Doctor of Management in Community College Policy and Administration Application Information

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This program is designed for part-time adult students with significant professional experience, fostering an interchange of ideas and critical thinking. As a busy working professional, you'll be glad to know that the Doctor of Management (DM) in Community College and Administration program at UMUC features an online-plus residency format to allow for national and global diversity of perspectives and experiences.

Requirements for Internationally Educated Applicants

Please check International Students—Graduate Admission Requirements



NOTE: Currently, Maryland residents may not apply for this program.

Doctor of Management in Community College Policy and Administration applicants must submit the following materials by the published deadlines:

  1. Official transcript indicating successful completion of a master's degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited university (transcript required)
  2. Completion of the Doctor of Management Application for Admission
  3. A current and up-to-date resume
  4. A personal statement (see the Application Instructions and Required Documents section, below, for guidelines on writing the personal statement)
  5. Two letters of reference, one professional and one academic (see Application Instructions and Required Documents section below)

NOTE: The pre-requisite 3-credit DMGT 600 course may be waived under one of the following conditions:

  • Upon review of the personal statement for applicants with five or more years of leadership experience in a collegiate environment; OR
  • Upon review of an official GMAT score report indicating GMAT total score at the 75th percentile or GRE general test (verbal and quantitative sections) scores at the 75th percentile for each section.Score can be no more than two years old at time of application.

The official GMST or GRE score report must be sent directly to UMUC. When taking these exams, you must use the following codes to ensure that your test scores are mailed to UMUC:

  • GMAT - SQT-QH-73
  • GRE - 5804

Additional materials may be required of International applicants (see Part II of the Graduate Admissions Policy).


University System of Maryland Regulations for Applicants

  • Students may be admitted to only one institution in the University System of Maryland (USM) at any time. Students may be admitted as either graduates or undergraduates, but no one may hold both classifications at one time. A student's most recent application for admission invalidates any previous admission.
  • Students may be admitted to only one USM graduate program at anytime. Application for admission to a second graduate program is not permitted until notification of resignation has been presented to the first program. Students admitted to any USM graduate program should inform UMUC.
  • Once admitted, students retain active status for two years even without being registered in the program. Students may withdraw at any time by writing to Graduate Advising at 3501 University Boulevard East, Adelphi, MD 20783. Students whose files become inactive must reapply for admission.
  • UMUC graduate students who have been academically dismissed from one program will not be considered for readmission to any other UMUC Graduate School degree.

Admission to the Doctoral Program is Competitive

Admission to the program is competitive; meeting the eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission. Admission to the program is based on the combination of all requirements, not any single item by itself.

All application documents must be received by the deadline below to begin in the term applied for.

Semester Start

Submission Period

Application Deadlines

Decision to Student


Mar. 2–Aug. 1

Aug. 1

Aug. 15


July 2–Dec. 18

Dec. 18

Jan. 4


Nov. 2–April 1

April 1

April 15



Instructions for Completing the Application

When completing the application, please pay particular attention to the section titled "Academic Information." Be sure to choose "Adelphi" as the campus, "Fall 2010" as the term and "Graduate" as the career. For "Academic Program/Plan," type in DMCCPA. The "Graduate Academic Programs List" link included on the application does not list this program. Complete the remaining parts of this section as appropriate.

You won't be able to continue to the second page of the application or submit the application unless all required information has been provided.


Instructions for Submitting the Application Package

Submit all required documents as listed.

Please Note: Test scores must be sent directly from Educational Testing Services to UMUC in a single envelope.


Doctoral Students

U.S. Postal Service (USPS)

UMUC Graduate Admissions
Attn: DM Admissions
3501 University Blvd East
Adelphi, MD 20783

UPS or FedEx

UMUC Graduate Admissions
Attn: DM Admissions
1616 McCormick Drive
Largo, MD 20774


Documents Required to Complete your Application

  1. Personal Statement
    Complete a personal statement that includes the following:
    1. Explain how your professional experience and academic background make you an ideal candidate for doctoral study (1 page).
    2. Describe your specific area of interest. Explain how conducting research in this area will help you fulfill your career objectives (1 page).
    3. Select 4-5 scholarly, research-based articles. Explain each article's theoretical and methodological relevance to your chosen area of research. Precisely describe why and how the research in each article selection pertains to your area of research interest. Indicate the strengths and weaknesses of each article's research (1 page per article).
    4. Describe your future career goals upon completion of this program (1 page).
    5. Include a reference list using American Psychological Association (APA) style (1 page).

      Please include citations throughout this personal statement, where applicable.
  1. Résumé
    Please submit a complete résumé of your professional and educational experience.
  2. Recommendation Forms
    1. Submit one Academic Recommendation Form in a sealed envelope*
    2. Submit one Professional Recommendation Form in a sealed envelope

      *If you do not have an academic recommendation, you may submit two professional recommendations.
  1. Transcripts
    Include official transcripts of your academic records from your graduate degree-granting institution. The transcripts must be in their original sealed envelopes. This includes students who attended another institution in the University System of Maryland.

    Please Note:
    • If you received your master's degree from an institution outside of the United States, please refer to International Students—Graduate Admission Requirements.
    • Applicants who have attended University of Maryland University College (stateside or in Asia or Europe) do not need to request a UMUC transcript. However, dates of attendance must be listed on the application form.

For additional assistance, please e-mail New Student Advising at, or call 1-800-888-8682 ext. 2102.

Note: This page has been updated since the 2009-2010 Graduate Catalog was printed. Please return to this page for the most up-to-date information.

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Doctor of Management in Community College Policy and Administration

Residency Dates

  • Summer 2016:
    Friday, June 24, and
    Saturday, June 25, 2016
  • Fall 2016:
    Friday, November 4, and
    Saturday, November 5, 2016

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