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The program is open to applicants holding a regionally accredited baccalaureate degree in engineering, computer science, math, physics or related technical fields with a minimum GPA of 3.0.  Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of slightly less than 3.0 may be considered if they have demonstrated strong performance in prior graduate study and/or professional experience.

Because of the program’s rigorous technical core, applicants must have a sufficient background in engineering math.  The GRE will be strongly considered; however, it is not required for admission.

This program is professional in nature and has a differential tuition. Tuition for the 2013-14 academic year is $988 per credit.

Application Deadlines

The application must be complete (all supporting materials received) by the dates listed below in order to be considered for the corresponding semester.

Fall Admission

Spring Admission

February 1 (International applicants & Permanent Residents*)

August 1 (International applicants & Permanent Residents*)**

May 1 (U.S. citizens)

October 1 (U.S. citizens)

*Permanent Residents should apply by the international deadline. If this deadline has passed, please contact the Program Office.

**The application for the Spring 2015 semester will be available in May due to some system modifications being made in the electronic graduate admissions system.

How to Apply

Online application

  • Visit the Graduate School website to complete your online application. (Paper applications are not accepted.)  Select ENTS for the Proposed Graduate Program.
  • After you submit the general application, you will be asked to fill out the Application Supplemental Form (ASF).
  • Your online application must be submitted before you send any supporting materials. Otherwise, your supporting documents may be misplaced.

Supporting materials

  • All applicants are required to submit official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, and resume by the deadlines listed above.  International applicants are also required to submit valid TOEFL or IELTS scores and Certification of Finances Form by the deadlines listed above.
    • Name and date of birth should be indicated on all supporting materials.  Your name should appear in the exact same format on all documents submitted to the university.  Also, for international applicants, your name entered on your graduate application should exactly match your name on your passport and immigration documents.
    • Applicants with foreign credentials must submit academic records in the original language with official English translations. Please allow at least two months for the Office of International Services to evaluate these credentials.

  • Transcripts should be sent to:

University of Maryland, College Park
Enrollment Services Operations
Application for Graduate Admissions
Room 0130 Mitchell Building
College Park, MD 20742

When mailing in transcripts for your graduate application, please use the following checklist as a coversheet.

Enrollment Services Operations
(ESO) processes all undergraduate and graduate application materials. ESO will scan your transcripts and upload them to your application for the academic departments to review. Please allow at least two weeks for processing from the date of receipt.

  • Letters of recommendation should be submitted electronically in order to avoid delays in reviewing your application.  Enter the names and email addresses of your recommenders in the ASF.  We require official institutional email addresses for your recommenders.  At least two of the three required recommendation letters should be professional and/or academic references.

  • Statement of Purpose and Resume should be uploaded directly to the ASF.  PDF format is preferred.

  • TOEFL scores are sent electronically through the Educational Testing Service (ETS), which administers the exam.  Please use institution code 5814. The program/department code is not necessary.  Scores are downloaded once per month, so please request your score report well in advance.  Please allow approximately four weeks for score reporting.

  • Certification of Finances Form should be sent to Enrollment Services Operations (ESO) at the address above. When mailing in supporting materials for your graduate application, please use the following checklist as a coversheet.

  • International applicants who are already in the U.S. must provide copies of passport, U.S. visa, I-94 card, and all pages of the I-20/DS-2019.  Permanent Residents or other visa holders just include copies of the Immigration documents showing status.  When mailing in supporting materials for your graduate application, please use the following checklist as a coversheet.

  • Check https://apra.umd.edu to see whether your application materials have been received. If we have not received your application materials after an appropriate amount of time has passed, please email us at telecomprogram@umd.edu

  • Please do not send any additional supporting documents not requested by the program (i.e. publications, papers, abstracts, certificates). They will be discarded and not reviewed.  You may acknowledge these additional distinctions in your Statement of Purpose or Resume.

FAQs (frequently asked questions)

What is the minimum GPA requirement?
The minimum GPA requirement is a 3.0.

Do you require a GRE score?

No, our program does not require a GRE score.

What score do you require on the TOEFL exam?

Please see the University’s TOEFL requirements

What is the University and program code that I should I give to ETS to have my TOEFL scores sent?

The University code is 5814. You do not need to indicate a program code.

Do you offer financial aid or assistantships?

No, our program does not offer financial aid or graduate/teaching assistantships.

How do I check my admission status?

Your admission status can be checked at https://apra.umd.edu

When will a decision be made on my application?

Decisions are made on a rolling basis from March through May for fall admission and from September through December for spring admission.

If I am admitted, can I defer my admission to a future term?
Once an official admission letter has been issued, U.S. citizens and permanent residents may defer their admission for a period of up to one year by submitting a written request to the Program Office.  The deferral request should state the following:

  • Name, UID, and term of admission
  • Proposed length of deferral (i.e. one semester or two semesters)
  • Reason for request

The Program will submit the request on your behalf to the Graduate School. If the request is not submitted by the student or not approved by the Graduate School, then the student will have to submit a new application (including the application fee) for a future term.   

International students can only request a term change
for their applications and must be re-evaluated with no guarantee of admission.  The re-evaluation would include consideration of academic credentials as well as finances.  The term change request should state the following:

  • Name, UID, and term of admission
  • Proposed term for which the student wishes to be reconsidered
  • Reason for request
I am an international applicant; how do I check on the status of my I-20?
Office of International Services at internationalservices@umd.edu or by calling 301-314-7740.

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