Admissions and Financial Aid


Admission to the University of Maine Master of Science in Information Systems is competitive. In its admission process, the graduate faculty considers the potential of applicants to complete the program successfully and achieve positions of leadership in the private or public sectors. For all of our graduate programs we are generally seeking students that score at the mean or above on the verbal, quantitative and analytical segments of the GRE exam and in the 50th percentile or above on the exam overall. We generally seek an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or above. Exceptions are considered on a case-by-case basis.

At a minimum an applicant must have a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or a four-year international equivalent. Within their curriculum, all applicants should have completed a university course in Algebra as a minimum math prerequisite for admission. Previous programming courses or experience are recommended but not required. The review committee considers both the curriculum completed and the institution attended in its assessment.

All students apply through the Graduate School and the entire application packet including transcripts, test scores and letters of recommendation must be received before a formal acceptance will be issued typically. Applications processed through the Graduate School are accomplished on a rolling basis and no strict deadlines apply. However, to be considered for on-campus Fall admission, completed applications should be received typically 8 weeks prior to the beginning of the term. Those applying for campus-wide research assistantships or scholarships should complete their application packets by January 1 for September admission.

For an application and the instructions for applying, see the graduate school. We prefer an online application submission and electronic submission of letters of recommendation.

Note 1: Four Plus One applicants MUST apply directly to the department and NOT to the graduate school.

Note 2: Foreign students should note that the MS Information Systems program is certified as a STEM program (see U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Student and Exchange Visitor Program and CIP Code 11.0103) potentially allowing a longer post-graduation training stay in the U.S.

Note 3: Students applying for Graduate Certificate programs are NOT required to submit GRE scores. Students that successfully complete a graduate certificate program in Information Systems (both offered on-campus and by distance) that includes the foundation courses of SIE 505, 507, 515, 525 and 550 in their certificate programs and receive a B or better in all of these courses are not required to submit a GRE score for admission to the full non-thesis MS programs in Information Systems (offered on-campus and by distance), Spatial Informatics (offered by distance only) and Spatial Information Science and Engineering – Project Option (offered on campus only). The 5 foundation courses automatically count towards the 10 courses required for the full MS degree. Typically to qualify for loans, grants, and assistantships through the financial aid office, a student must be enrolled in a full graduate degree rather than a graduate certificate program.

Note 4: Students pursuing a non-thesis graduate degree in SCIS, such as the MSIS, may complete a GRE Waiver Request. If they qualify in the opinion of the graduate coordinator, they may be granted a waiver.

Note 5: On-campus students from Vermont, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania receive a scholarship of about half the tuition rate. That is, the Regional Graduate Scholarship substantially reduces out-of-state tuition per credit hour. This applies to both the MS and the Graduate Certificate in Information Systems. Graduate students from these states are automatically considered for this scholarship. Students from VermontConnecticut, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island also qualify for the NEHBE Scholarship rate when the UMaine graduate degree is not offered in those states.

Note 6: Out-of-state and international online students enjoy the low e-Rate. It is one of the very lowest nation-wide and international graduate tuition rates offered by a publicly funded U.S. land-grant university. See Tuition and Fees at UMaine Online.

Financial Aid

For general information on the range of grants, loans and scholarships available from Federal and other sources for graduate students, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid. The department provides no assistantships for non-research based degrees. However, university wide assistantships and scholarships may be available. All full-time students are eligible to apply. Note: Those seeking a Graduate Certificate rather than a full graduate degree are ineligible for most grants, loans and scholarships.