Minimum Standards

The minimum academic standard for full admission to the Graduate School is a B average or 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in a program resulting in the award of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree and standing from a comparable foreign institution. Standards for admission to a Ph.D. program are generally higher than those for admission to a M.S. program. Applicants must also document successful completion of undergraduate prerequisites for graduate study in the chosen field. Applicants must meet the minimum requirements set by the Graduate School and must meet departmental requirements, which may exceed the minimum.

The Graduate School requires a completed application (online or paper), one (1) set of official transcripts of all prior undergraduate and graduate study, three letters of recommendation, and a statement of academic goals and research interests. The Graduate School normally requires Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) scores for admission to graduate programs and uses GRE scores as part of the data on which it bases its admission decisions. The scores, however, are never the sole criteria for admission. Some programs may recommend or require other standardized tests.

Applicants whose native language or language of the home is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the examination of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Some programs require additional evidence of ability to succeed. Such evidence may include an interview, documentation of prior work experience, GRE subject test, or other supplementary materials. Applicants should contact the office of the program to which they are applying about additional admission requirements. Failure to comply with all Graduate School and departmental or program requirements for admission may result in the application not being considered.

Admission to graduate programs is highly competitive; for best consideration applicants should submit accurate and complete credentials by the specified deadline.

Application Procedures and Requirements

Applicants for all Graduate School programs besides nursing must submit their materials (except letters of recommendation) to:
Graduate School
University of Maryland, Baltimore
620 West Lexington Street, 5th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201

Click here to apply online.

Letters of Recommendation must be sent directly to the program or department to which you are applying.

Nursing applicants (M.S., Ph.D., or nondegree) may send their application to:
Admissions Office
School of Nursing
University of Maryland
Baltimore, MD 21201

Transcripts of work in progress are required at the time of application; final transcripts certifying degree completion are required upon degree completion. Delays in the receipt of academic credentials could cause delays in the your admission review process. It is your responsibility to ensure that the Graduate School receives all required application materials.

Application Deadlines

Application for admission deadline dates, including deadline dates for the receipt of all required materials, are posted here.

Applicants should consult the "Graduate Programs Directory" section and program descriptions for special deadlines and requirements. Because admissions decisions for many programs are made several months before July 1, it is to the applicant's advantage to apply as early as possible. Applicants may not change the semester or session for which they have applied more than once without completing a new application and submitting an additional application fee.

Application Form
To apply, you must submit the application form (online or hard-copy) and transcripts to the Graduate School along with the required nonrefundable application fee. The Graduate School will not process or review an application until the application fee is paid.

You must submit one set of official transcripts/mark sheets from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended. Each transcript should bear the signature of the registrar and the seal of the granting institution and should include the years of attendance, courses taken, grades received, class standing, and the degree, diploma, or certificate conferred. Although photocopies of credentials are acceptable for initial reviews, the Graduate School must receive official copies of all academic credentials before admitting students.

Letters of Recommendation
You must provide three letters of recommendation, preferably from professors or others who can attest to the quality of your academic performance and scholastic potential. Your full name, the semester or session for which admission is desired, and the program to which you are applying must be indicated on the letter or form provided for this purpose. These letters must be sent directly to the program to which you are applying.

Statement of Goals and Objectives
You must write and submit a 300- to 500-word statement outlining your goals and objectives in pursuing graduate study. Send this statement directly to the program to which you are applying.

Calculation of Grade Point Average
Calculate separate grade point averages for all courses taken for the bachelor's degree (cumulative GPA) and all credits taken beyond the bachelor's degree.  Convert all grades to a four-point grading system.  Do not include pass or fail, satisfactory, incomplete credit, or similar grades in these calculations.

All numerical, alphabetical, or equivalent grades, except as already noted, must be calculated as follows:

  1. Multiply quarter credit hours by (0.66) to convert to semester credit hours.

  2. Multiply the number of semester credit hours for each course by the number of quality or honor points earned, as follows: A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0.

  3. Divide total number quality points by total semester credit hours. The result will be your grade point average.

Standardized Test Scores
The Graduate School normally requires the submission of scores earned on the Graduate Record Examinations (verbal, quantitative, and analytical scores). Many programs may also require scores earned on the GRE Advanced (subject-specific) test or the Medical College Admission Test. See the program description in the catalog to learn which examinations you must take for admission. You must have one set of official score reports sent to the Graduate School from the responsible testing agency:

Graduate Record Examinations
Educational Testing Service
Princeton, NJ 08540
(GRE code number: 5848)

Medical College Admission Test
P.O. Box 4056
Iowa City, IA 52243

Program-Specific Requirements
Some programs require additional information such as a portfolio or other supplementary materials. It is important that applicants contact the office of the program to which they are applying about additional admission requirements. Failure to do so may result in applications not being considered.

Mandatory Drug and Criminal Background Check Requirements for Certain Study or Research Areas (Effective April 2013)

Certain study or research activities of students may require access to biological or chemical materials that are subject to special restrictions under Federal law.  Individuals who wish to be authorized to have access to such materials must comply with UMB policy, state law, and federally mandated drug and criminal background checks.  Students who cannot maintain eligibility to engage in study or research with biological or chemical materials have no assurance that UMB will provide an alternative path of study or research.  Therefore, students may not be able to enroll or to continue enrollment and advancement at UMB.  Because of the serious financial and academic consequences of failure to obtain and maintain ongoing eligibility with legal requirements, students should plan in advance to ask advisors, faculty and mentors about authorization for access to biological and chemical materials.  Students should carefully consider the drug and criminal background check requirements before selecting a course of study or research which may be subject to special restrictions. 

Special Accommodations

Individuals who are offered admission and who need accommodation under Americans with Disabilities Act  (ADA) should contact the University's Office of Student Services (OSS) and the respective Graduate Program Director in a timely manner; accommodations will not be made retroactively. 

UMB Office of Student Services
Deborah Levi, Director
Southern Management Corporation Campus Center
621 W. Lombard Street, Suite 302
Baltimore, MD 21201
Hearing impaired - Maryland Relay Service 711 in Maryland or 800-735-2258 elsewhere.

International Applicants

International applicants must adhere to application deadline dates and submit all required documents as early as possible. The Graduate School or an individual graduate program may request that you have a credential evaluation done by an outside agency.

In addition to meeting the requirements for all applicants cited above, international applicants must: (1) hold a degree that is equivalent or comparable to a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree and have a cumulative grade point average equivalent to a B or 3.0 grade point average, or the first- or high-second division or comparable class ranking, and (2) provide proof of financial sponsorship for immigration and visa status purposes.

Transcripts and Mark Sheets
International applicants must provide one (1) official transcripts in English and one (1) official native language transcripts or mark sheets from each college or university attended. Each set of documents must list subjects studied, grades or marks received, and rank in class or division.

Language Requirements
Applicants whose native language or language of the home is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. The minimum acceptable TOEFL score for admission is 550 for paper-based tests, 213 for computer-based tests, 80 for the internet-based tests. IELTS test takers must score no less than Band 7 (total). Some graduate programs have higher minimum score requirements.

TOEFL information and applications are available from:
Test of English as a Foreign Language
Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 899
Princeton, NJ 08540

(The Graduate School’s TOEFL institution code number is 5848; department codes are published by TOEFL)

IELTS test center, exam, and scoring information is available from:
IELTS International
100 E. Corson St., Suite 200
Pasadena, CA 91103
626-564-2954; 626-564-2981 (fax)

Graduate students whose work suggests English language deficiencies may need to take remedial English courses at their own expense. The Graduate School also has guidelines for use of the Test of Spoken English scores in evaluating applicants. Candidates for teaching assistantships are encouraged to consider submitting TSE scores in addition to their TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Immigration Requirements
International students who receive an offer of admission must obtain the immigration form required for the appropriate visa. Accordingly, each international student must certify that he or she has sufficient funds (exclusive of travel expenses) for university tuition, fees, books, supplies, and living expenses. The total amount required for educational and living expenses (based on current tuition and fees) is available from the UMB International Services Office.