The Master of Science in Information Systems program only admits students during the fall semester.
The following are required to be considered for admission into the program:
- The equivalent of a US bachelor's degree
- Sufficient quantitative background — exposure to Excel, Java, C and Python are highly recommended
- GMAT or GRE
- Letter of recommendation
- Professional resume
- TOEFL or IELTS — if you do not have a 4 year or advanced degree from a country where English is the official language
TOEFL or IELTS Scores
For TOEFL scores, contact www.toefl.org to request an official copy of your TOEFL test score to be sent to the University of Maryland at College Park. Beginning August 2019, for the Fall 2020 incoming class, we will accept the "My Best" TOEFL score from ETS. For IELTS, the University of Maryland downloads scores that have been transmitted to our e-download account. IELTS test takers should contact their IELTS test center directly to request electronic test scores be sent to the following IELTS e-download account:
University of Maryland — The Graduate School
The Graduate School
2123 Lee Building
College Park, Maryland 20742-1815
Please note we cannot accept paper IELTS forms.
- TOEFL - institutional code is 5814
- GRE - institutional code is 5814
- GMAT - SQT - N8 - 16
Please visit our FAQ page if you wish to seek answers for frequently asked admissions questions.
October 16, 2018
November 15, 2018
January 10, 2019
February 15, 2019
March 15, 2019
Applications received after March 15th will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Applications completed by these deadlines will be informed of a decision within eight weeks.
Financing Your Education
Several financial aid options exist for students wishing to pursue a specialty master's program at the Smith School. There are assistantship opportunities as well as federal and private loans.
Smith Specialty Master's Alumni
Students who successfully complete one specialty master's degree at the Smith School and who enroll in a second for Fall 2019 will enjoy a $15,000 tuition reduction in their second specialty master's program!
University of Maryland High Performing Seniors
Graduating seniors from the University of Maryland may be eligible for an application fee waiver, exemption of GMAT or GRE exam and video submission waiver if they meet the following criteria listed below. UMD seniors should email their UMD transcript to email@example.com with the subject "High Performing Seniors". The admissions team will review your transcript to determine if you meet the high performing seniors criteria.
At the discretion of the academic director, candidates who may not have a strong quantitative background will be asked to take the GMAT or GRE exam to measure one's quantitative ability. The GMAT or GRE serves as an additional tool to predict academic success.
|UMD Colleges and Schools||GPA Requirement||Statistical Analysis or Quantitative Research Methods Course|
|College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences||3.5||B or better|
|School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation||3.5||B or better|
|College of Arts and Humanities||3.5||B or better|
|College of Behavioral and Social Sciences||3.5||B or better|
|Robert H. Smith School of Business||3.5||B or better|
|College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences||3.2||B or better|
|College of Education||3.5||B or better|
|A. James Clark School of Engineering||3.2||B or better|
|Philip Merrill College of Journalism||3.5||B or better|
|College of Information Studies||3.5||B or better|
|School of Public Health||3.5||B or better|
There is no separate application for these awards — applicants to the Smith specialty master's program are automatically considered. The Smith School of Business awards scholarships based on scholastic merit, evidence of leadership, GMAT/GRE scores, etc. All applicants whose applications are complete by the priority admission’s deadline receive automatic consideration.
The Smith School of Business is fortunate to receive numerous applications from bright and talented graduates of the University System of Maryland, the District of Columbia metropolitan area and Big Ten institutions. Applicants who demonstrate notable academic achievements may be eligible for a half-time graduate assistantship or $10,000 scholarship.
Financial assistance through college and university graduate assistantships are widely available to academically qualified students. Students awarded graduate assistantships receive a partial tuition waiver, a stipend for 180 hours of work per semester, and also pay the equivalent of in-state tuition rates. Assistantships offer students the opportunity to develop skills in a variety of areas including technology, communications, business research, teaching, small business counseling, and project management.
Specialty master's students not awarded graduate assistantships through the Smith school may apply for a Graduate Assistantship (GA) throughout the University of Maryland at College Park. GA positions are handled independently by each department throughout the university, therefore, students are encouraged to contact departments directly.
US Military Members and Veterans
The University of Maryland has a Veterans Program Office to assist military service members and veterans in their educational pursuits. Scholarship and VA benefits information can be found online.
Federal Student Loans
Students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents may apply for Federal Student Loans through the Office of Student Financial Aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The application is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov; UMD-College Park's FAFSA code is 002103.
After the FAFSA is received by the Office of Student Financial Aid, additional information specific to the individual student may be requested. When all application materials are received, federal loans are certified, and the student is notified. This notification process typically begins mid to late June. An application for aid has no bearing on the application for admittance to the program.
International student loans not requiring a co-signer who is a US citizen or US permanent resident can be difficult to find. In order to assist international students, here is a sampling of possible loan options with more flexible co-signer requirements.
- Global Student Loan Corporation
- Industrial and Commercial Bank of China - For Chinese students only
- Bank of China - For Chinese students only
- HDFC Credila - For Indian students only
- Banco do Mexico FIDERH - For Mexican students only
- Colfuturo - For Colombian students only
Tuition & Fees
Tuition is billed per credit hour in the specialty master's program and determined by your state of residence.
Estimated tuition and fees for the entire program
Tuition: Based on $1,566 per credit hour for in-state and $1,995 per credit hour for out-of-state.
Fees: Based on a technology fee, MS Association fee and university fee per semester.
Tuition and fees are estimated for the fall 2018 academic year and are subject to approval by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents.
TERP Payment Plan
The best way to avoid lump-sum payments and cover the gap between financial aid and the cost of education without resorting to additional borrowing from alternative sources is to enroll in the interest-free TERP Payment Plan.
By enrolling in this plan, you can spread your payments over either eight or ten months. The annual enrollment fee is $50 for the ten-month plan or $80 for the eight-month plan. You can include most university charges: tuition, fees, and parking permits. You can also arrange to have your monthly payments debited directly from your checking or savings account.
Applicants are granted in-state status if they have been domiciled in Maryland for at least 12 months prior to the last day of registration for the forthcoming semester, and have been financially independent for the previous 12 months. For a complete list of residency requirements, please contact Residency Reclassification Services.