Graduate Studies

University of Southern Maine Overview

The University of Southern Maine 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 in Portland, Gorham, and Lewiston, 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.

The University of Southern Maine is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). The nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the Maine State Board of Nursing (MSBON). The athletic training education program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The exercise science program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The School of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and the Art program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).  The School of Education is accredited by CAEP, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. The Masters of Rehabilitation Counseling is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE), and the Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling as well as School Counseling are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The Mechanical and Electrical Engineering bachelor degrees are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), as is the Computer Science bachelor degree. The School of Business is accredited by AACSB International—the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The School of Social Work is accredited at the baccalaureate and masters level by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).  The Masters of Occupational Therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). Several departments are accredited through specialized agencies. The University of Maine School of Law is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) and the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).