MIM Admissions

Admissions Criteria

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. All MIM candidates have:

  • 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/GMAT 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, and/or substantial interest in technology, information, and management.

Average GRE and TOEFL scores of admitted for Fall 2016 and Fall 2017 MIM applicants

Fall 2016:

  • The average GRE percentile rankings for those recommended for Fall 2016 admission were:
    51% Verbal, 81% Quantitative, 38% (3.5) Analytical.
  • The average TOEFL score for those recommended for Fall 2016 admission was:
    26.5 Reading, 26.5 Listening, 24.5 Speaking, 26 Writing.

Fall 2017:

  • The average GRE percentile rankings for those recommended for Fall 2017 admission were:
    49% Verbal, 81% Quantitative, 38% (3.5) Analytical.
  • The average TOEFL score for those recommended for Fall 2017 admission was:
    25.9 Reading, 25.5 Listening, 24.2 Speaking, 25.9 Writing.

Application Process

The University of Maryland's Graduate School accepts applications through its ApplyYourself / Hobsons application system.

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.

Application Requirements

  • Graduate School Application
  • Transcript(s) 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
  • Application Essay (Required, to be uploaded as “Supplementary Application”)
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
    Provide names and email addresses of three individuals who will provide online letters of recommendation
  • CV/Resume
  • GRE or GMAT scores (if applicable)
    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.
    GRE -- Institution Code: 5814
    GMAT -- Institution Code: SQT-N8-78
  • TOEFL/IELTS/PTE scores (if applicable)
  • Non-refundable application fee ($75) for each program to which an applicant applies. (Fee waiver eligibility information can be found HERE)

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

Final MIM application deadline for international & domestic applicants is

January 31, 2018.

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 (ischooladvisors@umd.edu).

Information for International Graduate 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 submission of additional documents. Please see the Graduate Admissions Process for International applicants for more information.

Evidence of English Proficiency Requirement

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Reporting code 5814 - minimum score requirement is 100
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Reporting code 5814
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): Reporting code 5814 - minimum score requirement is 68

If you are admitted to the university graduate program but your English Proficiency scores do not meet the minimum requirements, 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 their degree from an education institution in the U.S. or a nationally recognized university in one of the countries listed here.

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.

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 (ischooladvisors@umd.edu) 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.

Questions? Contact the iSchool Student Services Office at ischooladvisors@umd.edu.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Hobson’s helpdesk for technical assistance.  For questions related to the ApplyYourself application process, prospective students may contact the Graduate School.