1.4. What materials should be sent via the mail and what materials should be sent electronically?
All materials can be submitted electronically via the online application with the exception of the official transcript(s). If you have filed something electronically, there is no need to submit a paper version. Electronic submissions of application materials are recommended as they can be processed much sooner.
The Enrollment Services Office typically takes 10 business days to process your application materials after they have arrived. Please wait 10 business days after your materials have arrived at the university before contacting our office regarding missing materials. You can also use your Hobsons ID to log in and check the status of your application.
1.9. May I mail my admission materials during the Winter Holiday?
Yes. The university will still receive mail and packages during the winter holidays. However, during the days that the university is closed, materials will not be processed and entered into the application system. Please plan accordingly. Detailed dates of university holidays can be found here.
1.11. Do I need to submit a Certification of Finances form?
If you are an international student and are admitted, you must submit a Certification of Finances form. However, you may wait until after you have received notification of whether or not you were awarded funding to submit the certificate. Please see here for more details.
Our school code for ETS is 5814. Our department code for the TOEFL 54. Our department code for the GRE is 0702. You can use the Math Department code if you like. Since the test scores are sent to the graduate school, any program you are applying to has access to them. Our four letter program code for University of Maryland application materials is AMSC.
2.2. Do I have to submit my GRE and TOEFL scores via ETS?
Applicants must submit their official exam scores through ETS. However, we encourage applicants to upload a photocopy (pdf preferred) in the "Attachments" section in the online application as backup documentation.
The admissions committee strongly recommends that subject GRE scores be submitted from any relevant discipline, but it is not required. Since the GRE subject testing is not being offered currently due to COVID-19, we encourage you to submit your scores if you have them, although it is not expected.
2.4. Are my GRE scores competitive with other applicants for your program?
Students entering the program with financial support have average GRE general exam scores of 590 (prior scale)/159 (current scale) on the verbal section, 795 (prior scale)/165 (current scale) on the quantitative section, and 4.59 on the analytical writing section.
2.5. Are my TOEFL scores competitive with other applicants for your program?
International applicants who achieve a TOEFL score of 620 (paper based test) (260 CBT, 105 IBT) or higher will have a greater chance to be admitted with financial support than an otherwise similar student with a lower score.
2.7. I already have a PhD from an accredited US university. Do I still need to take the GRE?
No. If you have a PhD from an accredited US university, you are not required to submit GRE scores. However, we still do recommend that you submit valid GRE scores so that your scores may evaluated against other applicant's scores.
In general, all international students are required to submit TOEFL scores.
Students who have or will be awarded a degree from the U.S., United Kingdom, Anglophone Africa, Anglophone Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and the Commonwealth Caribbean prior to enrolling in the University of Maryland are not required to submit TOEFL scores.
For US citizens or permanent residents with foreign credentials, if your native language is not English and you do not hold a degree from an institution in the US or one of the anglophone countries and areas previously listed, you will be required to submit TOEFL scores.
Unofficial transcripts are sufficient for the application process and may be submitted electronically. However, upon admission to the university, official transcripts must be submitted to the Graduate School.
5.2. I did not major in math as an undergraduate. What should I do?
Our program highly values students from diverse academic backgrounds. However, applicants must demonstrate the ability to succeed in graduate level math courses. Students accepted into the program typically have math degrees or have taken a substantial amount of advanced math courses.
To be competitive, applicants should have taken at minimum 4 upper-level courses past Linear Algebra. Furthermore, high grades in graduate level math courework will greatly strengthen an application.
6.2. Are there scholarships available for students pursuing a MS/PhD in the AMSC program?
Most PhD students admitted to the AMSC program receive a full-time Teaching Assistantship from the Math department, which covers tuition but not fees. The TAship also comes with an annual stipend and the option to join the Maryland State Employees’ Health and Benefits Plans. There are also funding opportunities available outside of the Math department, which can be found here.
7.3. Is it possible to visit the department prior to being admitted to the program?
Unfortunately, there are no formal visitations planned for students who have not yet been admitted to the program. However, you are welcome to visit the University and take a tour of the campus. More information on campus tours can be found on the Visitor Center page. Additionally, you can contact our faculty and set up an appointment with them. We highly suggest making an appointment with the faculty before visiting their offices. A list of our faculty can be found here.