are the average GRE scores for accepted applicants?
A: The averages of our current students are:
Analytical: 624 or 4.2
Q: What is the TOEFL code for UMBC?
A: UMBC TOEFL code is 5835.
Q: What is the GRE code for UMBC?
A: UMBC GRE code is 5835.
Q: How many hours per week am I expected to work?
A: Being a graduate student is a full time job; expect to
work a minimum of 40 hours per week.
Q: Do I need a car?
A: It is possible to get around without one, depending on
where you live. There is good public
transportation to and from UMBC and surrounding neighborhoods
and apartment complexes, as well as to Baltimore City.
After a few years you will probably want to look into getting
Q: How do I find a place to live?
A: UMBC’s Office
of Off-Campus Housing offers tips for finding housing
on campus and for housing off campus close to UMBC. You should
also talk to other graduate students in the department. They
can tell you which areas are desirable and which to avoid.
Q: Are there any unexpected expenses I need to know
A: Most incoming students are unaware of the student fees.
To find the latest information about student fees, visit
Costs & Funding section
of the UMBC Graduate School website.
Q: What is the average length of time to obtain
A: The average time from matriculation to graduation for
a Ph.D. student is 5–6 years. We have had students
graduate in 3 ½ years, and some are here longer than
Q: Do graduate students interact with each other
outside the lab?
A: Most definitely. You can have as much or as little
interaction as you choose to have with other graduate students.
Activities range from getting together for dinner and drinks
every week, to playing in pick up soccer games, to attending
local cultural and sporting events. Some students in the department
enjoy biking at the Patapsco State Park near the University,
others like traveling to Pennsylvania for camping and whitewater
rafting. You can find out more about activities and local destinations
by visiting the Life
at UMBC section.