Department of Technology
Supplemental content for MS in Cybersecurity
- Bachelor’s degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Previous academic or work experience in Information Technology, Cybersecurity, or a related field.
Application Procedures and Required Materials
Application Deadlines: August 1 for Fall semester, December 15 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
- Please note: The MS in Cybersecurity is offered in partnership with the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA). Applicants have the option of applying to either USM or to UMA. Learn more.
- 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: Answer the following question: "What have you done in your education, experience, etc. that has prepared you to enter a Masters in Cybersecurity program.”
If you use citations, APA format is preferred.
- Two Letters of Recommendation: 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.
- TOEFL or IELTS: Students whose first language is not English may be 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 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.
English Proficiency Test Scores
Official English proficiency examination scores are required from international applicants and/or applicants whose primary language is not English, unless the applicant has received a degree from an English-speaking institution. The University of Southern Maine accepts the following score reports sent directly from the testing agency. 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 a graduate program.
Fully online programs will not meet eligibility for a student visa (I-20). On-campus courses will be required. This program is available fully online.