Graduate Degree Programs

Applications are accepted for the fall and spring semesters. Admission is granted to those students with a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university who demonstrate evidence of commitment to public service and the ability to perform graduate studies successfully.

Applications are submitted to the USM Office of Graduate Admissions:  February 1 for tuition waiver consideration; June 1 for fall admission cycle; December 1 for spring admission cycle.

Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a space available basis.

The master's degree program application includes:

  1. An official USM graduate application, including a written statement of interest in a public affairs career, resume.
  2. Official scores of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  3. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and other graduate education.
  4. Three letters of recommendation.

Credit toward completion of degree requirements owing to previously completed graduate study may be granted in certain cases.

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Applications for undergraduate enrollment are reviewed on a rolling admission cycle.  For students who want to enroll for the fall semester, the rolling admission cycle indicates that applications are received throughout the calendar year and applicants will be notified of their admission decision beginning in January.  Although applications will continue to be reviewed throughout the year, we recommend students have a completed application on file in the Office of Undergraduate Admission by the priority filing date of February 15.  All students who want to be considered for academic scholarships are required to have their completed admission application on file in the Office of Undergraduate Admission by the February 1 scholarship consideration deadline.

See the undergraduate application instructions page to view application requirements based on your status.

Certificate Programs

We have rolling admissions to our Certificates of Graduate Study programs.

*Non-matriculated tudents enrolled in the certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid through the University of Southern Maine

New Publications

What's New?

Building Bridges Beyond the Quadrangle: The CAO and the External Community
(Book chapter by Mark Lapping in: Martin J, Samuels JE, eds. The Provost's Handbook: The Role of the Chief Academic Officer. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press; 2015:200-206.)

Health Data and Financing and Delivery System Reform: Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty? (Issue Brief by Barbara Shaw, Andy Coburn, Kimberley Fox, Andrea Gerstenberger, and Barbara Leonard)

New Jersey's Manage by Data Program: Changing Culture and Capacity to Improve Outcomes(Report by David Lambert and Julie Atkins).

Rural Implications of Medicaid Expansion under the Affordable Care Act. (Issue Brief by Erika Ziller, Jennifer Lenardson, and Andy Coburn).

Safety of Rural Nursing Home-to-Emergency Department Transfers: Improving Communication and Patient Information Sharing across Settings. Journal for Healthcare Quality, 37(1), 55-65. (Authors: Judy Tupper, Carolyn Gray, Karen Pearson, and Andy Coburn).

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