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Welcome to the Graduate School at UMBC

UMBC is a major center for graduate education and research in the Baltimore–Washington, D.C. corridor. Our dynamic university provides personal attention with state-of-the-art facilities and world class faculty.

Claim Your Future

Find a path that works for you.

Prospective Students

Claim your future and start your application today for one of our 80+ master’s, Ph.D., non-degree, or certificate programs.

International Applicants

International students are welcome here! Applicants may need additional documents including an English proficiency score and an I-20. Check out our International admission requirements and start your application today.

New Students

Congratulations and welcome to UMBC! There are a few important first steps that will make your transition to UMBC as easy as possible.

Undergraduates & Alumni

Thank you for being part of #RetrieverNation! We want to celebrate our alumni with a $1,000 scholarship and an application fee waiver code. Learn more and start your application today.

Accelerated Program

Get ahead! Our accelerated program is for current UMBC undergraduates who wish to double count credits towards both their bachelor’s degree and a certificate or master’s degree.

Over 80 Graduate Degree Programs

Flexible, affordable, and supportive.

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Select yes if you plan to be on an F1 visa and/or earned your bachelor's degree from an institution outside the US.

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Our Conveniently Located Campus

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Nestled between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., UMBC’s beautiful campus is perfectly situated to help you explore your passions. World-class museums, restaurants, and performance halls are just around the corner.

UMBC is…
4 miles from BWI Airport
15 minutes from Downtown Baltimore
35 minutes from Downtown Washington, D.C.
3 hours from New York City

Invest In Your Future


UMBC’s average annual research portfolio

We give you the best of what private institutions might offer:

  • Highly respected professors and world-class research opportunities, without the hefty price tag.
  • Flexible programs to help you advance your career alongside your busy schedule as a working professional.
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Our Student Community

Graduate Assistantships graph showing the most students involved in the College of Engineering and Technology at 347 students, and about half as many involved with the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences. The least are involved with the Erickson School of Aging.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistants (GAs) are graduate students pursuing an education while at the same time getting great experience as research or teaching assistants, or working in an administrative capacity on campus. GAs at UMBC are able to fund a significant part of their education through their assistantship.

Graduate Student Demographics of Fall 2022, showing 1654 International Students, 637 White Students, 264 Black Students, 179 Asian, 89 Hispanic, 42 Two or More, 59 Not Specified, and 20% Minority.

Graduate Student Ethnicity Breakdown

The UMBC community is proud of our culture of inclusion, ingenuity, and innovation. UMBC is committed to diversity and takes great pride in being recognized as one of the nation’s most diverse universities.

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95% of 2020 Grads have found employment or further education


96% of 2021 Grads reported landing jobs directly in their field of study


Departments supported by renowned faculty and staff


Currently enrolled graduate students

Contact Us

UMBC’s Graduate School Office

Mailing Address

UMBC Graduate School
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD, 21250

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Available Monday through Friday, from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

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