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Applying to the MIM Program


This page contains the information you will need to apply to the MIM program, including:

MIM Admissions Criteria and Guidelines

The admissions process for the MIM program is designed to determine whether the program is a good fit for your background, education, and professional development goals. The typical MIM candidate has:

  • Received a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with at least a 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale)
  • GRE or GMAT Verbal scores in the 40 percentile or higher and Quantitative scores in the 60 percentile or higher (when GRE scores are required)
  • For international students, a TOEFL score of 100 or higher
  • One or more years of full-time work experience in IT field (that might include information technology, management, user experience, project management, business analysis, database management, etc.)
  • Experience, education, or substantial interest in technology, information, and/or management

These characteristics describe many successful MIM applicants; however, they are not fixed thresholds. During review of your application we focus on how well your interests, background, and experience, as reflected in your entire application packet, fit with the opportunities provided by the MIM program. 

Average GRE and TOEFL Scores of admitted for Fall 2016 MIM Students:
The average GRE percentile rankings for those recommended for Fall 2016 admission were: 
            51% (151) Verbal, 81% (162) Quantitative, 88.75% (3.55) Analytical.

The average TOEFL score for those recommended for Fall 2016 admission was:
            26.5 Reading, 26.5 Listening, 24.5 Speaking, 26 Writing.

University of Maryland Graduate Admission Process

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. In the online application to the Graduate School, you will be able to upload a copy of your official transcript in the Previous Education section. This is sufficient for the review process of your application. However, if you are offered admission and choose to enroll in the University of Maryland, you will need to send your official (in a sealed envelope) transcript to: 

                        University of Maryland College
​                        Park
Enrollment Services Operation -- Attn: Graduate Admissions
​                        Room
0130 Mitchell Building
College Park, MD 20742

If your transcript is encrypted, do not upload it to the application as it will upload as a blank document. The program will not be able to use it for its evaluation. Please print the document out, scan it, then upload a scanned version.

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Application Essay (Supplementary Application) 
  • Provide names and e-mail address of three individuals who will provide online letters of recommendation
  • Upload a copy of your current resume
  • GRE or GMAT scores (if applicable) to be sent directly to the University of Maryland Graduate School 
                  GRE -- Institution Code: 5814 
                  GMAT -- Institution Code: SQT-N8-78
  • TOEFL/IELTS/PTE scores (if applicable) to be sent directly to the University of Maryland Graduate School  
                   TOEFL -- 5814
  • Non-refundable application fee ($75) for each program to which an applicant applies

You would be able to check your application and document status via your application dashboard.

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 Scholar Services (ISSS) is a valuable resource of information and assistance for prospective and current international students. International applicants are encouraged to explore the services tthe ISSS office offers 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. After receiving an admission decision from the graduate school, 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.

Reporting GRE or GMAT Scores

You must take the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) unless you are a U.S. applicant who has either a 3.25 or above cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) OR have completed another graduate program. If you do not meet these criteria, you must take the GRE or GMAT and arrange for the scores to be sent to the University of Maryland (Institution Code: 5814; Institution Code: SQT-N8-78)

All international applicants must submit GRE or GMAT scores to be considered for admission to the MIM program.

Graduate School Evidence of English Proficiency Requirement 

  • 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 Test of English (PTE) 
    • The minimum score requirement is 68 for full admission
    • For the University of Maryland, College Park to receive your scores, please use the reporting code 5814.

As long as you request your test score to be sent to the Graduate School and you use the correct Institution Code (5814), do not send us a photocopy of your score. The University only accepts electronic scores directly from ETS. The IELTS scores should be sent directly to the Graduate School on paper.

If you are admitted to the graduate program but your English Proficiency 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.

Applicants do not need to submit the English Proficiency Score, if they received thier degree from an education institution in the U.S. or a nationally recognized university in one of the countries on the list that follows.

Antigua, Australia, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Cameroon, Canada (English-speaking, i.e. not Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Gambia, Ghana, Grand Turks and Caicos Islands, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Montserrat, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Swaziland, Tanzania, The Bahamas, The British Virgin Islands- St. Kitts-Nevis, Anguilla, Trinidad and Tobago, U.S. Virgin Islands- St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. John, Uganda, United Kingdom, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Note: Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens but the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE is required.

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 or IELTS scores.


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 Graduate School.

Application Deadlines

Preferred Application Deadline: December 15

  • Apply by this date for best consideration for application to the MIM program. Candidates applying by the preferred deadline will have first priority for admission into space-limited specializations.

Non Domestic Application Deadline: January 17

Domestic Appliction Deadline: January 17

International Student Confirmation Deadline: April 15

  • To ensure space for you in the MIM program, you must confirm your fall enrollment by April 15

The College of Information Studies will evaluate your application when it is complete. To ensure that all parts of the application are available for review (including GRE or GMAT scores, transcripts, and recommendation letters) we recommend that you prepare and submit your application prior to the official deadlines. 

Admission to the university is a two-step process. First, a letter of recommendation for admission is sent from the iSchool to the applicant and to the Graduate School. Secondly, the Graduate School does a final evaluation and, either, makes the official offer of admission or requests missing documentation.

Application Checklist

The College of Information Studies will evaluate your application only when it is complete (see checklist below). We suggest that you submit your application well in advance of the application deadline. Be sure to:

  • Complete the Graduate School application along with the $75 application fee.
  • Complete program-specific requirements.
  • Confirm relevant test scores have been submitted.
  • Confirm recommendations have been submitted.

Applicants are responsible for the timely completion of their applications. Only complete applications will be submitted to the admissions committee for review. Please contact the Student Services Office with concerns about missing documents. The Student Services Office maintains applications until they are evaluated for admission or the application deadline for the requested semester has passed.

Requesting Deferred Enrollment

The Student Services Office maintains application files until they are evaluated for admission or the application deadline for the requested semester has passed. To be considered for a subsequent semester, the applicant must notify the Student Services Office ( PRIOR to the beginning of the original entry semester to request deferral. Otherwise, the application will be deleted.

An applicant wishing to be considered after the file has been deleted must again pay the required Graduate School application fee and reapply to both the Graduate School and the College of Information Studies. The new application will be considered on the basis of admission standards existing at the time of reapplication.

Contact Information

Please contact iSchool Student Services Office for admission-related information: 

Room 4110, Hornbake Building South
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-4325
Tel: (301) 405-2038
Fax: (301) 405-9145