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Apply to UMaine

Whether you are ready to pursue a degree, certificate, or just a few graduate level courses, the University of Maine has a large number of options available so you can make your mark on the world. 

Academic Requirements: A Bachelor's degree is required for non-degree, certificate, master's, C.A.S., Ed.S., and doctoral programs.
Applying to graduate school is as easy as:
: Step 1 :

Ensure you meet the admission requirements


When to apply to graduate school at UMaine

Application term Spring 2021 Summer 2021 Fall 2021
Application opens Feb 1, 2020 Oct 1, 2020 Oct 1, 2019

Application deadlines

Deadlines are set by the academic unit. Specific deadline information can be found in the program description. Please contact the program coordinator or refer to the program website for more information.

: Step 2 :

Complete the Application

  • Prepare your essay, resume, recommendation letters, transcripts, test scores, and any additional application materials that may be required.
  • Create an account for the online application portal by entering your name and email address.
  • Pay the application fee or receive a fee waiver. Refer to the frequently asked questions section to see if you qualify for a fee waiver. 
  • Submit your application!

: Step 3 :

Track Your Application Status

Log into your application dashboard to track missing supplemental materials and view your decision letter.

Please allow 1-2 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 of Maine and are not returned to the applicant.

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What you need to apply to graduate school

Degree Applications

A complete degree application should include the following:

*Required for most programs. Check with your department about admission requirements before starting your application.


Certificate Applications

Graduate certificate students are those whose interests are focused on professional preparation.  The certificate programs are between 9-18 credits in length, which may be applied to a graduate degree program.  A complete certificate application should include the following:

  • A completed application (online)
  • Official transcript of all previous college or university work
  • A $35 application fee
  • Certain programs may require additional supporting materials.  Please contact the program coordinator for more information.

Readmission Applications

For students who have broken enrollment, a readmit application must be submitted before being allowed to continue working toward the degree. A complete readmit application should include the following:

  • A completed application (online)
  • A $65 application fee
  • Readmit applicants may be asked to submit a degree application if the time period since the last semester of enrollment has been more than 10 years. 

Supporting Materials

Students who submitted the original degree application before 2010 should contact the Graduate School to see if all supporting materials are still on file. Any coursework taken at another institution since the last enrollment date at UMaine should be listed in the online application and an official transcript should be requested. We encourage readmit applicants to upload unofficial transcripts within the application to expedite the admission process. 

International applicants

  • Official English proficiency examination scores are required unless you have received a degree from an English-speaking institution. Note: academic units may request English proficiency examination scores from those who received a degree from an English-speaking institution if graduate examination scores are below average. 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 to be submitted at the time of admission. Note: 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.

Non-Degree Applications

Graduate non-degree students are those whose interest in advanced study is not related to a degree program, or whose previous background or work does not immediately qualify them for admission to the Graduate School.  A complete non-degree application should include the following:

  • A completed application (online)
  • Proof of bachelor’s degree
  • A $35 application fee

Visiting Graduate Student Applications

A student in good standing in another recognized graduate school who wishes to enroll for a limited number of course credits, and who plans to resume work at the school of original admission, may be admitted as a visiting graduate student.  A complete visiting graduate student application should include the following:

  • A completed application (paper)
  • A $35 application fee

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