Each student applying for full admission into the Master of Science program must meet the following requirements (conditional admission status may be granted to students who do not fully meet these requirements):
- A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (B average).
- The following USM courses or their equivalent with an average grade of 3.0:
COS 280 Discrete Mathematics II
COS 285 Data Structures
and for students intending the Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics track additionally:
at least one college-level course in Calculus
at least one college-level course in Statistics
Note: Students with little or no computing background may need to take some or all of the following courses that are prerequisites to the courses listed above: MAT 145, COS 160/COS 170, COS 161, COS 250/COS 255
- Students whose first language is not English are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores, unless they have received a degree from an English speaking institution (see below).Applicants whose scores are below the acceptable level must demonstrate the language skills requisite for graduate study before they can be admitted.
Applicants meeting the entrance requirements for a master's in Computer Science will be granted regular admission status. Applicants not meeting the entrance requirements of the program may be granted conditional admission status for an initial period during which time the student must make up for missing foundational coursework. The Computer Science Graduate faculty will designate specific undergraduate Computer Science or mathematics courses to ensure that the applicant has the requisite foundational knowledge for success. These courses will carry no credit toward the master's degree and must be successfully completed and must precede the completion of twelve hours of graduate credit. Upon successful completion of the designated preparatory coursework the student may be granted regular admission status.
Application Procedures and Required Materials
- February 1 for entry into Fall Semester
- October 1 for entry into Spring Semester
- April 15 for entry into Summer Semester
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: Your essay should discuss your goals in seeking a graduate degree in Computer Science. Do you have a specific career in mind, or a specific topic area within Computer Science that you wish to explore? How did you become interested in this (career path or topic area)?
- References: Supply at least two persons for reference, including contact information for and your relationship with each (teacher, supervisor, advisor, etc.).
- Optional: Official Test scores from the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) are optional.
- TOEFL or IELTS: Students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. See additional information below regarding test scores.
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 electronic submission of transcripts can send official transcripts to email@example.com. Resumes, essays, and other documents can also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
- International students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency
- Declaration of Finances form accompanied by the appropriate financial documentation as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. Only applicants with TOEFL 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; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for admission to a graduate program.
Applicants whose first language is not English
Students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. Only applicants with TOEFL 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; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for admission to a graduate program.
For more information about courses and credit hours, view our Program Requirements.