2017-18 Catalogs

CMHS Overview

Academic Leadership: Interim Dean:Joanne Williams; Director, Muskie School of Public Service: Firooza Pavri; Associate Dean, School of Education and Human Development: Mark Steege; Associate Dean, School of Business: Jane Kuenz; Director, School of Social Work: Jeannette Andonian

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 and pathway 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 4+1 Accelerated Pathway in Geography-Anthropology, and Policy, Planning and Management
  • Teacher Education (elementary and secondary)

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 Educational Leadership
  • Master of Science in Education (MSEd) in Literacy Education
  • Master of Science in Education (MSEd) in Montessori Early Childhood 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 Policy, Planning, 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.
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 for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
  • Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE)
  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

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.