Application Checklist


Please find a pdf version of SPP Application Checklist  by clicking here.

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.  Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded in the online application.  Official transcripts must be submitted once the applicant has been offered admission.  In some circumstances official transcripts may be requested prior to issuing a final admission decision.
  • 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.

            Institutional ETS Codes:

            GRE: 5814

            GMAT: SQT-N8-78

  • Three 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 PDF icon here.  Letters submitted in paper form must be sent in sealed envelopes with the recommender's signature across the back flap of the envelope.
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample (required of PhD applicants only).  Writing samples must be uploaded in the electronic application.  We will not accept hard copies of writing samples.

Once you have received your ASF Login ID and password, you will be able to access your record by visiting https:// 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, click on 'technical support'.  If the problem persists, please notify technical support at



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 Note: you must submit 3 letters of recommendation for the joint program 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 UMD Carey School of Law. You may find the School of Law online application at  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), email to or fax:  301-403-4675, 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)

  • Fall priority deadline: January 15

    (For best consideration of merit-based financial awards)

  • Final Fall (International): March 15
  • Final Fall (U.S. citizens & permanent residents): May 15

Fall 2016 online application is open now. 

Fall - POSI

  • Final Fall: January 15

  Spring - All (but EXPM and POSI)

  • Final Spring (International): October 15
  • Final Spring (U.S. citizens & permanent residents): December 15

Spring 2016 online application is closed now.

Spring - EXPM

  • Final Spring: December 15

Spring - POSI

  • No Spring Admission

The admission 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 initially be notified via email.



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:

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. Jiehong Lou ( 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.