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Industrial/Organizational Psychology




Admissions: International

The following information is provided for international applicants interested in applying to the Master of Professional Studies in I/O Psychology. International applicants should read the information provided carefully prior to applying.

International Student Admission Requirements:

Admissions decisions are based on a match of the applicant's interests, work experience, academic background, scholarship and personal goals for the programs. Minimum admission requirements are listed below.
All students need to meet the following minimum requirements:

  • B.A. or B.S. in Psychology -OR-  a bachelor’s degree in a related field with required prerequisite coursework , which included an introductory psychology course and a research methods or statistics course.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale, or equivalent, is desired.  Applicants with grades on a scale other than 4.0, will be evaluated based on standards for the country of their degree.
  • TOEFL Scores: Minimum of 80  –OR-  IELTS Score: Minimum of 6.5.

Application Process

All international applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible to allow sufficient time to receive all the necessary documents and to process and assess the application.
We encourage all international applicants to send in their documents at least six months prior to the start of the fall semester applying to.

You can apply online or by mail:

Your application should include the following documents:

  • Completed application including residency form (Residency form determines in-state tuition eligibility)
  • Two letters of recommendation (please note: the application leaves room for three names; we only require two)
  • Statement of academic goals
  • I/O Psychology Experience Form (submit as additional document during application process or email to
  • Official transcript(s) from each college & university attended
  • Application fee ($50 online / $70 paper)
  • TOEFL scores forwarded to UMBC by ETS - UMBC’s institutional code is 5835*
  • If paying by check, the check must be drawn on a bank with a U.S. location. The check should be payable to UMBC.
    *Please note: All international students are required to submit Graduate Record and TOEFL scores unless you attended a university in a English-speaking country or hold an undergraduate degree from a U.S. institution. IALTS are not accepted in substitution for TOEFL scores.

Mailing Instructions
All application documents should be mailed to:
Graduate School
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250

Obtaining Immigration Documents

If you intend to apply for an F-1 visa and require an I-20 from UMBC, please include the following additional documents with your application.

  • Copy of valid passport
  • Certified bank statement or bank verification letter from financial sponsor showing a minimum of $29,000 (USD) in available funds.
  • Letter from financial sponsor stating they will be responsible for all living expenses and school-related expenses for the duration of your stay at UMBC.
  • You can send these documents after you receive your admission decision; however, it could delay you receiving your I-20. Your I
  • 20 is processed after you have been formally accepted into the program.
  • All immigration related questions should be addressed to, the Office of Education Services.

Financial Aid/Tuition/Assistantships

Presently the program is not offering any financial aid or graduate assistantships. Other campus departments may have graduate assistantships.

If you require further assistance, please contact Ashley Waters at or call 301-738-6081.