International Students

Information for International Graduate Students

The University of Maryland is dedicated to maintaining a vibrant international graduate student community. The office of International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) is a valuable resource of information and assistance for prospective and current international students.  International applicants are encouraged to explore the services they offer, and contact them with related questions.

The University of Maryland Graduate School offers admission to international students based on academic information; it is not a guarantee of attendance.  Admitted international students will then receive instructions about obtaining the appropriate visa to study at the University of Maryland which will require submission of additional documents.  Please see the Graduate Admissions Process for International applicants for more information.


There are additional application requirements specifically for international students.  Please note that not all are required prior to application review by the School of Public Policy.

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.  Note: The School of Public Policy will review your application without the Certificate of Finances document but it must be submitted before a final admission decision is made by the Graduate School.


On the Graduate School application, prospective students should note the type of visa they currently hold or will need to study at the University of Maryland. In addition, you will need to submit copies of any visa or Permanent Resident Card you might possess.  Required prior to School of Public Policy review.


The Graduate Admissions Office must receive the complete application. Unofficial transcripts in the original language with literal English translations 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. Translations should not be interpretive and actual names of all degrees, diplomas, and certificates must appear in the translation. 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.  Please use institution code 5814 when submitting TOEFL or IELTS scores.

A minimum total IBT TOEFL score of 100 (with minimums as follows: Speaking 22, Listening 24, Reading 26, Writing 24) 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 19-22, 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.

Please click here to view IBT TOEFL AND IELTS REQUREMENTS FOR DEGREE-SEEKING STUDENTS established by the University of Maryland Graduate School.

Further information can be found from the International Student & Scholar Services



  Fall - All (except POSI)

  • International: January 7 for best consideration for merit funding awards and March 15 is the final deadline for international applicants.

  Fall - POSI

  • Final Fall: January 15

  Spring - All (except POSI)

  • International: October 1

  Spring - POSI

  • No Spring Admission

The Admission Committee will begin reviewing fall applications in January for those applications submitted by January 7 (except POSI which is January 15) and decisions will be released by mid-February.  After that, fall decisions are made on a rolling basis (3-4 weeks after completion of application).  Spring decisions will begin being released in mid-September and are made on a rolling basis (3-4 weeks after completion of application) after that. You will be notified in writing.