International Students

A complete application for international students includes:

  • submission of The Common Application, including $50 application fee
  • an official secondary or high school transcript
  • an official transcript of course grades received from all accredited colleges or universities attended
  • international transcript evaluation service report (see below)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores, if native language is not English
  • results of either the SAT (MMA Code 3505) or the ACT, (MMA Code 1648)
  • a letter of recommendation from a teacher, employer or associate
  • a letter of sponsorship or notarized bank statement indicating ability to support education (US funds)

All information used to make an admission decision must be received by the published deadlines.

Students may check their application status via the MMA Application Portal, using the Username, PIN and Custom Link provided once The Common Application has been received.

Please note: all non-U.S. transcripts, diplomas, certificates and licenses must be evaluated by an approved evaluation service. The evaluation service will verify international transcripts for:

  1. authenticity
  2. grade and course equivalency
  3. transfer credits awarded

Maine Maritime Academy recognizes the members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services  ( for international transcript evaluation services.

An application for evaluation is available through their respective online service. This service does require a fee. The fee varies depending on which service you choose and what type of evaluation you request. Maine Maritime requests prospective international students to do an undergraduate course-by-course breakdown of credits, a calculation of credit hours, and a verification of authenticity.

English Proficiency

Requirements of all international applicants whose native language is not English:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – Minimum score required for admissions consideration: 550 on the paper-based test (PBT) or an 80 on the internet-based test (iBT).
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)– Only the academic format is acceptable and a minimum score of 6.5 is required.
    • The TOEFL/IELTS requirement may be waived if the applicant is currently enrolled in full-time studies in the United States and will have completed two academic years of coursework in the United States immediately prior to enrolling at Maine Maritime.
    • The TOEFL/IELTS requirement is waived for non-native English-speaking applicants who have received an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution where English is the language of instruction.
  • Proof of successful completion of an intensive English as a Second Language program may be acceptable in lieu of the TOEFL/ISLTS.

Financial Support

International applicants must certify that sufficient funding is available to cover MMA fees, books, supplies, tuition and living expenses for the entire duration of their enrollment. A letter of sponsorship or an officially certified or notarized bank statement must indicate that the candidate has sufficient funds to study at Maine Maritime. Submit documentation of financial support to the Director of Admissions. Unfortunately, international students are ineligible for any form of federal financial assistance while enrolled. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for information regarding private sources of funds for international students.

Additional Information

Offer of Admission

All offers of admission are extended with the understanding that your record of academic achievement and personal conduct will remain at least at the level as when we reviewed an application. Maine Maritime Academy reserves the right to rescind an offer of admission if it is learned that subsequent academic performance or personal behavior are viewed to be substandard or inappropriate.

Notice Regarding Changing of Majors

If admitted to MMA in a non-USCG license major, it may not be possible to switch to a USCG license major after enrolling. Unfortunately, MMA cannot guarantee a major change into a USCG license major after enrollment. If you have any questions, please call us to discuss.

Fraudulent Reporting

Applicants must provide accurate and complete information on all application documents. Intentional omission or falsification of information during the application process will result in the immediate rejection of the application. Application misrepresentation includes, but is not limited to: (1) false, omitted, or misleading information on the application, medical or immunization forms, financial aid disclosures or during the personal interview, (2) fake, forged, or altered transcripts, standardized test scores, or letters of recommendation.

Wait List Policy

Maine Maritime Academy strives to meet its academic enrollment goals each year. The college’s Office of Admissions acts on applications on a rolling basis until the goals for enrollment are met for the selected academic major or for the entire incoming class. Accordingly, candidates for admission are accepted each year in quantities that are based on an estimate of yield (the percentage of applicants who actually enroll). With this in mind, the college maintains a Wait List for those candidates who meet admission criteria, yet apply or deposit after program or enrollment capacity has been met. These candidates are offered placement on the Wait List. In the event that the yield falls short of projections, MMA will draw students from the Wait List to fill vacancies in the academic program or incoming class.  Wait List FAQ

Contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office with any questions you may have as a prospective student or applicant.