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How to Apply

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.

Before you start your application process, please read the admissions requirements for our different programs by clicking here.

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’s Graduate School accepts applications through its ApplyYourself/Hobsons application system. Before completing the application, applicants are asked to check the Admissions Requirements site for specific instructions.

As required by the Graduate School, all application materials are to be submitted electronically:

  •         Graduate application
  •         Transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable for review purposes)
  •         Statement of purpose
  •         Letters of recommendation
  •         Program/Department supporting documents (as applicable)
  •         Non-refundable application fee ($75) for each program to which an applicant applies

The electronic submission of application materials helps expedite the review of an application. Completed applications are reviewed by an admissions committee in each graduate degree program. The recommendations of the committees are submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School, who will make the final admission decision. Students seeking to complete graduate work at the University of Maryland for degree purposes must be formally admitted to the Graduate School by the Dean.  

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.


Applicants are encouraged to contact the Hobsons online application’s helpdesk for any technical issues.  For questions related to the admissions process, prospective students may contact the School of Public Policy. 



If you are applying to one of our dual programs, please make sure to use the correct 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 must apply through the Smith School of Business application portal which can be accessed here: https://app.applyyourself.com/AYApplicantLogin/ApplicantConnectLogin.asp?id=rhsmith. Note: you must submit three letters of recommendation for the joint program even though the MBA program requires just one.  The program code is BMPO.

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 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), email to policy-applications@umd.edu or fax:  301-403-4675, Attn: MSPP Admissions.  The program code is LMPO.



Students interested in the joint Bachelor's/Master's program must submit a paper application which may be accessed 

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Additional information and requirements for international students may be found here.      

Information on application deadlines may be found here.



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 find out more detailed information and to apply as an Advanced Special Student, simply click here

Degree code: GRAD

Submit necessary documentation (transcripts, test scores, etc.- see above link to program)

Once a favorable decision has been made, please contact the School of Public Policy Office of Student Affairs at policy-studentaffairs@umd.edu to request permission to register for our PUAF classes.  Be sure to include your name, UID, class name and number, and the section number 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.