Professional & Continuing Education

Take a course at USM

USM Student USM offers courses year-round. You can take courses at USM even if you haven’t been admitted to a degree program. Take a class to fulfill job requirements, prepare to enter a degree program, or advance your career. USM welcomes all students.


Registration dates:

  • Summer 2015
    • Students currently enrolled in a degree program at USM or within the UMS may begin registering on March 2nd.  MaineStreet self-service will open at 6:00 AM.
    • Students interested in taking Summer courses who are not currently enrolled in a degree program at USM are welcome!   Call us at (207)780-5900 to register, beginning March 4th.

After March 4th, registration will continue until the start of any particular course as space allows.

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How to find courses:

Check the listings below to find a course that fits your busy life.

Please note, students must satisfy all program and course prerequisites in order to register.
For registration assistance, please call 207-780-5900

Not sure which course to take? Connect with an Enrollment Counselor today! 

Summer 2015:

These links below take you to the USM MaineStreet Class Search. Just click "Search" to view the list of courses in each area.  Please note, it could take 2-5 minutes to load.

For more detailed information on courses, such as Academic Calendardescriptions,availability, days/times go to Class Search in MaineStreet (USM's online information and resource system). For help using MaineStreet Class Search, view our video tutorial.

Or call 780-5900 and a Student Services Representative will answer your questions and help you register.

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How to register for courses:

  • By phone: call USM Professional and Continuing Education at 207-780-5900 or 1-800-787-0468 (for undergraduate and graduate courses).

  • Connect with an Enrollment Counselor to talk about course options. Our Enrollment Counselors can review your transcripts and advise you on which of our course options would best suit your needs. 

  • In person. Stop by one of the USM Student Success Centers at:
    • Professional and Continuing Education, 218 Abromson Center, Portland
    • 119 Payson Smith Hall, Portland
    • 119 Bailey Hall, Gorham
    • Room 119, Lewiston-Auburn College
    • Grad Students: Graduate Admissions, 39 Exeter Street, Portland or Professional and Continuing Education, 218 Abromson Center, Portland

  • MaineStreet Student Self-Service - If you have previously taken courses at USM within the last two years, you may register anytime after registration begins using the University's MaineStreet Student Self-Service.

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Payment Options

Methods of payment include: payment in full, enrollment in a payment plan, the award of sufficient financial aid, or confirmation of third party payment. 

  • Option 2- Enroll in a Payment Plan
    USM offers students the opportunity to enroll in payment plans.  A $30 non-refundable set-up fee is charged for enrollment in a plan. Payments are divided into installments. To enroll in a payment plan, access Bill + Payment Suite via your online MaineStreet student account.  Payment for the set-up fee and first installment are required at the time of enrollment.
  • Option 3- Pay by Third Party Payment (if applicable)
    The University will bill an employer that guarantees payment of a student's charges. The employer must provide written payment authorization prior to registration. The student is responsible for all costs if the employer does not make payment. Please contact the office of Student Accounts to set up a third party payment at (207)780-5108 or

Please note: If payment is not received by the due date, late fees will be assessed. Non-payment may result in the cancellation of registration.

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How to Pay:

Please note: Charges can be accessed on MaineStreet.

  • In Person with Cash/Check - Payment may be made at the office of Student Accounts located in Portland (118 Payson Smith Hall), Gorham (101 Bailey Hall), and LAC (119 Student Success Center). Checks should be made payable to the University of Southern Maine with the student's complete name and (7-digit) MaineStreet ID number clearly indicated on the check.
  • On MaineStreet with a debit card, credit card, or E-Check (electronic check) - Students are now able to view and pay bills, self enroll in a payment plan, and authorize others to make online payments. Payment may be completed on MaineStreet through your MaineStreet Student Center via Bill + Payment Suite. For information on how to make a payment in MaineStreet, please view our quick guide or contact the office of Student Accounts at (207)780-5200.  USM accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.

    Please be aware that credit and debit card payments are processed by Touchnet, an external payment processing company. Touchnet will charge 2.75% (minimum $3.00) non-refundable convenience fee for all credit or debit card payments made to a student account. There is no fee to pay with an E-Check.

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Payment Plans

Payment plans can vary depending on the term registered. Please visit the following links that pertain to your term registration.

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Refund Policy

Refund Policies can vary depending on the term registered. Please visit the following links that pertain to your term registration.

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How to apply to USM

At USM, adult students are provided with the advising support they need to be successful. We understand that coming back to school to finish a degree can be stressful and confusing.

Ready to get started? Contact an Enrollment Counselor who can assist you with the inquiry, application, and admission process.

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