The Golden ID program of the Graduate School at the University of Maryland, Baltimore offers academic opportunities for eligible Maryland residents at a greatly reduced cost. If admitted, Golden ID students may receive certain tuition benefits. Golden ID students are also entitled to library, lab and recreational facility use.
To be eligible for Golden ID benefits, you must be admitted to eligible degree programs of Graduate School. You must meet the admissions requirements of the program as well as those of the Graduate School.
In addition, you must:
- Be a legal resident of Maryland
- Be at least 60 years of age
- Be retired or not engaged in gainful employment for more than 20 hours per week
When you apply for Golden ID benefits, the Office of the Registrar may also request:
- A photocopy of your Maryland driver’s license and/or passport to validate birth date and residency
- A photocopy of social security or pension statements and/or letter from former employer to validate retirement/employment status
You may review the entire University System of Maryland (USM) policy here
Applying for Admission
Golden ID candidates may seek admission following the instructions in the application for admission. Complete admissions guidelines and instructions are available at on our Admissions Page. Please note Golden ID applicants are expected to meet the same admissions criteria as all other Graduate School applicants. In addition to formally applying to the program of your choice, please complete the Golden ID Eligibility Form and route it to the Registrar's office for official approval.
Golden ID students at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, are entitled to waiver of tuition for up to 3 courses per term. Total benefits cover the university tuition only. Expenses such as university fees and library fees are not covered by Golden ID benefits and are the student’s responsibility. Not all academic programs are eligible for Golden ID benefits. Please inquire with firstname.lastname@example.org about the eligibility of individual programs.
MS in Health Science and MS in Health and Social Innovation.
Aging and Applied Thanatology*, Biomedical Entrepreneurship*, Global Health Innovation*, Global Health Monitoring and Evaluation*, Global Health Systems*, Implementation and Dissemination Science*, Integrative Health and Wellness*, Intercultural Leadership*, Research Administration*, Research Ethics*, Science Communication*, Vulnerability and Violence Reduction*, nondegree/coursework only, MS in Forensic Medicine, PhD in Health Professions Education.
*Denotes certificate program
UMB reserves the right to exclude other programs from Golden ID eligibility.