Department of Technology

Supplemental content for MS in Cybersecurity

Admission Information

Applicant Qualifications 

  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Students whose first language is not English may be 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 Resumes, essays, and other documents can also be sent to

For a transcript or recommendation to be considered official, it must be sent by the institution or the person writing the recommendation.


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 (


International Applicants

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.

Learn More

The MS in Cybersecurity is offered in partnership with the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA). Together, we offer a competitive tuition, expert faculty, and exceptional graduate student resources. Learn more.

Questions about the application process? Contact our Office of Admissions.