Prospective Students, Admissions

Graduate Program Admissions: Applying to Women’s Studies

Application Deadlines

  • PhD Application Deadline (Fall): Please be advised the deadline has been extended to December 2rd this year due to the December 1st date falling on a weekend day. (Please do not submit supporting documents until you have completed and submitted your application)
  • Enrollment Deadline: To accept or decline the offer, applicants must notify the Women’s Studies Department and Graduate School by April 15.

Application Requirements

To ensure the timely receipt and processing of your application, please send the following documents to the Graduate Enrollment Office, and we would really prefer if you would send your documents online:

Send to Office of Graduate Admissions

  • Maryland In-State Status Form (applicable to Maryland State residents only)
  • Certification of Finances Form (international students only)
  • Copies of the I-20, I-94, and passport visa stamp (international students only).
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended, including all undergraduate and graduate work
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL scores (non-native English speakers)
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation with rating sheets
  • Resume or CV
  • Personal statement of purpose including:
    • Applicant’s motivations for pursuing a Ph.D. in Women’s studies
    • Specific intellectual interests in the field, and the ways in which these interests are supported by the particular strengths of our faculty and course offerings.
  • Writing sample of 10 pages in length (Please use a scholarly format with footnotes)
  • Non-refundable application fee of $75.00

Below are the mailing addresses for the Women’s Studies Department and the Graduate Enrollment Office. All hard copies should be mailed to the Graduate Enrollment Office, with copies to sent to the Women’s Studies Department.

Mailing Address for Women’s Studies:

Department of Women’s Studies
University of Maryland
2101 Woods Hall
College Park, MD 20742
Tel: 301-405-6877


Mailing Address for Graduate Enrollment Services:

University of Maryland Enrollment Services Operations
Application for Graduate Admission
University of Maryland
0130 Mitchell Building
College Park, MD 20742

Apply Online/Download an Application

Paper applications are no longer printed. You may access all forms online at

The Office of Graduate Admissions encourages you to complete an online application. Click here to submit your application online –

Admissions Process

All completed applications are reviewed by the Graduate School, the Women’s Studies Graduate Committee, and for international applicants, the office of International Education Services. Formal admission is offered by the Graduate School. Applicants admitted to the Graduate School receive a written offer of admission from the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. To accept or decline the offer, applicants must notify the Women’s Studies Department and Graduate School by April 15. Unsuccessful applicants are also notified in writing by the Graduate School.

Financial Assistance

Please visit the graduate school web site for more information about financial assistance. –


Applicants who do not register for classes in the semester for which they are admitted will have their admissions terminated. Students must maintain a cumulative “B” average or better in graduate course work and must satisfy all additional Women’s Studies and Graduate School requirements. In order to remain in good standing, doctoral students must be advanced to candidacy within five years of entrance, after which another four-year period is permitted for completion of the remaining requirements. Students should consult the Graduate Catalog for additional information on Graduate School policies and regulations.