We're glad you have decided to apply to our program! To be considered for admission to the Higher Education and International Education programs each applicant must submit an online application and required program materials directly to the Graduate School. Please follow the ten steps below to apply. Not sure if our programs are right for you? Contact one of our 
graduate assistants

 in your program area of interest.

How to Apply

Step 1: Go to the Graduate School application and create an account.

Step 2: Complete the Demographics and Contact Information sections.

Step 3: In the Educational Intent section select the following

  1. Applicant type (Domestic, international)
  2. Select the term of Entrance
  3. Select College/School: College of Education
  4. Intended Program of Study: HIED or HISA or HIEP
  5. Degree type: M.A. or Ph.D.
  6. Area of Interest 1, 2, 3: N/A

Step 4: Complete the Previous Education section and upload your transcript(s).  If international, upload your original transcript with English translation (WES evaluation is not accepted by the Graduate School), certificate and diploma. Note: If accepted by the program and the Graduate School, you will have the first semester of enrollment to submit official transcripts).

Step 5: Complete the Personal information, Maryland Residency (as appropriate)

Step 6:  Upload Section: upload your Resume/CV and Writing Sample.

Step 7: Add Your Recommendations.  Submit three recommender name and email addresses.  The recommenders will receive a communication via email to submit a letter of support on your behalf.

Step 8: GRE scores are not required for master's applicants, but are required for doctoral applicants.  Doctoral applicants, please ensure an official GRE score report is submitted to the Graduate School using institution code 5814.

Step 9: Check your application for errors and pay the non-refundable application fee of $75.00. (You must pay the fee with a credit card in order to submit the application).

Step 10: Look for Financial Support

All applicants will be automatically screened for merit-based fellowships. Check out the financial aid page for other opportunities for funding your graduate education at HIED or HIEP.

Note for International Applicants: If the program deadline is before the OIS deadline of February 1st, please note that ALL applications from international students must be received by the Office of International Services deadline of December 3rd. International applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible to avoid processing delays. Please note the special deadlines and additional criteria for International Application: http://www.international.umd.edu/ies/91.

Make sure that all of your application materials have been submitted prior to the program deadlines of December 3rd.

Note: Applications are not reviewed until they are complete. The deadlines refer to complete application packets. Since it takes time to compile the various components of an application package, it is to the applicant's advantage to apply well before the published deadline. This is especially true if the applicant intends to be considered for a fellowship, assistantship, or other form of financial aid.