2014-15 Catalogs

CMHS Overview

Academic Leadership

Dean: Joseph W. McDonnell; Associate Dean, Muskie School of Public Service: Andrew Coburn; Associate Dean, School of Education and Human Development: Jean Whitney; Associate Dean, School of Business: Bert Smoluk; Director, School of Social Work: Susan Fineran

Administrative Leadership

Director of Finance: Tammy Blair; Director of Student Affairs: Kimberly Warren; Director of Administration: Sondra Bogdonoff; Director of Communications: TBD; Coordinator of Human Resources: Judy Letarte; Administrative Specialist: Arline Palmer

The College of Management and Human Service brings together dedicated faculty and staff from four professional schools at the University of Southern Maine: the School of Business, School of Education and Human Development, School of Social Work, and the Muskie School of Public Service, including more than 120 research staff in the Muskie School’s Catherine E. Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy and additional research centers throughout the college. Through their dedicated teaching, applied research, and engagement within the community, our faculty offer students unique opportunities to engage in socially relevant  studies that address today’s most pressing issues in education, public policy, management, and social services.

The college offers a wealth of both graduate and undergraduate degree programs, as well as teacher education, professional development tracks, and certificate options. Unique to the college is cross-cutting curricula that allow students to engage in coursework from more than one school or program, an approach that best prepares students for today’s challenging and complex work environment. Additionally, partnerships with area businesses, organizations, and agencies create opportunities for students to gain knowledge and skills through experiential learning, preparing them for leadership roles within their respective fields.

Schools within the College

Undergraduate Programs

The College of Management and Human Service offers the following undergraduate degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Geography-Anthropology
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Social Work
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Tourism and Hospitality
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Administration with majors in accounting, finance, general management, marketing, and sport management
  • Undergraduate-Graduate 3+2 Program in Geography Anthropology, and Community Planning and Development

Graduate Programs

The College of Management and Human Service offers the following graduate degree programs:

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Science (MS) in Adult and Higher Education
  • Master of Science (MS) in Counseling
  • Master of Science (MS) in Educational Psychology
  • Master of Science (MS) in Special Education
  • Master of Science in Education (MSEd) in Applied Literacy
  • Master of Science in Education (MSEd) in Educational Leadership
  • Master of Science in Education (MSEd) in Literacy Education
  • Master of Science in Education (MSEd) in Professional Educator
  • Master of Science in Education (MSEd) in Teaching and Learning
  • Master of Science in Education (MSEd) in TESOL
  • Master of Social Work (MSW)
  • Master of Community Planning and Development (MCPD)
  • Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM)
  • Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Policy
  • Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in School Psychology

The college also offers certificates of graduate study and certificates of advanced study in several areas.

Undergraduate Teacher Education Programs at USM

With an historic dedication to teacher education dating back to 1878, the School of Education & Human Development, in partnership with colleges throughout the university, offers students the opportunity to earn a teaching certificate while still pursuing their specific major and academic goals.

USM undergraduate students pursue their major and then choose the content area for their teaching based on the major. All  colleges at USM offer this teacher education option. Students identify early on in their major to also pursue a teacher education pathway and take the courses defined by their content area. In addition, students take the education courses needed such as teaching methods and student teaching. At the end of the student's undergraduate career at USM, he or she will have a bachelor's degree, major, and teacher certification in a content area related to their major..

Admission and Academic Policies and Requirements

Admission and academic deadlines, policies, and requirements reside with the programs that are housed within the four schools of the College of Management and Human Service. Please see individual programs listed under each school section for these policies and requirements.

Scholarships and Assistantships

The schools within the College of Management and Human Service offer a limited number of scholarships and/or graduate assistantships to help fund a student’s education. Please see the individual schools or programs for more information.


Our programs are characterized by quality and integrity. They meet the highest standards set by professional accreditation bodies. The College of Management and Human Service has specific degree programs that are accredited by the following agencies or bodies:

  •  Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)
  • Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP)
  • Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE)
  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
  • Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)

Professional Licensure and Certification Notice

Professional licensure and certification is regulated by various State of Maine credentialing offices. Students who are pursuing degrees leading to application for professional licensure or certification, and/or who will be participating in clinical placements, internships, or practica through their USM program should be aware that their host facility may require a criminal background check, finger printing, or drug screening. In such situations, each student is responsible for obtaining and paying for the background check or other screening process and for delivering required documentation to the facility. Although the university will make reasonable efforts to place admitted students in field experiences and internships, it will be up to the host facility to determine whether a student will be allowed to work at that facility. Students should further be aware that a criminal record may jeopardize licensure by the state certification body. Students may consult the certification body corresponding to their intended occupation for more details. Successful completion of a program of study at USM does not guarantee licensure, certification, or employment in the relevant occupation.

Tk20 Online Data Management System for Educator Preparation Programs and Pathways

All undergraduate and graduate students who matriculate into an Educator Preparation program or pathway in USM summer 2013 or later are required to subscribe to the Tk20 online data management system. The subscription allows students to use the system for assessment, advisement, field-experience and career portfolio management. The subscription fee of $103 covers some of the expenses related to the administration and assessment of the program. For loan purposes, it will be eligible for consideration as part of costs. The subscription is a one-time payment and must be made by each student during the first semester of program or pathway matriculation (check with individual programs and pathways for specific subscription timelines). Subscription instructions are posted on the Office of Educator Preparation web site: http://usm.maine.edu/educatorpreparation 

Please note Professional Education Council Policy:  In order for USM’s Education Preparation Unit program completers to be recommended by the institution to the state for certification or licensure, the candidate must provide evidence of meeting all certification requirements including proficiency on the standards relevant to his/her state approved professional program and this evidence must be compiled and assessed within the context of the Unit’s data management system (i.e., Tk20).