Graduate Admissions

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Graduate Admissions

Admission to the iSchool’s graduate programs is through the University of Maryland Graduate School, with supplemental program-specific application criteria and materials as described below. The University of Maryland’s Graduate School accepts applications through its ApplyYourself/Hobsons application system.  Before completing the application, applicants should check the Graduate School's Admissions Requirements.  

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 admissions committee 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.

Admissions Requirements

All graduate applicants to the College of Information Studies must meet the minimum requirements set by the University of Maryland Graduate School.

  • Applicants must have earned a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution.
  • Applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in all prior undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  • Applicants must provide an official copy of a transcript for all of their post-secondary work.
  • International applicants must meet the Graduate School’s English Language Proficiency Requirements. Minimum requirements are TOEFL – 100; IELTS – 7; PTE – 68.

Program-Specific Requirements and Materials

Admission to the HCIM program is competitive. The admissions committee will evaluate applications holistically to assemble a diverse cohort consisting of roughly equal numbers of students with backgrounds, experiences, and skills in the social sciences, art/design, and computers/technology.

Applicants are not required to have prior programming experience. Students who do not have an educational or professional background in computer science will be required to take a programming course, as many HCIM classes require facility with programming. Consult the HCIM FAQ for more information about the program and admissions.


In addition to the application materials listed below, all HCIM applicants must submit:

  • Portfolio or Essay. Required, to be uploaded in the "Supplementary Application" section. Choose either a portfolio OR an essay to present additional information about your approach to user experience. 
    • A portfolio should demonstrate your strengths in areas such as visual design, interaction design, or user research. It might include apps, devices, websites, studies, exhibitions, artwork, sketches, diagrams, workflows, screenshots, academic papers, or research projects. Also include a written summary identifying the key elements that you wish to highlight for the committee's evaluation. We accept a variety of formats, including a website or electronic link to a file (i.e. PDF). Make sure that the submission is accessible without requiring a password or any additional permission.
    • If you prefer, you may submit a written essay instead of a portfolio. Either choice is equally acceptable. If you choose the essay, please respond to the following prompt: In 500 words or less, please propose changes to the design of an interface that you use on a regular basis. You may choose a physical interface (i.e. a technological device) or a virtual one (i.e. an application, a website). Your response should include at least one visual representation (i.e. screenshots or sketches of the interface) and a written explanation of the reasoning behind the changes you've proposed.

All MIM applicants must have:

In addition to the application materials listed below, all MIM applicants must submit:

In addition to the application materials listed below, all MLIS applicants must submit:

School Library Candidates:

You can also consult the Graduate Catalog for information about applying to the MLIS program.

Application Deadlines

Program Deadlines
HCIM Feb. 15, 2019 (for Fall 2019 enrollment)
MIM Feb. 15, 2019 (for Fall 2019 enrollment)
MLIS Sep. 28, 2018 (for Spring 2019 enrollment)
Feb. 15, 2019 (for Fall 2019 enrollment)
MLIS - HILS Jan. 11, 2019 (for Fall 2019 enrollment)
PhD Dec. 14, 2018 (for Fall 2019 enrollment, best consideration)
Mar. 15, 2019 (for Fall 2019 enrollment, final deadline)

Application Checklist

University of Maryland Graduate School Application

Application Fee


  • In the online application to the Graduate School, you will be able to upload a copy of your unofficial transcript in the Previous Education section. The copy of your unofficial transcript is sufficient for the purposes of 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 and unopened (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

Statement of Purpose

  • In the online application to the Graduate School, you will be asked to provide a Statement of Purpose responding to these questions. iSchool programs may require an additional personal essay as part of the supplemental application materials (see below).

    PhD applicants: Provide a personal statement of no more than 1,500 words in response to the following questions:

    • What is the specific area of your research interest? How have you developed your interest in this area?
    • What skills and/or prior experience that you have can help you pursue your research interest?
    • Which faculty members at Maryland's iSchool would you be interested in working closely with, and why?
    • What are the goals you would like to achieve in your doctoral study at Maryland's iSchool? What is your plan to achieve your goals?
    • What kind of career would you like to develop after earning your Ph.D.?

Letters of Recommendation

  • All programs require three (3) letters of recommendation. Provide the names and email addresses of three individuals who will provide online letters of recommendation.
  • Letters should come from current/former faculty members, employers, colleagues, and in rare cases personal references. Letters should not come from family members or those unable to speak to your ability to complete a graduate degree.

Exam Scores

  • GRE
    • Institution Code: 5814
    • Department and Major Field code for all programs at iSchool: 4701 (Library and Information Science)
      Program GRE Requirements
      HCIM Required for international applicants only. Optional for domestic applicants. GRE scores are typically in the 40th percentile verbal, 60th percentile quantitative. International applicants who have an undergraduate degree from a U.S. institution and wish to request a GRE waiver must submit their request in writing to
      MIM GRE or GMAT scores are required 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. Applicants who wish to request a GRE waiver must submit their request in writing to (GMAT Institution Code: SQT-N8-78)
      MLIS (LBSC and LBSO) GRE scores are not required.
      MLIS - HILS Required.
      PhD Required; must have been taken within the five years preceding the application deadline.
    • Required for most international applicants. Applicants do not need to submit the English Proficiency Score if they received their degree from an education institution in the U.S. or a nationally recognized university in one of the countries listed at the bottom of the Graduate School’s English Language Proficiency Requirements page. Note: Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens but the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE is required.
    • See the Graduate School’s English Language Proficiency Requirements for instructions on submitting scores. The University of Maryland’s TOEFL Institution Code is 5814.


  • A current resume or CV should be uploaded in the "Upload Requirements" section of the application.

Supplemental Materials

Residency Information

  • If you are a resident of the State of Maryland or believe you qualify as one, be sure to fill out the Maryland Residency section of the Graduate Application. If you have questions about Residency Classification, please direct them to

Information for International Applicants

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 the ISSS office offers and contact them with related questions.

The University of Maryland Graduate School offers admission to international students based on academic information; however, it is not a guarantee of attendance. After receiving an admission decision from the graduate school, admitted international students will receive instructions about obtaining the appropriate visa to study at the University of Maryland, which will require the submission of additional documents. Please see the Graduate Admissions Process for International applicants for more information.

Requesting Deferred Enrollment

The iSchool Student Services Office maintains application files until they are evaluated for admission or the application deadline for the requested semester has passed. To defer your enrollment for a subsequent academic year, the applicant must notify the iSchool Student Services Office ( PRIOR to the beginning of the original entry semester. 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 re-apply to both, the University of Maryland Graduate School and the College of Information Studies. The new application will be evaluated on the basis of admission standards existing at the time of reapplication.