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An overview of the application process is provided below. Be sure to also check out additional useful information as you consider our program:

We admit two cohorts a year - a fall, and a spring cohort.


Step 1: Submit your application

Deadlines for Admission Consideration for the . . .

Fall 2019 - Winter 2020 Cohort: August 15th 2018 - March 15th 2019

Spring 2020 - Summer 2021 Cohort: July 1st 2019 - January 15th 2020 (currently accepting applicants!)

Fall 2020 - Winter 2021 Cohort: August 15th, 2019 - March 13th, 2020


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. 

Domestic student application materials are due by January 15th, 2020 for consideration for enrollment in the Spring of 2020.

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

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.

Final notification of acceptances for the Spring 2020 - Summer 2021 cohort will be sent February 15th, 2020.

Final notification of acceptances for the Fall 2020 - Winter 2021 cohort will be sent May 1st, 2020.

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