Graduate students comprise a significant portion of our student body. In the Fall of 2016, the Graduate School enrolled 2,498 students, of which 28% were PhD students, 23% were international students, 48% were women, and 27% were domestic students from minority populations.
The UMBC community is proud of our culture of inclusion, ingenuity, and innovation. UMBC is committed to diversity and takes great pride in being recognized as one of the nation’s most diverse universities.
Graduate Assistants (GAs) are graduate students pursuing an education while at the same time getting great experience as research or teaching assistants, or working in an administrative capacity on campus. GAs at UMBC are able to fund a significant part of their education through their assistantship.
UMBC’s research environment is rich with opportunity to collaborate, innovate, and examine ways of addressing the world’s environmental, technological, political, economic and social challenges. Classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a Doctoral University with Higher Research Activity, UMBC annual research portfolio is over $80 million, a remarkable achievement in just 50 years of existence. We are rapidly growing more successful partnerships with federal and state agencies, foundations and the private sector, to create a space where our students, faculty, and alumni can make a difference through their work.
Success in graduate school is not a solo performance. At the Graduate School, we emphasize collaborations and partnerships that connect our graduate students with local, national, and international leaders in various fields. We offer support programs that address degree completion, finances, career pathways, research, and work/life balance to name a few.