Adult student talking with USM faculty

Welcome Back!

Our online programs and generous transfer policies make it possible for you to finish your degree and advance your career!

Returning to college to finish your degree is a huge step toward advancing your career. As an adult learner, you bring your rich life experience, your knowledge, and your many life lessons with you to your coursework. We are interested in your personal motivation and goals and will support you every step along your academic journey.

For students who have earned 75+ academic credits from an accredited institution and would like to complete their degree, these programs offer degree completion tracks specially designed to get you to graduation quickly and efficiently.

We know that flexibility is important and so we’ve designed programs with your busy schedule in mind.  When a program is designated as online, none of the required courses will require you to come to campus. HyFlex programs include classes that allow you the choice between meeting in person or participating remotely through live online streaming. Blended have a mix of some on-campus and some online requirements. Note that in all of these program modalities, you may have some classes that require you to attended class via Zoom at scheduled meeting times.

These programs can be completed 100% online:

We recognize that adult learners are bringing skills and knowledge from their work experiences to their degree programs.  The Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) office helps qualified students demonstrate this learning for academic credit, saving time and money as they finish their degrees.

There are a number of scholarships available through the University of Southern Maine and beyond to help fund your education, including programs specifically for adults and students returning to college after some time away! Click on the links below to learn more about available scholarships.