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Admissions and Application Process

dog skin 1Admissions decisions are based on the following criteria:

  • Bachelor’s Degree: A 4-year bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree from a comparable foreign institution.
  • Minimum GPA: An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on
    a 4.0 scale is required. Applicants with a GPA lower than 3.0 but higher than 2.75 should submit additional documents in the application package for possible consideration of conditional admission. These typically include resume, personal statement, transcripts, certificates, recommendation letters, awards received, and any other relevant document such as participation in industrial or research projects, published papers (if available), etc. These documents can be sent as email attachments to onlinems@umbc.edu. Please contact the Graduate Program Manager for more information at 1-800-353-8622, press option #1.
  • Language Requirements: Those whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The only exception to this requirement is for students who have earned a post-secondary degree from an accredited university in a country where the official language is English.  The minimum acceptable combined TOEFL score is 550 (written) or 213 (computerized) or 80 (internet-based). Students who have received post-secondary degrees from an U.S. institution and whose native language is not English may be required to demonstrate proficiency in English. (The TOEFL code for UMBC is 5835. The Information Systems Department does not have a designated code.)  TOEFL scores must have been taken within two years of matriculation to be valid.
  • Transcripts: Applicants may be offered provisional admission based upon self reported data provided on the online application. However, to complete the admissions process, all students will be required to provide (as part of the application packet) official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. Applicants who have attended non-English language universities must provide an official English language transcript and an official native language transcript or mark sheets from every post-secondary institution attended. Each set of documents must list subjects studied, grades or marks received and rank in class or divisions. Students whose universities issue only one set of official records must have their academic records copied and notarized by a public official certifying the documents are true copies of the originals. Electronic Transcripts: If your institutions use electronic transcripts as official documents, please have them sent to Kathie Nee (nee@umbc.edu) for domestic applications and to Kathy Ruth (ruth@umbc.edu) for international applications.
  • Note to students who are not US Citizens or permanent residents in the US: No I-20’s for F-1 Visas will be issued by UMBC to enroll in this online program.

To apply to this program please complete the online application.