Graduate Admissions

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Graduate Admissions

 For the Master of Human-Computer Interaction (HCIM), Master of Information Management (MIM), Master of Library & Information Science (MLIS), and Doctor of Philosophy in Information Studies (Ph.D.) programs.

 Admission to the iSchool’s graduate programs is through the University of Maryland Graduate School, with supplemental program-specific application criteria and materials as described below. The University of Maryland’s Graduate School accepts applications through its ApplyYourself/Hobsons application system.  Before completing the application, applicants should check the Graduate School's Admissions Requirements. If you still have questions, please email ischooladmission@umd.edu for more information! 

Completed applications are reviewed by an admissions committee in each graduate degree program. The recommendations of the admissions committee are submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School, who will make the final admission decision. Students seeking to complete graduate work at the University of Maryland for degree purposes must be formally admitted to the Graduate School by the Dean.

Admissions Requirements

All graduate applicants to the College of Information Studies must meet the minimum requirements set by the University of Maryland Graduate School.

  • Applicants must have earned a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution.
  • Applicants must have earned a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in all prior undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  • Applicants must provide an official copy of a transcript for all of their post-secondary work.
  • International applicants must meet the Graduate School’s English Language Proficiency Requirements. Minimum requirements are TOEFL – 96; IELTS – 7; PTE – 68.

► Additional Program-Specific Admissions Requirements

Additional HCIM Admission Requirements and Materials

Additional MIM Admission Requirements and Materials

Additional MLIS Admission Requirements and Materials

Additional HILS Admission Requirements and Materials

Additional PhD Admission Requirements and Materials

  • In addition to the application materials listed below, all PhD applicants must respond to the following questions in the Statement of Purpose (no more than 1,500 words):
    • What is the specific area of your research interest? How have you developed your interest in this area?
    • What skills and/or prior experience that you have can help you pursue your research interest?
    • Which faculty members at Maryland's iSchool would you be interested in working closely with, and why?
    • What are the goals you would like to achieve in your doctoral study at Maryland's iSchool? What is your plan to achieve your goals?
    • What kind of career would you like to develop after earning your Ph.D.?

► Application Checklist

  1. University of Maryland Graduate School Application: See the Graduate School’s Step-by-Step Guide to Applying.

  2. Application Fee: There is a non-refundable application fee ($75) for each program to which an applicant applies. The Graduate School waives the application fee for applicants from selected organizations and/or preparatory programs.

  3. Transcripts: In the online application to the Graduate School, you will be able to upload a copy of your unofficial transcript in the Previous Education section. The copy of your unofficial transcript is sufficient for the purposes of the review process of your application. However, if you are offered admission and choose to enroll in the University of Maryland, you will need to send your official and unopened (in a sealed envelope) transcript to: University of Maryland, College Park, Enrollment Services Operation, Attn: Graduate Admissions, Room 0130 Mitchell Building, College Park, MD 20742

  4. Statement of Purpose

    • In the online application to the Graduate School, you will be asked to provide a Statement of Purpose responding to these questions
    • HCIM applicants, please refer to the specific prompts that you should also cover in your Statement of Purpose.
    • PhD applicants must additionally provide a personal statement of no more than 1,500 words in response to the following questions:
      • What is the specific area of your research interest? How have you developed your interest in this area?
      • What skills and/or prior experience that you have can help you pursue your research interest?
      • Which faculty members at Maryland's iSchool would you be interested in working closely with, and why?
      • What are the goals you would like to achieve in your doctoral study at Maryland's iSchool? What is your plan to achieve your goals?
      • What kind of career would you like to develop after earning your Ph.D.?
         
  5. Letters of Recommendation: All programs require three (3) letters of recommendation. Provide the names and email addresses of three individuals who will provide online letters of recommendation. Letters should come from current/former faculty members, employers, colleagues, and in rare cases personal references. Letters should not come from family members or those unable to speak to your ability to complete a graduate degree.

  6. CV/Resume: A current resume or CV should be uploaded in the "Upload Requirements" section of the application.

  7. Supplemental Materials: Remember to submit the additional materials required by your program, described above.

  8. Maryland State Residency Information: If you are a resident of the State of Maryland or believe you qualify as one, be sure to fill out the Maryland Residency section of the Graduate Application. If you have questions about Residency Classification, please direct them to resclass@umd.edu.

  9. Exam Scores

  • GRE
    • Institution Code: 5814
    • Department and Major Field code for all programs at iSchool: 4701 (Library and Information Science)
      Program GRE Requirements
      HCIM Required for international applicants only. Optional for domestic applicants. GRE scores are typically in the 40th percentile verbal, 60th percentile quantitative. International applicants who have an undergraduate degree from a U.S. institution and wish to request a GRE waiver must submit their request in writing to hcim@umd.edu.
      MIM GRE or GMAT scores are required unless you are a U.S. applicant who has either a 3.25 or above cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) OR have completed another graduate program. If you do not meet these criteria, you must take the GRE or GMAT and arrange for the scores to be sent to the University of Maryland. Applicants who wish to request a GRE waiver must submit their request in writing to mimprogrammanager@umd.edu. (GMAT Institution Code: SQT-N8-78)
      MLIS (LBSC and LBSO) GRE scores are not required.
      MLIS - HILS Required.
      PhD Required; must have been taken within the five years preceding the application deadline.
  • TOEFL/IELTS/PTE
    • Required for most international applicants. Applicants do not need to submit the English Proficiency Score if they received their degree from an education institution in the U.S. or a nationally recognized university in one of the countries listed at the bottom of the Graduate School’s English Language Proficiency Requirements page. Note: Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens but the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE is required.
    • See the Graduate School’s English Language Proficiency Requirements for instructions on submitting scores. The University of Maryland’s TOEFL Institution Code is 5814.

► Application Deadlines

Program Deadlines
HCIM Jan. 15, 2020 (for Fall 2020 enrollment)
MIM Jan. 31, 2020 (for Fall 2020 enrollment)
MLIS Sept. 27, 2019 (for Spring 2020 enrollment for international applicants)
Oct. 1, 2019 (for Spring 2020 enrollment for domestic applicants)
Jan. 15, 2020 (for Fall 2020 enrollment, domestic and international)
MLIS - HILS Jan. 15, 2020 (for Fall 2020 enrollment)
PhD Dec. 3, 2019 (best consideration for Fall 2020 enrollment)
Mar. 13, 2020 (final deadline for Fall 2020 enrollment)

► Information for International Applicants

The University of Maryland (UMD) is dedicated to maintaining a vibrant international student community. The UMD office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is a valuable resource of information and assistance for prospective and current international students. International applicants are encouraged to explore the services the ISSS office offers and contact them with related questions. 

The UMD Graduate School offers admission to international students based on academic information; however, it is not a guarantee of attendance. After receiving an admission decision from the graduate school, admitted international students will receive instructions about obtaining the appropriate visa to study at the University of Maryland, which will require the submission of additional documents. Please see the UMD Graduate Admissions Process for International applicants for more information.

STEM ELIGIBILITY: Our Master of Human-Computer Interaction (HCIM)Master of Information Management (MIM), and Doctor of Philosophy in Information Studies (Ph.D.) programs are STEM certified, enabling our students to potentially work in the U.S. for up to three years after graduation via the U.S. Homeland Security's STEM OPT program. Please visit UMD's OPT STEM extension webpage for more information about the application process.

► Requesting Deferred Enrollment

The iSchool Student Services Office maintains application files until they are evaluated for admission or the application deadline for the requested semester has passed. To defer your enrollment for a subsequent academic year, the applicant must notify the iSchool Student Services Office (ischooladvisors@umd.edu) PRIOR to the beginning of the original entry semester. Otherwise, the application will be deleted.

An applicant wishing to be considered after the file has been deleted must again pay the required Graduate School application fee and re-apply to both, the University of Maryland Graduate School and the College of Information Studies. The new application will be evaluated on the basis of admission standards existing at the time of reapplication.