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The Technology & Law Academy

PLCY688K-CA01 Acquisition of Emerging Technologies | Online Course
1 March -- 9 April


Registration Information



  • The Spring 2021 Technology and Law Academy’s (TLA) course offering, PLCY688K-CA01 Acquisition of Emerging Technology, will be an online course beginning on 1 March 2021.
  • This 3-credit course will be held at the unclassified level over the course of six weeks.
  • The course is presented by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and the Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS).


Admission to UMD

To be enrolled in the course, you must apply to the University of Maryland (UMD) as a non-degree seeking student. The deadline for non-degree seeking student applications is Friday, February 12. Prospective students can submit their applications for the program now through the UMD graduate school application process.

How to Apply as a Non-Degree Seeking Student:

  • Submit a completed online application; the Program Code you should select is: GRAD.
  • Submit your undergraduate transcripts from a regionally accredited university. UMD will need an official hard copy of those transcripts before the end of your first semester.
  • You can opt to submit a master’s, doctoral, or a post-baccalaureate professional degree (MD, JD, DVM, etc.) from a regionally accredited institution. This is not required but this is very helpful if you had lower than a 3.0 on your undergraduate transcripts.
  • Submit a personal statement. This is roughly one page where you describe why you are interested in this program, how it will help you with your career, and why you are choosing to do this now.
  • Read the FAQs and the Graduate School Catalog to familiarize yourself with the policies associated with this status.
  • If you have previously been admitted to UMD as a graduate non-degree seeking student, you do not have to apply again. This is only for students who have not applied to UMD in the past.

If you have lower than a 3.0 on your undergraduate transcript and do not have a transcript from a master’s,
doctoral, or a post-baccalaureate professional degree from a regionally accredited institution, please contact
Elizabeth Hinson at for a possible work-around.


Application Fee:

UMD School of Public Policy will work with each student on waiving the application fee. Upon initiation of your application, please email Elizabeth Hinson and provide your full name and email address to be used on the application form. Once received, Elizabeth will work to have the fee waived and communicate back to you when this has been accomplished.


Points of Contact:

UMD Admissions Contact: Elizabeth Hinson,

DIA Organizational Administrative Point-of-Contact:

  • Ms. Luz Torres-Van Antwerp, DIA Supervisory Assistant General Counsel [, (703) 735-6308 ]
  • Ms. Kristin McGrory, DIA Assistant General Counsel - Litigation [, 202-231-1526]



How To: Applying to the Technology and Law Academy via UMD’s Web portal

Estimated time to complete: ~25 mins

Download full instructions

The deadline for applications is Friday, February 12, 2021.