Admissions & Aid
Admission to the University of Maine Master of Science in Information Systems is competitive. In its admission process, the graduate faculty considers the potential of applicants to complete the program successfully and achieve positions of leadership in the private or public sectors. For all of our graduate programs we are generally seeking students that score at the mean or above on the verbal, quantitative and analytical segments of the GRE exam and in the 50th percentile or above on the exam overall. We generally seek an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or above. Exceptions are considered on a case-by-case basis.
At a minimum an applicant must have a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or a four-year international equivalent. Within their curriculum, all applicants should have completed a university course in Algebra as a minimum math prerequisite for admission. Previous programming courses or experience are recommended but not required. The review committee considers both the curriculum completed and the institution attended in its assessment.
All students apply through the Graduate School and the entire application packet including transcripts, test scores and letters of recommendation must be received before a formal acceptance will be issued typically. Applications processed through the Graduate School are accomplished on a rolling basis and no strict deadlines apply. However, to be considered for Fall admission, completed applications must be received 8 weeks prior to the beginning of the term. Those applying for campus-wide research assistantships or scholarships should complete their application packets by January 1 for September admission.
For an application and the instructions for applying, see the graduate school. We prefer an online application submission and electronic submission of letters of recommendation.
Note 1: Four Plus One applicants MUST apply directly to the department and NOT to the graduate school.
Note 2: Foreign students should note that the MS Information Systems program is certified as a STEM program (see http://www.ice.gov/sevis and CIP Code 11.0103) potentially allowing a longer post-graduation training stay in the U.S.
For general information on the range of grants, loans and scholarships available from Federal and other sources for graduate students, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid. The department provides no assistantships for non-research based degrees. However, university wide assistantships and scholarships may be available. All full-time students are eligible to apply. Note: Those seeking a Graduate Certificate rather than a full graduate degree are ineligible for most grants, loans and scholarships.