Minimum Academic Requirements
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.
All of your information is transmitted through a secure server and is kept fully confidential. Your application information and accompanying credentials are reviewed by faculty admissions representatives of the department to which you are applying as well as by members of the Graduate School staff.
- Create a Personal Identification Number (PIN) and Password. Your PIN and Password enable you to return to your application as many times as you wish before your final submission to the Graduate School.
- Once you log into the online application following the instructions provided by the "First Time Applicants Click Here" link, you will first select an 'Application Term' and an 'Applicant Type' from the drop-down menus; the 'Applicant Type' is the degree program to which you are applying.
- In addition to selecting your program or Application Type you must select a specialty or concentration. You will select a major and a concentration from the Planned Course of Study drop-down menu.
- Follow the online instructions for completing the remainder of the application; be sure to complete each section of the application under the 'Application Checklist'
- If you are applying to more than one graduate program you must exit SURFs and then log back in using your PIN; select 'New' under the Application Menu and then complete another application selecting a different Application Type (i.e., program). You must pay an additional application fee for each program applied to.
- Be sure to use the same PIN and password when applying to more than one program; do not apply for the same program twice.
You may stop and save your work to continue at a later time while completing the online application. Please note, however, your application will not be reviewed or considered until it is submitted successfully, nor until all required items are received and the $75 fee is paid.
Before you click the ‘Submit’ button of your online application print each page for your records. Write down your PIN and keep it in a secure place for future reference when checking the status of your application
Before completing the online application, please review Graduate School admissions requirements and guidelines in the "Admissions" section of the Graduate Catalog here. (linked needed)
You are also encouraged to review departmental requirements and guidelines here.
In addition to completing the online application information, you are required to submit the following items as part of your application for admission:
Send to the Graduate School
- One (1) set of official transcripts or marks 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.
- Official standardized score reports (GRE, TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) - Have the testing agency send directly to the Graduate School, our institution code is #5848 for GRE & TOEFL. 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:
- Application for in-state status classification (Maryland residents only) - Download the pdf here
- $75 (US) Non-refundable application fee can be paid online or sent directly to Graduate School
Send to your desired program of study
- 3 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.
- PDF version
- Online Version – Applicants must copy this URL http://cf.umaryland.edu/graduate/letter_of_recommendation/ and send it to their recommenders to complete the online form as instructed
- Statement of Academic Goals and Research Interests (pdf) can be pasted in the online application. If you do not apply online, it must be sent directly to the graduate program to which you are seeking admission. The statement should be between 300- to 500-words and outline your goals and objectives in pursuing graduate study.
Letters of recommendation, and resumes and vitas are to be mailed directly to the program or department to which you are applying. Application fees (if not paid online), official transcript/mark sheets, and official test score reports must be mailed directly to the Graduate School.
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.
To check on the status and progress of your application, log back into SURFS. Make sure you use the same PIN and password each time you login.
While you may check the status and progress of your application online, you may not make further modifications (changes, additions, etc.) to it online once it has been electronically submitted to the Graduate School. Any corrected or additional information needs to be sent to the Graduate School via postal mail or email at email@example.com. Please do not attempt to update your application by re-submitting it again.
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:
- Multiply quarter credit hours by (0.66) to convert to semester credit hours.
- 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.
- Divide total number quality points by total semester credit hours. The result will be your grade point average.
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.
Individuals who are offered admission and who need accommodation under Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact the office of Educational Support and Disability Services.
Deborah Levi, Director
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