Degree Application Information

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
    • Multiple Applications: $10.00 for each additional program (see additional information below)
  • McNair Scholars will receive an application fee waiver.
  • Current and former US Armed Forces members will receive an application fee waiver.

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation need to be sent from faculty members or those who can address your ability to perform graduate level coursework. A link to a form will be emailed directly to your recommenders as your filling out your application.


An 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

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 – UMaine institution code: 3916
    • IELTS – UMaine institution code: 5775 Stodder Hall, Orono, ME 04469
    • PTE Academic – UMaine institution code: 5775 Stodder Hall, Orono, ME 04469
  • 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
  • Once the application and fee is received, the program coordinators receive materials within 7 business days
  • The reviewing committee for your program will review your file and make an admission recommendation
  • The Graduate School 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

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).

NOTE: Please contact our office at, when you begin your second application to determine if you are eligible for a fee discount or waiver.

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 online Re-Admission Application.