Graduate Research

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Photo by Marlayna Demond ’11/UMBC.

Research, scholarship, and creative achievement are an integral part of the mission of UMBC and the College of Engineering and Information Technology (COEIT). Faculty and students pursue research in virtually every department on campus. Several UMBC and COEIT offices on campus work together to support graduate student success in these endeavors.

Graduate students generally pursue research in collaboration with a faculty advisor located in the department that houses the student’s major. Academic credit is given for research, which contributes to the thesis or dissertation the student prepares as part of their graduate program of study.

The list below shares information about additional UMBC offices and resources that support graduate student research.

  • Visit Departments & Units to learn more about the research conducted in the COEIT.
  • The Graduate School serves as the point of contact for prospective and current graduate students. It also serves as a liaison between students and faculty members of all graduate programs and works closely with the campus community to support students through activities and programs that promote academic, professional, and personal development and growth.
  • The Graduate Student Association (GSA) serves as an advocate for graduate students at UMBC. They provide resources, assistance, and sponsor events that are designed to promote professional development, enhance academic skills, and enable a dynamic social environment.
  • Graduate Experiences, Achievements & Research Symposium (GEARS) is held every year, and provides an opportunity for graduate students to showcase their creative achievements, present research accomplishments, and share their experiences with peers.
  • The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) supports competitive research and creative scholarship at UMBC. OSP works closely with the Office of Contract and Grant Accounting (OCGA) to manage all extramural awards and campus outreach initiatives for sponsored projects.
  • The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) works with the UMBC research community to support faculty, staff, and students in their pursuit of research, scholarship, and creative achievement across all levels.


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