Start your application process to the University of Southern Maine (USM) right here. Review deadlines and instructions to apply for a certificate program.

Undergraduate certificate

You must hold a high school diploma, GED, or HiSET to pursue these programs.

Post-baccalaureate certificate

You must hold a bachelor’s degree to pursue these programs.

Certificate of Graduate Study

You must hold a bachelor’s degree or higher to pursue these programs.

Certificate of Advanced Study

You must hold a master’s degree or higher to pursue these programs.


Undergraduate certificate application process
Our undergraduate certificate programs provide you with a solid foundation in your chosen area of study and a variety of career fields. You can pursue these programs in conjunction with a bachelor’s degree program at USM or independently.

Application

Where to send application materials

Requirements for all undergraduate certificate applicants

  • Complete our online application
  • Submit official transcripts, or copies of official transcripts, from your secondary school and/or all colleges and universities from which you received a degree
  • Submit official transcripts of copies of official transcripts for one or both of the following:
    • Your high school (secondary school) transcript, General Education Diploma (GED), or High School Equivalency Test (HiSET)
      • Homeschool transcripts must state your date of graduation or annual assessment of courses completed, and be signed by the person responsible for your homeschooling
    • All colleges and universities from which you received a degree

Additional requirements for applicants with an international college transcript

Additional requirements for specific programs

  • Event Planning and Management: Include your résumé
  • Gerontology: Include your résumé
  • Risk Management and Insurance: You cannot enroll in this program if you’re currently enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program at USM. However, you could instead consider the Risk Management and Insurance Minor.

Please note: If you're enrolled solely in an undergraduate certificate program, you are not eligible for federal financial aid or scholarships.

If your first language is not English, you may be required to provide test scores or credentials for English language proficiency — unless you hold a degree from an English-speaking institution.

We accept the following test scores and qualifications for admission into undergraduate programs:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    • Scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test
    • Scores of 550 or higher on the paper-based test
    • Scores of 213 or higher on the computer-based test
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    • Scores of 6.5 or higher
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE)
    • Scores of 60 or higher
  • Duolingo Test of English
    • Scores of 105 or higher 
    • NOTE: We are accepting Duolingo scores on a trial basis for the 2022–23 academic year

If you have questions regarding your experience and our requirements, email the Office of Admissions.

It's free to apply for admission, including:

  • In-state
  • Out-of-state
  • International
  • Re-application
  • Reactivation

It's your responsibility to ensure your application is complete by the appropriate program deadline. To check the status of your submitted application, follow these steps:

  1. Activate your account
    • Look for a letter or email from the Office of Admissions with the information you'll need for this step
  2. Log in to MaineStreet 
    • Your application status and any missing application materials will appear as To Do items
    • Select Student Self-Service
      • If you choose the mobile-friendly Student Center experience:
        • Look for the To Dos widget block
      • If you choose the Classic Student Center experience:
        • Look for the To Do List block on the right side of your screen

Post-baccalaureate undergraduate certificate application process
Our post-baccalaureate undergraduate certificate programs provide you with a solid foundation in your chosen area of study and a variety of career fields. You must hold a bachelor’s degree to pursue these programs.

Application

Where to send application materials

Requirements for all undergraduate certificate applicants

  • Complete our online application
  • Submit official transcripts, or copies of official transcripts, from your secondary school and/or all colleges and universities from which you received a degree
  • Submit official transcripts of copies of official transcripts for one or both of the following:
    • Your high school (secondary school) transcript, General Education Diploma (GED), or High School Equivalency Test (HiSET)
      • Homeschool transcripts must state your date of graduation or annual assessment of courses completed, and be signed by the person responsible for your homeschooling
    • All colleges and universities from which you received a degree

Additional requirements for applicants with an international college transcript

Additional requirements for specific programs

  • Accounting: You cannot enroll in this program if you’re currently enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program at USM. However, you could instead consider the Advanced Accounting Minor.
  • Actuarial Science: You cannot enroll in this program if you’re currently enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program at USM. However, you could instead consider the Actuarial Science Minor.

Please note: If you're enrolled solely in an undergraduate certificate program, you are not eligible for federal financial aid or scholarships.

If your first language is not English, you may be required to provide test scores or credentials for English language proficiency — unless you hold a degree from an English-speaking institution.

We accept the following test scores and qualifications for admission into undergraduate programs:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    • Scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test
    • Scores of 550 or higher on the paper-based test
    • Scores of 213 or higher on the computer-based test
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    • Scores of 6.5 or higher
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE)
    • Scores of 60 or higher
  • Duolingo Test of English
    • Scores of 105 or higher 
    • NOTE: We are accepting Duolingo scores on a trial basis for the 2022–23 academic year

If you have questions regarding your experience and our requirements, email the Office of Admissions.

It's free to apply for admission, including:

  • In-state
  • Out-of-state
  • International
  • Re-application
  • Reactivation

It's your responsibility to ensure your application is complete by the appropriate program deadline. To check the status of your submitted application, follow these steps:

  1. Activate your account
    • Look for a letter or email from the Office of Admissions with the information you'll need for this step
  2. Log in to MaineStreet 
    • Your application status and any missing application materials will appear as To Do items
    • Select Student Self-Service
      • If you choose the mobile-friendly Student Center experience:
        • Look for the To Dos widget block
      • If you choose the Classic Student Center experience:
        • Look for the To Do List block on the right side of your screen

Certificate of Graduate Study application process
You must hold a bachelor’s degree or higher to pursue these programs.

Application

Where to send application materials

  • Complete our online application
  • Select your program for all requirements and deadlines:
Application instructions: Graduate certificates

If your first language is not English, you may be required to provide test scores or credentials for English language proficiency — unless you hold a degree from an English-speaking institution.

We accept the following test scores and qualifications for admission into undergraduate programs:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    • Scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test
    • Scores of 550 or higher on the paper-based test
    • Scores of 213 or higher on the computer-based test
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    • Scores of 6.5 or higher
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE)
    • Scores of 60 or higher
  • Duolingo Test of English
    • Scores of 105 or higher 
    • NOTE: We are accepting Duolingo scores on a trial basis for the 2022–23 academic year

If you have questions regarding your experience and our requirements, email the Office of Admissions.

It's free to apply for admission, including:

  • In-state
  • Out-of-state
  • International
  • Re-application
  • Reactivation

It's your responsibility to ensure your application is complete by the appropriate program deadline. To check the status of your submitted application, follow these steps:

  1. Activate your account
    • Look for a letter or email from the Office of Admissions with the information you'll need for this step
  2. Log in to MaineStreet 
    • Your application status and any missing application materials will appear as To Do items
    • Select Student Self-Service
      • If you choose the mobile-friendly Student Center experience:
        • Look for the To Dos widget block
      • If you choose the Classic Student Center experience:
        • Look for the To Do List block on the right side of your screen

Certificate of Advanced Study application process
You must hold a master’s degree or higher to pursue these programs.

Application

Where to send application materials

  • Complete our online application
  • Select your program for all requirements and deadlines:
Application instructions: Advanced study certificates

If your first language is not English, you may be required to provide test scores or credentials for English language proficiency — unless you hold a degree from an English-speaking institution.

We accept the following test scores and qualifications for admission into undergraduate programs:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    • Scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test
    • Scores of 550 or higher on the paper-based test
    • Scores of 213 or higher on the computer-based test
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    • Scores of 6.5 or higher
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE)
    • Scores of 60 or higher
  • Duolingo Test of English
    • Scores of 105 or higher 
    • NOTE: We are accepting Duolingo scores on a trial basis for the 2022–23 academic year

If you have questions regarding your experience and our requirements, email the Office of Admissions.

It's free to apply for admission, including:

  • In-state
  • Out-of-state
  • International
  • Re-application
  • Reactivation

It's your responsibility to ensure your application is complete by the appropriate program deadline. To check the status of your submitted application, follow these steps:

  1. Activate your account
    • Look for a letter or email from the Office of Admissions with the information you'll need for this step
  2. Log in to MaineStreet 
    • Your application status and any missing application materials will appear as To Do items
    • Select Student Self-Service
      • If you choose the mobile-friendly Student Center experience:
        • Look for the To Dos widget block
      • If you choose the Classic Student Center experience:
        • Look for the To Do List block on the right side of your screen

Send us your admission materials

If we receive your application materials, such as official transcripts* or recommendations**, before your application arrives, we'll keep them in a holding file until we receive your application.

Physical Mail

Application Processing Center
University of Maine System
P.O. Box 412
Bangor, ME 04402-0412

If you choose to collect all application materials yourself and mail or deliver everything to us at once, do not open any official transcripts or recommendation letters.

Electronic Submission

Official transcripts sent via a secure clearinghouse can be sent to edocs@maine.edu.

Essays, resumes, and additional documents can also be sent to edocs@maine.edu.

NOTE: All application materials become property of the University of Southern Maine once submitted and will not be returned.

*Transcripts from your previous institution(s) must be sent directly from the institution to the University of Southern Maine to be considered “official". Physical transcripts must arrive in the original, sealed envelope and electronic transcripts should be sent through a secure clearing house. If the envelope is opened before it arrives at our Application Processing Center, we will hold your application review until a new, sealed transcript arrives.

**Recommendations must be sent by the author of the letter via physical mail or emailed to edocs@maine.edu, or for graduate applications via a link sent from the graduate application. If mailed and the envelope is opened before it arrives at our Application Processing Center, we will hold your application review until a new, sealed recommendation arrives.

Do you need more information? Our friendly Admissions team is happy to help!

The University of Southern Maine is an EEO/AA institution and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 Boudreau Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5754; Phone: 207-581-1226; TTY: 711 (Maine Relay System).