Admission Requirements

Admission to the School of Economics for graduate study is competitive. We accept the best candidates based on their academic excellence and demonstrated capacity for graduate study. Below are a list of the basic admission requirements. While we do not set a required undergraduate GPA for admission, applicants seeking a teaching, research, or other graduate assistantship typically have earned As in most of the required courses for admission and tend to have around a 3.5 GPA or higher.

Please visit the UMaine Undergraduate Catalog’s Course Search to view course descriptions for each of the UMaine equivalent courses listed in this table. Also, please note we are working on updating the admission requirements in the UMaine Graduate Catalog to be consistent with the requirements presented here, but there may be a period of time during which there are inconsistencies between the two information sources. For Fall 2021 applications, we will be flexible with applications that meet the old requirements but give preference to applications that meet the requirements posted here.

GRE Test Scores

Under normal circumstances, we require Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. We do not have a fixed minimum score for admittance; however the average GRE scores are Verbal = 162; Quantitative = 159. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are waiving the GRE score requirement for admission for applications submitted during the 2020-2021 school year.

English proficiency test scores (TOEFL and IELTS)

Applicants from countries where English is NOT the official language must furnish proof of their proficiency in English. There are two major tests for this purpose: the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and tests from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). For admission, the School requires TOEFL scores to be above 92, 237 or 580 (on the internet, computer or paper-based exams, respectively), or IELTS scores to be 6.9 or higher. To obtain an assistantship these scores should be higher: TOEFL above 98, 247 or 597 respectively, and the  IELTS equal to 7.6 or higher.

If your scores are lower, it is possible (but rare) to be admitted on the condition you successfully complete the two 4-week summer sessions run by the Intensive English Institute. TOEFL/IELTS scores may be waived if the applicant has attended a U.S. college or university for a period of at least four years or has earned a degree from a U.S. university or college.​