Admissions Requirements & Deadlines

Application deadlines depend upon the status of the applicant (international or U.S. citizen), the program of interest, the academic term (fall or spring) and, the type of application (degree or non-degree).

The program-specific deadlines listed below are for domestic, degree-seeking applications.

International and non-degree-seeking students should follow the special application deadlines listed below.

UMBC’s Admissions Criteria and Standards may also be found below.

Ph.D.

Doctor of Philosophy

M.A.

Master of Arts

M.S.

Master of Science

M.A.E.

Master of Arts in Education

M.A.T.

Master of Arts in Teaching

M.P.S.

Master in Professional Studies

M.P.P.

Master in Public Policy

 

Select certificate programs listed below by subject

 

Program Degrees Offered Term of Admission Application Deadline Admission Requirements

Graduate School – Applicants to all graduate programs must meet the following admission requirements:

 

 

 

  1. Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. university or an equivalent degree from a comparable foreign institution
  2. Bachelor's degree with a >3.0 GPA on a 4-point scale
  3. Undergraduate program must reflect successful completion of the prerequisites for graduate study in the chosen field
  4. Acceptable score on the TOEFL for applicants whose native language is not English or who do not have a degree from a U.S. post-secondary institution; acceptable scores are: >550 on paper-based test; >213 on computer-based test; >80 on internet-based test
  5. Official copy of transcript(s) (and English translations if not in English) from each post-secondary institution attended
  6. 3 letters of recommendation
  7. GRE General Test recommended unless stated as required by the specific graduate program

Applied Developmental Psychology(ADPS)

 

 

 

See Psychology program.

Biochemistry (BIOC)

M.S., Ph.D.

Fall

February 1

GRE General Test required
Background in organic chemistry and either physical chemistry or introductory biology

Biological Sciences (BIOL)

M.S., Ph.D.

Fall & Spring

January 1, October 15

GRE General Test required
Strong undergraduate training in calculus, cell biology, general biology, genetics, organic chemistry, physics, and statistics recommended

Biology, Molecular & Cell (MOCB)

Ph.D.

Fall & Spring

January 1, October 15

GRE General Test required
Undergraduate training in organic chemistry, general biology, genetics, cell biology, physics, and calculus; recommend having taken a biochemistry course; recommend undergraduate major in biochemistry, chemistry, chemical engineering, microbiology, molecular biology, or the biological sciences

Biotechnology (BTEC)

M.P.S., Certificate

Fall & Spring

August 13

A bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, or chemical/biochemical engineering; two semesters of general chemistry and two semesters of organic chemistry; GRE required if undergraduate degree is from non-U.S. school; Letters (3) of recommendation are required only for international students.

Chemistry (CHEM)

M.S., Ph.D.

Fall & Spring

June 1, November 1

GRE General Test required
GRE Advanced Chemistry Test recommended
Undergraduate major in chemistry, biochemistry, or the biological sciences

Computer Science (CMSC)

M.S., Ph.D.

Fall*, Fall, Spring

January 1*, June 1, November 1

GRE General Test required (waiver option available)
Strong background in computer science and mathematics courses; see Graduate Catalog for detailed list of required background courses; Ph.D. applicants strong recommended to have M.S. degree in computer science

Cybersecurity (CYBR)

M.P.S, Certificate

Fall, Spring

August 1, December 1

A bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Math, or Information Systems. A bachelor's degree in another field may be acceptable given relevant work experience. Additional materials required: CV. Letters (2) of recommendation are required only for international students.

Economic Policy Analysis (ECPA)

M.A.

Fall & Spring

June 1, November 1

GRE General Test required
Must complete courses in calculus, intermediate microeconomic theory, intermediate statistics, undergraduate econometrics, and mathematical statistics or have equivalent strong background in mathematics and statistics. May apply pending completion of some of these courses.

Education (EDA)

M.A.

Fall & Spring

June 1, November 1

For educators who already have teaching experience and hold a teaching certificate; designed to help experienced teachers prepare for roles in educational and curricular leadership, curriculum development, and in-service teacher professional development.

Emergency Health Services (EHS)

Emergency Health Services Online (EHSO)

M.S.

 

Fall & Spring

June 1, November 1

GRE General Test required if undergraduate GPA is below 3.2

EHSO:Courses are offered on-line

Engineering Management (ENGM)

M.S., Certificate

Fall, Spring, & Summer

MS:
August 1, December 1;

Cert:
On-going

B.S. degree in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, or other physical sciences; GRE General Test required for international applicants without a B.S. degree from a U.S. institution; Letters (2) of recommendation are required only for international students.

Engineering, Chemical & Biochemical (CENG)

M.S., Ph.D.

Fall

February 1

GRE General Test required. Strong mathematical background; TOEFL for international applicants.

Engineering, Computer (CMPE)

M.S., Ph.D.

Fall*, Fall, Spring

January 1*, June 1, November 1

GRE General Test required (waiver option available)
Ph.D. applicants strongly encouraged to already have an M.S. degree in computer science; strong background in computer engineering, computer science, and mathematics courses

Engineering, Electrical (EENG)

M.S., Ph.D.

Fall*, Fall, Spring

January 1*, June 1, November 1

GRE General Test required (waiver option available)
B.S. degree from an ABET-accredited undergraduate program in electrical engineering, or a strong academic record in computer science, mathematics, physics, or other areas of engineering or science

Engineering, Environmental (ENEN)

M.S., Ph.D.

Fall & Spring

June 1, November 1

GRE General Test required

Engineering, Mechanical (MENG)

M.S., Ph.D.

Fall & Spring

June 1, November 1

GRE General Test optional but highly recommended for students from ABET-accredited schools in the United Students required for international students TOEFL score of >600
Undergraduate degree in mechanical, aerospace, environmental, or chemical engineering strongly recommended.

Ph.D. applicants: GPA of >3.3 on a 4.0 scale

English: Texts, Technologies, and Literature (TTL)

M.A.

Fall

May 1

GRE General Test required (Waived for UMBC English Majors)
Bachelor's degree in majors such as: English; American, Communication, Gender, or Media Studies; or Modern Lang&Lit.
Three letters of recommendation are required, in addition to a statement of purpose, from all applicants.
A Writing Sample is required. An academic essay is preferred but personal and other types of essays are acceptable. No length requirement.

ESOL Education Programs (TESOL - MA)

MA TESOL
ESOL Certificate

Fall and Spring

Domestic:
Spring - October 31
Fall - April 15 and August 1
International:
Spring - October 31
February 28

3.0 GPA; GRE Score 500+ Verbal Test (or Masters Degree); 3 letters of reference (2 for Certificate); Statement of Purpose; TOEFL Scores for non-native English speakers (550+ on Paper-based test, 213+ on computer Based Test, 80+ on Internet- based test); IELTS test scores are also accepted. Minimum total score requirement for the IELTS is 6.5.

Geographic Information Systems (PRST-GEIS)

M.P.S, Certificate

Fall & Spring

August 1, December 1

B.S. in Geography, Computer Science, or Information Systems OR possess working knowledge of Geographic Information Systems. Additional materials required: CV.

Geography and Environ. Systems (GES)

M.S., Ph.D.

Fall

February 1

GRE General Test required
Minimum GPA of 3.0 overall and 3.3 for the major; TOEFL (For international students whose native language is not English)

Gerontology (GERO)

Ph.D.

Fall

January 15

GRE General Test required

Health Information Technology (HIT)

M.P.S.

Fall & Spring

August 1, December 1

Applicants should have a minimum undergraduate 3.0 GPA. International applicants are required to take the GRE.

Historical Studies (HIST)

M.A.

Fall

February 15

GRE General Test required

Human-Centered Computing (HCC)

M.S., Ph.D.

Fall & Spring

M.S.: May 1, October 1.

Ph.D.: February 1, September 1

Ph.D.: GRE General Test or GMAT required
Should have or be willing to acquire the necessary competence in statistical analysis and experimental design

M.S.: Majority of students have GPA well above 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; GRE General Test not required.

Imaging & Digital Arts (IMDA)

M.F.A.

Fall

February 1

Portfolio of work; curriculum vitae; an artist's statement; recommend visit to the department

Information Systems (IS)





Information Systems Online (ISO)

M.S., Ph.D.

Fall & Spring

M.S.: May 1, October 1

Ph.D.: February 1, September 1

Ph.D.: GRE General Test or GMAT required
Should have or be willing to acquire the necessary competence in statistical analysis, experimental design, programming, databases, and computer networks.

ISO:Courses are offered on-line

Instructional Systems Development
(EDI-DT)

Instructional Systems Development Online (EDIO)

M.A.

Fall Spring & Summer

June 1, November 1, March 1

For professionals in the field of training and instructional design



EDIO:Courses are offered on-line

Intercultural Communication (INCC)

M.A.

Fall

January 31

GRE General Test required
Advanced competency of the language of their specialty; at least one letter of recommendation attesting to that language skill; applicant's self-evaluation regarding language competency; grounding in a complementary field such as anthropology, history, psychology, sociology

Language, Literacy & Culture (LLC)

Ph.D.

Fall

December 1

Master's degree; research paper; statement of proposed research in the LLC program; resume or curriculum vitae. The GRE is strongly recommended for our program but in some cases may be waived, depending on the candidates background.

Management of Aging Services (MAGS)

M.A.

Spring

January 1

Additional letters of reference, professional resume, and essay required (further details at http://www.erickson.umbc.edu)

Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciences (MEES)

M.S., Ph.D.

Fall & Spring

February 1, September 1

GRE General Test required
Statement describing applicant's interests in environmental sciences and reason for pursuing a MEES degree; specific course requirements depending on area of specialization; identification of mentor must be resolved as part of application process

Mathematics, Applied (MATH)

M.S., Ph.D.

Fall & Spring

Spring February 15, October 15

GRE General Test score in 85 percentile in quantitative section required
TOEFL score of >600 (paper), >250 (computer), or >100 (iBT) for international students whose native language is not English; solid background in mathematics and/or statistics

Molecular Biology, Applied (APMB)

M.S.

Fall

February 1

GRE General Test required
Coursework background in general chemistry, organic chemistry lecture and lab, genetics, cell biology, biology laboratory, physics, and calculus

Certificate in American Contemporary Music (MUSC)

Certificate

Fall

April 16

TOEFL Scores UNDER 500 are accepted for foreign students also studying at the English Language Center; additional requirements for students' portfolios, essay, and letters of recommendation are listed at http://www.umbc.edu/music/site/certificate_ENG.html

Neurosciences & Cognitive Sciences (NACS)

Ph.D.

Fall & Spring

January 1, October 15

GRE General Test required
Strongly recommend having coursework background in calculus and some understanding of either neuroscience or cognitive science

Physics (PHYS)

M.S., Ph.D.

Fall & Spring

January 1*, June 1, November 1

GRE General Test required
GRE Physics Advanced Test (may be waived)
Undergraduate major in physics or chemistry, or in engineering or mathematics with significant coursework in physics

Physics, Atmospheric (ATPH)

M.S., Ph.D.

Fall & Spring

January 1*, June 1, November 1

GRE General Test required
GRE Physics Advanced Test (may be waived)
Undergraduate major in physics or chemistry, or in engineering or mathematics with significant coursework in physics

Psychology, Applied Developmental (ADPS)

Ph.D.

Fall

January 9

GRE General Test required
GRE Psychology Advanced Test
Supplementary Psychology application form

Psychology, Human Services (HSPS)

M.A., Ph.D.

Fall

M.A.: January 1;
Ph.D.: December 1

GRE General Test required
GRE Psychology Advanced Test (Not for ABA M.A. track)
Supplementary Psychology application form

Psychology, Industrial & Organizational (PRST_IO)

M.P.S.

Fall

March 1

B.A. or B.S. in Psychology. Students seeking admission from disciplines other than psychology may be required to take prerequisites (introductory psychology course, social psychology course and a research methods/statistics course) prior to enrollment in the program.

Public Policy (PUBL)

M.P.P., Ph.D.

Fall & Spring

Jan 15, November 1, January 15 (for Ph.D)

GRE General Test and resume required. Research paper strongly recommended.
M.P.P.-For best consideration, apply by January 15 for fall semester and November 1 for Spring semester.
Ph.D.- Applications must be received by January 15 for consideration for fall or spring of the following year.

Sociology, Applied (SOCY)

M.A.

Fall & Spring

June 1, November 15

Fall 2014 requirements: Open to undergraduates in all majors. Minimum GPA of 3.0; two letters of reference are required in addition to a goal statement and resume; GRE is required effective for Fall 2014 admission.

For best consideration, apply by April 1 (Fall) and October 15 (Spring).

Statistics (STAT)

M.S., Ph.D.

Fall & Spring

February 15, October 15

GRE General Test score in 85 percentile in quantitative section required
TOEFL score of >600 (paper), >250 (computer), or >100 (iBT) for international students whose native language is not English; solid background in mathematics and/or statistics

Systems Engineering (MSSE)

M.S., Certificate

Fall & Spring

M.S.:
August 1, December 1;

Certificate:
On-going

B.S. degree in Engineering or Information Technology; GPAs slightly lower than 3.0 standard are acceptable with relevant work experience. GRE General Test required for international applicants without a B.S. degree from a U.S. institution; No letters of recommendation are required.

Teaching (EDU)

M.A.T.

Fall & Spring

June 1, November 1

For individuals interested in obtaining teacher certification in early childhood, elementary, or secondary education.



SPECIAL APPLICATION DEADLINES FOR UMBC GRADUATE PROGRAMS

International, degree-seeking

Fall

Jan. 1

International, degree-seeking

Spring

May 1 (previous year)
June 1 (previous year)**

Non-degree-seeking

Fall

One week before fall classes start.

Non-degree-seeking

Spring

One week before spring classes start.

*Earlier deadline for students applying for graduate assistantships.
**Deadline for CMSC, CMPE, EENG applicants.

 

Admissions Criteria and Standards

Admissions decisions to UMBC’s Graduate School are based on the following criteria:

Bachelor's Degree

A four-year bachelor's degree must have been received from a regionally accredited college or university or an equivalent degree from a comparative foreign institution, before beginning graduate classes. This requirement applies both to degree-seeking and non-degree-seeking applicants.

Minimum GPA

A minimum undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required. A slightly lower undergraduate GPA may be acceptable by some programs, especially if the applicant already has a graduate degree.

GRE Requirement:

  • Official GRE scores are necessary for most programs and must be less than 5 years old
  • The Graduate School is not responsible for waiving the GRE requirement
  • Minimum GRE scores vary by program
  • The UMBC institution code for the GRE is 5835
  • UMBC Training Centers offers classes on GRE Test Preparation

TOEFL Requirement:

  • All applicants are expected to read, speak, write, and understand the English language fluently
  • Those whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The only exception to this requirement is for students who have earned a post-secondary degree from an accredited university in the United States
  • The minimum scores required for the TOEFL are as follows: 550 (written) or 213 (computerized). Some programs require a higher score. Please check with the program to which you are applying to find out their minimum TOEFL score accepted.
  • The minimum acceptable score for the iBT TOEFL is 80
  • TOEFL scores must be less than 2 years old
  • Students should use the UMBC institution code 5835 to have the TOEFL sent to us
  • UMBC will accept the Institutional TOEFL from our ELI, but not an institutional TOEFL from another university.