The admissions process for the MIM program is designed to determine whether the program is a good fit for the applicant’s background, education, and professional development goals. MIM Candidates are have:

  • Received a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with at least a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale
  • Received a GRE or GMAT Verbal score in the 40 percentile or higher, and Quantitative scores in the 60 percentile or higher (when GRE/GMAT scores are required)
  • International students have received a TOEFL score of 100 or higher
  • Have one or more years of full-time work experience in IT field (for example, information technology, management, user experience, project management, business analysis, and database management.)
  • Possess experience, education, or substantial interest in technology, information, and management

Admissions Criteria and Guidelines

The average GRE percentile rankings for students recommended for Fall 2016 admission were:
51% (151) Verbal, 81% (162) Quantitative, 88.75% (3.55) Analytical.

The average TOEFL score for students recommended for Fall 2016 admission was:
26.5 Reading, 26.5 Listening, 24.5 Speaking, 26 Writing.

University of Maryland Admission Procedure

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.

MIM Application Requirement

In the online application to the Graduate School, you will be able to upload a copy of your unofficial transcript in the Previous Education section. This is sufficient for the purposes of the review process of your application. However, if you are offered admission and choose to enroll in the University of Maryland, you will need to send your official and unopened (in a sealed envelope) transcript to: 
University of Maryland College
Park Enrollment Services Operation -- Attn: Graduate Admissions
Room 0130 Mitchell Building
College Park, MD 20742

Provide names and email addresses of three individuals who will provide online letters of recommendation

  • CV/Resume

  • GRE or GMAT scores (if applicable) 

You must take the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) unless you are a U.S. applicant who has either a 3.25 or above cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) OR have completed another graduate program. If you do not meet these criteria, you must take the GRE or GMAT and arrange for the scores to be sent to the University of Maryland.
GRE - Institution Code: 5814 
GMAT - Institution Code: SQT-N8-78
  • TOEFL/IELTS/PTE scores (if applicable) 

TOEFL - 5814

Non-refundable application fee ($75) for each program to which an applicant applies

You will be able to check your application and document status via your application dashboard.

The electronic submission of application materials helps expedite the review of an application. Completed applications are reviewed by the program’s admissions committee. After the review, the admissions committee submits the recommendations of the applicant admissions to the Dean of the University of Maryland Graduate School. The Graduate School does a final evaluation of the application and, either, makes the official offer of admission or requests missing documentation. 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.

International Graduate Applicants

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

The University of Maryland Graduate School offers admission to international students based on academic information; however, it is not a guarantee of attendance. After receiving an admission decision from the graduate school, 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.

Help with the Application

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

Graduate School evidence of English Proficiency Requirement

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
​ Reporting code 5814
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
​Reporting code 5814
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE)
​The minimum score requirement is 68 for full admission
Reporting code 5814

If you are admitted to the university graduate program but your English Proficiency scores do not meet the minimum requirements, you will be required to take a placement test through the Maryland English Institute (MEI). Based on the results of the MEI examination, it may be determined that:

  • The student has satisfactory English language proficiency.
  • The student needs more English language training, requiring successful completion of the semi-intensive English Language course at MEI.
  • The student needs to complete a full-time intensive English language program before being admitted to the academic program.
  • Students who need further English must enroll in the required course during their first semester of study at the University.

Applicants do not need to submit the English Proficiency Score, if they received their degree from an education institution in the U.S. or a nationally recognized university in one of the countries on the list that follows:

Antigua, Australia, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Cameroon, Canada (English-speaking, i.e. not Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Gambia, Ghana, Grand Turks and Caicos Islands, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Montserrat, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Swaziland, Tanzania, The Bahamas, The British Virgin Islands- St. Kitts-Nevis, Anguilla, Trinidad and Tobago, U.S. Virgin Islands- St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. John, Uganda, United Kingdom, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Note: Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens but the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE is required.

Note: For US citizens or permanent residents with foreign credentials, if your native language is not English and you do not hold a degree from an institution in the US or one of the anglophone countries and areas previously listed, you will be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Application Deadlines

Best Consideration: December 15
Apply by this date for best consideration for application to the MIM program. Candidates applying by the preferred deadline will have first priority for admission into space-limited specializations.

Final International and Domestic: January 17
Applicants are responsible for the timely completion of their applications. Only complete applications will be submitted to the admissions committee for review. Please contact the Student Services Office with concerns about missing documents (

Requesting Deferred Enrollment

The iSchool Student Services Office maintains application files until they are evaluated for admission or the application deadline for the requested semester has passed. To defer your enrollment for a subsequent academic year, the applicant must notify the iSchool Student Services Office ( PRIOR to the beginning of the original entry semester. Otherwise, the application will be deleted.

An applicant wishing to be considered after the file has been deleted must again pay the required Graduate School application fee and re-apply to both, the University of Maryland Graduate School and the College of Information Studies. The new application will be evaluated on the basis of admission standards existing at the time of reapplication.

Contact Information

Please contact iSchool Student Services Office for admission-related information:
Room 4110, Hornbake Building South Wing
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-4325    
Tel: (301) 405-2038
Fax: (301) 405-9145