Department of Engineering

Maine Engineering Pathways Program

With this new pathway program, you can begin your first year of study toward an undergraduate engineering degree at one of the participating University of Maine System campuses:

After completing your first year, you can then transfer and complete your engineering degree at the University of Southern Maine (USM) or the University of Maine (UMaine).

This new option is offered in addition to the traditional four-year engineering degrees offered at USM and UMaine.

The USM Engineering program is nationally accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET and offers the following degrees:

The UMaine engineering program is also nationally accredited and offers the following degrees:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Construction Engineering Technology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Engineering Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Survey Engineering Technology

Engineers are in High Demand

The number of engineering jobs in Maine has grown 25% in the last decade and the demand for engineering graduates is high, with more than 1,400 job postings in Maine last year. Many undergraduate engineering seniors receive job offers before graduation, with an average annual starting salary of more than $60,000.

Maine needs to double production of engineering graduates to meet the needs of a growing engineering workforce and to fill a wave of vacancies created by the retirement of engineers from the baby boom generation. 


Is this the right program for me? The Maine Engineering Pathways Program is intended for students who want to start their engineering education at a campus close to home and for students who need access to extra preparation to be ready to study engineering. This program is also a good option for students who are already pursuing an undergraduate degree and would benefit from a structured program to explore engineering as a possible career.

The pathway program offers students an opportunity to explore engineering as a career through an introductory first-year course. Students will also build their expertise in foundational mathematics and science courses.

How long will it take to get my degree? Through successful completion of the requirements in the pathway program, you will graduate in four years. The Maine Engineering Pathways Program is a 1 + 3 program. “1 + 3” refers to the number of years students spend studying on each campus. Students spend their first year studying at one of the participating campuses and spend the next three years completing their degrees at USM or UMaine.

What courses would I take in my first year? Students pursuing an engineering degree typically take: Introduction to Engineering, Calculus I & II, Physics for Engineers and Scientists I & II, Chemistry, College Composition, Humanities Elective, and Computer Programming.  Some students may need to take additional math course(s) to prepare them for Calculus I.

What are the requirements to transfer to USM or UMaine?  Students must successfully complete a minimum of 30 credits at a participating campus.  Moreover, they should have earned a C or better in Calculus I & II, Chemistry I, and Physics for Engineers and Scientists I & II.  Transfer of students who are missing one or more of these courses will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The minimum overall GPA requirement to transfer to a USM engineering program is 2.0. The minimum overall GPA requirement to transfer to a UMaine engineering program is 2.5.  Students with a cumulative GPA greater than 2.0 may transfer to one of UMaine’s four engineering technology programs.  

Learn more about the USM Transfer Process.

How do I apply for the Maine Engineering Pathways Program? Admission to the Maine Engineering Pathways Program will begin in Fall 2018. To apply for the program, contact the Admissions Office at one of the participating campuses: University of Maine at Presque IsleUniversity of Maine at MachiasUniversity of Maine at Farmington, or University of Maine at Augusta.