Graduate Studies

Resources for New Graduate Students

Welcome from the Director of Graduate Studies 

 

Dear Newly Admitted Graduate Student,

Welcome 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.

Our graduate students study across a broad spectrum of academic and professional fields, and are a driving force for innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity, research, and service both locally and globally. 

The Office of Graduate Studies is the hub for graduate student services and support, including:

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

We look forward to meeting you and introducing you to graduate life at USM.

Best wishes,

Andrew D. King

Director of Graduate Studies

New Graduate Student Checklists

Congratulations on your acceptance. Here's what comes next...

Activate your UMaine System student account (required)

This will provide access to your University Email, the MaineStreet student center, and BlackBoard. If you are new to the University of Maine System (UMS), you will need to activate your System account through the website below. To activate your account, you will need your Student Identification Number and your account Activation Key.
To activate your account: mail.maine.edu (Choose Account Activation)
For assistance, contact the Technology Support Center: helpdesk@usm.maine.edu | (207) 780-4029

Return admission reply form (required)

Reserve your spot for the semester by submitting the Admission reply form you received with your acceptance.
An enrollment deposit of $200 is required for the following programs: creative writing, ETEP, nursing options, occupational therapy, and social work. This deposit can be your source of confirmation.
For assistance, contact the Office of Admissionsadmitusm@maine.edu | (207) 780-5670

Apply for financial support (if applicable)

Students may submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning October 1st for the following academic year to apply for Federal Student Aid. Once admitted, you can view your Federal Direct Loan offer on MaineStreet beginning in March. You can apply for department specific graduate assistantships with academic programs and non-academic department graduate assistantships through the Office of Graduate Studies website. You can also apply for USM scholarships through the USM Scholarship Portal. Students must be matriculated in a graduate degree program, enrolled in a minimum of six graduate credits per semester, and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in order to maintain eligibility for financial support.
Guide to financial support
Scholarships portal
For questions about FAFSA or Federal Student Aid, contact your Financial Aid Counselor | usm.finaid@maine.edu | (207) 780-5250
For questions about scholarships or assistantships, contact: Graduate Studies | usmgradstudies@maine.edu | (207) 780-4872

Submit immunization records (required)

This is required in order to register for classes. All students taking at least one class must comply with the Maine Post-Secondary School Immunization Law.
To learn how to provide your records or for assistance, contact University Health & Counseling Services | usmhealthcounseling@maine.edu | (207) 780-5411

Visit MaineStreet (required)

MaineStreet is your access to student records, finances, forms, and course planning and registration. Once in MaineStreet, you can search and register for classes, see your grades, pay your bill, verify financial aid, etc. For a step-by-step instruction booklet, log in to MaineStreet and click on ‘Links to all student self-service training guides’.
For assistance, contact the Technology Support Center: | helpdesk@usm.maine.edu | (207) 780-4029

Connect with Disability Services Center (if applicable)

Students with disabilities requesting accommodations must register with the Disability Services Center (DSC). The DSC provides a wide range of services to qualified students with physical, medical, psychological, and learning disabilities enrolled at USM.
For assistance, contact the Disability Services Centerdsc-usm@maine.edu | (207) 780-4706

Connect with Veteran’s Services (if applicable)

Veterans Services is an on-campus resource for veterans, service members, and their families. 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 assistance, contact Veterans Services: usm.veterans@maine.edu | (207) 780-5232

Contact the Office of Admissions with any other questions (if applicable)

Office of Admissionsadmitusm@maine.edu | (207) 780-5670

 

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Bookmark MyUSM Campus Portal (recommended)

The MyUSM campus portal site is your single sign-on point of entry to the MaineStreet student center, Blackboard, University Email and more. Logging in to MyUSM automatically logs you in to multiple University systems.
For assistance, contact the Technology Support Centerhelpdesk@usm.maine.edu | (207) 780-4029

Check your University Email regularly (required)

University Email is the official and primary means of communication to all of its students (both accepted and enrolled) and should be activated as soon as possible. Official University assigned email accounts are created for all accepted and/or enrolled students, usually in the form of FirstName.LastName@maine.edu.
See the complete Email Communication Policy.

For assistance, contact the Technology Support Center: | helpdesk@usm.maine.edu | (207) 780-4029

Visit MaineStreet (required)

MaineStreet is your access to student records, finances, forms, and course planning and registration. Once in MaineStreet, you can search and register for classes, see your grades, pay your bill, verify financial aid, etc. For a step-by-step instruction booklet, log in to MaineStreet and click on ‘Links to all student self-service training guides.
For assistance, contact the Technology Support Center: helpdesk@usm.maine.edu | (207) 780-4029

Meet with faculty/academic advisor to determine what courses to take (recommended)

Your advisor’s name is listed on MaineStreet. It is recommended to put together a wish list of classes on MaineStreet, to have as a starting point for your meeting. For help understanding who your advisor is, please reach out to your department’s chair.
Tips from Academic Advisers
For assistance, contact Graduate Studiesusmgradstudies@maine.edu | (207) 780-4872

Enroll in your first semester of USM courses (required)

This can be done directly through MaineStreet or by calling the Office of Registration & Scheduling Services. You need to enroll in a minimum of six credits in order to maintain scholarships, assistantships, and financial aid.
For assistance, contact Registration Servicesregisterusm@maine.edu | (207) 780-5230

Waive or Enroll in Health Insurance (required)

You 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.
Learn more about plan benefits or coverage 
Contact: collegehealth@crossagency.com | (877) 480-4161 (Aetna Student Health)
For questions about the waiver process, contact Student Financial Servicesusm.studentaccounts@maine.edu |   (207) 780-5250

Visit Blackboard (recommended)

Blackboard is used for most online and face-to-face courses, and includes course announcements, grades, discussion boards, assignments, materials, and more.
Log in to Blackboard
Blackboard help for students
For assistance, contact the Technology Support Center: helpdesk@usm.maine.edu | (207) 780-4029

Obtain your USM Student ID (required)

This is needed for accessing the fitness center, library and printing services, and using husky bucks. You can pick up your free USM ID in Portland at 142 Luther Bonney Hall, in Gorham in the basement of Upton hall, or in Lewiston in room 119. There will be extended hours during the first week of the semester. You will need to provide identification (license or passport), complete a form, and have your photo taken. Your USM Card will be printed & issued while you wait.
For assistance, contact the USM Card officecard.services@maine.edu | (207) 780-5600

Check student bill and arrange for payment (required)

Your student bill can be viewed via MaineStreet approximately 6 weeks prior to the start of the semester. One paper bill per semester will be mailed to the address on file. The payment due date is August 15th for the Fall semester and January 15th for the Spring semester. For summer session, payment is due on May 15th, and no paper bill is mailed. Payment options include Financial Aid sufficient to cover all charges, payment in full, enrollment in a payment plan, confirmation of 3rd party payment, or purchase order authorizing payment. Payment plans are available with five installments. If your employer will reimburse you for all charges after the semester is successfully completed, USM offers a deferred billing option.
For assistance, contact Student Financial Servicesusm.studentaccounts@maine.edu | (207) 780-5250

Verify financial aid (if applicable)

Visit MainStreet to accept or decline any student loan offer for the upcoming academic year and report your enrollment plan. The amount of federal direct loans you are eligible to receive will be impacted by an enrollment plan different than the standard 9 - 11 credits per semester, or any tuition waivers or scholarships you may have accepted. You must be matriculated in a graduate degree program, enrolled in a minimum of six graduate credits per semester, and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA to be eligible for financial aid.
For questions about FAFSA or Federal Student Aid, contact your Financial Aid Counselor | usm.finaid@maine.edu | (207) 780-5250

Review Financial Adjustment Policy & Understand Impact of Dropping Courses on Any Financial Support (recommended)

Review our financial aid deadlines. If you are changing enrollment before the semester starts or during the add/drop period, please check MaineStreet to view changes to your bill and be aware it can impact your financial aid package. Please contact your financial aid counselor to report changes to your enrollment plan.
For assistance, contact Student Financial Services: usm.finaid@maine.edu | (207) 780-5250

Purchase Textbooks and Course Materials (required)

Before your course starts, you can find out what your required textbooks are by going to the USM Bookstore website or visiting the bookstore in person.
For assistance, contact the Bookstore: (207) 780-4070

Prepare for your courses (recommended)

Most online and in-person courses use a course Blackboard site to post course-specific information, including the course syllabus. Be sure to check your University Email regularly for any communications from the professor, that also may include a course syllabus or textbooks needed.
For assistance accessing BlackBoard, please see the “Using BlackBoard” section above.
For other assistance, please reach out to your professor or department chair.

Obtain Parking Pass (if applicable)

A parking permit is required for any vehicle parked on a surface lot. Parking permits can be obtained at the Parking office in Portland on the first floor of the Garage or at the USM Public Safety office in Gorham.
For assistance, contact the Parking and Transportation officeusmparking@usm.maine.edu | (207) 780-4718

Attend Orientation (recommended)

Make sure to RSVP to the Office of Graduate Studies.
For assistance, contact Graduate Studiesusmgradstudies@maine.edu | (207) 780-4872 

 

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Campus Resources

Below are some resources to get you started at USM

Office of Graduate Studies
207-780-4872
usmgradstudies@maine.edu
Portland Only
218 Abromson Community Education Center, 88 Bedford Street (Portland)

Bookstore
207-780-4070
Portland Only
1st Floor Woodbury Campus Center, 35 Bedford Street (Portland)

Campus Card Services
207-780-4600 (Portland)
207-780-5600 (Gorham)
207-553-6630 (Lewiston-Auburn)
card.services@maine.edu
Portland, Gorham, Lewiston-Auburn
142 Luther Bonney Hall, 85 Bedford Street (Portland)
Upton Hall Basement, 52 University Way (Gorham)
Room 119, 51 Westminster Street (Lewiston-Auburn)

Campus Safety Project
207-780-5767
Gorham Only
Upton Hall, 52 University Way (Gorham)
*Appointments by email 

Career & Employment Hub
207-228-8505
usmcareers@maine.edu
Portland Only
231 Luther Bonney Hall, 85 Bedford Street (Portland)

Costello Sports Complex Fitness and Wellness
207-780-5430
Portland - See Sullivan Gym,Gorham
Warren Hill Gymnasium, 47 Campus Avenue (Gorham)

Dean of Students Office
207-780-4035
usmdeanofstudents@maine.edu
Portland Only
137 Woodbury Campus Center, 35 Bedford Street (Portland)

Disability Services Center
207-780-4706
dsc-usm@maine.edu
Portland Only
242 Luther Bonney Hall, 85 Bedford Street (Portland)

Health and Counseling Services
207-780-5411
usmhealthcounseling@maine.edu
Portland, Gorham
105 Payson Smith Hall, 96 Falmouth Street (Portland)
156 Upton Hall, 52 University Way (Gorham)
*Please call ahead

Learning Commons
207-780-4228 (Portland)207-780-5345 (Gorham)
usmlc@maine.edu
Portland, Gorham
2nd Floor, Glickman Library, 314 Forest Avenue (Portland)
1st Floor, Bailey Hall Library, 16 University Way (Gorham)

Libraries
207-780-4270 (Portland)
207-780-5345 (Gorham)
207-753-6540 (Lewiston-Auburn)
Portland, Gorham, 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
usmgrad@maine.edu
Portland, Gorham, Lewiston-Auburn
111 Abromson Community Education Center, 88 Bedford Street (Portland)
100A Bailey Hall, 16 University Way (Gorham)
51 Westminster Street (Lewiston)

Office of Research Integrity and Outreach
207-780-4517
USMORIO@maine.edu
Portland Only
126 Bedford Street, Portland Campus

Office of the Provost
207-780-4485
usm.provost@maine.edu
Portland Only
124 Wishcamper Center, 34 Bedford Street, Portland Campus

Office of Registration & Scheduling Services
207-780-5230
registerusm@maine.edu
Portland, Gorham
137 Luther Bonney Hall, 85 Bedford Street (Portland)
107 Bailey Hall, 16 University Way (Gorham)

Maps, Parking, and Transportation
207-780-4718
usmparking@usm.maine.edu
Portland, Gorham
Level One of Parking Garage, 88 Bedford Street (Portland)
Public Safety building, 28 Husky Drive (Gorham)

Public Safety
207-780-5211 (Non-emegencies)
Dial 911 (Emergencies)
Portland, Gorham
Sullivan Recreation and Fitness Complex, 66 Falmouth Street (Portland)
Public Safety building, 28 Husky Drive (Gorham)

Professional Development Programs
207-780-5900
usmpdp@maine.edu
Portland Only
111 Abromson Community Education Center, 88 Bedford Street (Portland)

Recovery Oriented Campus Center
207-228-8043
usm.recoverycenter@maine.edu
Portland Only
3rd Floor of Sullivan Recreation and Fitness Complex, 66 Falmouth Street (Portland)

Student Financial Services
207-780-5250
usm.studentaccounts@maine.edu (student account)
usm.finaid@maine.edu (financial aid)
Portland, Gorham, Lewiston-Auburn
136 Luther Bonney Hall, 85 Bedford Street (Portland)
101 Bailey Hall, 16 University Way (Gorham)
51 Westminster Street (Lewiston)

Student Diversity - Intercultural Student Engagement
207-228-8200
Portland Only
135 Woodbury Campus Center, 35 Bedford Street (Portland)

Sullivan Recreation and Fitness Complex
207-780-4169
usm.sullivancomplex@maine.edu
Portland, Gorham - See Costello Gym
66 Falmouth Street (Portland)

Technology Support Center (Help Desk)
207-780-4029
helpdesk@usm.maine.edu
Portland Only
3rd Floor Glickman Library, 314 Forest Avenue (Portland)

Veterans Services
207-780-5232
usm.veterans@maine.edu
Portland Only
235 Luther Bonney Hall, 85 Bedford Street (Portland)

 

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Learning Commons - Paul Dexter, Ph.D.

Become an AGILE Graduate Student!

 

The Career & Employment Hub - Dr. Stacy Stewart & Andy Osheroff

Connecting you with your future!

 

Computing Services - Carol Currie Sobczak

IT Notes for Graduate Students

 

Library Services - Bill Grubb

USM Libraries: Resources & Services for Grad Students

 

Graduate students at the University of Southern Maine can finance their education in a variety of ways, including federal financial aid, scholarships, and external tuition support. To find more information on financial support and eligibility criteria, please visit the Office of Graduate Studies Finances and Scholarships webpage.