Please note: The University of Maryland Graduate School is transitioning to a new online application system. We will begin accepting new applications for spring 2014 and fall 2014 starting June 1, 2013.
Thank you for considering the Maryland School of Public Policy for your graduate education. We hope you find the following information helpful as you navigate through our application process.
The process described below is applicable to all applicants EXCEPT those applying to the BA/MPP dual program, to a certificate program, or to take an individual course. Please see the end of the page for instructions for these special programs
The University of Maryland has an online application process. If you choose instead to submit a paper application, you must send it to Enrollment Services Office Operations Graduate Admissions, 0130 Mitchell Building, College Park, MD 20742.
The application fee is $75.00, paid to the University of Maryland. If you did not process your fee payment online via the on-line application, you may send it to the Enrollment Services Office using the Credit Card/International Check form.
Each program has a specific four letter code. Please be sure to enter the correct code for your desired program:
MAPO: Master of Public Policy (MPP)
MAMG: Master of Public Management - Policy Track (Mid-career-MPM)
EXPM: Executive Master of Public Management (Mid-career-MPM)
BMPO: Dual Master of Public Policy and Master of Business Administration (MPP/MBA)
LMPO: Dual Master of Public Policy and Juris Doctor (MPP/JD)
PPCN: Dual Master of Public Policy and MS in Conservation Biology (MPP/MS)
POSI: PhD in Policy Studies
All supporting materials should be sent to Enrollment Services Operations, Attn: Graduate Admissions, 0130 Mitchell Building, College Park, MD 20742.
Supporting documents include:
- Transcripts from all educational institutions where you have earned 9 or more credits.
- Official GRE or GMAT scores taken within the past five years. The University of Maryland institution code for standardized test score reporting is 5814. LSAT scores may be substituted if you are applying to the MPP/JD dual program. GRE/GMAT scores are optional for applicants to the EXPM and MAMG programs whose cumulative undergraduate GPA is 3.0 or higher.
- Three (3) sealed letters of recommendation. Online submission of recommendations is strongly encouraged. On your Application Supplemental Form (ASF), you will be able to enter the names and email addresses of your recommenders. Each recommender will then be sent an email with instructions on how to complete an online recommendation for you.
If you need to submit a paper recommendation, please see here
- Statement of Purpose should be uploaded in the Application Supplemental Form (ASF). Otherwise, it may be mailed with supporting documents.
Click here to download.
- Writing Sample (required of PhD applicants only; we encourage you to upload the document in the electronic application)
Once you have received your ASF Login ID and password, you will be able to access your record by visiting https:// apra.umd.edu and logging in. At this site you can determine which materials have arrived and which are still missing from your file. Please allow a 1-2 week lag during our peak application period (December-February) . You may also call the applicant information line at: 301-405-0376.
If you experience problems logging into https://apra.umd.edu, click on 'technical support'. If the problem persists, please notify technical support at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are applying to one of our dual programs, please make sure to properly indicate the program code and submit your supporting materials to both the Enrollment Services Office AND the other department to which you are applying.
MPP/MBA: If you are applying to our dual MPP/MBA program, you only need to submit one application. You can access the application at https://app.applyyourself.com/AYApplicantLogin/ApplicantConnectLogin.asp?id=rhsmith. Note: you must submit 3 letters of recommendation even though the MBA program only requires 2.
MPP/JD: If you are applying to our dual MPP/JD program, you will need to submit a second application to the School of Law. You may find the School of Law online application at http://www.law.umaryland.edu/dept/admissions/apply.asp. You will need to submit a paper copy of your LSAT scores to us via regular mail (Office of Student Affairs, 2101 Van Munching Hall, College Park, MD 20742) or fax: 301-03-4675, Attn: MSPP Admissions.
MPP/MS: If you are applying for a dual MPP/MS (program code PPCN), use the regular graduate school application. Send your supporting credentials to the Enrollment Services Office.
International applicants have additional application procedures they will need to follow.
In addition to sending your application and supporting documents, international applicants must submit the following documents to have their application reviewed:
Certificate of Finances
International applicants must certify sufficient funds (exclusive of travel funds) to cover university fees, books, supplies, tuition and living expenses for themselves and for their dependents (if applicable). Funds can be demonstrated in the form of personal funds, parental or sponsor funds, government support, an assistantship at UMD or any other official sources of income. Please follow the guidelines and complete the Certificate of Finances form.
On The Graduate School application, prospective students should note the type of visa they currently hold or will need to study at the University. In addition, you will need to submit copies of any visa or Permanent Resident Card you might possess.
The Graduate Admissions Office must receive the complete application and official records/marksheets in the original language with literal English translations by the appropriate international deadline date. Translations should not be interpretive and actual names of all degrees, diplomas, and certificates must appear in the translation. Official copies must be submitted for review with your application. Only applicants who have completed the full sequence of preparatory studies and examinations equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree from an approved institution, and who have met the University of Maryland College Park admissions criteria, will be considered.
English Language Proficiency
International students must demonstrate a proficiency in the English language by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The TOEFL is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) at numerous locations throughout the world.
A minimum total IBT TOEFL score of 100 (with minimums as follows: Speaking 22, Listening 26, Reading 26, Writing 26) or an overal IELTS score of 7 (with subsection minimums of: Listening 7, Reading 7, Writing 7, Speaking 6.5) is required for unconditional admission. Applicants who score between 84-99 total on the IBT (with subsection scores of: Speaking 22, Listening 18-25, Reading 21-24, Writing 22-24) or IELTS overall 6.5-7 (with subsection scores of: Listening 6, Reading 6, Writing 6, Speaking 6) may be considered for provisional admission and will be required to take an English language proficiency examination upon arrival at the University of Maryland. Failing to fully pass the English exam will incur additional tuition charges for remedial English classes. These charges are not covered by tuition remission.
Further information can be found from the Department of International Education Services
Fall - All (but EXPM and POSI)
- Early Decision Fall: December 31
- International: May 1
- Final Fall: June 1
Fall 2014 online application will open June 1, 2013.
Fall - POSI
- Final Fall: January 15
Spring - All (but EXPM and POSI)
- Final Spring (International): August 1
- Final Spring (U.S): October 15
Spring 2014 online application will open June 1, 2013.
Spring - EXPM
- Final Spring: December 15
Spring - POSI
- No Spring Admission
The admission's committee will begin reviewing your application after the deadline and as soon as it becomes complete. You can expect a response within 3-4 weeks from that time. You will be notified in writing.
TAKING INDIVIDUAL CLASSES
Students who wish to take individual courses at the Maryland School of Public Policy may do so by applying to the University of Maryland for Advanced Special Student status. This is a non-degree seeking status for students who meet the University's admissions criteria. To apply as an Advanced Special Student, simply:
Apply on-line: http://www.vprgs.umd.edu/gems/admissions.htm
Degree code: GRAD
Submit necessary documentation (transcripts, test scores, etc.- see above link to program)
Once a favorable decision has been made, please contact Ms. Karen Logan (email@example.com) to request permission to register for our PUAF classes. Priority is given to our current students, however, every effort will be made to accommodate your requests.
Should you decide to apply to our "degree" program at a later date, you may request to "include" up to twelve credits earned as an Advanced Special Student in your Plan of Study. These courses must be less than five years old at the time of graduation.