Step 1: Submit your application (Fall Cohort: August 15th - March 15th)
Application guidelines and a link to the online application will be available on the graduate school website beginning on August 15th.
Domestic and International student application materials are due by March 15th, 2019 for consideration for enrollment in the Fall of 2019.
For your application, you will need: two letters of recommendation (both academic and professional sources work well), your transcripts, 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 Director
The selection committee conducts a holistic review of applications. Selected applicants will be invited to complete a phone, skype, or in-person interview for consideration to be accepted in the program. These interviews will be conducted from January to late March. 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: Interview with an Alumnus
A select group of applicants who interviewed with the Director will go on to interview with an alumnus. This is a second structured, behavioral interview. At least three members of the selection committee, including the Director and at least one alumnus, will then discuss each applicant before final decisions on who to invite into the incoming cohort are made. These interviews will run from January into April.
Final notification of acceptances will be sent May 1st, 2019.