Graduate Studies

Graduate Student Handbook

Welcome from the Office of Graduate Studies


Dear USM Graduate Student,

It is our pleasure to welcome you to Graduate Studies at the University of Southern Maine.

As a graduate student at USM you are a vital member of our community of scholars, professionals, and leaders from a broad spectrum of academic and professional fields who are drivers of innovation, creativity, research, and service that have a positive impact both locally and globally.

At the Office of Graduate Studies (OGS), we are here to help you navigate all aspects of graduate student life, including:

  • financial support and scholarships;
  • the Graduate Assistantship program;
  • student engagement and networking;
  • professional development and career opportunities;
  • guidance on policies & procedures;
  • advice and support with concerns or questions;
  • advocating for graduate students at USM and in the community.

Please come by our office at 117 Wishcamper Center in Portland to say hello and let us know how we can help.

With best wishes,

Andrew D. King
Director of Graduate Studies

Sydney Pontau
Assistant Director of Graduate Studies

Helpful Information, Contacts & Resources

Dear USM Student:

Welcome to the University of Southern Maine!

With over seventy undergraduate and graduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering and technology, health and social services, education, business, and more, you can be assured of finding an academic path that is right for you.

You can also be assured your experience at USM will be a journey filled with opportunity, excitement, and, yes, challenge. But know that our faculty and staff are here to maximize your opportunities and help address your challenges. Your journey is their journey, and your success is their top priority.

At USM, we are fundamentally committed to student success, providing a high-quality, supportive and affordable education that will prepare you to become a leader in your chosen field of study. You will be following in the footsteps of over 50,000 USM alumni who are already making an impact on our state, our region, and our nation.

I wish you the best of luck here at USM and look forward to seeing you on campus.

Glenn Cummings

This handbook is intended to be a helpful reference for you as you navigate graduate student life at USM. It highlights some of the essential academic policies & procedures you need to know, and gives an overview of the many student services offices that are here to serve you. This is only a supplement to the more important guidance and support you will receive from your program advisor and from the Office of Graduate Studies. For a comprehensive list of policies, please see the Graduate Student Catalog.

The University of Southern Maine (USM) is the state's only public comprehensive university, preparing students to play critical roles in the growth and improvement of the economic, civic, social, and cultural fabric of southern and central Maine, while providing engaged learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom.

With a service promise of Student Focused Every Day, USM is dedicated to student success and the transformative power of public higher education. Serving the needs and aspirations of Maine communities and beyond, the University of Southern Maine prepares its students for personally and professionally fulfilling lives after graduation. 

As a member of the University of Maine System, USM offers its nearly 8,000 students more than fifty undergraduate and twenty graduate programs in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; the College of Management and Human Service; the College of Science, Technology, and Health; Lewiston-Auburn College; and the University of Maine School of Law.

USM offers courses on its three campuses, Portland, Gorham, and Lewiston-Auburn, as well as online, via video conference, and at work sites across the state of Maine.

USM further addresses the broad range of student academic interests with its Winter term, Summer terms, as well as Early Studies program for high school students. It has articulation agreements with community colleges and is dedicated to serving all members of the community year round. It truly is "The University of Everyone."

USM's faculty have a passion for communicating the excitement of learning and the joy of discovery. These dedicated educators represent a wide range of knowledge and expertise; among them are Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellows, advisors to state and local governments, and authors of national note from a variety of academic disciplines.

USM's locations in southern and central Maine, viewed nationally as among the most livable regions in the country, offer a variety of educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities. The student body is the most diverse in Maine—approximately half are full-time students, sixty percent are women, and the average age of an undergraduate is twenty-seven years. This diversity of age, background, and purpose provides a lively, engaging environment for learning.

Main Office
Wishcamper Center, 34 Bedford Street, Room 117

Andrew King
Director of Graduate Studies

Sydney Pontau
Assistant Director of Graduate Studies

The Graduate Student Representative provides advice and opinions to the Board on matters of common interest to USM graduate students, and enhances communication and sense of community within the University of Maine System. Each representative is expected to serve a two-year term.

Duties of UMS Student Representatives:

  • Attend bimonthly UMS Board of Trustees meetings
  • Be familiar with the nature, needs, and concerns of their student body
  • Be familiar with the nature and process of decision making within the System
  • Act as a liaison between the Board and their respective Student Government
  • Advocate in the best interest of the students who are enrolled at their respective campus
  • Provide reports of Board meetings to their respective student government
  • Serve as a non-voting member of the committee to which they have been appointed
  • Take notes during respective committee meetings and forwarding to appropriate contacts
  • Communicate between Board meetings with other student representatives
  • Serve as an advocate for the University of Maine System
  • Serve as a meeting facilitator on a rotating basis with other student representatives
  • Meet any additional expectations of their respective student government

For questions about the Graduate Student Representative role, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies.






Campus Card Services

207-780-4600 (Portland)
207-780-5600 (Gorham)
207-553-6630 (Lewiston-Auburn)


142 Luther Bonney Hall, 85 Bedford Street (Portland)
Upton Hall Basement, 52 University Way (Gorham)
Room 119, 51 Westminster Street (Lewiston-Auburn)

Dean of Students Office


Portland Only

137 Woodbury Campus Center, 35 Bedford Street (Portland)

Learning Commons

207-780-4228 (Portland)
207-780-5345 (Gorham)


2nd Floor, Glickman Library, 314 Forest Avenue (Portland)
1st Floor, Bailey Hall Library, 16 University Way (Gorham)


207-780-4270 (Portland)
207-780-5345 (Gorham)
207-753-6540 (Lewiston-Auburn)


Glickman Library, 314 Forest Avenue (Portland)
Bailey Hall, 16 University Way (Gorham)
51 Westminster Street (Lewiston)

Office of Admissions

1-800-800-4USM or (207)-780-5670


111 Abromson Community Education Center, 88 Bedford Street (Portland)
Admissions House, 149 State Street (Gorham)
51 Westminster Street (Lewiston)

Office of Research Integrity and Outreach


Portland Only

126 Bedford Street, Portland Campus

Office of the Provost


Portland Only

124 Wishcamper Center, 34 Bedford Street, Portland Campus

Office of Registration & Scheduling Services



137 Luther Bonney Hall, 85 Bedford Street (Portland)
107 Bailey Hall, 16 University Way (Gorham)

Professional Development Programs


Portland Only

111 Abromson Community Education Center, 88 Bedford Street (Portland)

Student Financial Services



136 Luther Bonney Hall, 85 Bedford Street (Portland)
101 Bailey Hall, 16 University Way (Gorham)
51 Westminster Street (Lewiston)

Student Diversity - Intercultural Student Engagement


Portland Only

135 Woodbury Campus Center, 35 Bedford Street (Portland)

Technology Support Center (Help Desk)


Portland Only

3rd Floor Glickman Library, 314 Forest Avenue (Portland)

 See below for information regarding Campus Life and Student Services offices on campus. 

Financing Your Education

Graduate students at the University of Southern Maine finance their education through variety of ways, including employer tuition support, scholarships, veteran’s benefits, federal financial aid, and university assistance. Each university sets a “cost of attendance” (COA) for students that estimates the average costs for one academic year. COA includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation, and other living expenses, and establishes the maximum amount students can borrow in federal student loans.

Detailed information regarding eligibility and types of financial aid available to graduate students can be found in the 2020-21 Catalog page on Financial Aid

Student Financial Services is available to answer any questions regarding financial aid.

A Graduate Assistantship at USM is a great opportunity to gain valuable work experience and develop professional skills that enhance a student’s academic and career goals, while also providing them with financial support. USM’s Graduate Assistantship program also encompass Research Assistantships and Teaching Assistantships, depending on the focus of the work. Our Graduate Assistants work in a variety of University settings, from academic departments to student services offices to research divisions. The positions are carefully allocated to the most qualified students through an application and hiring process.

GAs support faculty scholarship and teaching; serve as mentors to undergraduate students; conduct meaningful research, outreach, and analysis; and uphold USM’s Service Promise of being “Student focused every day.” GA appointments are for either 10 or 20 hours per week during the 15-week fall and spring semesters and are paid stipends $4,500 per academic year ($500/month) and $9,000 per academic year ($1,000/month), respectively. Some positions may also include tuition assistance. For more information, visit the graduate assistantships webpage.

The Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) awards scholarships each year both to new and returning students. In order to be considered for a scholarship, students need to submit a Graduate Studies scholarship application and accompanying documents. The awards are contingent upon annual available funding and range from a one to two year award. Scholarships are awarded in variable amounts up to $3,000 per academic year.

Certain academic departments also have program-specific scholarships. For more information about all scholarships and the eligibility criteria, visit the scholarship portal.

Academic Policies and Procedures

Please see the 2020-21 Graduate Catalog for the most up-to-date academic policies. Listed below are a few policies we strongly recommend that you review.

  • Academic Integrity
  • Academic Record Changes
  • Permanent Academic Record
  • Confidentiality
  • Student Advisement
  • Registration Policies
  • Credit Hour Definition
  • Credit for Undergraduate Work
  • Credit Previously Received for Graduate Coursework
  • Withdrawal (Loss of Matriculation Status)
  • Semester Withdrawal
  • Student Appeals and Complaints
  • Grade Point Average
  • Degree Progress
  • Requirements of Graduate Study
  • Graduation Requirements

 Additional academic procedures not found in the Catalog are outlined below. 


Transfer credit is credit earned for coursework prior to matriculation into a graduate program at the University of Southern Maine. Credit may be received for coursework completed at the University of Southern Maine or at another institution. Such credit is normally approved only at the time of admission and request for approval must be included as part of the admissions application. The amount of transfer credit is determined by each graduate program, but usually does not exceed 9 credits. Transfer credit will not be approved for: 1) courses that would not have received graduate credit at the University of Southern Maine, 2) courses that exceed time limits prescribed for a particular degree program, 3) courses in which a grade lower than a B was received, and 4) courses that are inappropriate for inclusion in the student's program of study. To facilitate the evaluation of transfer credits for courses taken at institutions other than the University of Southern Maine, the applicant should include a copy of the course description taken from the institution's catalog that was in effect the year the course was taken. 

Occasionally students seek to pursue a second program, either after graduating from their first program, or prior to completing the first program. In either case, the student must apply for admission to the new program. All courses, grades, and quality points taken at the graduate level will be recorded on one transcript. The new program will determine which courses will count toward graduation. Typically a maximum of nine credits may count toward both degrees.

The following guidelines are intended to assist students in the preparation of theses, to establish a University-wide consistency of form, and to ensure high standards of quality. Students are responsible for submitting theses that adhere to general University requirements. Students should prepare their manuscripts, including all documentation, in accordance with an accepted manual of style approved by the appropriate school or department.

Paper Quality

The original copy of the thesis must be on white 8-1/2 x 11 bond paper of at least 20 pound weight containing 25% or more rag content (e.g. Southworth Cotton Business Paper). Submissions printed on standard copy paper will not be accepted.


All copies of the thesis must be produced with text that is dark enough and clear enough to be easily readable. The thesis must be double-spaced throughout, with the exception of quotations, footnotes, illustrations, bibliographies, and appendices which may be single spaced. Additionally, poems for a Stonecoast MFA thesis may remain single-spaced.


The final copy must be clean and neat without visible corrections.


The margins of the thesis must be at least 1.5 inches from the left edge of the paper and at least one inch from the other three edges, leaving a maximum copy area of 5.75 x 9.

Required/Optional Items and Arrangement of the Thesis

The final copy of the thesis must include certain items; other items are optional. Items should be arranged in the order listed below:

  1. Title Page (required)
  2. Acknowledgments (optional)
  3. Preface (optional)
  4. Abstract (required) (for MFA thesis, 200 word limit)
  5. Table of Contents (required)
  6. List of Tables (required)
  7. List of Figures (required)
  8. Text of Thesis (required)
  9. References (required)
  10. Appendix B - Final Approval (required) 


A thesis contains two sets of numbers. The preliminary pages (items 1-8 of the thesis) should be numbered consecutively in small Roman numerals. The title page should be considered “i” but should not be numbered. Beginning with the text, all pages must be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals (items 9-11 of the thesis).

Illustrations and Inserted Material

Graphs, diagrams, photographs, and other material included in a thesis must be on paper that meets the specifications described above.

Copies and Binding

Two copies of the thesis, with all applicable signatures obtained from the student's program/college, must be submitted by the student to the library for binding. All students are required to use the binding service provided through USM's Glickman Library. Students must submit payment for binding services in the form of a check or money order (payable to USM).  Binding costs are as follows: first copy, for the USM Library, is free; second copy, for academic department (if required), $25.00; any additional copies, for the student, $25.00 each. (Please note, Stonecoast MFA students will not have to pay this fee separately, as it is built into their final semester fees as part of their low-residency program.)

For binding questions only, please contact: Jessica Hovey at 780-4334 or

For all other questions please contact your faculty advisor.

Additional Policies

  1. Students should prepare the manuscript for a thesis or project in accordance with the APA Manual of Style (unless their program requires another citation style).
  2. In general, the preceding University policies also apply to the preparation of project reports.
  3. Unless the department has a policy forbidding it, students having only the project or thesis to finish may still participate in graduation. Diplomas will be mailed when work is complete.

Bindery & Content Release Form For USM Digital Commons

Print and complete this content release form to submit with your thesis.

Students who are pursuing degrees leading to application for professional licensure or certification, and/or who will be participating in clinical placements, internships, or practicum through their USM program should be aware that their host facility may require a criminal background check, fingerprinting, 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.

Campus Life and Student Services

Take advantage of opportunities to celebrate your own identities and to explore the broad diversity of backgrounds, traditions, and points of view that make the USM campuses so vibrant. The work of Intercultural Student Engagement and the programs below are grounded in an understanding and celebration of our diverse community which includes people of all abilities, ages, ethnicities, genders, nationalities, races, religions & spiritual traditions, socioeconomic classes, and sexual orientations.

Intercultural Student Engagement
Woodbury Campus Center, Portland Campus
Upper Brooks Hall, Gorham Campus

Intercultural Student Engagement is dedicated to building community and empowering students. We serve as a resource for every student to engage in the rich education and growth found through active exchange across cultures and identities. We facilitate the exploration of critical issues around ability, class, ethnicity, gender identity, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, and the intersectionality of these and other identities. We are committed to building a campus community where all students can fully participate and feel valued, in an educational environment that is inclusive and safe.


LGBTQA+ Community and Resources

Intercultural Student Engagement and the Student Diversity Centers seek to ensure a University environment that is positive, safe, and supportive for members of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. Most specifically, our attention is turned to those identities that fall under the LGBTQA+ umbrella (some examples of these identities: lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, asexual, agender, transgender, gender queer, questioning, and more). The USM Safe Zone Project, a program that conveys an inclusive message to the University community, falls under this umbrella as well. Safe Zone Project volunteers attend a short orientation program and then display a rainbow-striped sticker with the words "safe zone USM." This shows that they are committed to be identified as safe and supportive contacts for LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and staff members.


Student Diversity Centers
Woodbury Campus Center, Portland Campus
Upper Brooks Dining Hall, Gorham Campus

The Student Diversity Centers provide supportive and inclusive spaces for the USM campus community. The Centers serve as catalysts in creating community for students, where cultural activities and celebrations occur, and student organizations meet. Through various programming, the Centers explore critical issues on campus about race, class, ethnicity, nationality, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, and most importantly, the success of our students. The Centers are open to the entire USM Community. However, they have a unique role with regards to the support of students from historically marginalized communities and cultures.


Religious & Spiritual Life
Woodbury Campus Center, Portland Campus

The Religious and Spiritual Life Council is an interfaith body made up of ordained Chaplains and lay-people Advisors who volunteer their time to the USM campus community. The Council and its members offer programs and services to support religious and spiritual life in all its expressions. Chaplains and Advisors, sponsored by their respective faith communities, offer services to students and student groups in a wide variety of religious or spiritual traditions and work together to offer programs encouraging spiritual life and interfaith dialogue.

USM’s Veterans Services is an on-campus resource for veterans, service members, and their families. USM Veterans Services is here to help, as transitioning from combat to the classroom and navigating the U.S. government benefits known as the GI Bill® can be challenging. For more information or a complete list of resources, please feel free to visit us at 230 Luther Bonney Hall on the Portland Campus or visit our website.

Contact Us
Sullivan Gym, Top Floor, Portland Campus

The Disability Services Center (DSC) provides a wide range of services to qualified students with attentional, learning, physical, psychological, sensory, or other health-related disabilities. To receive disability accommodations for the first time at the University of Southern Maine, you must register with the DSC. Our website has information about How to Register for Academic Accommodations and Housing Accommodations. If you have a disability and want to learn about our services and request accommodations, please contact the DSC to schedule an intake appointment.

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242 Luther Bonney Hall, Portland Campus

Health and Counseling Services

The mission of University Health and Counseling Services (UHCS) is to support and enhance the health and psychological well-being of the USM community through clinical services, student training and outreach.

We are committed to keeping students healthy and safe. This contributes to success in their academic careers and satisfaction with their lives.

Counseling Services provides comprehensive psychological services which include mental health evaluations, counseling, crisis intervention, consultation, outreach, workshops, and training/service learning.

Health Services promotes, maintains and improves the health and well-being of USM students by providing care which includes acute illness, annual exams, complete physicals, sports physicals for all USM athletes, immunizations, LGBTQ health care, birth control, lab testing and service learning.

For more information, please visit our website.

Contact Us
Gorham Health and Counseling Center

Portland Health Center

Portland Counseling Center

Lewiston Counseling Center


Health Fee & Health Insurance

Each semester, students who are enrolled in six or more credits are automatically assessed a Health Fee. This fee entitles students to unlimited office visits in the USM Health Center and twelve counseling sessions in Counseling Services. The health fee is not health insurance.

Students are required to provide proof of insurance as a condition of enrollment for graduate students enrolled in six or more credits, doing clinical coursework, or enrolled in the Occupational Therapy Program. A charge is automatically posted to your student account if your enrollment meets these requirements. For new students in the fall: the enrollment coverage is effective August 1st to July 31st, the charge to your student account is $1,858, and the waiver must be submitted by October 1st. For new spring students only: the enrollment coverage is effective January 1st to July 31st, the charge to your student account is $1,097, and the waiver must be submitted by February 20th. You must enroll in or waive out of this coverage, and can do so here.

For questions on plan benefits or coverage visit the insurance website or contact or 877-480-4161 (Aetna Student Health).

For questions about the waiver process please visit the Student Financial Services website or contact Student Financial Services at or 207-780-5250.


Public Safety and Parking

USM Public Safety is responsible for keeping the peace, preventing crime, and delivering a variety of public safety related services including: Emergency Response, security and crowd control, crime investigation, 24-hour campus safety coverage, management of Public Safety Services (including parking and transportation), escort services, and educational programs. For more information please visit our website.

To register for USMALERT emergency messages, please visit the USMALERT webpage.

Parking permits are available at the Parking and Transportation Offices, with University motor vehicle rules and instructions to appeal violations are available online. To contact the Parking Office, please call 207-780-4718 or email

Contact Us
Sullivan Gym, Portland Campus
28 Husky Drive, Gorham Campus (adjacent to lot G-20)
EMERGENCIES: dial 911 from a campus phone or 207-780-5211
Non-emergencies: 207-780-5211


Campus Safety Project

The Campus Safety Project is a University-wide effort to promote healthy relationships that provides prevention education and response training on sexual assault, stalking, and relationship abuse for students, faculty, and staff and coordinates campus and community-based programs and services.

For more information, please visit the Campus Safety Project Page, including details regarding on-campus sexual assault and relationship-violence advocacy support.


Recovery Oriented Campus Center

The Recovery Oriented Campus Center (ROCC) at the University of Southern Maine is about establishing peer support to build a supportive community for students in recovery from substance use and other mental health conditions. The ROCC is a place where students enter to reconnect with themselves, each other, and their community; while also exploring their academic potential and the boundless opportunities that await them in a life of recovery.

This peer driven community will be the foundation of growth to prepare students for the larger community where they will use their valuable experiences and education to lead fulfilling lives, to enrich the lives of people in the community, and to make a vital difference in the world.

Visit the ROCC calendar to view events offered at the ROCC. We also offer several resources on our website for students, parents, faculty and staff, and friends and allies. 

All walk-ins and recovery allies are welcome to visit us on the third floor of the Sullivan Gym in Portland. Please note that during breaks ROCC hours may differ from regular hours listed or services may be limited. If you would like to contact us over break, please contact the Portland Counseling Center at 207-780-4050.

Contact Us
Sullivan Gym, Top Floor, Portland Campus


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Students enrolled in six (6) or more credits may be eligible for assistance if they meet additional criteria. For more information, visit the website or contact the Preble Street Maine Hunger Initiative at 207-775-0026 or

The Sullivan Recreation and Fitness Complex

The Sullivan Recreation and Fitness Complex has three courts lined for basketball, indoor tennis, badminton, volleyball, and indoor jogging. There are squash, wallyball, and racquetball courts, and two multi-purpose rooms for aerobics, dance, yoga, martial arts, and more. The Fitness Center offers electorized Power circuit stations, free weight equipment, treadmills, exercise bikes, steppers, climbers, elliptical fitness cross trainers, rowers, and stability balls. Equipment for wallyball is available for sign-out.

A range of programs designed for busy commuters is available: aerobics, yoga, martial arts, racquetball, introductory dance classes, personal fitness consultations, and relaxation workshops. Outdoor recreation clinics and trips include camping, canoeing, cross-country skiing, sea kayaking, and more.

For more information, visit our website.

Contact Us
66 Falmouth Street, Portland Campus


Costello Sports Complex Fitness and Wellness

The Gorham Recreation and Fitness Center offers many recreational activities regardless of skill level or previous experience. The fitness facility includes universal machines, free weights, and cardiovascular machines. Group exercise classes, personal fitness consultations, and a variety of other workshops are offered as well.

For more information, visit our website.

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102 Warren Hill Gymnasium, Gorham Campus

Brooks Student Center

The Brooks Student Center (BSC) serves as the "hub" for student life in Gorham. Whether you want to relax and study, grab a snack, or attend an event, the BSC has something for you. BSC amenities include 24/7 access to a University Credit Union ("UCU") ATM; a staffed UCU branch; pool, ping pong, and air hockey tables; flat screen TVs; lounge space, bulletin boards; and two campus dining locations: the Residential Restaurant and the Husky Hideaway and Convenience Store. The BSC is also home to the Office of Student Affairs and Campus Activities.


Woodbury Campus Center

The Woodbury Campus Center serves as the "hub" of the Portland campus. The Woodbury Campus Center houses the Office of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Campus Dining, USM Bookstore, UCU ATM, and the Information Center. Other services within the Campus Center include a Meditation & Spirituality Room, areas to study, eat or relax, the Area Gallery, the Student Government Association and Board of Student Organization offices, as well as the Intercultural Student Engagement Centers.

Also located in the Woodbury Campus Center are the Veterans' Resource Center, the Well, Religious and Spiritual Life, and the Multicultural Student Center. Support services for commuter students, parking and transportation information, and more are also available.

All textbook sales at USM are filled by eCampus, USM's textbook provider. Students can order their books online at the Virtual Bookstore. These orders are shipped in from a warehouse. Textbooks are not available at the University Store for purchase however the staff is happy to help you place your orders and answer questions.

Customer service is also available by contacting eCampus at (859)-209-6958 or online.

The University Store is open year-round, Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM.

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University Store at USM
Woodbury Campus Center, 35 Bedford Street, Portland Campus

The University of Southern Maine has partnered with Greater Portland METRO to provide Portland-Gorham campus transit service via the Husky Line — which features a new, Wi-Fi-enabled natural gas fleet of buses. Students, faculty, and staff can access all Greater Portland METRO lines for free with your USM Campus ID Card. The METRO Husky Line is a public transit service, so you’ll need to show your USM Campus ID Card each time you ride.

You can board the METRO Husky Line on campus in Portland or Gorham, as well as at additional stops in Portland, Westbrook, and Gorham.

Career and Professional Development Opportunities

The Graduate Student Professional Development Fund was created to provide financial support for graduate students pursuing professional development opportunities beyond the classroom. These are opportunities that broaden intellectual understanding, hone professional practice, facilitate professional connections and allow networking with colleagues and peers.

For more information, please visit the GSPDF webpage.

The USM Career & Employment Hub assists students in connecting to their future. We offers students a variety of services from their first day on campus to years after they graduate. Our focus is on students and assisting them in getting connected to the greater community whether that be via an internship, job shadow, informational interview, part-time or full-time employment, connecting them with a community partner or preparing for graduate school.

The Career & Employment Hub offers the following services: Exploring Majors to Possible Careers, taking assessments like the MBTI, Holland Code or StrengthsFinder. Developing a Resume, Cover Letter or LinkedIn Account, finding opportunities through Individual Appointments, Internship Matching Fairs, Job Fairs, Professional Bootcamps, and Workshops. We assist students in cultivating professional experiences through Work Study, Internships, Part-time/ Full-time Employment, Job Shadows, Informational Interviews, Community Career Connections and assist students in understanding what employers want from college graduates.

More information and a complete list of our resources can be found on our website.

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140 Luther Bonney Hall, Portland Campus

Whether you're interested in advancing your own skills or bringing your staff up to speed, the University of Southern Maine (USM) offers a wide spectrum of in-depth, comprehensive training programs, including certificate programs, workshops, and test preparation courses. The instructors are professionals who bring extensive experience to the classroom and focus on the application of new skills and information that can be directly applied to the workplace. Services we offer:

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111 Abromsom Community Eucation Center
88 Bedford Street, Portland Campus

Academic Support Services

The mission of the USM Libraries is to provide collections, services, facilities, equipment and programs in support of the highest possible levels of University teaching, learning, research and public service. The Library seeks to build collections in any and all formats which foster student learning, faculty research and institutional services to the larger community.

USM Libraries provide access to 1.5 M books, 75,000 journals, free Interlibrary Loan, and free research assistance and tutoring through the Learning Commons. Empower your college career through the use of the many services, resources and spaces that are available to you on each campus. Our librarians will help you find the exact materials you need and far more.

Your USM ID Card is your library card, and the library barcode is the number beginning with 25022… or 218…

To get started, visit the USM Libraries tutorials and instruction page. For further help with your research needs, please feel free to contact us through our Ask-A-Librarian service.

For a complete list of available services, including special collections and access, research and tutoring resources, visit our website.

Contact Us

Glickman Library
314 Forest Ave, Portland Campus

Gorham Library
16 University Way, Gorham Campus

LAC Library
51 Westminster Street, Lewiston-Auburn College


The Learning Commons was developed through a partnership between USM Libraries and the Division of Student Success. It is not designed as a quiet study space, rather one for active collaborative learning. Students can work with Reference Librarians, tutors, faculty and each other in this dynamic environment. The Learning Commons at USM Libraries is here to help students achieve their goals through providing:

  • Library and Research help
  • Computers for individual and group use
  • Assistance with technology
  • Collaborative group study and small instruction spaces
  • Tutoring in person or online, particularly in writing and math
  • Consultation on learning strategies with a peer academic coach
  • Online resources, including tutorial videos and helpful links

The Learning Commons provides additional amenities and services for those who choose to make USM Libraries an "academic home" on campus. The Learning Commons is located on the second floor of the Glickman Library in Portland and the first floor of the Gorham campus library in Bailey Hall.

As an integral part of a comprehensive metropolitan university within the University of Maine System, the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education [OML] is committed to preserving the cartographic heritage of the state, region, and nation for future generations, and to making that heritage accessible to the University, the people of Maine, and to all other students, scholars, and visitors. It shares its collections through exhibitions and through collaborative efforts with other cultural institutions.

For more information, visit our website.

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314 Forest Avenue, Portland Campus

Special Collections, part of the University Libraries, collects and preserves rare materials, including books, manuscripts, photographs, and artifacts. The Department is made up of three meta-collections: General Rare Books and Manuscripts, the University Archives, and the Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine. Special Collections supports the academic mission of the University by inviting classes to use its collections in hands-on exercises where students learn research skills.

For a more in-depth history of Special Collections, visit our website.

The General Rare Book and Manuscript Collection contains a collection of rare books donated to USM and the papers of individuals or records of groups associated with the University of Southern Maine. There are named book collections, donated by a single collector and covering a specific topic.

The University Archives contains the records of the University of Southern Maine as well as its precursors.

The Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine collects material documenting the ongoing histories of diverse communities. Current collections represent the African American, Jewish, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer+ communities.

To get started searching our collections, see this Guide to Finding Materials in Special Collections.

The reading room to access Special Collections is located on 6th Floor of Glickman Library on the Portland Campus. To schedule a visit outside regular hours, please contact Susie Bock at or 207-780-4269.

Computing Services offers a variety of services to USM students, faculty and staff, including help desk support, repairs, training, software licensing, student computing support, network services, server maintenance, IT security, database and application development, and sales.

Student Computing Support

Our labs and computer classrooms provide a well equipped, comfortable, high tech environment for students and faculty to work independently or in a group setting. Each lab has a copier, scanners, assistive technology equipment and software, and laser printers (black & white and color). Our knowledgeable lab staff is always available to help.

Lab locations:


Technology Support Center (Help Desk)

For a complete list of resources, visit our website.

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Glickman Library, Third Floor, Portland Campus

The Office of Research Integrity and Outreach (ORIO) is responsible for ensuring compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations in research, and other covered activities before work begins. ORIO provides helpful resources for research compliance and integrity as well as oversight of the:

For more information, please visit our website.

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126 Bedford Street, Portland Campus