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The University of Maryland (UMD) is committed to our graduate students and to the more than 230 programs in which they are enrolled. Our graduate student community consists of approximately 10,500 students, 4,600 of whom are pursuing a PhD, 5,200 who are enrolled in traditional and professional master’s programs, and nearly 700 who are not yet seeking a degree but are enrolled in graduate courses or certificate programs. International students make up more than 40 percent of our graduate student population, women comprise close to 50 percent, and minorities comprise nearly 20 percent. We pride ourselves on our diverse and stimulating campus culture.

In many ways, graduate study is an apprenticeship. To be successful, you must commit to hours of concentrated work, independent research, and original writing. Graduate work takes time, patience, focus, discipline, and the willingness to make many personal sacrifices. Despite those challenges, the UMD campus, the Washington, DC metropolitan area, and the graduate student community can provide a most agreeable environment.

We are delighted that you are considering a graduate program at the University of Maryland, College Park. We offer a wide array of distinguished programs in many disciplines, and we encourage you to explore them to find the one that best aligns with your interests. Please be sure to read all instructions and requirements carefully to ensure a proper and complete application, and to avoid mistakes that may delay the consideration of your application. Also, remember that the Graduate School and your program of interest are here to help guide you through the admissions process. Feel free to contact us with questions. 

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