Before You Apply
Choosing the Right Program
Before deciding to apply to graduate school, an applicant must carefully consider what program will be best suited to his or her academic and/or professional interests. The applicant should review the descriptions of the University of Maryland’s graduate programs offered, which are available on the various department and program websites. Applicants are encouraged to contact departmental directors of graduate study, potential academic advisors, and other faculty members for further information.
Some programs in the School of Public Health and the Robert H. Smith School of Business use a different admission system. It is important that the correct online application be completed.
To facilitate your search, you can find links to the websites of each of our graduate programs here.
Before initiating an application, please be sure you meet the University’s general admissions requirements.
In order to be considered for admission, the Graduate School at the University of Maryland has established a set of minimum admission criteria:
- Applicants must have earned a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution.
- Applicants must have earned a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in all prior undergraduate and graduate coursework.
- Applicants must provide an official hard copy of a transcript for all of their post-secondary work upon enrollment. (Transcripts uploaded to the application during the admissions process are marked as unofficial.)
For program-specific admissions requirements, please click here.
Preparing Your Application Materials
Once an applicant has determined the program to which he or she intends to apply, it is important to carefully read the admission directions and requirements for the program of interest. It is imperative to pay particular attention to the application deadline for graduate admissions because each department sets its own deadline(s).
Most programs require applicants to provide test scores – GRE, GMAT, or TOEFL/IELTS (for international students). Applicants must register for those tests and arrange to have the scores electronically submitted to the University of Maryland, College Park, with institutional code 5814. It is important that the test scores are received close to the deadline or the application will not be reviewed.
Applicants must identify at least three individuals who will provide a strong letter of reference. References should come from faculty or individuals who can speak to an applicant’s academic talents, work ethic, and intellectual strengths. The online application will ask for their names and email address. They will be contacted via email to electronically on how to submit a letter of recommendation.
Wondering how to make your application stand out?
See our "Ask an Admin" blog post: http://www.graduateprograms.com/ask-admin-university-maryland/
Understanding the University of Maryland's Application Process
The University of Maryland Graduate School only accepts applications electronically. Once submitted, the application and associated materials become the property of the University and will not be returned to the applicant nor will the materials be forwarded to another institution.
A non-refundable $75 fee is required for each program to which you apply. Payment of your application fee must be made on-line in order for your application to be submitted. Your application will not be processed until you pay your application fee and it is authorized.
Electronic submission of the application materials will expedite the review of an application and help avoid delays. Completed applications are reviewed by an admissions committee in each graduate degree program. The recommendations of the committees are then submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School, who makes the final admission decision. Students seeking to complete graduate work at the University of Maryland for degree purposes must be formally admitted to the Graduate School by the Dean. Upon enrollment, students are asked to submit hard copies of official transcripts to the University before the last day of the first term of enrollment.
Important Information for International Students
The University of Maryland is dedicated to maintaining a vibrant international graduate student community. International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is a valuable resource of information and assistance for prospective and current international students. International applicants are encouraged to explore the services they offer, and contact them with related questions.
As an international applicant there are a few additional requirements you must satisfy to be considered for admission. Please see the Graduate Admissions Process for International applicants for more information.
Tuition, Fees, and Financial Assistance
The Annual Security Report
The Annual Security Report (ASR) for the University of Maryland, College Park contains information about campus security, including campus security programs, recommended personal safety practices, the authority of the University Police, campus disciplinary procedures, alcohol and drug policies, crime reporting procedures, and campus crime statistics for the most recent 3-year period. The ASR is available on-line http://www.umdps.umd.edu/Brochure/Safety&Security.pdf. Individual printed copies of the report may be requested through the mail or in person from the University of Maryland Department of Public Safety, Service Building #007, College Park, Maryland 20742-6011 or by calling 301-405-3555.
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