The Office of Graduate Studies is the administrative office that coordinates many student services related to graduate students. These services include the Graduate Assistant Program, the Teaching Assistant Program, academic policies concerning graduate students, and some scholarship programs. The dean of Graduate Studies is responsible for the operation of this office.
The Graduate Council works closely with the dean of Graduate Studies. The council, which is made up of chairs of all graduate programs, provides advice regarding the quality and standards of graduate education, review of existing and proposed programs, and policy and procedures regarding admissions, degree requirements, and related matters.
All graduate students are invited to visit the Office of Graduate Studies, located at 45 Exeter Street, Portland. The office can be reached by phone at (207) 780-4877 or at http://usm.maine.edu/grad. Graduate students are also advised to maintain close contact with the appropriate director or graduate coordinator in their school, college, or program.
Graduate students who need assistance or guidance with an appeals process, either an admissions appeal or a dismissal appeal, should contact the assistant dean of Graduate Studies at (207) 780-4812. Further information on appeals is available in the academic policies section.