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MSSE application process

MSSE applicants apply through the University of Maryland’s Graduate School application system.

Before completing the application, check the Admissions Requirements site for specific instructions.

The Graduate School requires all application materials to be submitted electronically:

  • Graduate application
  • Transcripts (unofficial)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Letters of recommendation
  • 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.

To ensure that you apply to the MSSE program, make sure that on the “Educational Intent” page of the application you select “A. James Clark School of Engineering-Research Programs” (not “Advanced Engineering Programs”) as the “College/School” and ”Systems Engineering (ENSE)”(not “PMSE”) as your “Program of Study.” Note that for the MSSE Program you are not required to submit any documents indicated on the “Uploads Requirements” page.

Official GRE and TOEFL scores should be sent directly to the University of Maryland (institution code 5814) through ETS. The university also accepts IELTS scores in lieu of TOEFL. Information on minimum TOEFL/IELTS scores can be found here.

Information for International Graduate Students

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.


Applicants are encouraged to contact the Hobsons online application’s helpdesk for any technical issues. See the link on the application site. For questions related to the admissions process, prospective students may contact the Graduate School or the MSSE graduate director.