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    Choosing the Right Program

    Before you decide to apply to graduate school, it is important to carefully consider what program will be best suited to your academic and/or professional interests. Applicants should review the descriptions of Maryland’s graduate programs, available on the various department websites. You are encouraged to contact departmental directors of graduate study, potential academic advisers, and other faculty members for further information. (If you are seeking professional training, we encourage you to visit the Office of Extended Studies at http://www.oes.umd.edu, for a listing of the programs they offer.)

    To facilitate your search, you can find links to the websites of each of our graduate programs here.
    Program descriptions, admission requirements, listings of faculty and their research, information regarding the graduate student community, and the availability of assistantships, fellowships and other forms of financial support should be available on each of these pages.

    General Requirements

    Before initiating an application, please be sure you meet the University’s general 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.

    Preparing Your Application Materials

    Once you have determined the program to which you intend to apply, and believe you can meet our general requirements for admission, it is important that you carefully read the admission directions for the program in which you are interested. Pay particular attention to the deadline for graduate applications because each department sets its own deadline(s). Be sure to note any additional admission requirements listed for your program and understand you must submit all required materials before your application will be reviewed.

    Most programs require applicants to provide test scores.  Be sure you understand which scores you must provide.  Applicants must register for those tests and arrange to have the scores electronically submitted to Maryland with institutional code 5814.

    Applicants must obtain official hard copies of their transcripts for all post-secondary academic credit and submit those transcripts to:

    University of Maryland, College Park
    Enrollment Services Operation -- Attn: Graduate Admissions
    Room 0130 Mitchell Building
    College Park, MD 20742

    Finally, you must identify at least three individuals who will provide you with a strong letter of reference. Your references should come from faculty or individuals who can speak to your academic talents, work ethic, and intellectual strengths.  You must provide their names in your application and they will be contacted via email and asked to electronically submit a letter on your behalf.

    Understanding the University of Maryland's Application Process

    The University of Maryland Graduate School accepts applications through the Online Graduate Application.  The application is in two parts.  Part I is the Common General University Application, which requires general student information. Part II is the Application Supplementary Form (ASF), which requires more detailed and complex information material, specific to each graduate program. 

    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.

    You are strongly encouraged to submit all materials and documents electronically, with the exception of official transcripts, which must be submitted in a hard copy format. 

    Electronic submission of your application materials will expedite the review of your application and help you avoid delays. Completed applications are reviewed by an admissions committee in each graduate degree program. The recommendations of the committees are submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School, who will make 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.

    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

    Tuition and Fees
    International Student Finances
    Office of Student Financial Aid (Student Loans and Scholarships)
    FinAid.org Guide to Funding Your Education

    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.

    The Annual Fire Safety Report (AFSR) for the University of Maryland, College Park contains fire safety information about on-campus student housing including: fire statistics, fire safety systems, fire drills, fire safety rules, evacuation procedures, fire safety education and training policies, fire reporting procedures, and plans for future fire safety improvements.  The AFSR is available on-line at http://www.des.umd.edu/fire/report. Individual printed copies of the Annual Fire Safety Report may be requested through the mail or in person from the University of Maryland Department of Environmental Safety, 3115 Chesapeake Building #338, College Park, Maryland 20742-3133 or by calling 301-405-3960.