Maryland Max Planck: A unique Ph.D. program made for you!

Maryland Max Planck A unique Ph.D. program made for you

The Maryland Max Planck Ph.D. Program in Computer Science offers students a unique opportunity to pursue a Ph.D. degree under the supervision of faculty from the University of Maryland, USA, and a Max Planck Institute in Germany. Students are co-advised, perform collaborative research, take advantage of the expertise, resources, and culture at both institutions, and spend time in both countries.

Learn about CS research at the Max Planck Society and at Maryland.

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What We Offer

  • Research Excellence

    World-renowned US Graduate School & Europe's Premier Research Institution

  • Multicultural, Collaborative Training

    Joint Supervision and Research, Mobility, Diverse Resources, International team

  • Comprehensive Support

    Guaranteed Finances, Travel support, English-language environment

What We Expect

  • Talent

    Strong academic record and demonstrated potential for independent research. Creativity, sharpness, and an aptitude for learning from and collaborating with a world-class global team.

  • Mobility and Curiosity

    To work on some of the most compelling problems in computing, in a dynamic, multicultural, global team of world-renowned experts

  • Drive

    To excel among the best in the world. To establish a global presence as a leading scientist

How It Works

Students apply to the UMD graduate program with the option to be considered for the joint program. Admitted students receive full financial support throughout the program. They typically spend their first three semesters at UMD taking classes, while spending summers at an MPI in Germany. During this time, they choose a pair of advisers (one at UMD, one at an MPI) and define a collaborative research project. They spend at least 1/3 of their time with each of their advisers, scheduling their residency to suit their research needs. Upon completing the program, students receive a Ph.D. degree from the University of Maryland and a certificate of doctoral research from an MPI.

How to Apply

Comprehensive Application Info Here

Application Deadlines

  • December 15, 2023 UMD Ph.D. program application due
  • December 15, 2023 Maryland Max Planck program application due

Apply to the UMD CS Graduate program as described in

In addition, please apply to the Maryland Max-Planck Joint program at

General information about UMD's Graduate programs is available at

For more information, please email us at

Program Partners


The University of Maryland

Established in 1973, the Department of Computer Science at the University of Maryland educates over 2,000 undergraduates and 200 graduate students yearly. Its more than 50 faculty members have been recognized with membership in the National Academy of Engineering, fellowship in professional scientific organizations, National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development awards and Sloan Research Fellowships.

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The Max Planck Society

The Max Planck Society (MPS) is a world-leading scientific research organization, with 18 Nobel Prizes awarded to its scientists since 1948. Its 83 Max Planck Institutes conduct fundamental research in the sciences, technology, arts, and humanities. The society employs some 5,600 scientists, plus about 9,000 doctoral students, post-docs, and visiting researchers. The MPS has a budget of about €1.7 billion provided by the German federal and state governments, plus external research funding.

US Program Contact

Bobby Bhattacharjee
tel:+1 301 405 1658

DE Program Contact

Krishna Gummadi
tel: +49 681 9303 8601


Our FAQ located on the program's Admissions Page can provide many answers.