Application Process

Prospective graduate students must submit their application to the School of Economics through the University of Maine’s Graduate School. A complete application includes:

  • The application form.
  • Essay.
  • Resume/CV.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate grades (unofficial transcripts are sufficient for the initial review).
  • Required test scores (including English proficiency for international students).
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • The application fee.

You must click submit for the application to be sent to us for review.

Application Timing

SOE reviews applications on a rolling basis and makes two separate decisions: admission and funding. Depending on when you submit your application, you may receive these two decisions multiple weeks or months apart (the admission decision comes first via your online application portal). We review applications for admission in the Fall semester from November to May. Occasionally, an exceptional application may receive an early funding decision, but we make most of our funding decisions in January and February. Funding decisions can extend into May depending on the type of funding available, the pool of applicants, and the decisions recipients of first-round offers make. We recommend submitting your application by January 1st to be considered for funding. Please review our Graduate Funding page for more information

Please note: Applications submitted in the summer (June-August) may not be reviewed until the following Fall semester. 

Types of Admission

(1) Regular admission: Granted to a student whose academic records and supporting documents indicate they are fully qualified to undertake graduate study.

(2) Provisional admission:Granted to a student who does not have all the prerequisites for admission to graduate study but has a record that clearly indicates the student is otherwise prepared to undertake graduate study. Prerequisite courses, listed on our Admission Requirements page, must be completed before starting their graduate program.

(3) Conditional admission: Granted to a student whose academic record indicates deficiencies but suggests some promise of success in graduate study. Students on conditional status must earn grades of “A” or “B” in their first nine hours of graduate credit to continue graduate study. Students admitted on a conditional basis are not eligible for an Assistantship until their status changes.

International Applications

The School of Economics has graduate students from all over the world and welcomes applications outside the United States. The international application process is often long and involved, so international students are urged to begin the application process very early. Detailed application information for international students can be found at the Graduate School. Applicants from countries where English is not the primary language must furnish proof of their proficiency in English.



*If you have questions, please review our FAQ page. You can also complete an Application Inquiry form (at the bottom of the FAQ page) or email the Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Keith S. Evans: