M.P.S. Application Process
All international applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible to allow sufficient time to receive all the necessary documents and to process and assess the application. Application review periods will begin on November 1 and run through May 1 each year.
**Note all application materials, including letters of recommendation and transcripts, must be submitted by May 1 to be considered for admission.
International applications are accepted for the fall semester only. We encourage all international applicants to send in their documents at least six months prior to the start of the semester applying to. To apply, complete a Degree-Seeking UMBC Graduate School Application and use program name: Industrial & Organizational Psychology (MPS).
- Apply online
- Submit your statement of goals as an attachment in the “Academic Goals and Research Interests” section
- Insert names of references into “References” section (Note: we require three references. Letters must be submitted by the writer directly to UMBC and include the recommendation form).
- Complete residency information to be reviewed for tuition rates
- Request official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions to be sent to UMBC Graduate School, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Request for test scores to be sent by ETS to UMBC (code 5835)
All documents should be mailed to:
UMBC Graduate School, M.P.S. I/O Psychology
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250 U.S.A.
Your application packet should include the following documents:
- Completed graduate degree application including residency form. Use program code PRST-INOP
- Official transcript(s) from each college & university attended
- The WES Course-by-Course evaluation is strongly encouraged to expedite the review process, but is not required. Upload the WES evaluation into the “Additional Admissions Documents” section.
- Official English Proficiency Scores forwarded to UMBC
- Three recommendation letters (if you choose to forego the online option, please see the paper form).
- Because of the specific rating factors on which you will be evaluated, we recommend that at least one from an academic professor or advisor if possible. This will make your application more competitive. If that is not possible or practical, applicants may submit letters from other sources.
- A focused 300-500 word Goal Statement demonstrating a basic understanding of the field of I/O and career aspirations with some application of I/O or HR. We recommend that you structure your essay in a way that addresses the following points (as applicable):
- Your personal and academic background including any coursework relevant to Psychology in general or I/O specifically (this is especially important for non-PSYC majors);
- Why you are interested in a career in I/O Psychology or Human Resources including any career goals;
- How I/O Psychology ties into any of your work experience to date;
- Any research experience which you have had;
- Any mitigating factors related to your prior academic performance which you would like us to know about.
- Application fee ($50 online)
I/O Psychology Certificates
The Training and Talent Development and Organizational Consulting graduate certificates are hybrid programs with several courses offered online only. U.S. Department of Education regulations require students with F-1 visas take a minimum number of in-person courses every semester.
Unless you are also enrolled in a master’s program at UMBC, these graduate certificate programs do not offer enough in-person courses to comply with that regulation. As a result, no I-20’s for F-1 visas will be issued by UMBC for international applicants only pursuing a certificate.
Obtaining Immigration Documents
If you intend to apply for an F-1 visa and require an I-20 from UMBC, you will be required to provide a copy of a valid passport and proof of financial support. Please refer to the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) page on I-20 Information and Financial Requirements for more information. All immigration related questions should be addressed to OISS through a Help ticket.
International students who may be interested in applying for a 24-month STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) Extension can learn more by visiting 24-Month STEM OPT Extension.
- The program does not offer financial aid or graduate assistantships.
- Tuition information: Helpful hints about tuition and paying your bill
- Student Business Services: Billing, tuition, fees, payment options
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