Policy, Planning, and Management
Supplemental content for MPPM in Policy, Planning, and Management
Application Procedures and Required Materials
August 1 for Fall semester, December 15 for Spring semester, April 15 for Summer semester
International Student deadlines: July 1 for Fall Semester, November 1 for Spring semester
All materials need to be submitted by the deadline. Applications are read on a rolling basis
Applicants are required to provide the following materials:
- Application: Online Application
- Application fee: Waived for all applicants
- Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine System (UMS transcripts are accessible to USM). A transcript is official when sent directly from the institution.
- International College transcripts: In addition to an official copy of the transcript, an official evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency is required
- Resume: Submit a resume or CV that outlines professional, volunteer, and community experience.
- Essay: Submit a brief essay (300-500 words) stating your reason for pursuing graduate study, your professional goals, and how you think this program of study will contribute to these goals. You may include a statement of any special interest you would like to pursue in your study.
- Letters of Recommendation (3): Recommendations should be from individuals who are qualified, through direct experience with your academic or professional work, to comment on your ability to undertake graduate study and your chosen profession.
- Standardized test scores: - None required
- Students whose first language is not English are required to take one of the following: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Pearson Test of English (PTE) or Duolingo. Applicants must submit official scores as part of the application process. See additional information below regarding test scores and requirements.
Where to send transcripts and application materials
Official transcripts and other supporting documents can be sent to:
Application Processing Center
University of Maine System
P.O. Box 412
Bangor, ME 04402-0412
Colleges and universities that participate in the electronic submission of transcripts can send official transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org. Resumes, essays, and other documents can also be sent to email@example.com.
For a transcript or recommendation to be considered official, it must be sent by the institution or the person writing the recommendation.
In addition to the standard application materials, international students must also provide the following materials:
- College transcript evaluation: official course-by-course evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency
- Declaration of Finances form accompanied by the appropriate financial documentation
Fully online programs will not meet eligibility for a student visa (I-20). On-campus courses will be required.
- English proficiency test scores may be required for students whose first language is not English. See below for details.
Applicants whose first language is not English
Students whose first language is not English may be required to provide test scores or credentials for English language proficiency.
USM accepts the following test scores and qualifications for admission into graduate programs:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOFEL): scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 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. Duolingo scores are being accepted on a trial for the 2022-23 academic year.
- Bachelor's degree taught with English instruction
Questions regarding your experience and the requirements can be addressed with the Office of Admissions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Reduced Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Out-of-state students studying in our MPPM program are eligible to receive a reduced tuition rate. Maine residents benefit from the lower in-state tuition. Learn more.
We would love to tell you more about the benefits of graduate study at the University of Southern Maine. Contact our Office of Admissions