Admissions information

Applicants will be considered for admission and advising on all campuses by faculty associated with an appropriate Foundation, based on the applicant's requests. Prospective students may apply through either the Graduate School at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, the Graduate School at College Park (for UMCP, UMCES, or UMB; click on APPLY NOW), or the Graduate School at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES).  In general, a student who has identified a specific member of the faculty with whom to work should apply to the campus where that faculty member is affiliated. If you are unsure where to apply, apply to UMCP as we can always transfer your materials should you matriculate elsewhere. 

Applicants to the MEES Program will be considered at both the M.S. and Ph.D. levels. In the event an applicant to the Ph.D. program has only a B.A. or B.S. degree, admission may initially be made to the M.S. program with the possibility of a change to the Ph.D. program upon successful completion of a probationary period and the recommendation of the student's Research Advisory Committee.

An Admissions Committee from each Foundation has been established to evaluate the applications of prospective students based on the following criteria: 

1. The applicant's research interests must be clearly stated and relevant to the MEES Foundation
2. The academic preparation of the applicant must be consistent with stated interests and Foundation requirements.
3. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better
4. The undergraduate GPA must be at least 3.0, although some students with a GPA below 3.0 may be provisionally accepted based on related research or work experience.
5. Applicants must submit the following required documents as part of their application for graduate study in the MEES Program:

  • Official transcripts of all college-level work.
  • A brief essay clearly defining areas of research interest and research objectives (preferably including the Foundation of interest). The essay should not be in outline form. 
  • A current CV or resume. 
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the academic work of the applicant.
  • Official Graduate Record Examination Scores (Only the General Test is required)
  • International Applicants: Most international applicants will be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS exam scores.  Should you have any questions as to whether you are exempt, please contact the appropriate graduate school.  

Please submit all application materials through the appropriate graduate school listed above.  DO NOT SEND APPLICATION MATERIALS TO THE MEES OFFICE.


MEES APPLICATION DEADLINES:

All MEES Applications must be received by the following dates:

Application Submission Deadlines for Fall:

Domestic and International:

January 13 of the same year you wish to enroll

Application Submission Deadlines for Spring:

Domestic and International:

SEPTEMBER 30 of the preceding year in which you wish to enroll

*Note: All international applicants should submit their application to UMCP regardless of where their intended advisor is located**

The initial screening of an applicant's credentials is done by the Admissions Committee of the appropriate Foundation. Each Foundation has specific course prerequisites (described in the curriculum section of the website). Students missing one or two of the courses would be expected to successfully complete them during their first year of study. Students missing three or more prerequisites will generally not be admitted, and may wish to consider successfully completing some of them before applying or re-applying to the MEES program.

Though it is not necessary to have an advisor before applying, no student will be admitted to the Program until an advisor has been identified.  The ultimate responsibility of finding an advisor rests with the applicant.  It is strongly recommended that you contact an appropriate member of the MEES faculty to inquire about the possibility of working with him or her.  Once identified, the advisor needs to contact the MEES office via email to confirm their intent to advise.  The student will be matriculated on the degree-granting campus of their advisor, following formal acceptance of the applicant by the appropriate Graduate School.

How To Apply

Prospective students may apply through any of the University of Maryland campuses. In general, a student who has identified a specific member of the faculty with whom to work should apply to the campus where that faculty member is affiliated, with the exception of international applicants. 

Please submit your application materials to only one campus. All application materials should be submitted through the appropriate graduate school. If you have any questions, please contact the MEES Office.
 

Graduate School at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (for UMBC)
Graduate School at the University of Maryland at College Park (for UMCP, UMCES, or UMB and ALL INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS)
Graduate School at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (for UMES)

Please submit all application materials through the appropriate graduate school listed above.  DO NOT SEND APPLICATION MATERIALS TO THE MEES OFFICE.