Policy 170.10

Graduate Admissions Policy

Originator: Vice Provost and Dean, The Graduate School

  1. Introduction
    1. UMUC conforms to the University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents Policies III-7.10 Policy On Graduate Education, approved on June 21, 1990, and III-2.41 Policy on Graduate Student Inter-Institutional Enrollment, approved December 14, 2014.
    2. UMUC will not admit applicants who are not admissible to a USM institution pursuant to the USM Board of Regents Policies, including as example: in accordance with USM Policy III–1.00 Policy on Faculty, Student, and Institutional Rights and Responsibilities for Academic Integrity, students expelled or suspended for reasons of academic dishonesty by any institution in the University System of Maryland shall not be admissible to any other USM institution if expelled, or during any period of suspension.
    3. This policy is administered by Admissions Services in accordance with the academic standards established by the UMUC Graduate School.
    4. In accordance with federal law, foreign citizenship or international residency may limit an applicant's eligibility for admission. Additional admissions procedures may apply for those applicants including, but not limited to, applicants seeking admissions to UMUC graduate programs that require students to attend on-site residential experiences.
    5. Applicants for a master's degree who intend to seek the inclusion of transfer credits must comply with UMUC Policy 210.17 – Graduate Transfer Credit Evaluation and Appeals.
    6. If UMUC discovers, prior to admission, that an applicant has falsified, fabricated, or otherwise misrepresented his or her qualifications or documentation as part of the application and admissions process, then he or she will become ineligible for admission. If UMUC discovers after a student has been admitted that fraudulent information or documentation was used in the admissions process, the student will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with UMUC's Code of Student Conduct.
  2. Graduate Admissions Criteria
    1. Graduate Certificate and Master's Programs Admissions Criteria
      1. Applicants for graduate certificate and master's degree programs must submit a completed application for admission, a nonrefundable application fee, and an official transcript indicating completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited degree-granting university or college. Degrees from other accredited institutions may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
      2. Some programs may require the submission of additional information before an admissions decision can be made. Prospective students should refer to the specific program descriptions on the UMUC website for any additional application requirements.
    2. Doctoral Programs Admissions Criteria
      1. Admission to the Doctor of Management ("DM") Program is competitive. Meeting or exceeding the eligibility standards does not guarantee admission.
      2. Admission to the Doctor of Management in Community College Policy and Administration is not open to students with residency in the state of Maryland.
      3. In order to be considered for admission, DM applicants must submit the required application materials by the published deadlines.
      4. The eligibility standards require
        1. An official transcript indicating successful completion of a master's degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited degree-granting university or college or the equivalent of such a degree. Degrees from other accredited institutions may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
        2. Completion of the Doctor of Management Application for Admission and submission of the application fee;
        3. An up-to-date resume;
        4. A personal statement;
        5. Two letters of reference; and
        6. Successful completion (grade of "B" or better) of the foundational doctoral course
      5. Applicants who are residing outside of the United States may be required to affirm as part of the admissions process that he or she understands the DM program's residency requirement and that he or she is solely responsible for entry to the U.S. in order to fulfill that requirement. Throughout the program, if the student becomes unable to enter the U.S. to fulfill the requirement, he or she will be unable to complete the program.
  3. Internationally Educated Students
    1. Applicants educated in countries other than the United States must have their official transcripts evaluated by a UMUC-approved international credit evaluation agency. The international credit evaluation agency must send a copy of the transcript evaluation to the Office of the Registrar. Receipt of the transcript evaluation does not automatically ensure admission to the Graduate School. Learn more about international students.
    2. Evidence of English Proficiency
      1. Applicants who have not received a bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited university in the United States or an accredited university in one of the countries approved by UMUC must demonstrate English proficiency by submitting an official score report from one of the following testing options:
        1. The Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) with a minimum score of 79;
        2. The paper-based TOEFL with the Test of Written English (TWE) with a minimum score of 550 and a minimum score of 4 on the TWE;
        3. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS)—including both the academic writing and academic reading modules—with a minimum overall score of 6.5; or
        4. The EIKEN Test in Practical English Proficiency with a minimum grade of Pre-1.
      2. Applicants must arrange to have official score reports sent directly from the Testing Agency to the Office of the Registrar. Test scores must be less than two years old. The TOEFL score recovery code is 5804.
    3. English Proficiency Via Alternative Evidence
      1. Applicants can demonstrate English proficiency by submitting an official transcript indicating completion of at least 12 credits of graduate coursework with a grade of "B" or higher at a regionally accredited degree-granting university or college. Coursework from other accredited institutions may be considered on a case-by-case basis. All credit is subject to review before being accepted as evidence of English proficiency.
      2. Students who have not completed the standardized testing or coursework indicated above may be considered to meet the English proficiency requirement if they have had significant experience speaking and writing English at a college level. This must be demonstrated through documentation that includes, but is not limited to, a resume, a writing sample, and letters of recommendation. Students should contact Admissions Services to inquire about meeting the English proficiency requirement in this way and to submit all necessary documentation.
  4. Visiting and Non-Degree Seeking Student Categories of Admission
    1. Students Visiting from University System of Maryland (USM) Institutions
      1. Students visiting via a USM inter-institutional agreement do not have to complete the UMUC application but must submit the required Inter-Institutional Enrollment form to Admissions Services. This form should be obtained from the student's home institution.
      2. The appropriate Graduate School department will certify the visiting USM student's prior academic work before allowing them to enroll in any course with prerequisite requirements.
      3. In accordance with the USM Board of Regents Policy on Graduate Student Inter-Institutional Registration (III-2.41), participation is limited to degree-seeking graduate students in good academic standing in approved graduate programs at USM institutions.
    2. Non-Degree Seeking Students
      1. Non-degree seeking students (students who do not have a specific degree objective and/or who are not visiting from another USM institution) must complete the standard UMUC application and must meet the Graduate Certificate and Master's Programs Admissions Criteria as defined above.
      2. Non-degree seeking students may not enroll in classes in the Doctor of Management (DM) program.
      3. Non-degree seeking students are limited to 12 credits total at UMUC.
      4. Non-degree seeking students must follow prerequisite rules, including having satisfied DCL/PRO/CBR 600 in programs in which those courses are required. See UMUC Policy 210.17 – Graduate Transfer Credit Evaluation and Appeal Process for details about transfer credit for DCL/PRO/CBR 600.
  Current Policy Prior Policy
Policy Number 170.10 170.10
Date 6/15/17 2/25/14