Graduates: Areas of Study, Debt, Employment, Higher Education, Satisfaction

  • Over 17,500 alumni

572 Degrees/Certificates Awarded to 543 students in 2020-21

  • 16% Associates
  • 73% Bachelors
  • 11% Certificates

Top 5 Fields of Study: Associate Degrees Awarded

  1. Liberal Studies
  2. Dental Assisting/Hygiene
  3. Business Administration
  4. Medical Laboratory Technology
  5. Justice Studies & Psychiatric/Mental Health Services

Top 5 Fields of Study: Bachelor’s Degrees Awarded

  1. Liberal Studies
  2. Psychiatric/Mental Health Services
  3. Cybersecurity/Computer Information Systems/Information Technology
  4. Applied Science
  5. Business Administration/Management/Accounting

2020-21 Bachelor’s Graduates who started at UMA as First-Year Students (N=103)

  • 72% Graduated with loan debt (includes only debt accrued at UMA)
    • Average amount of Federal Title IV debt  – $34,382
    • Average amount of Private debt  – $23,167 (<1% graduated with Private debt)
  • Average age at time of graduation – 34

2015-17 Graduates (Maine Workforce Data Quality Initiative)

  • 81% were employed in Maine within 18 months after graduation
  • 56% were employed full-time in Maine within 18 months after graduation
    • $43,008 average full-time wage

Graduates Pursuing Higher Learning (2009-10 thru 2013-14)

  • 33% have continued their education at a higher level than their UMA award
  • 46% of associates graduates have continued their education at the bachelor’s level
    • 92% continue at UMA to earn a bachelor’s degree
  • 20% of bachelor’s graduates have continued their education at the graduate level
    • 77% entered graduate school within 2 years of graduation

Top 5 Graduate Schools

  1. University of Maine
  2. University of Southern Maine
  3. Southern New Hampshire University
  4. University of New England
  5. Thomas College

Top 5 Areas of Study in Graduate School

  1. Education
  2. Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services
  3. Public Administration & Social Services Professions
  4. Health Professions & Related Clinical Services
  5. Psychology

Survey of Summer 2019 – Spring 2022 Graduating Students (38.7% Response Rate, N=656)

Overall UMA Experience

  • 74.1% would return to UMA to pursue an advanced degree (if UMA offered a graduate degree in their field)
  • 75.7% would return to UMA for continuing education workshops or seminars
  • 77.2% said if they had to do their education over again, they would choose UMA
  • 85.3% would recommend UMA to others
  • 81.2% believe that their career success is/will be greater as a result of their UMA education
  • 80.8% believe that their UMA education was an excellent financial investment
Educational Experience Very/Somewhat Satisfied
Overall quality of academic program 88.4%
Quality of faculty instruction 84.3%
Coursework relevance to current position or career goals 82.2%
Coursework providing practical applications of material 86.8%
Coursework providing theoretical perspectives in my field 82.5%
Courses scheduled at convenient times 84.8%
Rigor of curriculum 81.1%
Coursework providing development of research skills 82.7%
Personal attention from faculty 79.8%
Availability of courses in my Major 82.4%
Availability of courses in General Education 77.9%
Breadth of course offerings 75.6%
Quality of faculty career advising 75.1%
Campus Climate Very/Somewhat Satisfied
Academically stimulating environment 69.1%
Interaction with other students 57.3%
Curriculum connected to community (e.g. service-learning) 59.7%
Sense of community 60.5%
Student Support Services Very/Somewhat Satisfied
Course registration process 89.2%
Admission process 89.7%
Billing and payment process 78.2%
Financial aid services (not the amount of financial aid received) 72.2%
Library’s ability to meet academic needs 72.8%
Adequacy of facilities (e.g. labs, computers, building conditions) 70.5%
Academic advising through Advising Center staff 78.4%
Learning support services (e.g. writing, math tutoring, TRiO) 62.5%

Learning Outcomes:
UMA education developed your knowledge, skills and abilities in…

Strongly/Somewhat Agree
Developing better knowledge in my field of study 91.1%
Working independently 89.3%
Writing clearly and effectively 87.5%
Thinking analytically 88.3%
Defining and solving problems effectively 87.1%
Understanding my professional responsibilities and obligations 88.0%
Reading texts critically 83.4%
Formulating more creative/original ideas 82.3%
Improving interpersonal skills 81.1%
Being a productive team member 83.6%
Using information technology 85.8%
Speaking clearly and effectively 83.6%
Understanding people of other cultural backgrounds 77.4%
Leading a group effectively 75.6%
Working more productively at my current job 73.1%
Analyzing numerical and statistical information 72.6%

Time to Earn Degree

  • 38.8% said it took more time than expected
  • 53.2% said it took the same amount of time as expected
  • 8.0% said it took less time than expected


  • 74.5% currently employed at the time of graduation
    • 64.4% were working in their field of study
    • 32.0% received an increase in salary due to their education
Top 6 Fields Graduates are Working In  Percentage
1. Social/Human/Mental Services 14.4%
2. Education   14.1%
3. Computer/IT   7.7%
4. Business/Management  5.7%
5. Library Services   5.5%
6. Medical   5.5%

Top Reasons Graduates are Currently Not Working in their Field of Study

  • 68.4% employed in a different field of study
  • 38.6% seeking employment in my field

Making Use of their UMA Education in the Next Year

  • 51.7% to advance in their current field
  • 35.2% to qualify for additional education
  • 34.7% to be more productive at my current job
  • 30.2% to get a job different from their current field of work

UMA Office of Institutional Research and Assessment
Statistics updated June 2022.