Statement of Mutual Expectations

GRADUATE STUDENTS in CMNS doctoral programs are expected to develop a mastery of their field, and gain familiarity with their discipline from arrival to graduation.

In particular, full-time doctoral students who arrive with a baccalaureate degree normally will:
  • Become engaged in research no later than during their 2nd year, and often in their 1st year.
  • Identify a thesis adviser by the end of the second year.
  • Identify a thesis topic during their 3rd year.
  • Secure admission to candidacy within 3-4 years.
  • Submit at least one paper for publication prior to graduation.
  • Complete all requirements and graduate within 5-6 years.
Graduate students in CMNS doctoral programs normally may expect:
  • A wide selection of courses relevant to the intended field of study.
  • Advice and mentoring by faculty in their program prior to the selection of an adviser.
  • Regular access and advice during the research and thesis preparation.
  • Training in the preparation of oral and written scholarly presentations; in particular, advice and support for the writing of at least one paper for publication and one formal oral presentation.
  • Introductions, for example at conferences, to other members of the field.
  • Assistance and advice with post Ph.D. professional advancement and employment.

University of Maryland's Graduate Application Process

Information for all students

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.

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

  • Graduate application
  • Transcripts
  • Statement of purpose
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Program/Department supporting documents (as applicable)
  • Non-refundable application fee ($75) for each program to which an applicant applies

Admissions Requirements FAQ

The electronic submission of application materials helps expedite the review of an application. Completed applications are reviewed by an admissions committee in each graduate degree program. The recommendations of the committees are submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School, who will make the final admission decision. 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.

Information for international 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.


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 Graduate School.

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Make sure to include your name, mailing address, and current institution.

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