2016-17 Catalogs

Muskie School Overview

Director: Firooza Pavri

Professors: Bampton, Coburn, Edney, Pavri, Savage; Associate Professors: Bolda, Ettenger, Hamilton, Joly, Lichter; Assistant Professors: Huston, Kim, Morris, Paulu; Practice Faculty: Sahonchik, Tupper, Ziller; Lecturer: Ghezi, Michaud-Stutzman

Academic Programs

The Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service is a non-partisan education, research, and public service organization dedicated to educating leaders, informing policy and practice, and strengthening civic life. The school combines nationally recognized research programs with graduate degrees in Public Health (MPH), and Policy, Planning, and Management (MPPM). It also offers a bachelor’s degree and several minors through the school’s Geography-Anthropology (GYA) program, as well as a wide spectrum of certificates and certificates of graduate study. Muskie graduates work in many fields in both the public and private sectors.

The Muskie School is frequently sought after as a source of knowledge on issues of national, regional, state, and local importance. More than 150 faculty and staff engage in research and public service projects through externally funded grant and contract awards totaling $20 million. The school’s faculty and staff bring  a practical, innovative approach to health, social, environmental, community, and economic development problems, and a commitment to spanning traditional boundaries among university, government, and nonprofit organizations. The school’s research and public service programs provide faculty and students with real-life experiences that expand and inform the educational experience. Many graduate students take advantage of the school's research programs through assistantships and internships.


Muskie School Research and Public Service

The school is home to the Catherine E. Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy where staff are engaged in Maine and across the country in research, program evaluation, policy analysis, technical assistance, and training projects concentrated in four program areas: children, youth, and families; disability and aging; justice policy; and population health and health policy. The Cutler Institute conducts projects for federal, state, and local agencies as well as private foundations, and is committed to bringing the resources of the University to bear on problems of critical importance to Maine and the nation. Collaborative partnerships with agencies and organizations have served as vehicles for innovative policy and program development.

The Cutler Institute also houses several national research centers. The Maine Rural Health Research Center is one of seven federally funded centers focused on critical issues related to rural health in the United States. The National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement assists all fifty states with advances in public services for children and families. The Institute’s research portfolio also includes the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership, the New England Environmental Finance Center and other initiatives that address sustainability issues, including urban growth, food systems, energy, and climate change.

Specialized laboratories administered by the Muskie School’s Geography-Anthropology program provide high-tech, hands-on research and teaching facilities that allow for student-faculty research collaborations. These include the Archaeology, Environmental Archaeology, Zooarchaeology, Qualitative Research, Cartography and Map Collections, and the Geographic Information System (GIS) Laboratories.

Certificates of Graduate Study

Certificates of graduate study are designed for working professionals and/or those exploring future opportunities for graduate study. Enrollment in a Certificate Program does not guarantee admission to the MPPM or MPH program.

The following certificates of graduate study are offered by the Graduate Program in Public Health:

The following certificates of graduate study are offered by the Graduate Program in Policy, Planning, and Management:

Non-Matriculated Students

Public service professionals and community residents who have completed a bachelor's or more advanced degree may enroll in Muskie School courses as non-matriculated students. Non-matriculated students are required to fulfill all prerequisites for the courses in which they wish to enroll. Those interested in enrolling in the School’s courses are urged to contact instructors as early as possible. Students may also contact the Muskie School’s Student Affairs office for information on space availability and registration information. Taking classes as a non-matriculated student does not guarantee admission to a certificate, the MPPM or MPH program.

The following certificate is offered through the Program in Geography-Anthropology:

Certificate in Applied Geographic Information Systems

Transfer Credit

Students who have completed coursework in another graduate program at USM or elsewhere may petition the MPPM or MPH Academic Affairs Committee for transfer of up to 12 credit hours. Transfer credit may not reduce credits for degree for the MPH, and they are not used to waive requirements. For MPH, transfer credit MAY be applied to completion of the degree, if approved by the programs' Academic Affairs Committee.

Extramural Credit for Matriculated Students

Students who are matriculated in the MPPM or MPH master’s programs who would like to take a course offered by another  department at USM or another university that is not a pre-approved elective or already cross-listed with a Muskie degree program must obtain permission from their Muskie program’s chair prior to registering for the non-Muskie course.  

Visit the Muskie School of Public Service website for more information.