Application Requirements

Applicants must submit the following materials for consideration by the deadline of December 15.


We look forward to receiving your application for admission. Please visit the University of Maryland Graduate School Admissions website for complete application instructions. The following information should help you in properly completing your application for our specific programs.

Step 1. On-Line Application Form

All applicants are required to submit an application form, even if you are reapplying to the program. We strongly encourage all applicants to complete the online application form . However, if you are unable to complete the online application, an Adobe PDF version is available as a hard copy form. PLEASE COMPLETE ALL SECTIONS OF THE APPLICATION!

When filling out the application, please use your legal name. Do not use nicknames. If your credentials will be submitted under more than one name (e.g. maiden name), please note this on the application. As much of our communication with you is completed via e-mail, please be sure to provide a valid e-mail address at which you can be reached.

Please remember that the degree is PhD in Business and Management, which is the also the Program Name on the application or Program Code: BPHD. Under Area of Specialization you must select one of the following concentrations we offer:

Under the Previous Education section of the application, please use the official names of all colleges, universities or institutes attended. Please list the schools in chronological order, starting with your Bachelor's or first degree received.

Step 2. Pay the Application Fee

All applicants must pay a US$75.00 non-refundable application fee to officially submit the on-line application. Upon completion and before submission of the on-line application, the applicant will be assessed the application fee. Applicants are responsible for paying this fee regardless of admissions decision, choice to enroll, or whether any other supporting materials have been submitted.

Step 3. Complete the Application Supplemental Form (ASF)

Upon submission and payment of the application, applicants will be required to complete the Application Supplemental Form. Applications will be able to provide additional information specific to the Smith School of Business programs such as:

  • Verify Contact Information
  • Upload Statement of Goals and Research Interests (personal statement)
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Universities attended (time frame in program, degree (earned), GPA calculated)
  • Additional Academic Information (financial support, program applying for, papers published, etc)
  • Upload Attachments* (resumes, writing samples, award letters, etc.)

* Please note that official or unofficial (copied) transcripts are not permitted to be uploaded through the Application Supplemental Forms.

Statement of Goals and Research Interests (personal statement)

All applicants must submit one brief essay to address the following topics in the Statement of Goals and Research Interests

  • the professional goals and research interests, and
  • the life experiences

Letters of Recommendation

Each applicant must submit three letters of recommendation. The selection committees prefer that recommendation letters be written by academics, but you may ask non-academic individuals to write letters as long as they can speak to your academic and research abilities.

On the Application Supplemental Form (ASF) please provide the name and contact information for three individuals regardless if they will submit their recommendations online or via mail. If the applicant’s recommender will submit their recommendation online, please provide the best email address to send the notice and information to the recommender. If the recommender would prefer to submit the recommendation via mail, please be sure to have the recommender complete the Recommendation Form before mailing it to Enrollment Service Operations (Link to Mailing Application Materials below).

Please be sure to submit recommendation requests early to ensure these letters arrive at the Enrollment Services Office before the stated deadline.

Step 4. Submit the Official Test Scores and Transcripts

Test Scores

All applicants must take and submit official score reports to the Graduate School for either the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Applicants' scores must be less than five years old as of the application deadline. Please be sure to

If you have not taken either of these tests within the last five years, we strongly encourage you to sign up early to ensure your score report is received from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) prior to the application deadline.

In addition, international applicants must also take and submit an official TOEFL/IELTS score report that is less than two years old.

Institution Codes for Standardized Tests








All applicants must submit to the Enrollment Services Office official academic transcripts from all institutions attended. We encourage you to request official transcripts early to ensure they can be returned to you in time to be included in your application packages.

An official academic transcript is an original document issued by an institution that bears an original stamp or raised embossed seal and the signature of the appropriate authorizing official. All official transcripts must be enclosed in a sealed envelope.

International applicants or applicants who earned degrees outside the U.S. must submit one official record from each academic institution attended after secondary school. This includes official transcripts and documentation of all degrees, diplomas, or professional titles conferred. All official academic records must be presented in the original language and accompanied by English translations if the original language is other than English.

Mailing Application Materials

Please send ALL application materials to:
Enrollment Services Operations
Application for Graduate Admission
0130 Mitchell Building
University of Maryland College Park
College Park, MD 20742-5235

Step 5. Optional Forms for Application

Mailed in Application Material: Any application materials that will be mailed in by you (the applicant) should include this checklist as a cover sheet.

Residency Form: Any applicant wishing to be considered for In-state tuition, should visit the Residency Reclassification Services website.