Congratulations On Completing Your Application To The Graduate Program At The University Of Maryland
From this point forward, your primary point of contact is the academic department to which you have applied. Understand that this is an extremely busy time for our faculty and staff, so we ask that you limit your inquiries to only those matters that are critical.
Updating Your Application
Should you decide that you would like to make changes or updates to your application we suggest you act immediately. To make a change, contact the academic program to which you have applied. Contact information is available on the program’s website. The Graduate Coordinator in that program will assist you with the appropriate changes to your application. Changes will be accepted after you have submitted your application, but prior to the review of your application by the admission committee. If you learn that one of your references is not able to provide you with a letter of reference, you may edit the list of recommenders in your Application Supplemental Form (ASF). Again, we urge you to arrange for your letters of recommendation to be submitted electronically, this will eliminate delays and errors.
Monitoring Your Application Status
You may also monitor the status of your application materials through your ASF once it has been submitted. We will receive approximately 100,000 documents which must be scanned and matched to individual graduate applications between October and March. This is a time consuming process which requires attention to detail and precision by our staff. Please allow at least TWO WEEKS after you have submitted your application and sent us your transcripts and any other required documents, before you become concerned about the status of your application.
If you have concerns, or are confused, we ask you to first review our Frequently Asked Questions and visit some of the websites mentioned previously. Unanswered questions or concerns should be directed to the Graduate Coordinator in the program to which you are applying. If that individual cannot answer your concerns, they will be able to direct you to the appropriate individuals at the University who can assist you.
Please try to check your application status prior to the program deadline. If it appears that documents have not been received, you are advised to contact the program directly. It is very likely that the documents have been received but we have not had the time to update our on-line system. When a final Graduate School decision has been made you will receive an email notice to inform you that your decision letter is available to view online. You can view the letter through the 'Check application status’ section of your Application Supplemental Form (ASF).
An official copy will also be sent to the address listed on your Graduate application. If the program to which you have applied does not require you to complete an ASF then you will not be able to view your letter online. The following programs currently do not require the ASF: Non-Degree applications, MBA or MS applications offered by the Robert H. Smith School of Business, and selected applications for a master’s or certificate of professional studies.
Assistantships and Fellowships
During the admission process, all applicants are automatically considered for University assistantships and fellowships. These are extremely competitive awards and are not available to all admitted students. You do not need to submit a separate application for consideration.
After the admissions committee in the academic program to which you have applied has reviewed the applications, they will recommend a select number of students for admission to the Graduate School. At that point, applications from international students will be reviewed by the staff in the The Graduate School. These experts will review the transcripts, financial documentation, visa status and English proficiency and will notify the Graduate School if the applicant is eligible for admission.
When applications recommended for admission are submitted to the Graduate School, they will be reviewed by the Dean. Letters will be sent to formally notify applicants of the decision.