UMD: A Globally Connected University

Graduate Admissions

Thank you for your interest in applying to the University of Maryland, College Park. Below is an overview of the application process as well as important information for international students and those with international credentials. Please read carefully before submitting your application to be sure your application is complete. Without all required materials, your application will not be reviewed.


Apply online at the Graduate School:

Gather the following documents for your Admission Packet:

  • International Academic Credentials
    Official copy of all previous degrees/diplomas and transcripts issued in the original language with a literal English translation
  • Evidence of English Proficiency


    : Students who will be awarded a degree from the U.S., United Kingdom, Anglophone Africa, Anglophone Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and the Commonwealth Caribbean prior to enrolling in the University of Maryland are not required to submit TOEFL, PTE or IELTS.

    Note: For US citizens or permanent residents with foreign credentials, if your native language is not English and you do not hold a degree from an institution in the US or one of the anglophone countries and areas previously listed, you will be required to submit TOEFL, PTE or IELTS scores.

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
      • For the University of Maryland, College Park to receive your scores, please use the reporting code 5814.
        Note: International graduate applicants to the School of Music, including those who have earned a music degree from a U.S. institution, must submit a passing TOEFL score to be scheduled for an audition.
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
      • For the University of Maryland, College Park to receive your scores, please use the reporting code 5814.
    •  Pearson’s PTE Academic exam​ (PTE)
      • For information on using the PTE to meet English language requirements, click here.
    • If your scores do not meet the minimum requirements (pdf) you will be required to take a placement test through the Maryland English Institute (MEI).
    • Based on the results of the MEI examination, it may be determined that:
      • The student has satisfactory English language proficiency.
      • The student needs more English language training, requiring successful completion of the semi-intensive English Language course at MEI.
      • The student needs to complete a full-time intensive English language program before being admitted to the academic program.
      • Students who need further English must enroll in the required course during their first semester of study at the University.
  • Financial Certification
    Proof of liquid finances to cover one year's worth of expenses (tuition, fees, books, insurance, and living expenses) is required to be issued an Immigration document (I-20/DS-2019).  Click here to view Cost of Attendance. If you have a sponsor, the following information from your sponsor is required:
    • A current official bank statement from your sponsor or yourself. The statement should clearly indicate the name(s) of the account holder(s) and the actual amount of money in the account(s).  Please note we cannot accept solvency certificates.
    • We do not accept loans or non-liquid assets.
    • The Certificate of Finances form or a letter of guarantee completed and signed by your sponsor.
    • If your sponsor is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, an Affidavit of Support (I-134 form signed by all sponsors) is required.
    • If you have dependent(s), please show additional financial support of $4500 for each dependent. Note: We encourage students to submit financial documents prior to the application deadline. However, financial documents may be submitted after the deadline. Students may also submit their financial documents after receiving a recommendation from their department.
  • Visa Documentation
    If you are already in the United States, attach copies of your passport, US visa, I-94 card, and all pages of your I-20/DS-2019.

    If you are a Permanent Resident or hold another visa status please include copies of the Immigration documents showing your status.

  • Academic Department Approval
    Each department may require specific essays or additional information be submitted with your application so be sure to review the department's website before submitting your application on-line.

    It is important that applicants contact the graduate program to which they are applying for information concerning additional admission requirements.

Please log onto iTerp to submit all documentation.

Note: We encourage students to submit all supporting documents prior to the application deadline.  However, supporting documents such as financial and visa information may be submitted after the deadline.

Questions? Contact an Admissions Advisor.