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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

    1. Select the program to which you would like to apply. A complete list of graduate programs can be found here.
    2. Review the program's admission requirements and deadlines to understand the documentation that you need to submit.
    3. Complete the Graduate School Online Application.
    4. Pay the non-refundable $75 application processing fee.

    Admissions Documentation Required by the Graduate School

    The following items will be required for a complete application.

    1. International Academic Credentials
    An official copy of all previous degrees/diplomas and transcripts issued in the original language with a literal English translation must be uploaded to your application.

    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 the University of Maryland to receive your scores, please have your score sheet mailed to:
    University of Maryland
    Enrollment Service Operations
    Application for Graduate Admission
    Room 0130 Mitchell Building
    College Park, Maryland 20742

    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. 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 online. It is important that applicants contact the graduate program to which they are applying for information concerning additional admission requirements.

    The Admissions Process

    Once you have submitted yoru application, it will first be reviewed by the department to which you have applied. If the 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). If the Graduate School approves your admission, you will then receive an email informing you to log back into your graduate application to view a decision letter.

    If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you will then be contacted by International Student and Scholar Services for a verification of your visa status and the submission of financial documents required to receive the Form I-20 or DS-2019 needed for obtaining a student visa. Please wait a minimum of 48 hours after notification of your admission to the Graduate School to receive communication from ISSS.