Public Administration

Interested in a career in government or the nonprofit arena? The UMA Public Administration faculty has many decades of experience getting students ready for new or enhanced careers, and they are supplemented by an outstanding group of Maine public officials who offer courses in their areas of expertise. Our graduates have positions in a great variety of public & nonprofit organizations that make a significant contribution to the quality of life in Maine.

Degrees Offered: B.S. and A.S.
Available statewide over the internet



Advanced Standing into the University of Southern Maine

Masters Degree in Public Policy and Management

UMA Public Administration graduates who want to continue their educational preparation for careers in public and not-for-profit administration can take advantage of an agreement between UMA and the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service.  If you graduate from the UMA program with a 3.0 GPA (in Public Administration and overall), and meet the USM admission criteria, then you can waive PPM 610 Foundations of Public Policy and Management (3 credits), PPM 615 Foundations of Public Service and Management (3 credits).  This cuts the number of credit hours needed for graduation from 39 to 33, reducing costs and the time needed to complete the masters degree.

The USM classes are available in Augusta, Portland, online and via live video feed from a variety of locations.

USM Masters in Public Policy and Management
USM admission criteria

For more information, contact the Student Affairs office of the Muskie School of Public Services.  You can reach them at, or by phone at 207.780.4864.