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Instructional Systems Development




Requirements for Graduate Program

  • Bachelor's degree: Earned from a regionally accredited college or university or an equivalent degree from a comparative foreign institution
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale for Master's program
  • No specific undergraduate degree is required
  • GREs or the GMAT are not required for Domestic Applicants
  • Three letters of recommendation

Additional Program Admissions Requirements For Specific Applicants

The following additional program admissions requirements (beyond those required by the graduate school) apply to all students that do not hold a bachelors degree or higher from a regionally accredited United States college or university:

  • TOEFL score in excess of 550 on a paper-based test, 213 on a computer-based test or 80 on an internet-based test.
  • GRE verbal test score in excess of 450.
  • GRE quantitative test score in excess of 580
  • Admissions Committee review

Application Deadlines


Fall Application



ISD Master's (International)
January 1st*

ISD Master’s

June 1st

November 1st

March 1st


July 1st

December 1st

April 1st

* International Applicants are admitted only Fall Semesters.

Non-Degree application deadlines are one week prior to the start of the semester

Complete application packets (e.g. all application forms, transcripts, supporting materials, fees, etc.) must be received by the dates listed for students to be considered for admission.

Students who miss the Master’s application deadline may still take courses as a Certificate or non-degree student and apply for formal admission the following semester. Students who miss the Certificate application deadline may still take courses as a non-degree student and apply for formal admission the following semester. Please Note: If you are applying for Financial Aid, to qualify, you MUST apply and be admitted as a Certificate or Master's candidate. If you miss the deadline for either program, you must wait until the next deadline to apply.

International Admissions

Click here to learn more about requirements for International Admissions with UMBC.

International Applicants are admitted only for Fall Semesters. All application documents must be submitted by the January 1st deadline to be considered. This includes TOEFL scores, transcripts and GRE scores. For International Applicants, GREs are required; unless your undergraduate degree was completed at a regionally accredited US Institution. Our program is offered online. U.S. Department of Education regulations require students with F-1 visas take a minimum number of in-person courses every semester. The ISD graduate program does not offer enough in-person courses to comply with that regulation. As a result, no I-20's for F-1 visas will be issued by UMBC for this program. However, international students have the option of taking the program online in their home country, since they would not have to obtain a visa.

To apply online, go to the UMBC Graduate School Online Application site.