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How to Apply

The Admissions Process

The Master's in Telecommunications program is open to applications holding a regionally-accredited baccalaureate degree in engineering, computer science, math, physics or related technical fields with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Applications with an undergraduate GPA of slightly less than 3.0 may be considered if they have demonstrated strong performance in prior graduate studies and/or professional experience. Because of the program's rigorous technical core curriculum, applicants must have sufficient background in engineering math.

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Complete the Online Application


Applications are submitted online via the Graduate School. Make sure to review the ENTS Requirements and Deadlines. When creating your application account, ensure that your name matches the name listed on your official, government-issued identification (e.g., passport). 

The application for Fall 2018 will be available mid-August, 2017.

Application Items

The online application includes the following items:

Demographics

Contact Information
Make sure that your application name matches your passport and name you use for any standardized test

Educational Intent
Under "College/School" select "Interdisciplinary Programs/Centers"
Under "Program of Study" select "Telecommunications (ENTS)"
Under "Degree" select "M.S."

Previous Education
Include all previously attended post-secondary institutions
Official transcript(s) and/or marksheets copies are uploaded in this section
International Applicants should NOT convert their GPA to the 4.0 scale

Personal Information

Upload Requirements

Statement of Purpose, Item #1, is required 
Resume/CV, Item #5, is recommended
Disregard all other items: These materials will not be considered as a part of the application.

Important Links: Recommendations
Recommendations must be completed electronically

Submit the Application

After completing both required and relevant items, submit your application and pay the $75 application fee. 

Next Steps and Application Status

AY# and UID: After you submit the application and pay the application fee, you will be sent a confirmation email with your AY application # and UID. Please retain this information. To expedite inquiries regarding your application, include the AY# and/or UID.

Application Status: Log back in to your AY Application to check your application status. This information will be displayed on your dashboard. 

Test Scores: Request that official test scores be sent to the University of Maryland. Use code 5814. No department or program code is necessary. Do not send scores to the ENTS Program Office.

Application Review Process


After your application is complete, it will be reviewed by the ENTS Admissions Committee. The program will decide whether or not to recommend you for admission. Department recommendations are made on a rolling basis from March through May for fall admission and from October through December for spring admission.

You can check your application status by logging into your AY Application. The status will be displayed on your dashboard. Please note your application is not considered complete until all test scores have been received.

The Graduate School makes all final admissions decisions and will issue the official admission letter. Admitted students who choose to enroll will be required to submit official, hard-copy transcripts to the Graduate School.

International students: transcripts and TOEFL or IELTS scores must also be reviewed by the Graduate School. 

I-20 For International Students


The I-20 is issued by the International Student and Scholar Services Office (ISSS) after the Graduate School grants admission. Upon admission, you will be contacted via email by ISSS regarding the next steps in the process. The email will be sent to the email address included in our application. You will need to respond to the requested information including evidence of financial support, immigration history (if applicable), and shipping information. ISSS estimates that the I-20 will be sent out approximately 21 days after all information is received and verified.

Application Withdrawal Dates/Termination of Admission Status


Please note that all incomplete applications and applications from international students who are not cleared for admission will be withdrawn by May 31. Applicants who do not register for the semester for which they are admitted will have their admission terminated and must reapply if they wish to be considered for a future semester.

Application Assistance


For any technical difficulties with the online application, please contact Application Support.

For FAQs and information regarding the application process and policy of the Graduate School, please refer here.

For all other questions relating to the application process, please contact the ENTS Program Office at telecomprogram@umd.edu.

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