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Before submitting the online application, applicants should review the individual program’s application process, admission requirements, deadlines, and transcript requirements. All required elements must be uploaded into the online application.

Several Public Policy Professional Programs are offered with in person and online learning options. Depending on the specific subject area, the curriculum is identical. During the application process, applicants select the delivery format that provides the best fit for personal and professional life.

International Applicants

  • In-person learning options are not open to international students who require an I-20 or DC-2019. The University cannot issue either document for graduate certificates offered via in-person learning.
  • International students requiring an I-20 or DC-2019 may apply for the 100% online learning options. The University does not issue these documents for online programs.


Official transcripts are required. A PDF of the unofficial transcript, however, may be used to accompany the online application. If official transcripts are not submitted at the time of application, students receive provisional admission. Official transcripts must be submitted to receive full admission. Such information is provided in the Graduate School’s admission notification; no additional reminders are sent. Failure to submit official transcripts by the end of your first semester results in a registration block. The Graduate School removes the block when official transcripts have been received. Send official transcripts to:

Enrollment Services Operation 
0130 Mitchell Building 
7999 Regents Drive 
University of Maryland 
College Park, MD 20742

Students Who Have Successfully Completed a Graduate Certificate

Students who successfully complete requirements for a Graduate Certificate may apply these credits towards a School of Public Policy master’s program if the student applies and is admitted.

  • If applying within a five-year period of completion, students do not need to re-submit accompanying application materials or pay the application fee.
  • Students who have submitted original transcripts for the graduate certificate should upload a Word Doc into the application that states official transcripts on file. 
  • In addition, students may include a statement that letters of recommendation were submitted as part of graduate certificate application and should be on file. The application process requires that the applicant enter the names and emails of the recommenders. Upon submission of the application, recommenders will automatically receive an email. Applicants should notify their recommenders that they do not need to (re)submit another recommendation.

Golden Identification Program

The Golden Identification Program is not eligible for Continuing Education Programs (Graduate, Post-Baccalaureate, Non-Credit Learning) administered through Extended Studies. See Golden ID Program

Program Specific Requirements and Deadlines

  • Executive Master of Public Management, Online (EMPM).

Graduate Program Application

Submit application in the Graduate School Application Portal.

Program Specific Requirements and Deadlines

Graduate Program Application

Submit application in the Graduate School Application Portal.

Applicants should contact the School of Public Policy via Connect with Us.

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