You’ve made an excellent decision to pursue graduate study at the University of Southern Maine (USM). We are one of the most affordable university options in northern New England.

We’re here to help you understand the full cost of attendance, which includes tuition and fees. There are many ways to offset the costs of graduate education, including graduate scholarships and other graduate student financial aid options.

Tuition & fees

Your total cost of attendance will include tuition and fees. Tuition differs depending on mode of study and whether you are an in-state, out-of-state, or Canadian resident.

Mode of studyTuition per credit hourMandatory fees per credit hour*
In-person & blended programs$432$67
Online programs$447$67
2022-2023 academic year. Does not apply to Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing, Leadership Studies PhD, or accelerated online programs.
* Mandatory fees include the Comprehensive & Technology Fees. View full list of fees.

Do you know how many credits you plan to take? See estimated costs.

Some programs have alternative tuition rates:

Mode of studyOut-of-state tuition per credit hourMandatory fees per credit hour*
In-person & blended programs$1,250$67
2022-2023 academic year. Does not apply to Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing or Leadership Studies PhD.
* Mandatory fees include the Comprehensive & Technology Fees. View full list of fees.

Do you know how many credits you plan to take? See estimated costs.

Our Stonecoast MFA Creative Writing Program has an alternative tuition rate. See Stonecoast MFA tuition.

You may qualify for a tuition break if you enroll in one of the following degree programs:

We offer reduced e-tuition to out-of-state students studying in fully online programs.

Mode of studyE-tuition per credit hourMandatory fees per credit hour*
Online programs**$447$67
2022-2023 academic years. E-tuition rate does not apply to accelerated online programs. The low-residency Leadership PhD program qualifies for the e-tuition rate.
* Mandatory fees include the Comprehensive & Technology Fees. View full list of fees.
** Please note: E-tuition is charged for online courses only. If you choose to take an in-person or blended course, you will be charged the standard out-of-state tuition rate.

Do you know how many credits you plan to take? See estimated costs.

Please note: There is a selection of accelerated online programs that qualify for an alternative tuition rate.

Do you live in New England? You may enable you to enroll in certain programs at a reduced tuition rate. Browse RSP programs.

Mode of studyNew England Regional Student Program (RSP) tuition per credit hourMandatory fees per credit hour*
In-person & blended programs$734$67
2022-2023 academic year.
* Mandatory fees include the Comprehensive & Technology Fees. View full list of fees.

Do you know how many credits you plan to take? See estimated costs.

You may qualify for a tuition break lower than the RSP rate if you enroll in one of the following degree programs:

Mode of studyTuition per credit hourMandatory fees per credit hour*
In-person & blended programs$432$67
Online programs**$447$67
2022-2023 academic year. Does not apply to Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing and Leadership Studies PhD.
* Mandatory fees include the Comprehensive & Technology Fees. View full list of fees.
** There is an alternative tuition rate for accelerated online programs.

Do you know how many credits you plan to take? See estimated costs.

Some programs have alternative tuition rates:

Program-specific tuition

The degree programs below offer a specific tuition rate. For out-of-state students, this is a tuition break over the standard rate. Certificate programs are not included.

All students enrolled in the Athletic Training Master of Science (MS) program qualify for tuition that is equal to our in-state rate.

Mode of studyTuition per credit hour*Mandatory fees per credit hour**
In-person & blended courses$432$67
2022-2023 academic year. Specific to Athletic Training MS.
* Online courses include an additional $15 tuition charge per credit.
** Mandatory fees include the Comprehensive & Technology Fees. View full list of fees.

Do you know how many credits you plan to take? See estimated costs.

All students enrolled in the following degree programs qualify for tuition that is equal to our in-state rate:

  • Educational Psychology — Applied Behavior Analysis Concentration Master of Science (MS)
  • Educational Psychology — School Psychology Concentration Master of Science (MS)
  • School Psychology Doctor of Psychiatry (PsyD)
Mode of studyTuition per credit hourMandatory fees per credit hour*
In-person & blended courses$432$67
Online courses$447$67
2022-2023 academic year. Specific to Educational & School Psychology MS and PsyD programs. Does not apply to certificate programs.
* Mandatory fees include the Comprehensive & Technology Fees. View full list of fees.

Do you know how many credits you plan to take? See estimated costs.

All students enrolled in the low-residency Leadership Studies PhD doctoral program qualify for tuition that is equal to our e-tuition rate.

Mode of studyTuition per credit hourMandatory fees per credit hour*
In-person, blended, & online courses$447$67
2022-2023 academic year. Specific to Leadership Studies PhD.
* Mandatory fees include the Comprehensive & Technology Fees. View full list of fees.

Do you know how many credits you plan to take? See estimated costs.

All students enrolled in the following degree programs qualify for tuition that is equal to our in-state rate:

  • Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)
  • Doctor of Occupational Therapy — Entry-level (OTD)
  • Doctor of Occupational Therapy — Post-professional (OTD)
Mode of studyTuition per credit hourMandatory fees per credit hour*
In-person & blended courses$432$67
Online courses$447$67
2022-2023 academic year. Specific to Occupational Therapy MOT and OTD.
* Mandatory fees include the Comprehensive & Technology Fees. View full list of fees.

Do you know how many credits you plan to take? See estimated costs.

Out-of-state students enrolled in the Master’s in Policy, Planning, and Management (MPPM) and Master of Public Health (MPH) are eligible to pay a reduced tuition that matches the New England Regional Student Program (RSP) rate.

In-state and Canadian residents should refer to the in-state and Canadian tuition rates, respectively.

Mode of studyTuition per credit hour*Mandatory fees per credit hour**
In-person & blended courses$734$67
2022-2023 academic year. Specific to out-of-state students in MPPM and MPH programs. Does not apply to certificate programs.
* Online courses include an additional $15 tuition charge per credit.
** Mandatory fees include the Comprehensive & Technology Fees. View full list of fees.

Do you know how many credits you plan to take? See estimated costs.

All students enrolled in the Master of Social Work (MSW) program qualify for tuition that is equal to our in-state rate.

Mode of studyTuition per credit hour*Mandatory fees per credit hour**
In-person & blended courses$432$67
2022-2023 academic year. Specific to Social Work MSW.
* Online courses include an additional $15 tuition charge per credit.
** Mandatory fees include the Comprehensive & Technology Fees. View full list of fees.

Do you know how many credits you plan to take? See estimated costs.

All students enrolled in our Stonecoast MFA are eligible for the rates below. Your cost to attend will include tuition, fees, and other program costs. The chart below includes tuition and fees. For details about other program costs, please contact the Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing.

Semester and creditsTuition per semesterMandatory fees per semester*
Summer semester
(6 credits)
$3,813$402
Fall semester
(9 credits)
$4,199$603
Spring semester
(15 credits)
$8,012$1,005
Tuition for 2022-2023 academic year. Specific to Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing.
* Mandatory fees include the Comprehensive & Technology Fees. View full list of fees.

All students enrolled in the Teaching and Learning — Extended Teacher Education Program (ETEP) Master of Science in Education (MSEd) program qualify for tuition that is equal to our in-state rate.

Mode of studyTuition per credit hour*Mandatory fees per credit hour**
In-person & blended courses$432$67
Tuition for 2022-2023 academic year. Specific to Teaching and Learning — Extended Teacher Education Program (ETEP) Master of Science in Education (MSEd). Does not apply to certificate programs.
* Online courses include an additional $15 tuition charge per credit.
** Mandatory fees include the Comprehensive & Technology Fees. View full list of fees.

Do you know how many credits you plan to take? See estimated costs.

A breakdown of graduate fees

We have mandatory fees that students pay every year. There are also fees that are charged under specific circumstances.

Fee typeCostDetails
Comprehensive$60 per credit hourCharged to: All students.
Covers fixed costs of providing educational and student services.
Technology$7 per credit hourCharged to: All students.
Supports campus technology.
2022-2023 academic year.
Fee typeCostDetails
Graduate enrollment$60, one timeCharged to: Every newly admitted graduate degree student. Charged one time, upon enrollment.
Payment plan$30 each semesterCharged if: Student enrolls in one of the University’s installment plans.
Academic Assessment$20 per examCharged if: Student is not enrolled in a degree program and is taking English and/or Math placement exams.
Late payment$50 per month
(maximum of $200 per semester)
Charged if: Student account charges and payment plan payments are not paid when due.
Community Standard Fee$35 upon sanctionCharged if: Student is sanctioned under the Conduct Code.
Insufficient Funds$25Charged if: A paper or electronic check is returned due to insufficient funds.
2022-2023 academic year.

Tuition & fees by credit hour

Do you know how many credits you plan to take? We’ve done the math for you in the charts below.

Tuition differs depending on mode of study and whether you are an in-state, out-of-state, or Canadian resident.

In-person & blended courses

Number of creditsIn-state tuition*Mandatory fees**Total cost
1$432$67$499
2$864$134$998
3$1,296$201$1,497
4$1,728$268$1,996
5$2,160$335$2,495
6$2,592$402$2,994
7$3,024$469$3,493
8$3,456$536$3,992
9$3,888$603$4,491
10$4,320$670$4,990
11$4,752$737$5,489
12$5,184$804$5,988
13$5,616$871$6,487
14$6,048$938$6,986
15$6,480$1,005$7,485
* Online courses include an additional $15 tuition charge per credit.
** Mandatory fees include the Comprehensive & Technology Fees. View full list of fees.

Who qualifies for in-state tuition?

Residents of Maine qualify for in-state tuition. We also offer the in-state tuition rate to out-of-state students who enroll in the following master’s and doctoral degree programs:

  • Athletic Training MS
  • Educational Psychology — Applied Behavior Analysis Concentration MS
  • Educational Psychology — School Psychology Concentration MS
  • Occupational Therapy MOT
  • Occupational Therapy — Entry-level OTD
  • Occupational Therapy — Post-professional OTD
  • School Psychology PsyD
  • Social Work MSW
  • Teacher Education — Extended Teacher Education Program (ETEP) MSEd
Number of creditsOut-of-state tuition*Mandatory fees**Total cost
1$1,250$67$1,317
2$2,500$134$2,634
3$3,750$201$3,951
4$5,000$268$5,268
5$6,250$335$6,585
6$7,500$402$7,902
7$8,750$469$9,219
8$10,000$536$10,536
9$11,250$603$11,853
10$12,500$670$13,170
11$13,750$737$14,487
12$15,000$804$15,804
13$16,250$871$17,121
14$17,500$938$18,438
15$18,750$1,005$19,755
* Online courses include an additional $15 tuition charge per credit.
** Mandatory fees include the Comprehensive & Technology Fees. View full list of fees.
Number of creditsE-tuition*Mandatory fees**Total cost
1$447$67$514
2$894$134$1,028
3$1,341$201$1,542
4$1,788$268$2,056
5$2,235$335 $2,570
6$2,682$402$3,084
7$3,129$469$3,598
8$3,576$536$4112
9$4,023$603$4,626
10$4,470$670$5,140
11$4,917$737$5,654
12$5,364$804$6,168
13$5,811$871$6,682
14$6,258$938$7,196
15$6,705$1,005$7,710
* E-tuition is charged for online courses only. If you choose to take an in-person or blended course, you will be charged the standard out-of-state tuition rate.
** Mandatory fees include the Comprehensive and Technology Fees. View full list of fees.

Who qualifies for e-tuition?

Out-of-state students studying in fully online programs qualify for e-tuition. Students in our low-residency Leadership PhD program also qualify for the e-tuition rate.

There is an alternative tuition rate for accelerated online programs

Accelerated online programs offer an alternative tuition rate. Accelerated online programs include:

* We also offer this degree in a Blended mode of study.

New England residents may be eligible to enroll in certain degree and certificate programs at a special reduced tuition rate. Browse RSP programs.

All out-of-state students enrolled in our Master’s in Policy, Planning, and Management (MPPM) & Master of Public Health (MPH) qualify for reduced tuition that is equal to the RSP rate.

New England Regional Student Program (RSP) tuition and fees: In-person & blended courses

Number of creditsNew England Regional Student Program (RSP) tuition*Mandatory fees**Total cost
1$734$67$801
2$1,468$134$1,602
3$2,202$201$2,403
4$2,936$268$3,204
5$3,670$335$4,005
6$4,404$402$4,806
7$5,318$469$5,607
8$5,872$536$6,408
9$6,606$603$7,209
10$7,340$670$8,010
11$8,074$737$8,811
12$8,808$804$9,612
13$9,542$871$10,413
14$10,276$938$11,214
15$11,010$1,005$12,015
* Online courses include an additional $15 tuition charge per credit.
** Mandatory fees include the Comprehensive & Technology Fees. View full list of fees.

In-person & blended courses

Number of creditsCanadian tuition*Mandatory fees**Total cost
1$432$67$499
2$864$134$998
3$1,296$201$1,497
4$1,728$268$1,996
5$2,160$335$2,495
6$2,592$402$2,994
7$3,024$469$3,493
8$3,456$536$3,992
9$3,888$603$4,491
10$4,320$670$4,990
11$4,752$737$5,489
12$5,184$804$5,988
13$5,616$871$6,487
14$6,048$938$6,986
15$6,480$1,005$7,485
* Online courses include an additional $15 tuition charge per credit.
** Mandatory fees include the Comprehensive & Technology Fees. View full list of fees.

Questions?

We’re here to help! Contact our knowledgeable Student Financial Services team.

The Chancellor recommends tuition, fee, and room and board rates for approval by the Board of Trustees each year, and they become effective after the summer term. The Board may alter these rates at its discretion.

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