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 (below). 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 the list at the bottom of this page. 

English Proficiency Reporting Options

Options for providing evidence of English proficiency include the following:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) Score

  • For the University of Maryland to receive your TOEFL score, please send your exam scores directly from ETS.
    • School Code (University of Maryland): 5814
    • Department Code (AMSC): 54

Pearson (PTE Academic) Score

  • PTE test takers can send their score reports to the University of Maryland through their Pearson Account.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) Score

  • The University of Maryland downloads IELTS scores that have been transmitted to our e-download account.  IELTS test takers should contact their IELTS test center directly to request electronic test scores be sent to the following IELTS e-download account:

University of Maryland - The Graduate School

The Graduate School

2123 Lee Building

College Park

Maryland, 20742


Please note: The Graduate School will not accept paper IELTS test report forms.

The Graduate School is currently accepting current/valid scores from TOEFL iBT Home Edition, the IELTS Academic Online, the IELTS Indicator (Academic), and the PTE Academic Online. We will be accepting these scores through Fall 2024.


Score Ranges

Please see the Graduate School's Requirements for Full Enrollment below. Please visit the Graduate School's page on English Proficiency Requirements for more details on policies, exemptions, and conditional enrollment. 

Note that these are the general TOEFL, IELTS or PTE requirements that have been established by the Graduate School, and individual programs reserve the right to hold their applicants to more stringent requirements.

In the AMSC program, a student who achieves a TOEFL iBT score of 105 or higher will have a greater chance of admission with financial support than an otherwise similar student with a lower score. This is equivalent to a TOEFL paper-based test score of 620 or higher, or a TOEFL CBT score of 260 or higher. 


iBT TOEFLRequirements for Full EnrollmentRequirements For Admission to English Bridge ProgramRequirements for Admission to Intensive English
Total 96 88-95 87 and below*
Speaking 22 18-21 18-21
Listening 24 18-23 18-23
Reading 26 20-25 20-25
Writing 24 20-23 20-23
IELTSRequirements for Full EnrollmentRequirements For Admission to English Bridge ProgramRequirements for Admission to Intensive English
Overall 7 6.5 6.0 and below*
Listening 7 6.5 6.0
Reading 7 6.5 6.0
Writing 7 6.5 6.0
Speaking 6.5 6.5 6.0
PTE RequirementRequirements for Full EnrollmentRequirements For Admission to English Bridge ProgramRequirements for Admission to Intensive English
Total 68 61-67 60 and below*
Writing 68    


Conditional Enrollment

If your TOEFL/IELTS/PTE score falls within the range for conditional enrollment, the Graduate School may admit you with an English language condition. If so, you will be notified of this requirement in your official admission letter issued by the Graduate School.

Please visit the Graduate School's site on English Language Proficiency Requirements for more details on conditional enrollment scores and options including an Intensive English language course, the English Bridge Program, and the Advanced English Writing Class. 


Exemptions from Submitting TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Scores:

  • Students who have received a degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. (with the exception of Puerto Rico) or a nationally recognized university in one of the countries on the subsequent list do not need to submit TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores.  This exemption also applies to students who are currently studying for a degree at an institution in the U.S. or one of the countries on the list, but will receive their degree before enrolling at the University of Maryland.
  • Note that you must have studied in the country and not in an online program nor at a foreign branch campus to be granted the exemption.  Students who have done a dual degree Bachelor’s program and earned a degree from an institution in a country on the list and a degree from a country not on the list, must have spent at least 2 years studying in the country on the waiver list to be eligible for an exemption from submitting an English score.


Exemption from the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE (English-Speaking Countries):

  • Antigua

  • Australia

  • Bahamas

  • Barbados

  • Belize

  • Bermuda

  • Botswana

  • Canada (English-speaking, i.e. not Quebec)

  • Cayman Islands

  • Dominica

  • Gambia

  • Ghana

  • Grand Turks and Caicos Islands

  • Grenada

  • Guyana

  • Ireland

  • Jamaica

  • Kenya

  • Lesotho

  • Liberia

  • Malawi

  • Montserrat

  • Namibia

  • New Zealand

  • Nigeria

  • Sierra Leone

  • Singapore

  • South Africa (English-speaking, i.e. not Afrikaans)

  • St. Lucia

  • St. Vincent

  • Eswatini (formerly Swaziland)

  • Tanzania

  • The British Virgin Islands- St. Kitts-Nevis, Anguilla

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • U.S. Virgin Islands- St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. John

  • Uganda

  • United Kingdom

  • Zambia

  • Zimbabwe

  • Note: Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens but the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE is required.