letter to the Graduate School. It is the applicant’s responsibility to notify the academic department of the need for an assistantship. If you will be solely dependent upon an assistantship to support your studies, please write this on the Certificate of Finances form and leave the bottom portion blank; the University of Maryland will be your sponsor. Please be aware that if you are not awarded an assistantship, you will not be admitted to the program until you show other sources of funding.

    Note: We encourage students to submit financial documents prior to the application deadline.  However, financial documents may be submitted after the deadline. You cannot be officially admitted to the University without submitting financial documentation.

    4. Visa Documentation
    If you are already in the United States, attach copies of your passport, US visa, I-94 card, and all pages of your I-20/DS-2019.
    If you are a Permanent Resident or hold another visa status please include copies of the Immigration documents showing your status.

    5. Academic Department Approval
    Each department may require specific essays or additional information such as GRE scores, letters of recommendation, a resume, etc. be submitted with your application so be sure to review the department’s website before submitting your application on-line. It is important that applicants contact the graduate program to which they are applying for information concerning additional admission requirements.

    Submitting Your Admissions Packet

    Please send all documentations to:

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

    Note: We encourage students to submit all supporting documents prior to the application deadline.  However, supporting documents such as financial and visa information may be submitted after the deadline.

    The Admissions Process

    Once you have applied and your admissions packet has been submitted, your application and supporting documentation will first be reviewed by the department to which you have applied. If the department is interested in you as a candidate your file will be forwarded to the Graduate School for further verification of your academic record, visa status, and TOEFL or IELTS scores (if necessary). If the department recommends you for admission it will then be up to the Graduate School to officially admit you after receiving proof of funding which will fulfill immigration requirements. Please remember that the awarding of assistantships and fellowships is determined by the department to which you have applied. Finally, immigration forms I-20 and DS-2019 are created and sent out by International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS).


    Please visit the Interantional Student and Scholar Services' (ISSS) website.

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