Frequently Asked Questions

1. When is the application deadline to the MIM program?

January 31st, 2018 is the application deadline for international and domestic students aiming to apply to start the program in Fall 2018.

2. Does your school accept a 3-year Bachelor degree?

Unfortunately, the University of Maryland graduate school, including the Masters of Information Management program, does not accept a bachelor’s degree with only three years of study.

3. Do I have to take and submit GRE and TOEFL exams?

You will be required to submit TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores if you do not hold a degree from a U.S. institution or from one of the English speaking countries (the list of countries can be found here https://gradschool.umd.edu/admissions/english-language-proficiency-requi...).  If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident with international credentials, you will still be required to submit English test scores if you do not hold a degree from one of the countries on this list.

Applicants need to have a TOEFL score of at least 100 to be considered for admission to the MIM program.

If you hold an undergraduate degree from a U.S. institution AND your undergraduate GPA was higher than 3.25, your GRE admission requirement will be waived.

Applicants need to have a verbal GRE of at least 40 percentile and a quantitative GRE of at least 60 percentile to be considered to the MIM program.

Average TOEFL and GRE scores of admitted for Fall 2016 and Fall 2017 MIM applicants can be found here https://ischool.umd.edu/mim-admissions.

4. Do I need to submit both, statement of purpose and supplementary application, essays?

Yes, a MIM applicant has to submit both essays to be considered for admission to the MIM program.

Statement of Purpose guidelines can be found here https://app.applyyourself.com/_fileroot/clnt-1072/umdstatementofpurpose.pdf.

MIM Supplementary Application essay guidelines can be found here 

5. Do I need programming experience to apply to the MIM program?

The MIM program accepts students from a very wide range of academic majors and backgrounds, and some come in with no programming experience at all (e.g. business, politics, biology backgrounds). We feel strongly that students of all kinds of academic background and experience levels have valuable knowledge to bring to the conversation about MIM, and we are committed to developing an intellectually diverse cohort of students in our program.

Students who come in with little or no programming experience are required to take an introductory programming class in their first semester in the program in order to establish their skillset. Students who come into the program with a strong computer science/technology background may apply to waive this introductory programming class requirement once they have been admitted. All students, regardless of previous experience, will develop their necessary information management skills through class projects, internships, and their final capstone or thesis projects.

6. Do you prefer that applicants have work experience before applying?

Yes, MIM students are required to have at least one year of full-time work experience in the information technologies field (that might include information technology, management, user experience, project management, business analysis, database management, etc.).

7. I submitted my standardized test scores, but my application is still marked incomplete. What happened and do I need to submit my scores again?

Because standardized test scores are manually processed by the University, it can sometimes take a few days for the scores to be marked as received on the application. If it has been several days since your scores were sent but your application is still marked as "incomplete", you can contact either the MIM program coordinator at mimcoordinator@umd.edu, or the iSchool Student Services Office at iSchoolAdvisors@umd.edu and we will check the status of your scores.

8. When is the deadline to accept/reject my admissions decision, and how do I do that?

When you receive your official admission decision notification from The Graduate School, it contains a link for you to click and to officially declare your intent to enroll at the University of Maryland. The deadline to accept or reject your admissions decision is April 15. If you don’t communicate your enrollment decision to us by this date, you may miss important communications sent to all enrolled students.

9. I just received an email saying I’ve been admitted on a provisional basis, what does that mean? What do I need to do?

If your acceptance letter indicates that you've been admitted on a provisional basis, it means that you have not yet submitted your final official academic transcript and/or degree certificate. Students admitted on a provisional basis will not be permitted to register for Spring (their second academic semester) courses until the missing documents are provided to the University.

10. When do I have to submit my official transcripts? Do I have to mail them or can I send them electronically?

You can submit your official transcripts to the Graduate School via mail or in-person when you reach the campus in August. If you are submitting your transcripts via mail, all transcripts must be sent to the following address:

University of Maryland College Park

Enrollment Services Operation -- Attention: Graduate Admissions

Room 0130 Mitchell Building

College Park, MD  20742

11. Should I pay a deposit to hold my admission before the confirmation deadline?

At this time, no deposit is required to hold your place in admission.

12. Once I decide to accept admission, what tuition and fees will I be expected to pay?

Please visit our page regarding tuition and fees: https://ischool.umd.edu/tuition-fees. Please keep in mind that the fees listed on the page reflect the most current tuition and fees of the university, which are subject to change. Your tuition bill will become available a few weeks after you register for your first semester courses. Information about the registration process will be communicated later.

Tuition payment due dates can be found here: https://www.bursar.umd.edu/t_billDueDates.html.

If you have any questions about your tuition bill, please contact the office of Bursar: https://www.bursar.umd.edu/index.html

13. Could you please tell me which campus I am admitted to, do I have a choice?

The Masters of Information Management (MIM) program at the University of Maryland is offered on our main campus in College Park, with courses additionally being offered through our campus at Shady Grove: https://www.shadygrove.umd.edu/.

Students are required to submit a choice of their campus while submitting the application to the program. Please note: campus declaration won’t restrict you from taking courses in another iSchool location (campus). Tuition and fees differ based on the campus.

14. How can I find out if I’m eligible for scholarships or graduate assistantships?

The iSchool has its own in-house Fall and Spring scholarships and awards, and we will notify all eligible students about those as they become available (the email will be sent through the iSchoolannouncements listserv to which all admitted students are subscribed automatically). The announcement will have the scholarship description and the application process details.

Additionally, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid website for more information on obtaining scholarships, grants, and other means of financial aid.

Students may apply for graduate assistantships offered throughout the university. Listings are posted at ejobs.umd.edu, and are posted frequently, so check back often for updated listings. The graduate assistantship benefits are available to students even if their assistantship is in a department outside of the iSchool.

15. Will I receive email updates of upcoming deadlines and things to do prior to the first semester?

Yes. Once you accept your admission, we will periodically send out information to all of our incoming students regarding registration, orientation, and important updates. We will do our best to be thorough in our delivery of information without overwhelming your email inbox!

16. I'm an international student, and I have questions about financial aid, visas, and immunizations. How do I get information about that?

Transitioning to graduate school can be a difficult thing, and transitioning to a new country can sometimes feel overwhelming. The Office of International Student Services (ISSS) - https://globalmaryland.umd.edu/offices/international-students-scholar-services - has a dedicated team who is equipped to help our international students transition to life in the United States as well as life on the University of Maryland campus. They have a great amount of information about visas and immunizations as well as the financial aid opportunities for international students.

Information about immunizations can also be addressed to the UMD Health Center - http://health.umd.edu/.

The University of Maryland Office of Student Financial Aid created a resource for international students. Review the types of assistance for which international students can and cannot apply here https://financialaid.umd.edu/osfa/for_international.html.

17. I have questions that weren't listed here. How can I have them answered?

Send us an email at ischooladmission@umd.edu and we'll answer them as soon as we can!