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Applying to the MIM Program

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

For more information about the MIM program and admissions process, please contact the Student Services Office of the College of Information Studies at ischooladmission@umd.edu.

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 and GMAT Verbal scores in the 40 percentile or higher as well as GRE and GMAT Quanitative scores in the 60 percentile or higher (when GRE scores are required)
  • One or more years of full-time work experience
  • Experience, education, or substantial interest in technology, information, and/or management
  • For international students, a TOEFL score of 100 or higher

These characteristics describe many successful MIM applicants.  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. 

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
  • 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.  To ensure the integrity of the application process, the University of Maryland authenticates submitted materials through TurnItIn for Admissions.

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.

Contact

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.

Submitting an Application 

Submitting an application for the MIM program requires you to complete the University of Maryland Graduate School Online Application; submit a current resume, an essay, and recommendations; and report GRE or GMAT general exam scores (if necessary).

Completing the UMD Graduate School Application

Completing the University of Maryland Graduate School Online Application involves creating an account and providing the information requested by the University of Maryland Graduate School Online Application System.  Specifically you will need to:

  • Provide basic contact and demographics information (under the Demographics tab)
  • Specify your intended program (under the Educational Intent tab) by selecting Information Management – INFM
  • Specify your desired area(s) of specialization (under the Educational Intent tab) by entering one or more of the following:
    • Strategic Management of Information (SMI)
    • User Interface/User Experience (UI/UX)
    • Organization and Process Analysis (OPA)
    • Project Management (PM)
    • Data Analytics (DA)
    • Technology Development and Deployment (TDD)
    • Information Management Research (IMR)
    • Curation and Management of Digital Assets (CMDA)
    • Individualized Program Plan (IPP)
  • Describe your previous education and arrange for transcripts to be sent to the University of Maryland, College Park - Enrollment Services Operations (under the Previous Education tab)
  • Provide information about your residency and eligibility for in-state tuition (under the Residency tab)
  • Complete all other required information fields, pay the required application fee, and submit the application

Submitting your resume, essay, and recommendations

Upon completion and submission of the main online graduate application you will receive access to the MIM Application Supplemental Form (ASF).  In this form you will:

  • Provide names and e-mail address of three individuals who will provide online letters of recommendation
  • Upload a copy of your current resume
  • Write and upload a 500-word essay which answers the following questions:
    • What do you see as the most significant opportunities for you in the information field?
    • What about your background, education, or abilities makes you well suited to take advantage of the opportunities that you see?
    • What have you done in the past to advance your career in this area?   What specific things to you hope to do in the future to advance your career?
    • Why is the University of Maryland MIM program a good fit for you and your professional development plans?
  • Submit this application (Make sure that you have completed the entire supplemental application before clicking “Submit this Application” -- you will not be able to go back in and make changes later).

Reporting GRE or GMAT Scores

You must also 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 cumulative undergraduate grade point average or have completed another graduate program.   If you do not meet these criteria, you must take the GRE (Institution Code: 5814)  or GMAT (Institution Code: SQT-N8-23) and arrange for the sores to be sent to University of Maryland. All international applicants must submit GRE or GMAT scores to be considered for admission to the MIM program.

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.
  • Regular College Park and Non Domestic Application Deadline: January 15
  • Shady Grove Domestic Application Deadline: June 1st 
  • Confirmation Deadline: June 15
    • To ensure space for you in the MIM program, you must confirm fall enrollment by June 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.

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 (ischooladmission@umd.edu) 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.

Graduate School Requirement

Evidence of English Proficiency

  • 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.
  • If your 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.

Note: Students who will be awarded a degree from the U.S., United Kingdom, Anglophone Africa, Anglophone Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and the Commonwealth Caribbean prior to enrolling in the University of Maryland are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS.

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.