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

  • Over 18,600 alumni

590 Degrees/Certificates Awarded to 570 students in 2022-23

  • 13.2% Associates
  • 74.7% Bachelors
  • 10.0% Certificates
  • 1.2% Graduate Certificates
  • 1.2% Masters

Top 5 Fields of Study: Associate Degrees Awarded

  1. Liberal Studies
  2. Dental Assisting/Hygiene
  3. Business Administration
  4. TIE: Justice Studies; Computer Information Systems; Information & Library Science
  5. TIE: Medical Laboratory Technology; Applied Science

Top 5 Fields of Study: Bachelor’s Degrees Awarded

  1. Applied Science
  2. Liberal Studies
  3. Nursing
  4. Psychiatric/Mental Health Services
  5. Business Administration/Management/Accounting

2022-23 Bachelor’s Graduates who started at UMA as First-Year Students (N=115)

  • 71% Graduated with loan debt (includes only debt accrued at UMA)
    • Average amount of Federal Title IV debt – $30,841
    • Average amount of Private debt – $34,118 (3% graduated with Private debt)
  • Average age at time of graduation – 35

2018-20 Graduates (Maine Earns – Maine Post-Secondary Outcomes Report through the Center for Workforce Research and Information)

  • 80% were employed in Maine within 18 months after graduation
  • 54% were employed full-time in Maine within 18 months after graduation
    • $46,277 adjusted median 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 2020 – Spring 2023 Graduating Students (36.0% Response Rate, N=580)

Overall UMA Experience

  • 73.9% would return to UMA to pursue an advanced degree (if UMA offered a graduate degree in their field)
  • 74.4% would return to UMA for continuing education workshops or seminars
  • 76.8% said if they had to do their education over again, they would choose UMA
  • 83.5% would recommend UMA to others
  • 81.4% believe that their career success is/will be greater as a result of their UMA education
  • 81.1% believe that their UMA education was an excellent financial investment
Educational ExperienceVery/Somewhat Satisfied
Overall quality of academic program88.7%
Quality of faculty instruction86.9%
Coursework relevance to current position or career goals84.8%
Coursework providing practical applications of material86.7%
Coursework providing theoretical perspectives in my field83.3%
Courses scheduled at convenient times86.6%
Rigor of curriculum83.2%
Coursework providing development of research skills83.3%
Personal attention from faculty82.3%
Availability of courses in my Major83.2%
Availability of courses in General Education77.7%
Breadth of course offerings76.5%
Quality of faculty career advising75.6%
Campus ClimateVery/Somewhat Satisfied
Academically stimulating environment67.8%
Interaction with other students57.3%
Curriculum connected to community (e.g. service-learning)60.7%
Sense of community59.6%
Student Support ServicesVery/Somewhat Satisfied
Course registration process89.5%
Admission process90.1%
Billing and payment process76.7%
Financial aid services (not the amount of financial aid received)73.0%
Library’s ability to meet academic needs73.9%
Adequacy of facilities (e.g. labs, computers, building conditions)68.4%
Academic advising through Advising Center staff76.5%
Learning support services (e.g. writing, math tutoring, TRiO)61.6%

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

Strongly/Somewhat Agree
Developing better knowledge in my field of study92.2%
Working independently89.2%
Writing clearly and effectively87.5%
Thinking analytically88.5%
Defining and solving problems effectively88.6%
Understanding my professional responsibilities and obligations88.5%
Reading texts critically83.8%
Formulating more creative/original ideas84.0%
Improving interpersonal skills80.3%
Being a productive team member82.5%
Using information technology87.2%
Speaking clearly and effectively81.9%
Understanding people of other cultural backgrounds79.1%
Leading a group effectively75.8%
Working more productively at my current job75.6%
Analyzing numerical and statistical information73.6%

Time to Earn Degree

  • 39.5% said it took more time than expected
  • 52.0% said it took the same amount of time as expected
  • 8.6% said it took less time than expected


  • 75.8% currently employed at the time of graduation
    • 65.5% were working in their field of study
    • 32.8% received an increase in salary due to their education
Top 6 Fields Graduates are Working In Percentage
1. Social/Human/Mental Services15.1%
2. Education  14.3%
3. Computer/IT  10.1%
4. Library Services 6.3%
5. Business/Management  6.0%
6. Medical  5.3%

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

  • 67.6% employed in a different field of study
  • 42.4% seeking employment in my field

Making Use of their UMA Education in the Next Year

  • 56.4% to advance in their current field
  • 39.3% to qualify for additional education
  • 34.8% to be more productive at my current job
  • 29.3% to get a job different from their current field of work

UMA Office of Institutional Research and Assessment
Statistics updated February 2024.