Choose a Major
All degree-seeking students at the University of Maryland are expected to make progress toward earning their degrees. The Student Academic Success-Degree Completion Policy establishes a structured framework and criteria to guide all students to completion of an undergraduate degree within a reasonable period of time. If a reinstated student is not making progress set forth in the policy or has violated the repeat policy, he or she may be required to select a new major before being approved for reinstatement.
Returning to Your Previous Major
The Student Success Office will contact the college offering your desired major to determine your eligibility to return to the major. You may receive notice that you must change your major if you have not met benchmarks or LEP gateway courses or you have violated the repeat policy. These students will not be reenrolled until they have met with an academic advisor from a different major and developed a new graduation/four-year plan.
Changing Your Major
If you need to complete a major change please be aware that this can take several weeks to process; this does not need to be done before you apply, but you may want to start the process as soon as possible. As each major has unique requirements (typically outlined on the department's website) we suggest you start this process early so we can review your application in a timely manner. Please note that approval to change your major does NOT guarantee your ability to return to the University.
Limited Enrollment Programs
If you want to change your major to one of the following programs, the Student Success Office will contact the LEP Admissions office to verify your eligibility. Please note that you will need to meet the LEP requirements and may be required to complete a separate application.
- Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Chemistry and Environmental Sciences and Policy-Biodiversity and Conservation
- Criminology and Criminal Justice
- Government and Politics
- Psychology (Students who matriculated to the University System of Maryland in Fall 2013 and after)
All Other Majors
You can view a list of majors on the UMD website.
If you want to change your major to a program not listed above, you must submit proof that you have permission to change your major. To do so, please have an
academic advisor from your desired college do the following two things:
- Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org granting you permission to change your major.
- Add a note to the Student Information System (SIS) granting you permission to change your major.