Doctoral Program Applicants

Application Instructions

Start your application now!  As part of our community, you will learn from renowned scholars, teachers, researchers, and clinicians. The UMB Graduate School educates leaders in many health science and health-care related fields, in biomedical and life sciences, and in human service sciences.

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Before beginning the application process, be sure to read all of the following instructions, and review Graduate School admissions requirements and guidelines here.  

Not all programs have the same admission requirements.  Please be sure to check the program’s website for program-specific requirements and for the program-specific Application Deadline date for your desired degree program.

The online application form, the fee, and all required supplemental items must be received by the published deadline in order for you to be considered for admission.

Step 1: Complete the online application

Follow the online instructions for completing the application and be sure to complete each section, including the certification.

Have your credit or debit card ready so that you can pay the application $75.00 fee. Be sure to keep the pop-up window open to the pay $75.00 fee until transaction complete.  When the fee has been submitted, you may continue with the application form and submit that separately. 

  • If your desired program does not appear in the drop-down menu, the deadline has passed or does not accept applications for the desired entry term.

You may stop and save your work to continue at a later time while completing the online application.  Be sure to keep your password in a secure place so that you can return to check on your application status later.

All of your information is transmitted through a secure server and is kept fully confidential

Step 2: Send us your supporting materials and supplemental items

Supporting materials are required as part of your application review. Please submit the online application before uploading your supporting material or supplemental items.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Upload your transcripts as a supplemental item to the online application. 

You must submit transcripts from each college/university attended, including non-degree coursework and coursework in progress at time of application.  Unofficial copies may be provided for the application review process.  

International Applicants: Please check the International Applicants page for additional transcript requirements.

If you are offered admission, you must then provide official transcripts from each college/university attended, including non-degree coursework and coursework in progress at time of application. The transcript must be provided to the Graduate School directly from the prior, degree-granting institution in a sealed envelope in order for that document to be considered official.  Alternatively, it may be provided to the Graduate School electronically by way of a secure, encrypted platform.  Each transcript should bear the signature of the registrar and the seal of the granting institution.

Transcripts (US only) may be obtained from/provided by one of the following secure, encrypted transcript services: 

Send encrypted, electronic transcripts from your issuing institution to:

If provided by mail, send official transcripts in sealed envelopes to:

ATTN: Admissions
University of Maryland, Baltimore
Graduate School
620 West Lexington Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201-1508

Letters of recommendation
Please provide three (3) recommendations from professors or others – perhaps supervisors in your workplace – who can attest to the quality of your academic performance, scholastic potential and other non-cognitive factors.  Your recommendations are managed by the online application; you will need the email addresses of your recommenders for this process.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Select doctoral programs require applicants to provide current, official results of scores earned on the GRE General Test (verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing). Score reports must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) agency to us; the UMB Graduate School’s institution code for the GRE is # 5848. 

The GRE General Test IS required by the following graduate programs: Biomedical Sciences-Dental School, Epidemiology and Human Genetics, Oral and Experimental Pathology, Physical Rehabilitation Science*, Marine Environmental Estuarine Studies and Nursing**. 

*Physical Rehabilitation Science PhD program applicants who currently hold PT licensure in the United States are not required to submit GRE scores.

**The GRE is required for Nursing PhD applicants with a GPA lower than 3.25 on a 4.0 scale or 4.01 on a 5.0 scale in your most recently earned degree. If the GRE is required you must have taken the test within five years of application date.

Your essay must be uploaded as a supplemental item to the online application.  The statement should be between 300- to 500-words and should address your academic and/or professional career goals and objectives in pursuing graduate study.   

English Language Proficiency (International Applicants Only)
The Graduate School accepts the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) as a measure of English proficiency.  Minimum, required scores are 80 on the Internet-based TOEFL, and 7.0 on the IELTS. Scores must be sent directly from ETS (for TOEFL, use institution code #5848) or the IELTS agency to the Graduate School.

CV or Resume
A Curriculum Vitae (CV) or resume is required by most graduate programs.  Your CV or resume must be uploaded as part of the online application.

Application for in-state status classification
Maryland residents only.  If you wish to be considered for in-state residency status for admission and tuition purposes you must complete an Application for In-State Classification and submit it to the campus classification officer within the Office of the Registrar.

Step 3: Complete your checklist  

In addition to the online application form (and $75.00 fee*), make sure that you have submitted all of your supplemental items and have checked all of your desired program’s admissions requirements.  Here’s a summary of the requirements:   

  • Transcripts
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Standardized tests; check to see if your desired program requires the GRE or not; international applicants need to submit results of the TOEFL or IELTS
  • CV or Resume
  • Program-specific requirements; check to see if your program requires an interview or some other item as part of the application review process

If you have problems with or questions about the application process, please contact us at 410.706.7131 or 


*Application fee waived for Nursing PhD applicants 

You can check the status of your application using your email address and the password that you created when you submitted your online application.  You may not make changes once it has been submitted, however.  Please send any changes or corrections to us at

We encourage you to follow-up with your prior institutions regarding the issuing of transcripts, as well as with your recommenders and testing agencies (where appropriate), to ensure completion of your application file.

  • Clearly identify yourself by using your complete name and applicant ID number on all materials and communications. Indicate any previous name(s) where appropriate.
  • International applicants desiring an online program of study should indicate “Overseas Online Student” (or ‘OV/Other Visa’) for their citizenship status.
  • If you are a military applicant, please be sure to contact our VA representative upon submittal of your application.
  • Don’t assume that we know you’re from Maryland! If you wish to be considered for in-state residency status for tuition purposes you must complete the Application for In-State Classification.  

Applications and supporting material(s) become the property of the UMB Graduate School and are not returned.  We encourage applicants to make and retain copies of all application documents before submission.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore Graduate School embraces a culture that embodies UMB's core values of accountability, civility, collaboration, diversity, excellence, knowledge, and leadership.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore does not discriminate in its admissions, educational services, or supporting services because of race, religion, age, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, or disability.

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