Prospective graduate students must submit their application to the School of Economics through the University of Maine’s Graduate School. Applications are processed as soon as they are complete. Complete applications includes the application form, official transcripts of all undergraduate grades, GRE scores and three letters of recommendation. English proficiency tests (covering the areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking) are also required for international applications.
We encourage students to start their studies in the Fall semester, but applications are accepted for Spring enrollment as well. There are no deadlines for applications, but those seeking admission are encouraged to submit their applications well in advance of the semester in which they wish to begin graduate work. Early application is especially important for those who want to be considered for a Graduate Assistantship or tuition waiver.
Complete application materials should be submitted by February 1 for Fall semester admission and by November 1 for Spring semester admission.
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.
English proficiency. Applicants from non-English speaking countries 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. If your scores are lower then you may 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.
Health insurance. Health insurance is required of all international students and dependents residing in the U.S. Health insurance may be purchased through the University. Students with comparable insurance coverage must provide proof of acceptable coverage.
Sufficient funds. If an international student is admitted to a graduate program, he or she must show proof of sufficient funds to meet all expenses while studying in the United States. International students who are awarded Graduate Assistantships will meet this test through the funds they are paid for their assistantship.
Types of Admission
(1) Regular admission: Granted to a student whose academic records and supporting documents indicate that 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 must be completed prior to 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 in order to continue graduate study. Students admitted on a conditional basis are not eligible for an Assistantship until their status changes.