University of Maryland-Baltimore County
Baltimore, Maryland 21250

UMBC is located six miles from downtown Baltimore.

An Overview
UMBC is a medium-sized research university. When founded in 1966, UMBC joined the state's oldest campus, the University of Maryland, Baltimore, in serving the public higher education and research needs of the Baltimore area. With more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students, UMBC is large enough to provide students with excellent training and research opportunities and small enough for close student-faculty interaction.

UMBC has a current graduate school enrollment of approximately 1,500 students who come from thirty-eight states and thirty-nine countries. A wide variety of cultural events enrich campus life. There is an active Graduate Student Association and an Office of Graduate Student Life.

The Community
UMBC is situated approximately 6 miles from downtown Baltimore on a 474-acre suburban site. A convenient shuttle bus links the campus to the surrounding residential neighborhoods, the downtown campus of UMB, the nearby Baltimore–Washington International Airport, and the Amtrak and commuter train stations. Students profit from the immense concentration of academic, cultural, and recreational facilities in the Baltimore-Washington urban centers.

Programs of Study
The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Graduate School offers more than forty graduate degrees at the master's and doctoral levels and a number of postbaccalaureate certificates. Graduate degrees are offered in computer science and information systems, education, emergency health services, engineering, modern languages (French, German, Spanish), the liberal arts and humanities, the natural sciences and mathematics, public policy, social sciences, and the visual arts. A wide range of disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and professional programs prepare students for further graduate study, new careers, and career advancement.

More than 400 graduate faculty members, approximately 1,500 graduate students, and nearly $50 million in external support for research and training provide a rich environment for graduate education. Graduates go on to careers in such fields as university teaching and research, business, industry, government, the arts, and education. Opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration are encouraged through more than twenty UMBC research centers and institutes. Graduate students take advantage of the University's proximity to the vast array of Baltimore-Washington research sites. Research innovations are actively shared with industry and government partners through collaborative studies, joint training programs, shared facilities, and technology transfer.

The University of Maryland Graduate School, Baltimore, created in 1985, represents the combined graduate and research programs at UMBC and the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). This combined graduate school provides UMBC students access to courses, practical experiences, and research opportunities—including the schools of law, medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, nursing, and social work—at the UMB campus.

Facilities and Resources
Exceptional research facilities are available to graduate students in all disciplines at UMBC. The University offers state-of-the-art computer facilities and well-equipped laboratories for research in the social, physical, and biological sciences. The University is home to six high-field NMR spectrometers, including an 800-MHz instrument as well as a high-resolution four-sector mass spectrometer; Fourier-transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometer; and X-ray diffraction facility.

The Albin O. Kuhn Library has a collection of more than 750,000 books and bound journals, more than 4,000 current journals and subscriptions, and well over 1.5 million photographs, slides, maps, music scores, recordings, microforms, and government documents. In addition, graduate students have access to the other libraries of the University System of Maryland campuses as well as to the Peabody Library and the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, the Library of Congress, and other outstanding libraries in the Baltimore-Washington area.

Expenses and Aid
Tuition for graduate courses for academic year is $512 per credit hour for Maryland residents and $880 per credit hour for nonresidents. Nonrefundable fees are approximately $759 per semester (or $61 per credit hour) for a graduate student carrying a full 9-credit load.

Graduate students are able to find reasonably priced apartments in the Baltimore area with monthly rentals starting at about $500. Several apartment developments are located near campus. There is no graduate student housing on campus.

Financial Aid
Graduate assistantships (research, teaching, and administrative) are available to qualified, full-time, degree-seeking students and are awarded and administered through the departments. Doctoral assistantship levels are competitive with other major research universities. Financial aid for students who demonstrate need is available in the form of government loans, work-study opportunities, and grants-in-aid.

How to Apply
The application process involves submitting the completed application form, official college transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) scores are required for most programs. International students are generally required to submit TOEFL scores. Details are available with the application materials. The application fee of $45 is neither waived nor deferred.

For information on programs or applications for assistantships, students may write to the appropriate Graduate Program Director. Program and course descriptions, class schedules, application forms, faculty research interests, and other campus information are available on the UMBC Web site (listed below). For applications and general admission information, students may contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at the address listed below.

Who to Contact
Office of Graduate Admissions
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, Maryland 21250
Telephone: 410-455-2537
Fax: 410-455-1130

Programs of Study and Areas of Research
Dean, Graduate School: Dr. Scott A. Bass. Telephone: 410-455-2199.
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences: Dr. G. Rickey Welch. Telephone: 410-455-2385.
Dean, College of Engineering: Dr. Shlomo Carmi. Telephone: 410-455-3270.
There are 424 members of the graduate faculty of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, all of whom hold the Ph.D. or an equivalent terminal degree; and all are publishing scholars actively engaged in research in their fields of interest.
The following list includes the names and contact information for Graduate Program Directors in each program.

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