Application Procedure

The Math/Stats graduate faculty will prescreen your application. This way you will only need to pay the University’s application fee if you decide to accept our verbal offer.

For admissions requirements, go here.

Your application must consist of the following:

  • Cover Letter. Send a brief cover letter in pdf format of no more than one page indicating your intent to apply to our program, intended semester of matriculation, your permanent address, contact information, country of citizenship, and anything else you wish to tell us that is not included in your essay (see below).
  • Brief essay (300-500 words) describing your academic background and objectives.  (Why are you applying to the program, and what do you hope to get out of it?)
  • Three letters of recommendation. Letters should be sent directly to us by the letter writers via the email address below (or regular mail if necessary).
  • A writing sample.  Please provide a scan of one of your returned graded written proof-based assignments from an upper level math class.  We would like to get a feel for your mathematical writing style.
  • GRE scores.  We are currently waiving the GRE, but you are welcome to submit scores if you have them.  (We do not require the math subject GRE.  Please include a scan (unofficial is fine) of your GRE scores with your application.  If you decide to come, then you will be required to have your scores sent officially to UMaine from ETS.)
  • English proficiency test scores (for non-native speakers).  Please refer to this page for the University’s minimum requirements for admission and for holding a teaching assistantship.
  • Academic transcripts.  Please send your transcripts from undergraduate degree programs and (if desired) any prior graduate work taken.  Unofficial copies are fine, but if you accept a conditional offer, you will need to send your official transcript to the graduate school.

Please arrange for the above items to be sent in PDF format to

There is no cost to apply using the above method.  However, if you are given a verbal offer and you intend to come, then you must formally apply through the UMaine Graduate School’s application page which may require a fee.  (The $65 fee is waived for UMaine alumni and certain other applicants.)

All applicants are automatically considered for Teaching Assistantships.

The application deadline is January 20, though late applications will likely receive full consideration.  Initial decisions will be made in late February or March. Questions should be directed to the Graduate Coordinator.