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English Language Proficiency Requirements

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 this list.

Options for providing evidence of English proficiency include:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Score

  • For the University of Maryland to receive your TOEFL score, please use the reporting code 5814.

Pearson(PTE) Score

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

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 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 Buliding
    College Park
    Maryland, 20742
     
    Please note: The Graduate School will not accept paper IELTS test report forms.

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.

iBT TOEFL Requirements

iBT TOEFL

Requirements for Full Enrollment 

Requirements For Admission to English Bridge Program

Requirements for Admission to Intensive English 

Total

100

90-99

84-89

Speaking

22

18

18

Listening

24

18-23

18-23

Reading

26

20-25

20-25

Writing

24

20-23

20-23

IELTS Requirements

IELTS

Requirements for Full Enrollment

Requirements For Admission to English Bridge Program

Requirements for Admission to Intensive English

Overall

7

6.5

6.0

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 Requirements

PTE Requirement

Requirements for Full Enrollment

Requirements For Admission to English Bridge Program

Requirements for Admission to Intensive English

Total

68

61-68

56-60

Please note that an applicant cannot be considered for admission to the University if their TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores do not meet the minimum requirements for admission to Intensive English.  If the scores fall in the range of needing one of the English courses, one of the following will apply:

Intensive English:

  • Graduate students whose English test scores are in the range of Intensive English must enroll in and successfully complete the Intensive language course at the Maryland English Institute during their first semester. 
  • During their first semester they will only be permitted to enroll in Intensive English.  No academic coursework will be permitted.

English Bridge Program:

  • Graduate students whose English test scores are in the range of the English Bridge Program must enroll in and successfully complete the Semi-Intensive language course at the Maryland English Institute during their first semester.
  • They can take up to two academic courses in addition to this English study. 

Advanced English Writing Class:

  • Graduate students whose TOEFL or IELTS meets the sectional score requirements for full admission, with the exception of the writing score, will be admitted with the condition that they successfully complete the Advanced English Writing Class at the Maryland English Institute in their second semester of study.

Exempt 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 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.
  • Students from any of the countries on the subsequent list are not required to submit TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores.

Please be advised:

  • The Department of Communication requires all non-native English-speaking students (including students with prior U.S. degrees) to submit TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores.
  • The School of Music will only allow an applicant to the M.M. or D.M.A. to be exempt from submitting a TOEFL, IELTS or PTE score if they have earned an undergraduate degree from an institution in the United States or another country on the waiver list.  Any applicants required to submit an English score must have a TOEFL score of at least 90 to be scheduled for an audition.  However, an English score sufficient for full admission must be received in order for admission to be processed.  Those applying to the M.M. are only required to score a 20 on the writing section of the TOEFL to qualify for full admission.
  • The same TOEFL, IELTS and PTE requirements apply for applicants to online and hybrid programs (programs which are partially online and partially on campus), however, the scores must meet the requirements for full admission.  We can’t admit students to online and hybrid programs whose scores fall in the range of needing English study as they will not be on campus to attend the necessary English course.

NOTE:  These are the general TOEFL, IELTS or PTE requirements that have been established by the Graduate School.  Individual programs reserve the right to hold their applicants to more stringent requirements, including only considering applicants whose TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores meet the requirements for full admission.  We recommend that you check with the program that you are applying to in order to make sure that they do not have additional requirements above and beyond what is listed here.

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

Antigua

Australia

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

Montserrat

Namibia

New Zealand

Nigeria

Sierra Leone

Singapore

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

St. Lucia

St. Vincent

Swaziland

Tanzania

The Bahamas

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.

Contact Information

The Graduate School, University of Maryland

2123 Lee Building
7809 Regents Drive
College Park, MD 20742
301-405-3644
gradschool@umd.edu