Policy, Planning, and Management


The Policy, Planning, and Management program at the Muskie School offers graduate-level education and training for those seeking a career in the public and nonprofit sectors. Educational experiences are multi-disciplinary and problem focused, with flexible delivery through traditional classes and distance technologies. PPM faculty, staff, and students engage in rigorous inquiry about the complex challenges of democratic governance in our diverse communities, states, and nation.

The MPPM program can be completed in 2 academic years (36 credits) if the student is attending full time.  Courses are conveniently offered after 4 PM or on-line so that students who are working may easily take classes.


To educate students to have the ability to:

  1. Lead and manage in public governance and nonprofit organizations;
  2. Participate in and contribute to the policy process;
  3. Analyze and develop public policy;
  4. Solve problems and make decisions;
  5. Articulate and apply a public service perspective;
  6. Communicate and interact effectively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry

The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) has established a regional program under
which qualified residents of the region may receive reduced tuition rates when attending
college in another New England state. Students from CT, NH, RI, and VT matriculating in the
Policy, Planning, and Management (MPPM) program are eligible for the discounted rate.

NEBHE rate as of AY 17-18
NBHE Graduate Tuition and Fees for a FT student taking 9 credits is $5661 compared to $9567
for out of state tuition for a savings of $3,906

For application instructions, go to http://usm.maine.edu/apply and find the Graduate Application Process.

Questions on the application process should be directed to the Office of Admissions at 207-780-4386 or usmgrad@maine.edu.

MPPM Application Requirements:

  • A completed online application.
  • A non-refundable application fee of $65.00.
  • Current resume.
  • Transcripts - Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts are required from each college or university attended.
  • Essay - Submit a brief essay (300-500 words) stating your reason for pursuing graduate study, your professional goals, and how you think this program of study will contribute to these goals. You may include a statement of any special interest you would like to pursue in your study.
  • Letters of recommendation - Three letters of recommendation are required from individuals who can evaluate your potential for success in a master’s program.
  • Certificate of Finances (international students only).
  • Submission of official TOEFL or IELTS scores (if English is not first language).