An overview of the application process is provided below. Be sure to also check out additional useful information as you consider our program:
- Courses and Plan of Study
- Frequently Asked Questions
- In Person Information Sessions (please attend! All are welcome)
- Fees and Financial Aid (Note: All tuition for the IO MPS at UMD is charged at the in-state tuition rate, regardless of your state of residence)
- Scholarships Offered Through the UMD Alumni Association
We admit two cohorts a year - a fall, and a spring cohort. Domestic students are eligible to apply both for the Spring and Fall cohorts. International students are eligible to apply for the Fall cohorts.
Step 1: Submit your application
Deadlines for Admission Consideration for the . . .
Application guidelines and a link to the online application will be available on the graduate school website.
Spring 2022 (Domestic Applications ONLY)
Fall 2022 (Both Domestic & International Applications)
|Application Deadline = January 7th, 2022||Application Deadline = February 25th, 2022|
|Decisions = January 28th, 2022||Decisions = May 6th, 2022|
|Start date= February 28th, 2022||Start date= August 29th, 2022|
For your application, you will need: two letters of recommendation (both academic and professional sources work well), your transcripts, your resume or CV, and a statement of purpose telling us about your journey to IO and about what makes you a good fit for this program. NO GRE scores are required.
Step 2: Interview with the Program Director (45 minutes)
The selection committee conducts a holistic review of applications. Selected applicants will be invited to complete a virtual interview with the program director for consideration to be accepted into the program.
Step 3: Group Interview with Faculty (1 hour)
A group of applicants who interviewed with the program director will go on to a group interview with two other applicants and two faculty members. At least three members of the selection committee, including the Director, at least one alumnus, and at least one other faculty member, will then discuss each applicant before final decisions on who to invite into the incoming cohort are made.
A huge thank you to alumni Bryan Card (’17), Alicia Miller ('17), Chad Nazworth (’17), Alia Smith ('17), Lake Smith ('17), Jackie Tuchten ('17), Shannel Winslow ('17), De'Leisa Nelson ('18), Amir Nili (’18), David Shar ('18), Lindell Thomas ('18), and Jo Wynter ('18), for being our alumni interviewers for the 2019-2020 cohort selection cycle.