Application Process

University of Maryland's Graduate Application Process

The University of Maryland’s Graduate School accepts applications through its application system. Before completing the application, applicants are asked to check the Admissions Requirements site for specific instructions.

As required by the Graduate School, all application materials are to be submitted electronically:

  • Graduate application
  • Transcripts
  • Statement of purpose
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Program/Department supporting documents (as applicable)
  • Non-refundable application fee ($75) for each program to which an applicant applies

The electronic submission of application materials helps expedite the review of an application.  Completed applications are reviewed by an admissions committee in each graduate degree program.  The recommendations of the committees are submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School, who will make the final admission decision.  Students seeking to complete graduate work at the University of Maryland for degree purposes must be formally admitted to the Graduate School by the Dean.  To ensure the integrity of the application process, the University of Maryland authenticates submitted materials through TurnItIn for Admissions.

Admissions for HiLS Program

Admission requirements for the HiLS dual-degree program combine requirements for the MA in History and the MLS. Successful applicants make the case that they maintain a strong academic interest in historical scholarship and research while also seeking professional training in areas such as archives and records management, digital curation, public history, special collections, reference librarianship, and/or information systems. Prospective students should consult the admissions guidelines for the Master of Arts in History and the Master of Library Science degrees.

HiLS applicants submit only one graduate school application online.  As part of the application students must submit GRE scores, transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, three letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, a writing sample (typically a 20-page research paper), a resume/CV, and a 500-word essay addressing questions outlined on the MLS admissions page.

HiLS applications are reviewed for admission separately by the iSchool and the History Department.  A joint History Department/iSchool committee then reviews all those applicants recommended for admission by each program and decides which applicants will be admitted to HiLS.  Students in the program must be formally admitted both by Department of History and the iSchool in order to be admitted to the HiLS program.  Students who are admitted by a single department have the option of pursuing the degree program in the accepting department.

Information for International Graduate Students

The University of Maryland is dedicated to maintaining a vibrant international graduate student community. The office of International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) is a valuable resource for information and assistance for prospective and current international students.  International applicants are encouraged to explore the services they offer and contact them with related questions.

The University of Maryland Graduate School offers admission to international students based on academic information; it is not a guarantee of attendance.  Admitted international students will then receive instructions about obtaining the appropriate visa to study at the University of Maryland which will require submission of additional documents.  Please see the Graduate Admissions Process for International applicants for more information.


Applicants are encouraged to contact the Hobsons online application’s helpdesk for any technical issues.  For questions related to the admissions process, prospective students may contact the Graduate School.