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Over 80 Graduate Degree Programs

The Graduate School at UMBC offers a variety of challenging programs to help you reach your academic and professional goals. Degree types include terminal doctorates, as well as Master degrees in the sciences, arts, public policy, and professional studies.

Degree Key

Ph.D = Doctor of Philosophy
M.S. = Master of Science
M.A. = Master of Arts
M.F.A. = Master of Fine Arts
M.P.P. = Master of Public Policy
M.P.S. = Master of Professional Studies
P.B.C. = Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
P.M.C. = Post-Master’s Certificate


Engineering & Information Technology

Program Description

An individual plan of graduate study in chemical engineering compatible with the student’s interest and background is offered. The primary emphasis of the program’s research activities is biotechnology and biomedical engineering. Cross-discipline thesis research projects in these areas are encouraged.


Admissions Requirements


Contact Us

Main Contact Info: 
cbeegrad@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Director:
CENG: Dr. Chris Hennigan, 410-455-3515, hennigan@umbc.edu
CENR: Dr Antonio Moreira, 410-455-6576, moreira@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Andrea Miller, 410-455-3400, cbeegrad@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

  • Ph.D
  • M.S.
  • Post-Baccalaureate
  • Certificate in Biochemical Regulatory Engineering
  • Accelerated Program

Tracks/Concentrations:  N/A

Department:  Chemical, Biochemical, & Environmental Engineering

Part-Time or Full-Time:  Full-time, Part-Time

Online or On Campus:  On Campus

Program Description

The program provides advanced instruction and research opportunities in a broad range of computer engineering areas and is focused on both the theoretical and practical aspects of the state of the art in computer engineering.


Admissions Requirements

  • GRE General Test required (waiver option available)
  • Written Statement of Purpose: review criteria and guidelines on the department website.
  • Ph.D. applicants strongly encouraged to already have an M.S. degree in computer science; strong background in computer engineering, computer science, and mathematics courses.

Contact Us

Main Contact Info: 
410-455-3000 (UMBC)

Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Tinoosh Mohsenin, 410-455-1349, tinoosh@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Keara Fliggins, 410-455-3000, fliggins@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

Term of Admission: Fall and Spring

Application Deadlines

International Students: January 7th, June 1st

Domestic Students:
Fall: January 1st (for financial consideration), June 1st
Spring: June 1st (for financial consideration), November 1st

Program Description

The graduate program in Computer Science provides advanced instruction and training and research opportunities to prepare students for careers in business, industry, academia and government agencies. The program reflects state-of-the-art knowledge in major theoretical and applied aspects of computation.


Admissions Requirements

GRE General Test required with the option to waive. Click here to access the GRE waiver form.
Strong background in computer science and mathematics courses; see Graduate Catalog for detailed list of required background courses; Ph.D. applicants strongly recommended to have M.S. degree in computer science

Term of Admission: Fall and Spring

Domestic Application Deadlines:
Fall Admission: January 1 (for financial consideration), June 1
Spring Admission: June 1 (for financial consideration), November 1

International Application Deadlines:
Fall Admission: January 7
Spring Admission: June 1


Contact Us

Main Contact Info: 
410-455-3000 (UMBC)

Graduate Program Director:
Charles Nicholas, 410-455-2594, nicholas@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Keara Fliggins, 410-455-3000, fliggins@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

Tracks/Concentrations: N/A

Department: Computer Science & Electrical Engineering

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-time, Part-Time

Online or On Campus: On Campus

Program Description

M.P.S. in Cybersecurity
The MPS is designed to prepare computer science, information systems, and other technical professionals to fill management and leadership roles in cybersecurity. This interdisciplinary degree program gives security professionals the range of knowledge and skills needed to be successful as managers in the emerging field of cybersecurity. Coursework includes a blend of management/legal/business courses with more technically focused courses.

Graduate Certificates in Professional Studies:

Cybersecurity Strategy and Policy
This four-course graduate certificate can be completed in a year. Because these courses are not technical, this program is available to students with a variety of undergraduate backgrounds. Students may choose to take this certificate by itself, or they may take this certificate and then later complete the master’s. If a student is accepted into the M.P.S.: Cybersecurity, all four certificate courses count toward that degree.

Cybersecurity Operations
This four-course post-baccalaureate certificate is oriented towards students seeking broad exposure to cybersecurity principles, best practices, and technologies, and can be completed in a year. This certificate includes three required cybersecurity courses and one student-selected exploratory elective on a cybersecurity topic of interest or professional relevance.


Admissions Requirements

A bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Math, or Information Systems. Applicants to the MPS degree program are expected to have current IT or cybersecurity industry experience and/or a solid academic background in computer science, information systems, or a field related to working in cybersecurity. Those without such backgrounds must demonstrate other relevant professional or academic expertise that may qualify them for admission.

Application Requirements:

  • A 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  • Statement outlining the student’s goals and expectations in the program.
  • Current resume
  • Recommendation letters (optional)
  • Official transcript(s) from each college & university attended
  • GRE is not required.

Additional International RequirementsEnglish proficiency testing (TOEFL/ IELTS) is required for international students.

Term of Admission: Fall and Spring

Application Deadlines: August 1 (Fall admission), December 1 (Spring admission)


Contact Us

Graduate Program Director:

Main Campus: Richard Forno, 410-455-3788, rforno@umbc.edu
Shady Grove: Behnam Shariati, 301-738-6019, shariati@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Admissions Questions; cyber@umbc.edu
Shady Grove: Karina Jenkins, 301-738-6285, sgprofessionalprograms@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

Certificates:

  • Cybersecurity Strategy and Policy
  • Cybersecurity Operations
  • Digital Forensics

Tracks/Concentrations: N/A

Department: Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-time and Part-Time

Online or On Campus: On Campus

Program Description

The goal of the program prepares students from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds for careers in data science. In the core courses, students will receive a fundamental understanding of data science through classes that highlight machine learning, data analysis and data management. The core courses will also introduce students to ethical and legal implications surrounding data science.

Beyond the core courses, students will take three courses in domain specific pathways developed in collaboration with academic departments across the university. Through these pathways, students will be able to utilize the skills and techniques learned in the core courses within their own field or area of expertise.


Admissions Requirements

  • International applicants should refer to the International Admission Page for special admission information
  • A bachelor’s degree in any subject and 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale.
  • Candidates must have academic or professional experience equivalent to basic programming courses.
  • Prospective students must have also completed the following courses at the undergraduate or graduate level:
    • One semester of statistics
    • Calculus I or II (depending upon track}
  • Statement outlining the student’s goals and expectations in the program.
  • Current resume
  • Recommendation letters (optional for domestic applicants)
  • Official transcript(s) from each college & university attended
  • GRE is not required
  • Additional International Requirements and Deadlines 

Term of Admission: Fall and Spring

Domestic Application Deadlines: August 1 (Fall), December 1 (Spring)

International Application Deadline: May 1 (Fall), October 1 (Spring)


Contact Us

Graduate Program Director:
UMBC Campus: Ergun Simsek, 410-455-3540, simsek@umbc.edu
Shady Grove Campus: M. Ali Yousuf, 240-665-6457, maliyou1@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
UMBC Campus: Stephanie Allen, 410-455-3034, datascience-mps@umbc.edu
Shady Grove: Karina Jenkins, 301-738-6285, sgprofessionalprograms@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

Tracks/Concentrations: 

  • Data Science Analytics
  • Spatial Analytics
  • Project Management Pathway
  • Management Science Pathway
  • Cybersecurity Pathway
  • Policy Analysis Pathway
  • Healthcare Analysis Pathway
  • Advanced Computing and Analytics Pathway
  • Aging Studies Pathway

Department: Computer Science & Electrical Engineering

Part-Time or Full-Time:  Full-time and Part-Time

Online or On Campus:  On Campus

Program Description

The Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering offers a graduate program leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering. The diversity of course offerings and research interests within the department and interactions with the medical and dental schools at UMB, the mathematics and physics departments at UMBC and the electrical engineering department at University of Maryland, College Park, encompass a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary or strictly electrical engineering instruction and research topics.


Admissions Requirements

GRE General Test required with option to waive.
Click here to access the GRE waiver form.

B.S. degree from an ABET-accredited undergraduate program in electrical engineering, or a strong academic record in computer science, mathematics, physics, or other areas of engineering or science

Term of Admission: Fall and Spring

Domestic Application Deadlines: June 1 (fall; January 1 for financial consideration) and November 1 (spring; June 1 for financial consideration)

International Application Deadlines: January 1 (fall) and September 1 (spring)


Contact Us

Main Contact Info:
410-455-1433 (UMBC)

Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Tinoosh Mohsenin, 410-455-1349, tinoosh@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Keara Fliggins, 410-455-3000, fliggins@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

Tracks/Concentrations: 

  • Communications and Signal Processing
  • Micro-Electronics
  • Photonics
  • Systems Engineering

Department: Computer Science & Electrical Engineering

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-time and Part-Time

Online or On Campus: On Campus

Program Description

The Master of Science in Engineering Management focuses on advanced engineering developments and the management of enterprises and government programs specializing in engineering activities. The aim of the M.S. in Engineering Management is to provide students with a basic and focused set of advanced business/management skills coupled with advanced skills in a specific technical area commensurate with students’ interests and likely technical employment.


Admissions Requirements

A bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Computer Science or Information Systems. GRE testing is not required. English proficiency testing (TOEFL/ IELTS/PTE) is required for international students. Please visit our website for detailed admissions requirements for international applicants.

Term of Admission: Fall, Spring


Contact Us

Main Contact Info:
410-455-1433 (UMBC)

Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Toby Gouker, tgouker@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Kim Edmonds, 410-455-3445, engineering@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

Engineering Concentrations:

  • Chemical/Biochemical Regulatory Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Cybersecurity
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Human Centered Computing
  • Information Systems
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Systems Engineering

Management Courses:

  • Management, Leadership, and Communication
  • Leading Teams and Organizations
  • Project Management Fundamentals
  • Financial Management
  • Engineering Law and Ethics

Department:  Engineering (Office of the Dean)

Part-Time or Full-Time:  Full-time, Part-Time

Online or On Campus:  On Campus

Program Description

The Environmental Engineering (ENEN) Program emphasizes research in environmental engineering and water resources. Environmental engineers identify and design solutions for environmental problems, such as providing safe drinking water, treating and safely disposing of wastes, controlling water pollution, maintaining air quality and remediating contaminated sites. Water resources engineering is a profession that deals with the use, management and conservation of natural water resources above and below ground surface to assure availability and affordability of safe and clean sources of water for society.


Admissions Requirements


Contact Us

Main Contact Info:
cbeegrad@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Director:
CENG: Dr. Chris Hennigan, 410-455-3515, hennigan@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Andrea Miller, 410-455-3400, cbeegrad@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

Tracks/Concentrations: N/A

Department: Chemical, Biochemical, and Environmental Engineering

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-time, Part-Time

Online or On Campus: On Campus

Program Description

The Health Information Technology M.P.S. degree combines courses in Health Information Technology strategy, policy, and management with more technical, hands-on Health Information Technology courses that allow students to develop a formal educational program that best meets their individual career development needs.


Admissions Requirements

Applicants should have a minimum undergraduate 3.0 GPA. GRE testing is not required. English Proficiency testing (TOEFL/ IELTS) is required for international students. Please visit our website for detailed admissions requirements for international applicants.

Term of Admission: Fall and Spring


Contact Us

Main Contact Info:
410-455-5693 (UMBC)

Graduate Program Director:
Erin Van Dyke, evandyk1@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Admissions Questions; healthtech@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

Tracks/Concentrations: N/A

Department: Health Information Technology

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-time and Part-Time

Online or On Campus: On Campus

Program Description

Human-Centered Computing is the discipline that explores human interaction with information technologies and the use of these technologies to improve lives. The program focuses on the design, implementation, and evaluation of interactive information technology systems that are both usable and accessible.


Admissions Requirements

Ph.D.: GRE General Test optional
Should have or be willing to acquire the necessary competence in statistical analysis and experimental design

M.S.: Majority of students have GPA well above 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; GRE General Test not required.

Accelerated B.S./M.S. Program: Undergraduate students interested in this program must have completed the IS gateway and be enrolled in IS 410 prior to application. For more information, click here.

Term of Admission: Fall and Spring

Application Deadlines:

M.S.: March 1
Ph.D.: February 1 and September 1


Contact Us

Main Contact Info:
410-455-5693 (UMBC)

Graduate Program Director:
Andrea Kleinsmith, hcc-gpd@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Shannon Carey, 410-455-2650, shannoncarey@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

Tracks/Concentrations: N/A

Department: Information Systems

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-time, Part-Time

Online or On Campus: On Campus

Program Description

UMBC offers programs leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Information Systems. The M.S. degree program is available in two instructional formats: a traditional campus-based format and an online format.


Admissions Requirements

Information Systems

Ph.D.: GRE General Test or GMAT required
Should have or be willing to acquire the necessary competence in statistical analysis, experimental design, programming, databases, and computer networks.

MS: GRE scores not required

Term of Admission: Fall and Spring, Summer (online only)

Domestic Application Deadlines:
M.S.: March 1
Ph.D.: February 1 and September 1

International Application Deadlines: 
M.S.: March 1
Ph.D.: February 1 and September 1

View Deadlines for Online Information Systems Program


Contact Us

Main Contact Info:
410-455-5693 (UMBC)

Graduate Program Director (On Campus):
Dr. Sreedevi Sampath, sampath@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Director (Online):
Michael Brown, michaelb@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Shannon Carey, 410-455-2650, shannoncarey@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

Tracks/Concentrations: 

  • Artificial Intelligence (on campus and online)
  • Data Science (on campus and online)
  • User Experience (on campus and online)
  • Cybersecurity (online)

Department: Information Systems

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-time, Part-Time

Online or On Campus: Online or On Campus

Program Description

The goal of the program prepares students with technical expertise in key aspects of product realization, with a focus on product development informed by the organizational, logistic, and technical requirements of current manufacturing processes and methods. The program also intends to provide hands-on experience with a selection fabrication tools for an improved understanding of the capability of each manufacturing process.

The four courses, focused on critical aspects of product development and manufacturing, are complementary to programs in Engineering Management, Systems Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.


Admissions Requirements

A bachelor’s degree in a Technical background, Marketing, Industrial Design and similar disciplines. Note: Engineering background not necessary with appropriate experience; 3-5 years of experience in product and systems development. English proficiency testing (TOEFL/ IELTS) is required for international students. Please visit our website for detailed admissions requirements.

Term of Admission: Fall and Spring


Contact Us

Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Woodrow Winchester, III, wwwiii@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Kim Edmonds, 410-455-3445, ipdm@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

  • Certificate

Tracks/Concentrations: N/A

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-time, Part-Time

Online or On Campus: On Campus

Program Description

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers courses of study leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. The department offers an Accelerated Program for students who wish to combine their undergraduate studies with a master’s degree and thesis. Graduate certificates in Mechatronics and in Computational Thermal/Fluid Dynamics consist of a sequence of four graduate courses in a specific technical area. Credits from a graduate certificate apply to the M.S. degree program.


Admissions Requirements

Required for domestic students:

  • Undergraduate GPA required: for MS Program >= 3.0 ; for PhD Program >= 3.3 (on 4.0 scale)
  • GRE Test is not required

Required for international students:

  • GRE: Minimum Quantitative Score: MS = 148; PhD = 153
  • TOEFL: Minimum 80 (IBT) or IELTS 6.5 (No Provisional English Proficiency Admissions provided)
  • Undergraduate GPA required for: MS >= 3.0 ; PhD >= 3.3 (on 4.0 scale).
  • Undergraduate degree in mechanical, aerospace, environmental, or chemical engineering strongly recommended.

Term of Admission: Fall and Spring

For best consideration for assistantship funding, apply by February 1 for Fall admission or by September 1 for Spring admission.  The regular deadline for applications for Fall admission is July 15; for Spring admission it is November 15.  International students should be aware of the time needed to obtain any travel documents and adjust their application submission schedule to accommodate those needs. The UMBC International Education Services website has some helpful information.


Contact Us

Main Contact Info: 410-455-3330

Graduate Program Director:
Carlos Romero-Talamas, 410-455-8049, romero@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Connie Bailey, 410-455-3357, conniebailey@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

Tracks/Concentrations: 

  • Biomechanical Engineering
  • Design, Manufacturing and Engineering Systems
  • Solid Mechanics and Materials Engineering
  • Thermal/Fluid Sciences

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-time, Part-Time

Online or On Campus: On Campus

Program Description

The Project Management program at UMBC is designed to provide professionals with the skills and critical analysis capabilities necessary to successfully complete projects, lead technical, virtual, and international teams. Students will demonstrate the ability to apply sound project management practices as outlined by the project management institute (PMI).

This certificate is ideal for professionals in a variety of industries. It emphasizes practical skills that are directly applicable and complementary to courses offered through other applied professional programs.


Admissions Requirements

A bachelor’s degree in any discipline. 3-5 years of work experience. English proficiency testing (TOEFL/IELTS/PTE) is required for international students. Please visit our website for detailed admissions requirements.

Term of Admission: Fall, Spring


Contact Us

Main Contact Info: 410-455-3445

Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Woodrow Winchester, III, wwwiii@umbc.edu

Assistant Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Toby Gouker, tgouker@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Kim Edmonds, 410-455-3445, pm-certificate@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Tracks/Concentrations: N/A

Department: College of Engineering and Information Technology

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time, Part-Time

Online or On Campus: On Campus

Program Description

Students will gain both comprehensive software engineering knowledge and skills, in addition to increased exposure to coursework in leadership, communications, management, and ethics.  The MPS degree provides hands-on applied experience, real-world application of relevant concepts, mentorship, and industry connections.

  1. Students will learn modern approaches to software development: requirements analysis, system design techniques, formal specification techniques, implementation, testing, debugging, metrics, human factors, quality assurance, cost estimation, maintenance, and tools.
  2. Students will be introduced to, and gain firsthand experience on, the fundamentals of software testing and the main phases in the software development process.
  3. Students will gain experience working on hands-on programming projects that prepare students to work in co-located or geographically distributed software development team environments

Admissions Requirements

Visit the Admissions Website

  • B.S. degree with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Introductory programming courses completed in the last 10 years with a grade ‘B’ or above (see note below)
  • Official Transcripts
  • Goal statement outlining the student’s goals and expectations in the program
  • Resume or CV
  • Recommendation letters (optional)
  • International applicants should refer to the International Admission Page for special admission information
  • GRE scores are not required for admission
  • Applicant’s prior coursework should include college-level math, for example, MATH 155 or MATH 151

Note:

  • IT industry work experience that demonstrates the applicant’s programming abilities might be considered as a substitute for introductory programming courses.
  • Applicants who do not have introductory programming courses or IT experience should take courses equivalent to IS 147 and IS 247 or CMSC 201 and CMSC 202 and earn a ‘B’ or above.

International Student Admissions Requirements

Visit the Admissions Website

  • B.S. degree with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Introductory programming courses completed in the last 10 years with a grade ‘B’ or above (see note below)
  • *Official Transcripts
  • Goal statement outlining the student’s goals and expectations in the program
  • Resume or CV
  • Recommendation letters (optional)
  • GRE scores are not required for admission
  • English proficiency scores (Exceptions to English Proficiency Requirement):
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores: 90 iBT
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores: Minimum score 6.5
    • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic scores: 61
    • For Fall 2021 applicants, we will also accept Duolingo English test. The minimum required score is 115.
    • Scores must be less than 2 years old.

*If you have a three-year degree versus a four-year degree, your transcript will be reviewed to determine whether you have met the necessary prerequisites for the program. Eligibility for admission can only be determined upon receipt of a complete application.

Note:

  • IT industry work experience  that demonstrates the applicant’s programming abilities might be considered as a substitute for introductory programming courses.
  • Applicants who do not have introductory programming courses or IT experience should take courses equivalent to IS 147 and IS 247 or CMSC 201 and CMSC 202 and earn a ‘B’ or above

Term of Admission: Fall and Spring

Application Deadlines: August 1 (Fall admission), December 1 (Spring Admission)


Contact Us

Graduate Program Director:
Mohammad Samarah, msamarah@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Dustin Hodgson, softwareengineering@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

  • M.P.S.

Certificates:

  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Professional Studies

Tracks/Concentrations: Software Engineering

Department: Information Systems (IS), and Computer Science and Electrical Engineering (CSEE)

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time, Part-Time

Online or On Campus: On campus

Program Description

The Systems Engineering (SE) Program at UMBC is designed to accelerate the development of systems engineers by providing practical experience that can be immediately applied on the job. Students learn from industry experts how to develop operable systems that meet customer requirements, while successfully navigating the complexities of system design. Courses are developed and taught by senior systems engineers and address the entire systems engineering life cycle, including requirements analysis, systems architecture and design, modeling, simulation and analysis, and system implementation and test.


Admissions Requirements

B.S. degree in Engineering or Information Technology. GRE testing is not required. English Proficiency testing (TOEFL/ IELTS/PTE) is required for international students. Please visit our website for detailed admissions requirements for international applicants.

Term of Admission: Fall, Spring


Contact Us

Main Contact Info: 410-455-3445

Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Toby Gouker, tgouker@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Kim Edmonds, 410-455-3445, engineering@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

Tracks/Concentrations: N/A

Department:  Engineering (Office of the Dean)

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time, Part-Time

Online or On Campus:  On Campus

Program Description

The goal of the program is to develop successful leaders in today’s organization. Our graduates know how to think strategically about leading people in a diverse environment, make sound ethical decisions, and utilize technology to provide a strategic advantage at an appropriate level of risk. In addition, our graduates are prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world.

The Technology Management program is built around a core set of six courses that provide the foundational knowledge in leadership, communications, ethics and project management. The core courses are supplemented with technically-oriented courses in entrepreneurship, international project management, and organizational leadership. Students can also earn certificates in systems engineering, and cyber security along with the Masters degree.


Admissions Requirements

A bachelor’s degree in a science, technology, engineering, mathematics related field. GRE scores are not required for admission. Applicants should have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants should have at least two years experience in a technical field. English proficiency testing (TOEFL/IELTS/PTE) is required for international applicants.

  • A 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale.
  • Statement outlining the student’s goals and expectations in the program
  • Current resume
  • Recommendation letters (optional)
  • Official transcript(s) from each college & university attended
  • GRE is not required

Additional International Requirements and Deadlines

Term of Admission: Fall and Spring

Domestic Application Deadlines: August 1 (Fall admissions), December 1 (Spring admissions)


Contact Us

Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Woodrow Winchester, III, wwwiii@umbc.edu

Assistant Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Toby Gouker, tgouker@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Main Campus: Kim Edmonds, 410-455-3445, technicalmanagement@umbc.edu
Shady Grove: Karina Jenkins, 301-738-6285, sgprofessionalprograms@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

  • M.P.S.

Tracks/Concentrations: N/A

Department: College of Engineering and Information Technology (Office of the Dean)

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-time, Part-Time

Online or On Campus: On Campus


Humanities & Arts

Program Description

The Master of Arts program in Historical Studies is designed to accommodate a variety of interests and career paths that connect individuals to a deeper knowledge of history. The diverse curriculum meets the needs of students wanting to enter the growing field of Public History, teach at the K-12 level, and those seeking to go on for a doctorate in history and an academic career. The program emphasizes academic and professional training in historiography, historical methods and theory, and current conceptual tools and techniques for organizing and presenting historical evidence.


Admissions Requirements

View Requirements on the History Department Website

GRE General Test NOT required.

Term of Admission: Fall

Application Deadline: February 15


Contact Us

Main Contact Info:
410-455-2312 (UMBC)

Graduate Program Director:
Derek Musgrove, derek.musgrove@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Carla Ison, 410-455-4178, ison@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

Tracks/Concentrations: Public History

Department: History

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-time and Part-Time

Online or On Campus: On Campus

Program Description

The graduate program in Intercultural Communication allows students to develop advanced foreign language proficiency, to train them to function comfortably and effectively in intercultural situations, and to prepare them for specific career goals through individual courses of study and internships. Students and faculty come from various parts of the world, and participation in the program is itself a significant intercultural experience.


Admissions Requirements

Advanced competency of the language of their specialty; at least one letter of recommendation attesting to that language skill; applicant’s self-evaluation regarding language competency; grounding in a complementary field such as anthropology, history, psychology, sociology

Term of Admission: Fall, Spring

Application Deadline: Fall: January 31 (domestic), January 1 (international); Spring: January 1


Contact Us

Main Contact Info:
410-455-2109 (UMBC)

Interim Graduate Program Director:
Irina Golubeva, golubeva@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Fontella Bateman, 410-455-2109, fbateman@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

Tracks/Concentrations: 

  • French
  • German
  • Hispanic Studies
  • Russian
  • Intercultural Filmmaking
  • Intercultural Training
  • U.S. Culture (non-native English speakers)

Department: Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-time, Part-time

Online or On Campus: On Campus

Program Description

UMBC’s INTERMEDIA+DIGITAL ARTS (IMDA) M.F.A. Program is where interdisciplinary artists seek to expand or reinvent their professional practice. The IMDA program is committed to art that poses unique conceptual and social challenges while offering an environment that provides artists a studio, teaching opportunities, courses in emerging methods, contemporary art and theory, engaged faculty, premier visiting artists and high-end research centers that are typical of a research university.


Admissions Requirements

Portfolio of creative work; list of creative works; artist’s statement; curriculum vitae; letters of reference and transcripts. TOEFL is required for international students, no GRE’s are required.

All applicants must submit an application to both the Graduate School, from the above link, and a portfolio of creative work to the Visual Arts Department through Slideroom.

Term of Admission: Fall Only

Application Deadline (Domestic): February 1

Application Deadline (International): January 1


Contact Us

Main Contact Info:
410-455-2150 (UMBC)

Graduate Program Director:
Kelley Bell, 410-455-2150, kbell2@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Elizabeth Yashnyk, eyashnyk@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

  • M.F.A.

Tracks/Concentrations: N/A

Department: Visual Arts

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-time

Online or On Campus: On Campus

Program Description

The Ph.D. in Language, Literacy and Culture is an interdisciplinary program which investigates the concepts and processes of language, literacy, and culture in relationship to social, cultural, linguistic, historical, technological, and ideological formations. This interdisciplinary program draws upon the departments of Africana Studies; American Studies; Education; English; Gender and Women’s Studies; History; Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication; and Sociology, Anthropology, and Health Administration and Policy at UMBC. The goal of the program is to provide research and applications that will enable professionals to work with interdisciplinary issues in language, literacy and culture.


Admissions Requirements

Master’s degree; research paper; statement of proposed research in the LLC program; resume or curriculum vitae. The GRE required if applicant has a Master’s degree from a foreign institution.

Term of Admission: Fall

Domestic and International Application Deadline: January 15th


Contact Us

Main Contact Info:
LLC Department, 410-455-2376, llc@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Director:
Craig Saper, csaper@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Liz Steenrod, 410-455-2376, esteenrod@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

  • Ph.D.

Tracks/Concentrations: N/A

Department: Language, Literacy, and Culture

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-time, Part-Time

Online or On Campus: On Campus

Program Description

The American Contemporary Music certificate was developed by UMBC as an intensive, one-year experience. The program faculty members are recognized experts in the creation and performance of this music, as well as classic repertoire. The program is open to both American students and international students who may elect to participate in an English language program in the UMBC English Language Center.


Admissions Requirements

TOEFL Scores UNDER 80 are accepted for foreign students also studying at the English Language Center; additional requirements for students’ portfolios, essay, and letters of recommendation are listed at

Term of Admission: Fall and Spring

Domestic Application Deadlines: One week before classes begin

International Application Deadlines: January 1 and September 1


Contact Us

Main Contact Info:
410-455-3190 (UMBC)

Graduate Program Director:
Lisa Cella, 410-455-1405, cella@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Susan Velli, 410-455-2990, velli@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

Tracks/Concentrations: N/A

Department: Music

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-time, Part-Time

Online or On Campus: On Campus

Program Description

The Master of Arts in Texts, Technologies, and Literature provides an opportunity for advanced students to further their understanding of literature and a broad array of other texts, including digital, academic and those that function in everyday use, in relation to both historical and contemporary culture. The program welcomes students with undergraduate majors in such areas as American Studies, Media Studies, Communication Studies, Modern Languages and Literature, and Gender and Women’s Studies, as well as English.

It is designed to accommodate students with a variety of interests and career paths, including those who are considering an academic career in English, whether in Rhetoric and Composition, Communication and Media Studies, or Literature; those interested in pursuing a Ph.D. (for example, in UMBC’s Language, Literacy, and Culture Ph.D. program or the Ph.D. in English at Morgan State University); high school teachers looking for advanced training; and those entering communications, editorial, and/or digital media professions. Students may specialize in the study of print-based or multi-modal texts of particular periods or genres; rhetoric, communication, and composition; or language use and production in various settings.


Admissions Requirements

GRE General Test required (Waived for UMBC English Majors)
Bachelor’s degree in majors such as: English; American, Communication, Gender, or Media Studies; or Modern Lang&Lit.
Three letters of recommendation are required, in addition to a statement of purpose, from all applicants.
A Writing Sample is required. An academic essay is preferred but personal and other types of essays are acceptable. No length requirement.

Term of Admission: Fall

Domestic Application Deadlines: May 1

International Application Deadlines: January 1


Contact Us

Main Contact Info:
410-455-2480 (UMBC)

Graduate Program Director:
Orianne Smith, osmith@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Selina Chang, 410-455-2384, scchang@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

Tracks/Concentrations: N/A

Department: English

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time, Part-Time

Online or On Campus: On Campus


Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Program Description

The applied mathematics program is designed for students interested in pursuing an advanced degree and who have earned the equivalent of a bachelor’s or master’s degree in mathematics, statistics or in other mathematically oriented disciplines. The doctoral programs provide training suitable for employment in academia, industrial research and development organizations, as well as research-oriented government agencies. The master’s degree programs provide training in applications of mathematics in areas suitable for employment in industry or government agencies and can serve as preparatory steps toward advancing to a Ph.D. program.


Admissions Requirements

GRE General Test score in 85 percentile in quantitative section required.
TOEFL score of >600 (paper), >250 (computer), or >100 (iBT) for international students whose native language is not English; solid background in mathematics and/or statistics

Term of Admission: Fall and Spring

Domestic Application Deadlines: February 15 (fall) and October 15 (spring)

International Application Deadlines: January 1 (fall) and October 1 (spring)


Contact Us

Main Contact Info: 410-455-2412

Graduate Program Director:
Andrei Draganescu, draga@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Janet Burgee, 410-455-2401, jburgee@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

Tracks/Concentrations: 

  • Traditional (master’s)
  • Industrial/application-oriented (master’s)

Department: Mathematics & Statistics

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-time, Part-Time

Online or On Campus: On Campus

Program Description

The M.S. degree in Applied Molecular Biology is designed to be completed in two semesters for holders of a baccalaureate degree. In addition, UMBC undergraduates majoring in Biological Sciences or in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology may participate in the Accelerated Program that requires a minimum of one semester in the Graduate School after the bachelor’s degree has been obtained; 9-12 credits may count toward both degrees.


Admissions Requirements

GRE General Test waived for Fall 2021 applicants, optional for subsequent semesters.
Undergraduate training in organic chemistry, general biology, genetics, cell biology, physics, and calculus; recommend having taken a biochemistry course; recommend undergraduate major in biochemistry, chemistry, chemical engineering, microbiology, molecular biology, or the biological sciences.

Term of Admission: Fall

Domestic Application Deadlines: January 1

International Application Deadlines: January 1


Contact Us

Main Contact Info:
410-455-3669 (UMBC)

Graduate Program Director:
Michelle Starz-Gaiano, 410-455-2217, starz@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Brandy Darcey, 410-455-3669, bdarcey@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

Tracks/Concentrations: N/A

Department: Biological Sciences

Part-Time or Full-Time: Part-Time and Full-Time

Online or On Campus: On-campus

Program Description

The Department of Physics offers graduate programs leading to the MS and PhD degrees in physics. The Department is located in the 78,000 sq. ft. Physics building (built in 1999), which contains numerous research and teaching labs, offices, classrooms, a machine shop, and a physics library. Research in the UMBC Physics Department is centered in 4 main areas: atmospheric physics, condensed matter physics, quantum optics and quantum information science, astrophysics. Faculty members are engaged in both theoretical and experimental research in these areas.

Detailed information about UMBC Physics Department research and facilities can be found at www.physics.umbc.edu.


Admissions Requirements

The admission process is competitive, with selections determined by an Admissions Committee comprised of faculty members of the Department of Physics. The number of available admission slots varies from year to year based on faculty and financial resources. Applicants are required to submit undergraduate transcripts, 3 recommendation letters, and a personal statement.

GRE tests are not required or requested for Fall 2022 admission, and any submitted scores will not be taken into consideration. Other information not specifically requested as part of the application will also not be taken into consideration.

For more information on the program and the application process please see https://physics.umbc.edu/grad/faqs-for-graduate-students/ and https://physics.umbc.edu/grad/how-to-apply/.

Term of Admission: Fall

Domestic Application Deadline: January 7

International Application Deadline: January 7

Note for International Applicants: All international applicants are encouraged to contact the Graduate Admissions Committee Chair by e-mail before beginning the application process for information about their eligibility and any special requirements. This initial e-mail should include the applicant’s undergraduate GPA and TOEFL scores.

Note for MS, Spring, and Part-Time Applicants: All students enrolled in the PhD program can earn a non-terminal MS degree en-route to the PhD. Direct admission into the MS program, admission to start in the Spring semester, and part-time admissions are rare, and are usually limited to students with unusual backgrounds. Students interested in any of these options should contact the Graduate Admissions Committee Chair or the Graduate Program Director before applying.


Contact Us

Main Contact Info:
410-455-2513 (UMBC)

Graduate Program Director:
Pengwang Zhai, 410-455-3682, pwzhai@umbc.edu

Graduate Admissions Committee Chair:
Dr. Matthew Pelton, 410-455-2532, mpelton@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Jennifer Salmi, 410-455-2513, jen.salmi@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

Tracks/Concentrations: Atmospheric Physics

Department: Physics

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time, Part-Time

Online or On Campus: On Campus

Program Description

This is an inter-campus program, combining two departments: the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UMBC and the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the School of Medicine at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Students entering this joint program have the benefit of the extensive facilities and resources of the departments on both campuses, and they have the chance to interact with a large pool of scientists with a wide spectrum of research interests.


Admissions Requirements

GRE General Test not required; Background in organic chemistry and either physical chemistry or introductory biology

Term of Admission: Fall

Domestic Application Deadlines: February 1

International Application Deadlines: January 1


Contact Us

Main Contact Info:
410-706-8417 (UMB)

Graduate Program Director:
Mike Summers, 410-455-2491, summers@umbc.edu
Gerald Wilson (UMB), 410-706-8094, gwilson@som.umaryland.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Kiriaki Cozmo (Admissions), 410-706-8417, kicozmo@som.umaryland.edu
Patty Gagne (Progressions), 410-455-2491, pgagne1@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

  • Ph.D.

Tracks/Concentrations: None

Department: UMBC Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry; UMB Dept. of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, School of Medicine

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time

Online or On Campus: On Campus

Program Description

The graduate programs in biological sciences are designed to offer a broad, multi-disciplinary, modern education in the life sciences coupled with the development of in-depth expertise and research training within a specialized area.


Admissions Requirements

GRE General Test waived for Fall 2021 applicants, optional for subsequent semesters
Strong undergraduate training in calculus, cell biology, general biology, genetics, organic chemistry, physics, and statistics recommended 

Term of Admission: Fall

Domestic Application Deadlines: January 7

International Application Deadlines: January 7


Contact Us

Main Contact Info:
410-455-3669 (UMBC)

Graduate Program Director:
Michelle Starz-Gaiano, 410-455-2217, starz@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Brandy Darcey, 410-455-3669, bdarcey@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

Tracks/Concentrations: N/A

Department: Biological Sciences

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time (Ph.D.), Full-Time & Part-Time (M.S.)

Online or On Campus: On Campus

Program Description

UMBC’s Biotechnology curriculum is intended to address changes in the needs of the biotechnology industry through experiential learning. The curriculum provides advanced instruction in the life sciences, along with coursework in regulatory affairs, leadership, management, and financial management in a life science-oriented business.


Admissions Requirements

A bachelor’s degree in science, engineering, or any subject with sufficient coursework in relevant life science topics such as foundations of biology and organic chemistry OR a bachelor’s degree in any subject combined with work experience in the life sciences.

  • 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  • Statement outlining the student’s goals and expectations in the program
  • Current, industry formatted resume
  • Official transcripts from each college & university previously attended

Optional Documents:

  • Professional letters of recommendation
  • GRE test is not required

Additional International Requirements:

Term of Admission: Fall, Spring, and Summer

Application Deadlines:
August 1 for Fall admission
December 1 for Spring admission
May 1 for Summer admission (Domestic Applicants Only)


Contact Us

Graduate Program Director:
Mark Schenerman, mark01@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Karina Jenkins, 301-738-6285, sgprofessionalprograms@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

  • M.P.S.
  • Certificate in Biotechnology Management
  • Certificate in Biochemical Regulatory Engineering
  • Accelerated Program

Tracks/Concentrations: N/A

Department: College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time, Part-Time

Online or On Campus: Both (Shady Grove only)

Program Description

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UMBC offers a world-class Ph.D. program in Chemistry. There are 19 Faculty directing state-of-the-art research, in collaboration with 50 graduate students and 15 postdoctoral fellows and research scientists. We are large enough to have cutting-edge internationally recognized research programs as well as outstanding facilities, yet we are sufficiently small so that faculty and students know each other well. Faculty research interests consist of traditional and emerging areas of chemistry and biochemistry and include inorganic and organic synthesis, drug design and delivery, quantum dot fabrication, nanomaterial reactivity, fluorescence and photoacoustic imaging probes and sensors, single-molecule spectroscopy, photochemistry and ultrafast spectroscopy, bioinorganic chemistry, computational chemistry, structural biology, cell biochemistry, microfluidics, 3D bio-printing, and solar energy conversion.

Extensive infrastructure is available for innovative graduate student research, which includes state-of-art NMR, mass spectrometry, optical and electron imaging, as well as computational facilities. Our Faculty, together with affiliated programs, such as the Meyerhoff Graduate Program and the Chemistry-Biochemistry Interface Program, assure outstanding scientific and professional training for our students. We have established collaborations with several academic and government institutions, including UMB Medical and Pharmacy Schools, NIH, NIST, and ARL, that provide further opportunities to expand students’ expertise.

We offer financial packages to our Ph.D. students, which include; competitive stipends, health insurance, and complete tuition remission.

Our Department offers also an MS program in Chemistry, which is available in thesis and non-thesis options.


Admissions Requirements

GRE General Test not required
GRE Advanced Chemistry Test not required
Undergraduate major in chemistry, biochemistry, or the biological sciences

Term of Admission: Fall and Spring

Domestic Application Deadlines: March 1

International Application Deadlines: March 1


Contact Us

Main Contact Info:
866-743-8622 (UMBC)

Graduate Program Director:
Marie Christina Onuta (Progressions GPD), 410-455-5601, mdaniel@umbc.edu
Marcin Ptaszek (Admissions & Recruitment GPD), 410-455-2264, mptaszek@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Nicole Seabolt nseabolt@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

Tracks/Concentrations: N/A

Department: UMBC Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry; UMB Dept. of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, School of Medicine

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time, Part-Time

Online or On Campus: On Campus

Program Description

The MPS program prepares working professionals in both small and large organizations who have an interest in incorporating entrepreneurial thinking and innovative practices into their workplace or community. The program will also be of great value to those with an interest in starting their own company or driving social change through innovation. Core courses will provide students with an understanding of the fundamental building blocks for driving innovation.

Beyond the core courses, three pathways will allow students to specialize in one of three areas: social entrepreneur, technical entrepreneur and intra entrepreneur.

Graduate Certificates in Professional Studies:

Entrepreneurship | This certificate has an emphasis on building an entrepreneurial mindset in sales and marketing. Students will learn the tools necessary to apply entrepreneurial thinking in their work and life.

Innovation | This certificate has an emphasis on diffusing innovation and design thinking. Students will learn to successfully harness, promote and diffuse innovation and innovation mindset across all levels of an organization.

Leadership | This certificate has an emphasis on team-building, management, communication, and building an organizational culture of resilience. Students will learn effective management and communication skills through case study-analysis, reading, class discussion and role-playing.


Admissions Requirements

A bachelor’s degree (in any subject) and 3.0 GPA. English proficiency testing (TOEFL/ IELTS) is required for international students. Please visit our website for detailed admissions requirements.

Term of Admission: Fall and Spring


Contact Us

Graduate Program Director:
Gib Mason, 443-562-7912, gibmason@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Renee Eisenhuth, 410-455-8169, eil@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

Tracks/Concentrations: N/A

Department: College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time, Part-Time

Online or On Campus: On Campus

Program Description

The goal of the MEES program is to train students with career interests in some aspect of environmental science involving geosciences, ecosciences and cellular/molecular sciences. The program is university system-wide and interdisciplinary, allowing students to use facilities and interact with faculty of the entire university system to plan a program best suited to their particular interests. Students may take courses anywhere in the University System of Maryland and may organize advisory and examining committees with faculty from one or more institutions, including the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES).

Although the program is system-wide, students enroll at one of the degree-granting campuses most appropriate to their research interests and professional goals. The MEES program leads to both the master’s and the doctoral degrees. The primary focus of both degrees is original research directed by a research advisor and overseen by a committee knowledgeable in the student’s area of specialization.


Admissions Requirements

Statement describing applicant’s interests in environmental sciences and reason for pursuing a MEES degree; specific course requirements depending on area of specialization; identification of mentor must be resolved as part of application process

Term of Admission: Fall and Spring

Domestic Application Deadlines: January 14 and October 1

International Application Deadlines: January 15 and September 30


Contact Us

Best Contact:
Sandy Davis – UMCP, 301-405-6938, mees@umd.edu

Graduate Program Director:
Chris Swan, 410-455-3957, cmswan@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Shirl Curtis, 410-455-3659, sfcurtis@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

  • Ph.D.
  • M.S.

Tracks/Concentrations: N/A

Department: Interdisciplinary program across University System of Maryland

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time

Online or On Campus: On Campus

Program Description

The Ph.D. program in Molecular and Cell Biology (MOCB) combines the substantial faculty resources and research facilities of the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering to provide participants with the conceptual and technical background to investigate basic or applied problems in the life sciences at the molecular and cellular levels in the biomedical, bioengineering and life sciences.


Admissions Requirements

GRE General Test waived for Fall 22 applications
Undergraduate training in organic chemistry, general biology, genetics, cell biology, physics, and calculus; recommend having taken a biochemistry course; recommend undergraduate major in biochemistry, chemistry, chemical engineering, microbiology, molecular biology, or the biological sciences

Term of Admission: Fall

Domestic Application Deadlines: January 7

International Application Deadlines: January 7


Contact Us

Main Contact Info:
410-455-3669 (UMBC)

Graduate Program Director:
Michelle Starz-Gaiano, 410-455-2217, starz@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Brandy Darcey, 410-455-3669, bdarcey@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

  • Ph.D.

Tracks/Concentrations: N/A

Department: Biological Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Chemical & Biochemical Engineering

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time

Online or On Campus: On Campus

Program Description

The Neurosciences and Cognitive Sciences Program offers a wide range of research and training opportunities for students pursuing doctoral-level research in a variety of areas within neuroscience, computational neuroscience and cognitive science. The goal of the program is to bring together the diverse perspectives and strengths of all the component disciplines to understand the working of the nervous system, the mind and behavior.


Admissions Requirements

GRE General Test waived for Fall 2021 applicants, optional for subsequent semesters
Strongly recommend having coursework background in calculus and some understanding of either neuroscience or cognitive science

Term of Admission: Fall

Domestic Application Deadline: January 7

International Application Deadline: January 7


Contact Us

Main Contact Info:
410-455-3669 (UMBC)

Graduate Program Director:
Michelle Starz-Gaiano, 410-455-2217, starz@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Brandy Darcey, 410-455-3669, bdarcey@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

  • Ph.D.

Tracks/Concentrations:

  • Neuroscience
  • Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience

Department: UMBC Depts. of Biological Sciences, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Information Systems, Mathematics & Statistics, Psychology; Maryland Psychiatric Research Center

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time (Ph.D.)

Online or On Campus: On Campus

Program Description

The Department of Physics offers graduate programs leading to the MS and PhD degrees in physics. The Department is located in the 78,000 sq. ft. Physics building (built in 1999), which contains numerous research and teaching labs, offices, classrooms, a machine shop, and a physics library. Research in the UMBC Physics Department is centered in 4 main areas: condensed matter physics, quantum optics and quantum information science, astrophysics, and atmospheric physics. Faculty members are engaged in both theoretical and experimental research in these areas.


Admissions Requirements

The admission process is competitive, with selections determined by an Admissions Committee comprised of faculty members of the Department of Physics. The number of available admission slots varies from year to year based on faculty and financial resources. Applicants are required to submit undergraduate transcripts, 3 recommendation letters, and a personal statement.

GRE tests are not required or requested for Fall 2022 admission, and any submitted scores will not be taken into consideration. Other information not specifically requested as part of the application will also not be taken into consideration.

For more information on the program and the application process please see physics.umbc.edu/grad/faqs-for-graduate-students and physics.umbc.edu/grad/how-to-apply.

Term of Admission: Fall

Domestic Application Deadline: January 7

International Application Deadline: January 7

Note for International Applicants: All international applicants are encouraged to contact the Graduate Admissions Committee Chair by e-mail before beginning the application process for information about their eligibility and any special requirements. This initial e-mail should include the applicant’s undergraduate GPA and TOEFL scores.

Note for MS, Spring, and Part-Time Applicants: All students enrolled in the PhD program can earn a non-terminal MS degree en-route to the PhD. We do not admit students directly into the MS program. Admission to start in the Spring semester and part-time admissions are rare, and are limited to exceptional cases.


Contact Us

Main Contact Info:
410-455-2513 (UMBC)

Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Theodosia Gougousi, 410-455-6874, gougousi@umbc.edu

Graduate Admissions Committee Chair:
Dr. Matthew Pelton, 410-455-2532, mpelton@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Jennifer Salmi, 410-455-2513, jen.salmi@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

Tracks/Concentrations:

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Quantum Optics and Quantum Information
  • Astrophysics

Department: Physics

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time, Part-Time

Online or On Campus: On Campus

Program Description

The statistics program is designed for students interested in pursuing an advanced degree and who have earned the equivalent of a bachelor’s or master’s degree in mathematics, statistics or in other mathematically oriented disciplines. The doctoral programs provide training suitable for employment in academia, industrial research and development organizations, as well as research-oriented government agencies. The master’s degree programs provide training in applications of mathematics in areas suitable for employment in industry or government agencies and can serve as preparatory steps toward advancing to a Ph.D. program.


Admissions Requirements

GRE General Test score in 85 percentile in quantitative section required
TOEFL score of >600 (paper), >250 (computer), or >100 (iBT) for international students whose native language is not English; solid background in mathematics and/or statistics

Term of Admission: Fall and Spring

Domestic Application Deadlines: February 15 and October 15

International Application Deadlines: January 1 and September 1


Contact Us

Main Contact Info:
410-455-2412 (UMBC)

Graduate Program Director:
Yi Huang, yihuang@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Janet Burgee, 410-455-2401, jburgee@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

Tracks/Concentrations:

  • Biostatistics (master’s)
  • Environmental (master’s)
  • Traditional (master’s)

Department: Mathematics & Statistics

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time, Part-Time

Online or On Campus: On Campus


Social Sciences & Education

Program Description

The graduate program in Applied Sociology prepares students for careers in program development and evaluation, policy analysis, and research in the fields of health, aging, and diversity and gender. The program is open to students with all undergraduate majors and to both full-time and part-time students.


Admissions Requirements

  • Graduate Degree-Seeking Application, including:
    • Residency Form
  • Goal Statement
  • Official Transcript, showing:
    • Conferral of Bachelor’s degree
    • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Writing Sample
    • From coursework in sociology or a related discipline. Applicants can submit any course paper, thesis, or capstone project that best represents their skills in research and writing.
  • Resume
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation

Term of Admission: Fall and Spring

Domestic Application Deadlines: rolling admissions until further notice

International Application Deadlines: rolling admissions until further notice


Contact Us

Main Contact Info:
410-455-3979 (UMBC)

Graduate Program Director:
Dena Smith, dtsmith@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Emily Byrne, 410-455-3365, ebyrne@umbc.edu 

Degrees Offered:

  • M.A.
  • Post Baccalaureate Certificate in the Nonprofit Sector
  • Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Social Dimensions of Health
  • Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Applied Social Research Methods
  • Accelerated Program

Tracks/Concentrations: N/A

Department: Sociology, Anthropology, and Public Health

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time & Part-Time (All courses offered in the evening)

Online or On Campus: On Campus

Program Description

The Post-Master’s Certificate in College Teaching and Learning Science prepares graduates to teach in a community college or four-year college setting. There is growing evidence that active and innovative approaches to learning are necessary to reach, retain, and educate college learners. The program is based in learning science and provides current and future educators with empirically based knowledge, skills, and strategies to address successful learning at the college level. The certificate is built on the foundation of evidence-based best practices and follows research that emphasizes a student-centered approach.


Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor degree in any area, minimum 3.0
  • Master degree, successful completion or in progress
  • Transcripts, bachelor’s and master’s
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Goal statement addressing program interest and fit

Additional International RequirementsEnglish proficiency testing (TOEFL/ IELTS) is required for international students.

Term of Admission: Fall and Spring

Application Deadlines: August 1 (Fall admission), December 1 (Spring admission)


Contact Us

Main Contact Info:
dps@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Eileen O’Brien, 410-455-2365, eobrien@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Renee Eisenhuth, 410-455-8169, collegeteaching@umbc.edu

Certificates:

  • Post-Master’s Certificate

Tracks/Concentrations: N/A

Department: Psychology

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time, Part-Time

Online or On Campus: Online

Program Description

The Community Leadership programs at UMBC help aspiring and practicing leaders develop the skills and experience to generate transformative social change. The interdisciplinary program emphasizes applied coursework, relationship building, and hands-on experiences for developing practical knowledge and strong leadership skills. The coursework draws from a wide range of disciplines — including Sociology, Public Policy, Psychology, and Entrepreneurship — to provide a thorough understanding of the social and economic contexts in which aspiring and practicing leaders will be doing their work.


Admissions Requirements

A bachelor’s degree (in any subject) and 3.0 GPA. English proficiency testing (TOEFL/ IELTS) is required for international students. Please visit our website for detailed admissions requirements.

Term of Admission: Fall (August 1 deadline); Spring (December 1 deadline)


Contact Us

Graduate Program Director:
Sally Scott, sjscott@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Renee Eisenhuth, 410-455-8169, communityleadership-mps@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

  • M.P.S.
  • Post Baccalaureate Certificate

Tracks/Concentrations:

  • Urban Studies
  • Nonprofits and Public Organizations
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Student-Designed Pathway

Department: College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time, Part-Time

Online or On Campus: On Campus

Program Description

The M.A. in Economic Policy Analysis is a joint program offered by the departments of economics and public policy. The course of study combines a multi-disciplinary approach to policy analysis, with focused study on the use of economic tools to analyze policy issues. The core economics courses present the tools of analysis commonly used by economists, such as economic modeling and econometrics.


Admissions Requirements

GRE General Test required

Must complete courses in calculus, intermediate microeconomic theory, intermediate statistics, undergraduate econometrics, and mathematical statistics or have equivalent strong background in mathematics and statistics. May apply pending completion of some of these courses.

Term of Admission: Fall and Spring

Domestic Application Deadlines: July 1

International Application Deadlines: January 7


Contact Us

Main Contact Info:
410-455-2174 (UMBC)

Graduate Program Director:
Tim Gindling, 410-455-3629, tgindlin@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Johnnie Fries, 410-455-2172, jfries2@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

Tracks/Concentrations: N/A

Department: Economics, Public Policy

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time, Part-Time

Online or On Campus: On Campus

Program Description

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is an initial teacher certification/licensure program. The MAT program provides talented college graduates with a professional program of study within an academic discipline while preparing them for careers as early childhood, elementary- or secondary-school teachers. Students successfully completing the MAT and passing PRAXIS I and PRAXIS II will be recommended for the Maryland Standard Professional Certificate I. For more details, please review the catalog entry.

The Master of Arts in Education (MAE) is a 36-credit-hour advanced degree for educators who have teaching experience and hold a teaching certificate. The program is intended to help experienced teachers prepare for roles in educational and curricular leadership, curriculum development and in-service teacher professional development. For more details, please review the catalog entry.


Admissions Requirements

Education (EDA)

For educators who already have teaching experience and hold a teaching certificate; designed to help experienced teachers prepare for roles in educational and curricular leadership, curriculum development, and in-service teacher professional development.

Term of Admission: Fall and Spring

Domestic Application Deadlines: June 1 and November 1

International Application Deadlines: January 1 and October 1

The STEM/Science concentration of MAE and Post-Bac Certificate Secondary STEM/Science are only accepting cohorts from school systems. For further information, please contact Patricia A. Young, Ph.D., Department Chair & Professor, pyoung@umbc.edu, 410 455-3902.


Contact Us

Graduate Program Director:

  • Masters of Art in Teaching
    Susan Blunck, 410-455-2869, blunck@umbc.edu
  • Education (for advanced teachers) Master of Arts in Education (MAE)
    Elementary/Middle Science Education Certificate (CSED)
    Mathematics Education Certificate (CMED)

    Jerri Frick, 410-455-1356, frick@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:

  • Education (for advanced teachers) Master of Arts in Education (EDA)
    Cheryl Johnson, 410-455-3388, blackwel@umbc.edu
  • Elementary/Middle Science Education Certificate (CSED)
    Rita Williams, 410-455-6579, ritaw@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
  • Master of Arts in Education (MAE)
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Mathematics Education
  • Accelerated Program

Tracks/Concentrations: N/A

Department: Education

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time, Part-Time

Online or On Campus: On Campus, school-based

Program Description

The Department of Emergency Health Services at UMBC offers a graduate program leading to a Master of Science degree. This degree is also a core component of the UMB-UMBC post-residency fellowship in emergency medical services and incorporates offerings from several university departments at both UMBC and UMB.


Admissions Requirements

GRE General Test may be required if undergraduate GPA is below 3.0 at discretion of Emergency Health Services Admissions Committee

EHSO: Courses are offered on-line via distance education (EHSO)

EHS: Courses are offered in-person/hybrid format (EHS)

Term of Admission: Fall and Spring

Domestic Application Deadlines: July 1 (Fall start) and November 1 (Spring start)

International Application Deadlines: February 1 (Fall start) and October 1 (Spring start)


Contact Us

Main Contact Info: 410-455-3223

Graduate Program Director:
Lucy Wilson, 410-455-3776, WilsonL@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Renee Decker, 410-455-3223, rdecker@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

Tracks/Concentrations:

  • Track I: Administration, Planning and Policy
  • Track II: Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology
  • Track III: EHS Education – Available Spring 2024 (concentration available with Track I or II)
  • Emergency Management (Certificate)
  • Ph.D. Emergency Health Services Concentration in Emergency Health or Emergency Management in cooperation with the School of Public Policy (speak with an EHS advisor for classes – admissions done through Public Policy)

Department: Emergency Health Services

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time, Part-Time

Online or On Campus: Online via distance education or On Campus/Hybrid

Program Description

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies provides students with a knowledge base in the field and with intellectual skills that can be used across the disciplines and in diverse professions. The program can be readily adapted to a variety of career paths in business, education, psychology, sociology, public policy, and public service, in regional, national and international contexts.

It is designed to be completed in conjunction with an M.A. or Ph.D. program.


Admissions Requirements

Please note that this certificate is only available to current degree-seeking UMBC graduate students.

Term of Admission: Fall and Spring

Domestic Application Deadlines: One week before classes begin

International Application Deadlines: January 1 and October 1


Contact Us

Main Contact Info: 410-455-2001

Graduate Program Director:
Carole McCann, 410-455-2161, mccann@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Elle Everhart, 410-455-2001, eaever@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Tracks/Concentrations: N/A

Department: Gender and Women’s Studies Program

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time, Part-Time

Online or On Campus: On Campus

Program Description

The Department of Geography and Environmental Systems is at the interface between natural science, social science, public policy, engineering and information technology, with faculty who have background and collaborative relationships in both research and teaching related to all of these areas. The Department offers graduate programs leading to the M.S. degree and Ph.D. degree. Both non-thesis and thesis M.S. options are available. The program has three foci, reflecting the expertise and research interests of our faculty. All three have a common set of core courses; the remainder of each students’ academic program will be selected in consultation with faculty mentors. (1) Environmental Systems, including water resources and earth-surface processes, ecosystem science, and atmospheric processes; (2) Human Geography, with an emphasis on coupled human-natural systems including the impacts of human activities on the environment, the socioeconomic consequences of environmental degradation, and environmental policy; (3) Geographic Information Science and Remote Sensing, focusing on training students in the application of geospatial analysis to improve understanding of changing spatial patterns in the natural and human environment.


Admissions Requirements

GRE General Test waived due to COVID-19
Minimum GPA of 3.0 overall and 3.3 for the major; TOEFL (For international students whose native language is not English)

Term of Admission: Fall

Domestic Application Deadlines: February 1

International Application Deadlines: December 31


Contact Us

Main Contact Info:
410-455-2002 (UMBC)

Graduate Program Director:
David Lansing, 410-455-2971, dlansing@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Robin Schmidbauer, 410-455-2160, schmidba@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

Tracks/Concentrations:

  • Environmental Systems
  • Human Geography
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Remote Sensing

Department: Geography and Environmental Systems

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time

Online or On Campus: On Campus

Program Description

Now accepting applications for Spring 2023!

This Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a  10-course/30 credit applied science program designed for students seeking either professional or academic careers. The program is specifically for those interested in establishing their GIS credentials that rests on systematic critical thinking as it applies to social and environmental disciplines.

Students in this new GIS program follow a series of linked courses that share a methodological approach to enhance this GIS skills and knowledge by developing sharp critical thinking skills to properly plan for solutions. Each class, whether analytical or technical, employs scientific methods to assess problems by formulating plans and creating processes to produce well-thought-out and reasoned solutions in cartographic production, programming, dynamic visualization, data management, and spatial analysis. Across these courses, students will also cumulatively build a depth of technological skills with a variety of software programs that do not leave them dependent on any one program for spatial analysis, visualization, data management and tool development.

Courses in the new GIS program are delivered in the context of social and environmental issues that applies critical GIS principles towards improving the lives of people, society, and the environment. Students will also gain an understanding of essential geographic principles and concepts needed to solve problems in nearly any industry or academic discipline. Students will end their tenure with a degree or certificate that instills a foundation of spatial knowledge and technical skills for any career that employs spatial computing.

This program is no longer at Shady Grove. This is a Main Campus (Catonsville) program


Admissions Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree and 3.0 GPA (Students with a GPA less than 3.0 may be admitted to the Certificate program)
  • Statement outlining the student’s goals and expectations in the program
  • Current resume
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (MPS only; Optional for Certificate)
  • Official transcript(s) from each college & university attended
  • GRE is not required
  • English proficiency testing (TOEFL/ IELTS) is required for international students.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is for early to mid-career professionals interested in an understanding of GIS that goes beyond “GIS as a tool for analysis”. Prospective students must have working knowledge of GIS and a B.A. or B.S. in Geography, Computer Science or Information Systems, or a bachelor’s degree in a related field.


Contact Us

Main Contact Info: 301-738-6285

Graduate Program Director:
Dillon Mahmoudi, dillonm@umbc.edu

Assistant Graduate Program Director:
Ron Wilson, rwilson@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Renee Eisenhuth, gis@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

  • M.P.S.
  • Graduate Certificate in Professional Studies: Geographic Information Systems

Tracks/Concentrations: None

Department: Geography

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time, Part-Time

Online or On Campus: On Campus

Program Description

The doctoral program in gerontology, jointly offered by UMBC and the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), provides an interdisciplinary and integrative perspective on the process of human aging and the experiences of growing old. The goal of the program is to train a new generation of scholars conversant with interdisciplinary and integrative paradigms and research designs to examine the unique, reciprocal and dynamic nature of aging in context.


Admissions Requirements

GRE General Test required

Term of Admission: Fall

Domestic Application Deadlines: December 15

International Application Deadlines: December 15


Contact Us

Graduate Program Director:
John Schumacher, 410-455-3184, jschuma@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
(UMB) Justine Golden, 410-706-4926, jgolden@epi.umaryland.edu

Degrees Offered:

  • Ph.D.

Tracks/Concentrations:

  • Aging Policy
  • Epidemiology of Aging
  • Social, Cultural, and Behavioral Sciences

Department: UMBC Depts. of Economics, Public Policy, Psychology, Sociology & Anthropology; UMB Schools of Dentistry, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time, Part-Time

Online or On Campus: On Campus

Program Description

Learning and Performance Technology (formerly Instructional Systems Development) is a theoretically based program that teaches analysis, design and development of instruction, training programs and human performance improvement. Knowledge, performance, instructional objectives, instructional strategies and evaluation of learning are viewed as interrelated components of a total instructional system.


Admissions Requirements

Learning and Performance Technology (LAPTO)

A bachelor’s degree (in any subject) and 3.0 GPA. English proficiency testing (TOEFL or IELTS) is required for international applicants. Please visit our website for detailed application requirements.

Term of Admission: Fall, Spring, and Summer

Application Deadlines: August 1, December 1, and April 15


Contact Us

Graduate Program Director:
Greg Williams, 410-455-2360, gregw@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Renee Eisenhuth, 410-455-8169, lapt@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

  • M.A. in Learning and Performance Technology
  • Certificate in eLearning
  • Certificate in Instructional Technology
  • Certificate in Learning and Performance Technology
  • Certificate in Instructional Systems Development

Tracks/Concentrations: N/A

Department: Psychology

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time, Part-Time

Online or On Campus: Online

Program Description

The program examines the roles, functions, and processes used by human capital consultants to solve organizational problems. Throughout the program, students will acquire a broad perspective of internal and external consulting practices. Active learning techniques will be used to introduce soft skills such as communication and conflict resolution as well as processes in business development and project management. Based in Rockville, Maryland, at the Universities at Shady Grove, the program offers evening, weekend, and select online courses for busy professionals.


Admissions Requirements

  • GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Introduction to Psychology OR General Psychology, in addition to one undergraduate course in Research Methods or Statistics
  • Goal statement (not to exceed 2 pages in length)
  • Current Resume
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation

Term of Admission: Fall only

Application Deadline: May 1


Contact Us

Main Contact Info:
443-612-1316 (Shady Grove)

Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Elliot Lasson, 301-738-6171, elasson@umbc.edu
Dr. Greg Williams, 410-455-2360, gregw@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Karina Jenkins, 443-612-1316, sgprofessionalprograms@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Tracks/Concentrations: N/A

Department: Psychology

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time, Part-Time

Online or On Campus: The certificates are offered in a blended learning format, some courses are offered online and some are offered in a face-to-face format. The face-to-face courses are offered at the Shady Grove campus.

Program Description

The Applied Developmental Psychology Program reflects the intersection of developmental psychology and applied science by considering questions of developmental import within the social context of children’s everyday lives. Graduates of the program will have the knowledge and skill to conduct research and work in jobs focused on child, family, and school well-being, particularly in inner-city, lower-income, and cultural minority and cross-cultural contexts. Graduates have taken positions teaching and conducting research at universities, analyzing public policy, working in hospital settings conducting evaluations of infants, toddlers and children as well as designing interventions for children and their families.

In consultation with their mentor, students enrolled in the program develop a program of course work, research and practicum experiences tailored to the demands of their particular career aspirations.


Admissions Requirements

GRE General Test required (waived for the fall 2021 application cycle)
GRE Psychology Advanced Test (waived for the fall 2021 application cycle)
Supplementary Psychology application form

Term of Admission: Fall

Domestic Application Deadlines: December 1

International Application Deadlines: December 1

*For information on specific faculty members, please visit the program faculty page.


Contact Us

Main Contact Info:
410-455-2567 (UMBC)

Graduate Program Director:
Susan Sonnenschein, 410-455-2361, sonnensc@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Beverly McDougall, 410-455-2567, bev2@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

  • Ph.D.

Tracks/Concentrations:

  • The Early Development/Early Intervention
  • The Socioemotional Development of Children within and across Cultures
  • The Educational Contexts of Development

Department: Psychology

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time, Part-Time if entering with M.A.

Online or On Campus: On Campus

Program Description

The Human Services Psychology graduate program’s primary commitment is to train psychologists for research and service in the public sector, placing special emphasis on the problems of inner-city, minority and poor populations, children, youth and the aged.


Admissions Requirements

Term of Admission: Fall

Domestic Application Deadline: December 1 (Ph.D.), January 1 (M.A.)

International Application Deadline: December 1 (Ph.D.), January 1 (M.A.)


Contact Us

Main Contact Info:
410-455-2567 (UMBC)

Graduate Program Director:
Steven C. Pitts, 410-455-2362, spitts@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Kerrie Jenkins, 410-455-2613, kerriej1@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

  • Ph.D., Human Services Psychology
  • M.A., Applied Behavior Analysis

Tracks/Concentrations:

  • Behavioral Medicine Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology (APA accredited)
  • Community Psychology

Department: Psychology

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time

Online or On Campus: On Campus

Program Description

UMBC’s Master’s in Professional Studies (M.P.S.): Industrial /Organizational Psychology explores and integrates important topics such as human resource practice, organizational behavioral management, human factors and culminates with a professional capstone experience. Understanding the importance of communication, presentation and critical thinking skills, UMBC’s M.P.S.: Industrial/Organizational Psychology covers the essential techniques and skills necessary for success in this field. Our program enables students to develop a professional portfolio while building strong relationships with faculty practitioners and industry professionals. Based in Rockville, Maryland, at the Universities at Shady Grove, the program offers evening, weekend, and select online courses for busy professionals.


Admissions Requirements

Prospective students must have practical work experience, a B.A. or B.S. in Psychology or a related field from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent OR; A B.A. or B.S. in another discipline from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent with coursework to include Introduction to (or General) Psychology in addition to an undergraduate course in Research Methods or Statistics. English proficiency testing (TOEFL/ IELTS) is required for international students. Please visit our website for detailed admissions requirements.

Application Requirements:

  • A 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  • Statement outlining the student’s goals and expectations in the program
  • Current resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcript(s) from each college & university attended
  • GRE is not required

Additional International Requirements

Term of Admission: Fall only

Domestic Application Deadline: May 1

International Application Deadline: May 1


Contact Us

Main Contact Info:
301-738-6285 (Shady Grove)

Graduate Program Director:
Elliot Lasson, 301-738-6171, elasson@umbc.edu
Elissa Abod, 301-738-6183, eabod@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Karina Jenkins, 443-612-1316, sgprofessionalprograms@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

  • M.P.S.
  • Organizational Consulting (P.B.C.)
  • Training & Talent Development (P.B.C.)

Tracks/Concentrations: N/A

Department: Psychology

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time, Part-Time

Online or On Campus: On Campus

Program Description

The interdisciplinary Public Policy program, which offers both a master’s and doctoral degree, is designed for highly motivated individuals who wish to pursue advanced graduate studies in public policy and public policy analysis. The student body includes both full-time and part-time students. Most of the courses are offered in the evening to permit students who work to pursue their degrees.


Admissions Requirements

GRE scores are not required. Resume required. Research paper strongly recommended.
M.P.P.-For best consideration, apply by January 15 for fall semester and November 1 for Spring semester.
Ph.D.- Applications must be received by January 15 for consideration for fall of the following year.

Admissions FAQ

Term of Admission: Fall and Spring

Application Deadlines:

M.P.P. – November 1 (Spring), April 1 (Fall)
Ph.D. – January 15th (Fall)

Non-Degree Seeking:
July 15 (Fall), December 15 (Spring)

All full-time M.P.P. and Ph.D, students have the opportunity to apply for funding as a graduate assistant for up to 4 years. Graduate assistants work 20 hours per week with a faculty member on campus conducting research or providing teaching assistance. Full-time Graduate assistantships typically include a stipend, 10 hours of tuition remission and University health benefits. Students wishing to receive an assistantship via the School Public Policy will be considered for placement at the time of application. School of Public Policy assistantship placement is highly competitive, we encourage all applicants to explore funding options both internal and external to UMBC. Graduate assistantships are also available externally through UMBC Residential Life, and the Office of Graduate Student Life. Other funding sources can be reviewed on the Graduate School website here: https://gradschool.umbc.edu/funding/aid/

All students seeking aid should submit a FASFA application. The deadline for consideration for Graduate Assistantships is January 15. Students admitted for Spring 2021 and current students can also apply.


Contact Us

Main Contact Info:
410-455-3201 (UMBC)

Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Lauren Hamilton Edwards, ledwards@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Shelley Morris, shelleym@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

  • Ph.D., Public Policy
  • Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.)
  • M.A. in Economic Policy Analysis offered jointly by the Department of Economics and the School of Public Policy.
  • J.D./M.P.P. and J.D./Ph.D. offered with the University of Maryland School of Law.
  • There is also a comparable J.D./Ph.D. program with the University of Baltimore School of Law.
  • Articulated M.P.A/Ph.D. in Public Policy with the University of Baltimore.
  • M.D./M.P.P. offered with the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
  • Accelerated Program

Specializations:

  • Education policy
  • Emergency services (Ph.D. only)
  • Environmental policy (M.P.P. only)
  • Evaluation and analytic methods
  • Health policy
  • Public Management
  • Urban policy

Disciplinary Concentrations:

  • Econmoics
  • Policy History (Ph.D. only)

Department: Public Policy

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time, Part-Time

Online or On Campus: On Campus

Program Description

UMBC offers a Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL) and a 4-course Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (TESOL PBC) through the Department of Education in cooperation with the Division of Professional Studies.  The TESOL program prepares prospective and experienced teachers of English as a Second Language (ESL) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL). It provides students with a strong theoretical and practical foundation in educational linguistics, language acquisition, ESL/EFL methods, assessment, cross-cultural studies, and curriculum development. The MA TESOL includes general, P-12 certification, and thesis options.  Both the master’s degree and the certificate can be taken completely on campus, completely online or as a combination of on campus and online courses.


Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Letters of recommendation (three for the MA TESOL; two for the TESOL PBC)
  • Statement of purpose explaining your interest in the field
  • Second language speakers of English must submit one of the following scores:
    • 213+ on the computer-based TOEFL
    • 80+ on the internet-based test TOEFL
    • 6.5+ on IELTS
    • 53+ on PTE Academic

Term of Admission: Fall, Spring, and Summer

Domestic Application Deadlines: August 1 and January 1
Summer Term (Domestic Only): May 1

International Application Deadlines: April 1 and November 1


Contact Us

Main Contact Info:
410-455-3061, tesol@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Francis M. Hult, fmhult@umbc.edu

Online/Off-Campus Graduate Program Coordinator:
Mary Tabaa, 443-278-3096, tabaa@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

Tracks/Concentrations: There are four options for the MA TESOL: General, thesis, P-12 certification, and thesis with P-12 certification

Department: Education

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time, Part-Time

Online or On Campus: On Campus, Online (the MA TESOL and TESOL PBC are both offered online and on campus.)

Program Description

In this program, professionals will learn the key principles relevant to training and development, including adult learning theory, needs assessment, training methodology, and analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of training.  The Training and Talent Development Track within the PBC in Professional Studies will help HR professionals in more traditional roles to learn these emerging training and talent development skills. Based in Rockville, Maryland, at the Universities at Shady Grove, the program offers evening, weekend, and select online courses for busy professionals.


Admissions Requirements

  • GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Introduction to Psychology OR General Psychology, in addition to one undergraduate course in Research Methods or Statistics
  • Goal statement (not to exceed 2 pages)
  • Current Resume
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation

Term of Admission: Fall only

Application Deadline: May 1


Contact Us

Main Contact Info:
443-612-1316 (Shady Grove)

Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Elliot Lasson, 301-738-6171, elasson@umbc.edu
Dr. Greg Williams, 410-455-2360, gregw@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Karina Jenkins, 443-612-1316, sgprofessionalprograms@umbc.edu

Degrees Offered:

  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Tracks/Concentrations: N/A

Department: Psychology

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time, Part-Time

Online or On Campus: The certificates are offered in a blending learning format, some courses are offered online and some are offered in a face-to-face format. The face-to-face courses are offered at the Shady Grove campus.


Erickson School of Aging Studies

Program Description

The graduate programs at the Erickson School of Aging Studies provide integrated, interdisciplinary professional training for leaders in the growing longevity economy. Graduates will meet a growing workforce need for leaders with professional education to serve in management positions in public, private, and non-profit/advocacy organizations providing services to older adults.

The Erickson School of Aging Studies’ goal is to prepare graduates to apply this integrated perspective in leadership positions in a broad array of aging services organizations from government agencies/organizations and advocacy/non-profit groups to a variety of positions in the for-profit business arena.


Admissions Requirements

Additional letters of reference and professional resume required

Term of Admission: Fall and Spring

Fall Admission Deadline: June 1

Spring Admission Deadline: December 1


Contact Us

Main Contact Info:
erickson@umbc.edu 443-543-5603

Degrees Offered:

Tracks/Concentrations: N/A

Department: Erickson School of Aging Studies

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time, Part-Time

Online or On Campus: On Campus, Online, and Hybrid

Program Description

The graduate programs at the Erickson School of Aging Studies provide integrated, interdisciplinary professional training for leaders in the growing longevity economy. Graduates will meet a growing workforce need for leaders with professional education to serve in management positions in public, private, and non-profit/advocacy organizations providing services to older adults.

The Erickson School of Aging Studies’ goal is to prepare graduates to apply this integrated perspective in leadership positions in a broad array of aging services organizations from government agencies/organizations and advocacy/non-profit groups to a variety of positions in the for-profit business arena.


Admissions Requirements

Additional letters of reference and professional resume required

Term of Admission: Fall and Spring

Fall Admission Deadline: June 1

Spring Admission Deadline: December 1


Contact Us

Main Contact Info:
erickson@umbc.edu 443-543-5603

Degrees Offered:

  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Principles of Management of Aging Services
  • Accelerated Program

Tracks/Concentrations: N/A

Department: Erickson School of Aging Studies

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time, Part-Time

Online or On Campus: On Campus, Online, and Hybrid

Program Description

The graduate programs at the Erickson School of Aging Studies provide integrated, interdisciplinary professional training for leaders in the growing longevity economy. Graduates will meet a growing workforce need for leaders with professional education to serve in management positions in public, private, and non-profit/advocacy organizations providing services to older adults.

The Erickson School of Aging Studies’ goal is to prepare graduates to apply this integrated perspective in leadership positions in a broad array of aging services organizations from government agencies/organizations and advocacy/non-profit groups to a variety of positions in the for-profit business arena.


Admissions Requirements

Additional letters of reference and professional resume required

Term of Admission: Fall and Spring

Fall Admission Deadline: June 1

Spring Admission Deadline: December 1


Contact Us

Main Contact Info:
erickson@umbc.edu 443-543-5603

Degrees Offered:

Tracks/Concentrations: N/A

Department: Erickson School of Aging Studies

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time, Part-Time

Online or On Campus: On Campus, Online, and Hybrid

Program Description

The graduate programs at the Erickson School of Aging Studies provide integrated, interdisciplinary professional training for leaders in the growing longevity economy. Graduates will meet a growing workforce need for leaders with professional education to serve in management positions in public, private, and non-profit/advocacy organizations providing services to older adults.

The Erickson School of Aging Studies’ goal is to prepare graduates to apply this integrated perspective in leadership positions in a broad array of aging services organizations from government agencies/organizations and advocacy/non-profit groups to a variety of positions in the for-profit business arena.


Admissions Requirements

Additional letters of reference and professional resume required

Term of Admission: Fall and Spring

Fall Admission Deadline: June 1

Spring Admission Deadline: December 1


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erickson@umbc.edu 443-543-5603

Degrees Offered:

Tracks/Concentrations: N/A

Department: Erickson School of Aging Studies

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time, Part-Time

Online or On Campus: On Campus, Online, and Hybrid

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UMBC’s Graduate School Office

Mailing Address

UMBC Graduate School
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD, 21250

Phone Number

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

410-455-2537
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