This page contains the information that you will need to apply to the BISI Graduate Program.  

The BISI Graduate Program is a Ph.D. program, we do not accept students interested in obtaining a Master's Degree.


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Admissions Criteria and Guidelines

 Submitting an Application

Information for International Students


Application Deadline for Fall 2018 class: December 1, 2017
All applications (international and domestic) must be complete by this date.

The BISI Graduate Program does not accept students for spring admission.

For more information about the BISI Graduate Program and admissions process, please contact the BISI Office at


The admissions process for BISI is designed to determine whether the program is a good fit for your background, education, and research interests. Our goal is to ensure that we admit students that will be successful in the program.

Successful applicants have:

  • Earned a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with at least a 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale)
  • At least one year of research experience
  • Strong letters of recommendation from people that can speak to their academic and research strengths
  • GRE scores in the 70th percentile or higher (verbal and quantitative) and analytical scores of at least 4.0
  • TOEFL scores of 100 or greater (international applicants only)

These characteristics describe many successful BISI applicants, however they are not fixed metrics. During review of your application, we strive to look at the entire application to assess how well your academic background, research experiences, and interests fit with the opportunities provided by our program.


University of Maryland's
Graduate Application Process

The University of Maryland’s Graduate School accepts applications through its ApplyYourself/Hobsons application system. The application process is described here.  Be sure to read it completely prior to applying.

As required by the Graduate School, all application materials are to be submitted electronically:

  • Graduate Application
  • Transcripts (Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded to the application, please do not mail hardcopies)
  • Statement of purpose 
  • Letters of recommendation  
  • Program/Department supporting documents (as applicable)
  • Non-refundable application fee ($75) for each program to which an applicant applies

The electronic submission of application materials helps expedite the review of an application.  To ensure the integrity of the application process, the University of Maryland authenticates submitted materials through TurnItIn for Admissions.


BISI Requirements
Deadline: December 1

In addition to the main application the BISI program requires

  • Identification of a research area
  • Publications and Presentations
  • Statement of Research 

For all Publications please include full citations (the papers themselves do not need to be uploaded).

The application requires two brief essays;

Don't forget to complete the Faculty of Interest section and indicate any faculty you have been communicating with.

The Graduate School recommends applicants submit the completed application at least one to two weeks prior to the posted deadline.  Incomplete applications cannot be submitted at any time.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Hobsons online application’s helpdesk for any technical issues.  



All applicants must take the general Graduate Records Exam (GRE) and arrange for scores to be sent to the University of Maryland (use Institution Code: 5814). If you’re taking the exam close to the application deadline date, please contact the BISI Office with your unofficial test scores ( or 301.405.6905) so that they can be added to your application.



The University of Maryland is dedicated to maintaining a vibrant international graduate student community. The office of International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) is a valuable resource of information and assistance for prospective and current international students.  International applicants are encouraged to explore the services they offer, and contact them with related questions.


The University of Maryland Graduate School offers admission to international students based on academic information; it is not a guarantee of attendance.  Admitted international students will then receive instructions about obtaining the appropriate visa to study at the University of Maryland which will require submission of additional documents.  Please see the Graduate Admissions Process for International applicants for more information. 

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):  
    For the University of Maryland, College Park to receive your scores, please use the reporting code 5814.

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 
    For the University of Maryland, College Park to receive your scores, please use the reporting code 5814.

  • Please see the minimum requirements (pdf) for scores.
    The BISI graduate program does not admit students that fail to meet these standards (BISI does not offer provisional admission).

Note: Students who will be awarded a degree from the U.S., United Kingdom, Anglophone Africa, Anglophone Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and the Commonwealth Caribbean prior to enrolling in the University of Maryland are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS.