STEP 1: Qualifications

The Graduate School requires all admitted graduate students to have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States, or the equivalent of a baccalaureate degree in another country. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is normally required for admission into this program while rare exceptions can be made. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required.

Students can be admitted into the program with various backgrounds. However, to be able to officially start the program in the fall, students are required to meet the prerequisite requirements:

  • An introductory course in GIS and/or Remote Sensing (or proof of practical/field experience)

To get admission, the applicants are not required to have any GIS or remote sensing background. However, before they can start the program, they have to meet the prerequisites. For students applying for Graduate Certificate track, only GIS  is required as prerequisite. For students applying for the Master's degree track, they must have GIS, remote sensing background. These prerequisite courses (GEOG579, and GEOG579B) are offered online by the MPSGIS program during the summer proceeding the fall term when the program starts. You can either take these prerequisite courses here in the University of Maryland or the equivalent courses in other institutions. The prerequisite courses do not count toward the degree.

If you are an international student who is interested in a online only version of the MPS program, that would not require you to submit a visa please send a email to geog-gis [at] to expresses your interest.

STEP 2: Application Deadlines

Students are admitted to the program during either the Fall and Spring terms. Currently international applicants may only be admitted for the Fall term MPS track.

Domestic and Permanent Resident Deadlines:

  • Spring Priority - December 14
  • Spring Firm - February 15
  • Fall Priority - May 16
  • Fall Firm - July 26

International Applicant Deadline:

NOTE: Fall 19 international applicants must score at least 100 on the TOEFL exam for admissions consideration.

  • Fall - March 15 

You are encouraged to contact us (geog-gis [at] with any questions on the application deadline. The actual deadlines may vary depending on the applicant's background. For questions regarding international admissions please visit the International Student & Scholar Services Website

STEP 3: Application Instructions

Useful links for applying to the University of Maryland Graduate School:

NOTE: Besides the standard Graduate School Application Form, applicants are required to submit official transcripts from previous colleges or universities, a cover letter or statement of purposeresume, and at least two recommendation letters.

STEP 4: University of Maryland's Graduate Application Process

The University of Maryland’s Graduate School accepts applications through its ApplyYourself/Hobsons 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
  • College or University Transcripts
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Program/Department Supporting Documents
  • 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 iThenticate for Admissions.

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 of 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.

Graduate School Contact

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.

Tuition/Fees (as of Fall 2018)
Tuition: $764.00 per credit (same for in-state and out-of-state)
Mandatory Campus Fee: Fall / Spring:
$449.00 flat rate part-time (1 to 8 credits)
$810.00 flat rate full-time (9 or more credits)
Winter / Summer:
$95.00 flat rate per term
Lab Fees: Some courses have a $40.00 lab fee
International Student Fee: For all international students (who are neither U.S. citizens nor permanent residents)
$62.50 per semester part-time
$125.00 per semester full-time
Fee revenue will be used to support international students: improved academic support, expanded assistance for students transitioning to the U.S., and international student-focused cultural events to foster an engaged, supportive community.

Note: Tuition will potentially increase annually at the same rate as the university graduate school tuition.