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Application Deadline : DECEMBER 1

All applications (international and domestic) must be complete by this date.


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


GRE Reporting Codes for UMD-College Park: 5814
TOEFL Reporting Codes for UMD-College Park: 5814
No departmental code is required.


Unfortunately, the BISI program does not admit students for M.S. degrees.


The holistic admissions process for BISI is designed to determine whether the program is a good fit for your background, education, and research interests. 

In general, 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, including a letter or letters from previous research advisors
  • 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. Before completing the application, applicants are asked to check the Admissions Requirements site for specific instructions.


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

  •  Graduate application
  • Transcripts
  • 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. Completed applications are reviewed by an admissions committee in each graduate degree program. The recommendations of the committees are submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School, who will make the final admission decision. Students seeking to complete graduate work at the University of Maryland for degree purposes must be formally admitted to the Graduate School by the Dean.  


BISI Requirements
Deadline: December 1

In addition to the general requirements of the application, BISI also asks for the following

  • Identification of a research area (Area of Interest 1: BEES, CBBG, MOCB, or PSYS)
  • Identification of content area research interests ("Area of Interest 2 & 3")
  • Identification of faculty at UMD whose research is of interest to you and may be potential advisors.
  • Publications and Presentations (BISI does not require that you upload publications, simply listing a citation is adequate.)
  • An additional statement that expands upon your research interests and experiences. 





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 help desk for any technical issues.  For questions related to the admissions process, prospective students may contact the Graduate School.



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. 


Proof of English Proficiency: You will be required to submit TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores if you do not hold a degree from a U.S. institution or from one of the English speaking countries (below).  If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident with international credentials, you will still be required to submit English test scores if you do not hold a degree from one of the countries on this list.  The minimum scores for language exams can be found on the Graduate School website.  The BISI graduate program will not admit students that do not meet the minimum scores for full enrollment. If you have already taken the TOEFL and scored less than 100, it is in your best interest to do additional preparation and repeat the exam.


Financial support:  The BISI program fully supports all applicants that are offered admission through a combination of teaching/research assistantships and fellowships.  Support includes tuition remission for up to 10 credits, access to health benefits, and a competitive stipend. 


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. However, students from Puerto Rico, although U.S. citizens, are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.