Graduate students at Maryland’s College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS) are at the center of a huge research enterprise. Our 17 degree programs range from abstract mathematics to the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay, from animal behavior to quantum physics, from the evolution of the Earth’s crust to the dynamics of the atmosphere, from molecular biology to supermassive black holes, and all the science in between.

Our college boasts highly rated graduate programs, excellent facilities and a distinguished faculty. CMNS professors are immersed in basic and applied research at the leading edge of their disciplines. Graduate students work closely with a faculty mentor and quickly develop their own original research program. Faculty mentors help students choose a research topic, provide guidance, and can assist with job placement.

The Washington, D.C. area is rich with research opportunities for grad students. CMNS researchers collaborate with scientists at the National Institutes of Health, NASA, the Census Bureau, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Smithsonian Institution, among others.

The University of Maryland is a 20-minute subway ride from the heart of the nation’s capital. In addition to being a vibrant hub of mathematics, science, technology, medicine, and environmental research and policy, the Washington, D.C. area's rich and diverse culture make it an especially lively, friendly, accessible community for students to thrive professionally and personally.

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U.S. News & World Report's 2015 Best Graduate Schools:

  • Physics ranked 14th
    • The plasma specialty ranked 3rd
    • The atomic/molecular/optical specialty ranked 6th
    • The quantum specialty ranked 8th
    • The condensed matter specialty ranked 10th
    • The cosmology/relativity/gravity specialty ranked 13th
  • Computer science ranked 15th
    • The systems specialty ranked 13th
    • The programming language specialty ranked 13th
    • The artificial intelligence specialty ranked 16th
  • Mathematics ranked 17th
    • The applied math specialty ranked 10th
  • Earth sciences ranked 32nd
    • The geochemistry specialty ranked 7th
  • Chemistry ranked 41st
  • Biological sciences ranked 55th