Ready to apply for graduate school? Begin your application on the Graduate School website. The application deadline is Feb. 1. Before completing the application, applicants are asked to check the Admissions Requirements site for specific instructions.
Submit all application materials electronically. You’ll need to include:
- Graduate application
- Undergraduate transcripts
- Statement of purpose
- Three letters of recommendation submitted electronically
- Three writing samples that can include clips, broadcast packages (YouTube/Vimeo links), etc.
- Non-refundable application fee ($75.00)
- GRE scores are optional
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.
The Application Process
Completed applications are reviewed by an admissions committee at the Merrill College of Journalism. The recommendations of the committee are then submitted to the UMD Graduate School for a 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.
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 Graduate School