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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

The table below indicates when you may begin to apply for a specific term. Application deadlines vary and 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.

Application term Summer 2023 Fall 2023 Spring 2024 Summer 2024 Fall 2024
Application opens Sept 1, 2022 Feb 1, 2022 Feb 1, 2023 Sept 1, 2023 Feb 1, 2023

Click Here to Search for Application Deadlines by Department

: 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

Click here for more information on graduate certificate study.

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

  • Students applying to UMaine who have previously attended an institution outside of the U.S.A. or Canada need to contact a professional credential evaluation service to obtain a professional course-by-course evaluation of all university-level work from a professional credential evaluation service with NACES membership. See the list of Credential Evaluation Agencies.
  • 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
  • A copy of your passport or visa to aid in processing I-20 paperwork.
  • Declaration 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.

PLEASE NOTE: Total processing time for I-20 paperwork is at least 6 weeks. Admitted international students seeking an I-20 should submit their completed paperwork no later than 6 weeks prior to the start of the semester to allow time for processing, completion, and shipping of documents.

Non-Degree Applications

Click here for more information on Non-Degree Graduate Study.

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 International Graduate Student Applications

A student in good standing in another recognized international 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

Domestic visiting graduate students should complete a non-degree application.

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