Department of Environmental Science and Policy

Accelerated Graduate Pathway - Environmental Planning and Policy to MPPM

The undergraduate B.A. in Environmental Planning and Policy program in the College of Science, Technology, and Health and the graduate Master's in Policy, Planning, and Management program in the Muskie School of Public Service offer an Accelerated Graduate degree pathway for prospective students. The close disciplinary connections between these programs and their focus on the relationship between human populations and their natural and built environment, sustainability, community development, environmental and natural resource policy, and community planning allow for a unique undergraduate-graduate educational opportunity.

Requirements

Courses Available to Pathway Students

Students in their junior year in the Environmental Planning and Policy program who have completed at least 84 undergraduate credits will be eligible to enroll in the following courses at the graduate level:

Group A: Environmental Science and Policy Courses
Graduate credit is granted upon satisfactory completion of the additional work as assigned by the course instructor and achieving a grade of B or higher. 

ESP 326/526 Environmental Economics
ESP 327/527 Natural Resource Economics
ESP 340/540 Environmental Regulations
ESP 417/517 Site Planning and Assessment
ESP 421/521 Natural Resource Policy
ESP 470/570 Solid Waste Planning and Policy

Group B: Policy, Planning, and Management Courses
The following MPPM courses may be taken without prerequisite:

PPM 521 Social Justice Theory and Public Policy
PPM 610 Governance, Democracy, and Policymaking
PPM 612 Sustainable Communities
PPM 615 Organizational Theory, Management, and Leadership
PPM 640 Public Financing and Budgeting

The following MPPM courses may be taken with the indicated prerequisite:

PPM 601 Quantitative Methods for Policy, Planning, and Management
      Prerequisite: MAT 120 Introduction to Statistics

PPM 611 Economics for Policy, Planning, and Management
      Prerequisite: ECO 102 Introduction to Microeconomics

Requirements:

  • Complete all requirements for the BA in Environmental Planning and Policy as detailed in the undergraduate catalog.
  • Up to 18 credits from among the cross-listed and approved ESP-MPPM courses listed can be taken by the senior year. Students then enter the MPPM program with 18 credits of requirements remaining, allowing completion of the MPPM degree in one additional year of full time study.

Admission Information

In order to gain full admission into the Master of Arts in Policy, Planning and Management, a student must meet the following admission standards:

  • Choose a major in Geography-Anthropology, Environmental Science and Policy, or Economics
  • Earn at least a B for all courses in these majors, as well as in any 500-level graduate courses taken at the undergraduate level
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 at time of matriculation into graduate program.
  • Complete the following courses with grades of B or better: a course in Statistics that meets USM’s Quantitative Reasoning Core Requirement, a course in Microeconomics (or a course equivalent to ECO 102 or higher).

How to Apply:

  • On the Common App, select your preferred choice of major, making sure it is one that qualifies for the Accelerated Graduate Pathway you’re choosing; then you will see the following option: “Please indicate your interest in one of the following accelerated pathway options at the University of Southern Maine” from which you can select a Pathway.
  • In the University of Maine System application, select your First Choice Major, making sure it is one that qualifies for the Accelerated Graduate Pathway you’re choosing; then you will see the following drop-down menu: Accelerated Graduate Degree Pathway (First Choice Major), from which you can select a Pathway.
  • If you are a Transfer or Continuing Student, please contact the University of Southern Maine Advising Office to meet with an academic advisor who can review your previous coursework and determine your eligibility for entering an Accelerated Graduate Pathway. Please call (207) 780-4040 or email: usm.advising@maine.edu