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Our students have an impressive track record of professional and academic achievements. Applicants to the M.P.P. should have, or be nearing completion of a bachelor’s degree. For the Ph.D. program, many successful applicants have a master’s degree or the equivalent, but applications to the Ph.D. program without a master’s degree are welcome.

The School admits both full and part-time students. Classes are held once a week, at either 4:30 pm or 7:10 pm, allowing students who work full time to enroll in the program.

Applicants are required to submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test. Admission decisions are based on the match between the program and applicant’s interests, academic record, GRE test results, and recommendations from professors (preferred) or others who can speak to the potential for success in graduate school.

Formal Admission to the M.P.P. or Ph.D. Program

To apply online go to the Graduate School website (prospective students to create an account, submit your application information and pay the application fee(currently $50) by credit card over a secure Internet connection. If you are a Peace Corps volunteer, McNair Scholar, Meyerhoff Scholar, Horizon Participant, UMBC employee, or Accelerated Pathways Program participant, contact our office for the appropriate application waiver code. The application will prompt you to provide the names and emails of at least 3 faculty recommenders, a statement of goals, and a list of colleges attended, majors and GPAs, as well as scores on the GRE general test and the TOEFL Scores (for international applicants). You will also need to submit official transcripts from each university attended. A current resume is also required by the program, and may be linked to the application. Research papers may also be submitted through this application link.

Deadlines for Formal Admission

M.P.P. – Typically rolling. Ideally applications should be received by January 15 for the fall semester, and November 1 for the spring semester, but we will accept M.P.P. applications until all slots are filled.

Ph.D. – January 15 only. Doctoral students are considered once a year for the next academic year. A student might be able to begin early as a non-degree student until the next Ph.D. admission cycle.

International students must apply by January 1 for fall semester, and May 1 for spring semester.

Application Guidelines for Fall 2019

Adviser List for Fall 2019

Other Resources

Office of Financial Aid

Accelerated Pathways (Bachelor’s/Master’s)

Juniors and Seniors at UMBC may take advantage of this option to get a head start on graduate school.

Non-degree Option

Take a course as a non-degree student before formally applying to the program. Email Tim Brennan for details on this option. (