Congratulations and welcome to the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland!

As you transition to graduate study, please use this page as a reference to guide you through our policies as well as the resources available to you as a graduate student at the University of Maryland.

  

Once You've Been Admitted

 Congratulations! You're in! 

While you wait for your Admitted Student Session date and the start of the semester, make sure you:

  1. Accept your offer of admission
  2. Activate your directory ID and password
  3. Activate your UMD email account
  4. Begin the I-20 Process  (F1 students only)
  5. Attend the next available Admitted Student Session

Admitted Student Sessions

Attending an Admitted Student Session is the first step all admitted students should take to learn about how to proceed with registration. During these sessions a member of the Academic Advising team will discuss the program curriculum(s), course recommendations, next steps, and additional resources.

  • All international students who require an F1 student visa should register for an international session (designated as "F1 Session").
  • RSVP using the links below for a session
Event Date Time
Software New Students (F1 Session) October 3, 2022 9:00am-11:00am EST
Robotics New Students (F1 Session) October 4, 2022 9:00am-11:00am EST
Cybersecurity New Students (F1 Session) October 5, 2022 9:00am-11:00am EST
Other On-Campus Programs New Students (F1 Session) October 6, 2022 9:00am-11:00am EST
Online Programs New Students (All) October 5, 2022 12:00pm-2:00pm EST
GCEN Programs New Students (All) October 6, 2022 12:00pm-2:00pm EST
Software New Students (F1 Session) October 10, 2022 9:00am-11:00am EST
Robotics New Students (F1 Session) October 11, 2022 9:00am-11:00am EST
Cybersecurity New Students (F1 Session) October 12, 2022 9:00am-11:00am EST
Other On-Campus Programs New Students (F1 Session) October 13, 2022 9:00am-11:00am EST
Online Programs New Students (All) October 12, 2022 4:00pm-6:00pm EST
GCEN Programs New Students (All) October 13, 2022 4:00pm-6:00pm EST
Software New Students (F1 Session) October 17, 2022 9:00am-11:00am EST
Robotics New Students (F1 Session) October 18, 2022 9:00am-11:00am EST
Cybersecurity New Students (F1 Session) October 19, 2022 9:00am-11:00am EST
Other On-Campus Programs New Students (F1 Session) October 20, 2022 9:00am-11:00am EST
Online Programs New Students (All) October 19, 2022 12:00pm-2:00pm EST
GCEN Programs New Students (All) October 20, 2022 12:00pm-2:00pm EST
Event Date Time
All On-Campus Programs New Students (Domestic Students) October 4, 2022 12:00pm-2:00pm EST
Online Programs New Students (All) October 5, 2022 12:00pm-2:00pm EST
GCEN Programs New Students (All) October 6, 2022 12:00pm-2:00pm EST
All On-Campus Programs New Students (Domestic Students) October 11, 2022 4:00pm-6:00pm EST
Online Programs New Students (All) October 12, 2022 4:00pm-6:00pm EST
GCEN Programs New Students (All) October 13, 2022 4:00pm-6:00pm EST
All On-Campus Programs New Students (Domestic Students) October 18, 2022 12:00pm-2:00pm EST
Online Programs New Students (All) October 19, 2022 12:00pm-2:00pm EST
GCEN Programs New Students (All) October 20, 2022 12:00pm-2:00pm EST

 If you want to get a headstart before your new student session, we encourage you to start exploring the information below and to make a list of any questions you have to bring to the session!

Prior to Start of Semester

Decision Deadlines for Newly Admitted Students

Students can accept, decline or defer their admission by logging into their application portal and inputting a candidate decision.

  • Admitted students should “Accept Offer” to receive a code that will be used to activate their directory id and create your password.  Visit the IT division’s website to create your Directory ID and set up your email account. You will use your Directory ID and password to access University of Maryland resources, such as the online registration system (Testudo) and your university email account (PDF document illustrating the process).
  • “Decline Offer” to indicate that you are not planning to enroll with the professional graduate engineering program.
  • Students can “Request a Deferral” for up to one year from their original application term. Students are limited to a total of one deferral request within the 1-year timeframe. Second deferral requests will not be accepted even if it is within the 1-year timeframe.
    Date Task Additional Information
    June 1st Last day to request 1-20 International students obtaining an F1 visa only
    July 6th Last day for Graduate School to consider new official English proficiency score report to waive English Bridge Program provision International students with English Bridge Program provision only
    3 weeks before classes begin Last day for International students to request a deferral (if eligible)  
    1 week before classes begin Last day for Domestic/Online students to request a deferral (if eligible)  
    Friday before classes begin Last day to submit a decision or register without financial penalty  
    Date Task Additional Information
    November 1st Last day to request 1-20 International students obtaining an F1 visa only
    November 30th Last day for Graduate School to consider new official English proficiency score report to waive English Bridge Program provision International students with English Bridge Program provision only
    3 weeks before classes begin Last day for International students to request a deferral (if eligible)  
    1 week before classes begin Last day for Domestic/Online students to request a deferral (if eligible)  
    Friday before classes begin Last day to submit a decision or register without financial penalty  
    Date Task Additional Information
    1 week before classes begin Last day to request a deferral (if eligible)   
    Friday before classes begin Last day to submit a decision or register without financial penalty  

    New Student Orientation

    Prior to the start of the spring and fall semesters, MAGE will host a New Student Orientation event to welcome new students to our programs. Event information will be shared with all new students in the weeks leading up to the start of the semester, and summer students will be included in the fall event invitation.
    The MAGE staff looks forward to welcoming you to our program and sharing additional campus resources with you!

    Learn more about additional orientations on campus:

    Additional Resources to Get Started

    • Please move forward with registration while you’re moving through your I-20 and visa process
    • Maintaining Full-Time Status
      • Pursue a full course of study and make normal progress towards the completion of the program of study
      • Generally 3 courses/9 credits
      • Only one online course can count towards full-time enrollment per semester
    • Internships/Curricular Practical Training 

    After the Start of First Semester

    Schedule Adjustment

    Important university policies regarding schedule adjustment

    Degree Planning

    During your first semester, you will be expected to complete a preliminary course plan for their intended degree program (10-course for MEng or 4-course for GCEN) with the Senior Academic Advisor. The Degree Planning Sheet lists the core and technical elective requirements for each program, and all courses that are pre-approved for that program. 

    • Course approval must be requested for alternative technical electives 
    • If a student completes a course that was not approved by the MAGE Academic Advising team, it may not count towards the degree.
    • Students are expected to update their Senior Academic Advisor if any changes are made to their approved plan to ensure courses will count toward their intended degree program.

    Fulfill Remaining Admission Provisions

    You will not be able to register for your second semester courses until your official transcript(s) are received. Submit the official transcripts as soon as possible to prevent a delay in being able to select your courses. A delay may cause desired courses to fill up prior to being able to register. 
    If you are unsure if you are required to submit your transcript, refer to your admission letter to view your provisions. Email the Graduate School at gradschool@umd.edu if you have any questions related to this requirement.

    You will not be able to register for your second semester courses until your immunization records have been received. Turn in the required immunization records to the University Health Center as soon as possible. If you have any questions regarding immunization, contact the University Health Center at (301) 314-8114.

    Who to Contact and How

    Contact your Senior Academic Advisor for questions Contact your Senior Academic Advisor for questions 
    Contact your Senior Academic Advisor for questions 
    Contact your Senior Academic Advisor for questions 
    Contact your Senior Academic Advisor for questions


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