How to Apply: Training and Talent Development Graduate Certificate

Fall 2022 Application Deadline: August 1, 2022
Fall 2022 Semester Begins: August 31, 2022

At a Glance

Locations Offered

  • Shady Grove (Rockville)/Online Hybrid Program

Programs Offered

Admissions Requirements

We have found that the most successful applicants to our program will have elements of the following profile:

  • A Grade Point Average of 3.0 or above with:
    • Introduction to (General) Psychology in addition to an undergraduate course in Research Methods or Statistics.
  • A focused Goal Statement demonstrating a basic understanding of the field of I/O and career aspirations with some application of I/O or HR.
  • For those applicants who have not taken these prerequisite courses yet, a competitive application would include a plan to take these classes at an accredited institution (in-person or online) prior to starting the program and be addressed in the Goal Statement.
  • GRE scores are not required for admission.

Please note that the above are guidelines used by the Selection Committee and that reviews and final decisions are made at its discretion on a holistic basis taking into account the entire application.

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Application Process

Applications are only considered for the Fall semester. To apply, complete a Degree-Seeking UMBC Graduate School Application and use program name: Training and Talent Development.

  1. Apply online
    • Submit your statement of goals as an attachment in the “Personal Statement” section
    • Insert names of references into “References” section (Note: we only require two. Put N/A in third line)
    • Complete residency information to be reviewed for in-state tuition rates
  2. Request official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions to be sent to UMBC Graduate School, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250 or emailed to

Your application should include the following documents: (Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.)

  • Completed application including residency form (residency form determines in-state tuition eligibility);
  • Official transcript(s) from each college & university attended;
  • Non-refundable application fee ($50 online);
  • Two Reference letters;
  • Statement outlining the student’s goals and expectations in the program. This also is an opportunity for applicants to further explain their background and qualifications for the program and provide any additional information about themselves or their career experience that they feel will benefit the evaluation of their application.

Students Currently Enrolled in a UMBC Master’s Program

Students* currently enrolled in a UMBC graduate program who meet the admissions requirements listed above do not need to submit a new application and should instead fill out the Application for Enrollment in a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program.

*If you are an international student, please continue reading below for additional instructions.

International Applicants

The Training and Talent Development graduate certificate is a hybrid program 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. The Training and Talent Development graduate certificate program does 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 this program.

International Students Currently Enrolled in a UMBC Master’s Program 

If you are an international graduate student who is currently enrolled at UMBC in the M.P.S. for I/O Psychology or other Master’s degree through the Office of Professional Programs and interested in applying for this post-baccalaureate certificate, you may apply for this program by filling out the Application for Enrollment in a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program.

If you are an international graduate student who is currently enrolled in any other UMBC Master’s program, you must complete the full application process for this program.

Mailing Instructions

All application documents should be mailed to: 
UMBC Graduate School, Training and Talent Development 
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250

If you require further assistance, please contact Karina Jenkins, Shady Grove Graduate Program Manager, or call 301-738-6081.

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