Degree Application Information

Important Note: The Graduate School will implement a new online application on September 1, 2017. Those who have begun an application with our current online system should submit their application before September 1, 2017. Those applying for 2018 admission and beyond should submit an application using our new online application system which will be available via ‘’ on September 1, 2017.

Academic Requirements

A bachelor’s degree is required for ALL master’s, C.A.S. and doctoral programs. Departmental requirements for degree seeking students may be found in the program descriptions in the online graduate catalog.

Application Fees and Fee Waivers

  • Applications will not be reviewed until the non-refundable application fee has been received.
    • Online Application: $65.00
    • Paper Application: $75.00
    • Multiple Applications: $10.00 for each additional program (see additional information below)
  • McNair Scholar Application Fee Waivers will be granted to all McNair Scholars when a letter verifying the participation in the program is received from the McNair Director. 
  • Current and former US Armed Forces members will be granted an application fee waiver.
  • Payments can be made online through the online application, through our online payment portal, or by sending a check or money order via mail.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation need to be sent from faculty members or those who can address your success in graduate education.  Letters can be submitted to our office within the online application, by email, mail or fax.


One official transcript of all previous college or university work must be submitted directly from the previous institution to our office.  We will obtain all transcripts from the University of Maine System campuses.

Graduate Examination Scores

Official report of scores achieved on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required for admission in most programs.  Please check with the program for test score requirements.  Please use institution code 3916 when requesting official scores to be sent.

  • Applicants to the MBA program should submit Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores in lieu of the GRE, however GRE scores may be accepted on a case by case basis.  Please use institution code 1ZF-RM-18 when requesting official scores to be sent.
  • Applicants to the Master of Education and the Master of Nursing programs may submit Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores in lieu of the GRE.  Please use institution code 1278 when requesting official scores to be sent.

International Applicants

  • Official English proficiency examination scores are required unless you have received a degree from an English-speaking institution.  We accept the following score reports directly from the testing agency:
    • TOEFL: Please use institution code 3916 when requesting scores to be sent from ETS
    • IELTS: Please use our mailing address when requesting scores to be sent from IELTS
    • PTE Academic: Please use our mailing address when requesting scores to be sent from PTE Academic
  • Certification of Finances: The I-20 will not be issued until original bank statements, affidavits of support, or other current financial documents are received
  • A copy of your passport or visa: to aid in processing I-20 paperwork

Additional Supporting Materials

Please check with the graduate coordinator of your intended program for any additional supporting materials required.


Fall applicants who wish to be considered for assistantships or fellowships should submit an application and all supporting materials by January 15th of that year.  All programs set their own individuals application deadlines, so please check the program website or with the graduate coordinator.

Application Process

  • The application (including personal essay) and fee are received and processed by a member of our admissions team
  • Supporting materials received prior to the application are processed and forwarded to your program once the application and fee are processed by our admissions team
  • Our admissions team will update MaineStreet (our records system) with materials received on a daily basis
  • Once the application and fee is received, the program coordinators receive materials through our electronic document imaging system within 7 business days of us receiving them
  • The reviewing committee for your program will review your file and make an admission recommendation
  • Our admissions team will receive the admission recommendation and conduct a final review
  • Once the final review is complete, the team will send out the official decision to you via mail

Things to Keep in Mind

Please allow 6-8 weeks for credentials to be received and for the processing of your application. This time frame may be shorter if you submit a complete application, and possibly longer during peak application periods (December – February).

Materials submitted become the property of the University and are not returned to the applicant.

Submitting Multiple Applications

Applicants seeking admission to multiple programs should submit a graduate application, essay, and $10 fee for any additional program. 

The $10 fee is waived for those applicants continuing on to another degree within the same program (i.e. PhD following a Master’s degree).

Submitting a Readmission Application

Students who have broken enrollment must apply for readmission before being allowed to continue working toward the degree. Readmission applicants should complete the paper Re-Admission Application and return to us with the $65 application fee.


University of Maine
Graduate School
5775 Stodder Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5775
Phone: 207.581.3291
Fax: 207.581.3232