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How to Apply

Send in all required materials to the Graduate School by December 15 prior to the year you intend to enroll. Applications are accepted for Fall admission only.

Application Procedures

Students can apply to either campus. However, it is best to apply to one of the two campuses based on their track of interest. Please be sure to only apply to 1 campus.:

  • Aging Policy Issues or Social, Cultural, and Behavioral Sciences (SCB)
    University of Maryland, Baltimore County
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  • Epidemiology of Aging or Social, Cultural, and Behavioral Sciences (SCB)
    University of Maryland School of Medicine at University of Maryland, Baltimore
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Required Materials

  1. The application 
  2. Three letters of recommendation (including some from academic personnel)
  3. General GRE test scores taken within the last 5 years. All applicants are required to submit GRE scores regardless of background
  4. Transcripts 
  5. Statement of academic goals and research interests. The statement of academic goals and research interests serves as a writing sample and is your chance to express your reason(s) for studying Gerontology, why you are interested in our program in particular, and your future plans.
  6. A TOEFL must be submitted for International Students that do not have a Bachelor's or Master's degree from a U.S. institution.
  7. CV

All 6 items (7 for international students) must be submitted for your application to be reviewed. Be sure to write your track on the application: EP=epi, AP=policy, SB=social, cultural, and behavioral

To be considered for funding, please check the box on the application.


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 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

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

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:

Application Review

The program's admissions committee reviews all applications and selects students for the interview process. Those who are selected are required to interview in person or by phone. The program will arrange the interviews.