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An overview of the Admissions process is provided below. We admit two cohorts a year - SPRING and FALL. We are currently accepting applications for both the Spring and Fall 2022 cohorts. 

For information regarding program information, courses, and why UMD may be the right fit for you, please visit our Program Information page.


UMD IO MPS Admissions


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.

Here is a direct link to the application portal.


Spring 2022 (Domestic Applications ONLY)
Fall 2022 (Both Domestic & International Applications)
Application Deadline = February 8, 2022 Application Deadline = March 17, 2022
Decisions = January 28, 2022 for early applicants; February 10 for all applicants Decisions = May 6, 2022
Start date= February 28, 2022 Start date= August 29, 2022

For  more about how to apply, please follow the link here and here.

A direct link to the graduate school application is here. Make sure to select the MPIO program in BSOS!


For your application, you will need:

  • two letters of recommendation (both academic and professional sources work well),
  • your transcripts,
  • your resume or CV, and
  • 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.

Please note: 

  • You are still able to submit your application even if you are waiting for your recommenders to complete their letters.
  • You may upload unofficial electronic PDFs of your transcripts in your application. You will be required to submit your official transcripts later on to fully process admission. 


Step 2: Interview with the Program Director

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 in the program. At UMD, we practice what we preach - interviews are behavioral and situational, and are designed to give us a better sense of who you are, how you think, and how you behave.


Step 3: Group Interview with Faculty

A group of applicants who interviewed with an alumnus 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.


For any questions regarding the admissions process, please contact us at iomps [at]