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The OGS staff

We’re here to support you

At the University of Southern Maine (USM), our Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) works to meet the unique needs of all our students while fostering an equitable, empowered, and interconnected graduate student community. OGS connects you with faculty and staff that will work with you in advising and mentorship roles, while helping you find scholarships and financial assistance to make school more affordable. We also offer résumé-enhancing professional development opportunities through Graduate Assistantships and partnerships — all to help you shape the future you want.

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Our respected faculty

Our full-time faculty — 90% of whom hold terminal degrees from distinguished universities like Harvard and Yale, with multiple Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellows among them — also remain active in their fields as business leaders, government advisors, public service practitioners, and acclaimed authors and artists. Dedicated to helping students apply research and theory to hands-on practicums, placements, and projects in the community, our faculty connect what’s learned in the classroom to real-world contributions.

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Graduate student research

For graduate students at USM, research is an integral component of coursework, capstone projects, thesis and dissertation development, and assistantships. With the support of our faculty and professional research staff, you could perform solution-oriented inquiry and analysis that contribute to your professional development, enhanced career opportunities, the co-authoring of published research articles and reports, and more.

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Student assistantships

Our Graduate Assistantship program offers the opportunity to develop professional skills and gain valuable work experience that can elevate your academic and career goals while providing you with valuable financial support. Our program includes roles for graduate assistants, research assistants, and teaching assistants who work in a variety of University settings throughout the academic year.

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Questions about financial aid?

We believe education should be affordable, and our Student Financial Services staff is committed to helping you navigate the financial aid process. Securing financial aid means you can save money and focus on your studies. Find out everything you need to know about your options: from student loans to scholarships and completing your FAFSA.

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We offer robust scholarships

Scholarships are a valuable source of financial aid that you don’t have to repay later and can help decrease your financial burden. If you meet criteria such as financial need, academic achievement, leadership skills, and others, you could be eligible for a variety of scholarships.

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New construction on our Portland campus

Located within walking and biking distance to the heart of downtown Portland, our Passive House residence hall and eco-conscious student center will open for our summer 2023 term. You'll have access to spacious study areas, a café, our Career & Employment Hub, the University Store, and much more in this affordable residential community.

Take a Virtual Tour

Take a closer look at our three campuses through our interactive, virtual tour. You decide where to go, what to see, and how long to stay!

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