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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 . . .

Application guidelines and a link to the online application will be available on the graduate school website.

International student application materials are due by March 12th, 2021 for consideration for enrollment in the Fall of 2021. 

Domestic student application materials are due by March 23rd, 2021 for consideration for enrollment in the Fall of 2021. 

Domestic student application materials are due by January 5th, 2021 for consideration for enrollment in the Spring of 2021.

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 an Alumnus

The selection committee conducts a holistic review of applications. Selected applicants will be invited to complete a phone 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: 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.

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 2021 - Summer 2021 cohort will be sent February 15th, 2021.

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