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How to Apply

Please be sure to complete and submit your online application form before attempting to upload documents and before providing recommendations. Once you have submitted your application, you may then go to the Supplemental Items section of the online application to view your supplemental items and recommendations (menu bar on top of the page - you may need to refresh your browser first). Recommendations are managed by the online application; you will need the email addresses of your recommenders to complete this process

Applicants will need to take the GRE (Graduate Record Exam). Our institutional code is 5848. Our program code is 0606.

NOTE: International students must submit complete applications (including a TOEFL score of 80 or better for the internet-based test) by January 1st for fall admission. The Graduate Program in Life Sciences (GPILS) requires international applicants to provide a transcript evaluation from a NACES member evaluation agency in addition to the official translated transcripts or mark sheets.

If you would like to receive additional information, please create an account here:

In addition to the above test scores, all applicants must also submit a Statement of Purpose, a CV, 3 letters of recommendation, and official copies of transcripts from each college attended. Please be sure that your Statement of Purpose addresses the following questions:

  • What are your long-term goals and how will this program help you toward attaining those goals?
  • How have you prepared for and what is your plan to reach your long-term goals?
  • What research or whose research are you interested in and why?
  • If applicable, share your past research experiences or encounters with research. Discuss the aspects that impacted you the most.

Once you have created an account you will submit your recommenders' emails into the system and they will receive notification to submit letters of recommendation directly into your application package.

GRE scores, TOEFL scores, and official transcripts should be sent to the Graduate School at 620 West Lexington St., 5th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201.

All above application materials must be completed, submitted, and received by January 15th for PhD applicants and by February 15th for all MS applicants. Our priority deadline for PhD applicants is December 1st.


Unofficial copies of your transcripts may be provided for the application review process and should be uploaded as supplemental items to the online application. You must submit transcripts from each college/university attended, including coursework in progress at the time of application.

If you are offered admission, you must then provide official transcripts from each college/university from which a degree was earned.  The transcript must be provided to the Graduate School directly from the prior, degree-granting institution in a sealed envelope in order for that document to be considered official.  Alternatively, it may be provided to the Graduate School electronically by way of a secure, encrypted platform.  Each transcript should bear the signature of the registrar and the seal of the granting institution. 

Transcripts (US only) may be obtained from/provided by one of the following secure, encrypted transcript services:

National Student Clearinghouse

International applicants must provide one (1) official transcript in English and one (1) official native language transcript or mark sheet from each college or university attended. Each set of documents must list subjects studied, grades or marks received, and rank in class or division.

The Graduate Programs in Life Sciences (GPILS) requires international applicants to provide a transcript evaluation from a NACES member evaluation agency in addition to the official, translated transcripts or mark sheets. We recommend using one of the following companies:

Have your transcripts sent to:
University of Maryland, Baltimore
The Graduate School
620 W. Lexington St., 5th Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Official, electronic transcripts may be sent directly from your degree-granting institution to

To apply online or for more information please go to the UMB Graduate School website.

Please don't hesitate to contact us at any time during your exploratory and/or application process. Our program boasts a rich and vibrant research community and we are always excited to speak with potential students about our outstanding graduate program.

Students interested in pursuing a dual degree should note the Graduate Program in Life Sciences is associated with two nationally renowned dual-degree programs located right on our campus:

Note: Students interested in pursuing a dual degree will need to apply directly to either one of these programs. 

For frequently asked questions about our MS program click here.

For frequently asked questions about our PhD program click here.