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How To Apply

Once you have determined the program to which you intend to apply, reviewed the general admissions criteria and deadlines, it is time to begin the application process.

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 program instructions.

As required by the Graduate School, all application materials are to be submitted electronically:

  • Graduate application
  • Transcripts (upload unofficial copy to application)
  • Statement of purpose (a statement about your goals, interests and experiences--approximately 1500 words)
  • Resume
  • Letters of recommendation (provide recommender's name & email on application--recommender will be contacted by auto-generated email to submit their electronic recommendation)
  • Research based Writing Sample (required for MA & Ph.D. applicants only)
  • Standardized Test, if required. (visit Master's Criteria OR Doctoral Criteria for information)
  • 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 the graduate degree program to which you apply. The admission recommendations from the programs/departments are submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School.  Thus, all degree-seeking applicants must be formally admitted to the University of Maryland Graduate School.  To ensure the integrity of the application process, the University of Maryland authenticates submitted materials through TurnItIn for Admissions.

Selecting the correct TLPL Major/Program Code

When completing your online application, all your application materials must have the correct Major/Program Code as follows:

Doctoral (Ph.D.) Program Applicants:

  • Applicants to the PhD program must select TLPL as their Major/program Code

Master's (M.Ed. and MA) Program Applicants:
  • Applicants who are interested in Curriculum Theory & Development, Education Policy, Foundations of Education and Policy Studies should select “Education Policy Studies” or EDPS.
  • Applicants interested in Art Education, Arts Integration, Elementary/Middle School Education, English Education, Reading Education with Specialist Certification, Mathematics Education, Minority and Urban Education (MUE), Education, Science Education, Social Studies Education, World Languages (specify language), and TESOL should select “Curriculum and Instruction” or EDCI.

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.


Deadlines vary by degree and program. Please visit our Deadlines webpage for more information.

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 appropriate Program Coordinator or the Graduate School.

Department: Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership (TLPL)
Programs: Curriculum & Instruction and Education Policy Studies.
Contact: Joy Jones at (301) 405-3324 or

Master’s of Education Certification programs(MCERT):
Contact: Kay Moon at (301) 405-4448 or