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

  • Over 16,300 alumni

582 Degrees/Certificates Awarded to 564 students in 2018-19

  • 20% Associates
  • 71% Bachelors
  • 9% Certificates

Top 5 Fields of Study: Associate Degrees Awarded

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

Top 5 Fields of Study: Bachelor’s Degrees Awarded

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

2018-19 Bachelor’s Graduates who started at UMA as First-Year Students (N=120)

  • 78% Graduated with loan debt (includes only debt accrued at UMA)
    • Average amount of Federal Title IV debt  – $30,447
    • Average amount of Private debt  – $3,146
  • Average age at time of graduation – 36

2012-14 Graduates (Maine Workforce Data Quality Initiative)

  • 81% were employed in Maine within 18 months after graduation
  • 55% were employed full-time in Maine within 18 months after graduation
    • $32,157 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 Fall 2016 – Summer 2019 Graduating Students (37% Response Rate, N=662)

Overall UMA Experience

  • 80% would return to UMA to pursue an advanced degree (if UMA offered graduate degrees)
  • 82% would return to UMA for continuing education workshops or seminars
  • 82% said if they had to do their education over again, they would choose UMA
  • 90% would recommend UMA to others
  • 81% believe that their career success is/will be greater as a result of their UMA education
  • 83% believe that their UMA education was an excellent financial investment
Educational Experience Very/Somewhat Satisfied
Overall quality of academic program 88%
Quality of faculty instruction 84%
Coursework relevance to current position or career goals 83%
Coursework providing practical applications of material 86%
Coursework providing theoretical perspectives in my field 82%
Courses scheduled at convenient times 85%
Rigor of curriculum 83%
Coursework providing development of research skills 82%
Personal attention from faculty 79%
Availability of courses in my Major 78%
Availability of courses in General Education 79%
Breadth of course offerings 78%
Quality of faculty career advising 73%
Campus Climate Very/Somewhat Satisfied
Academically stimulating environment 72%
Interaction with other students 62%
Curriculum connected to community (e.g. service-learning) 60%
Sense of community 59%
Student Support Services Very/Somewhat Satisfied
Course registration process 87%
Admission process 88%
Billing and payment process 79%
Financial aid services (not the amount of financial aid received) 76%
Library’s ability to meet academic needs 75%
Adequacy of facilities (e.g. labs, computers, building conditions) 72%
Academic advising through Advising Center staff 72%
Learning support services (e.g. writing, math tutoring, TRiO) 64%

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

Strongly/Somewhat Agree
Developing better knowledge in my field of study 89%
Working independently 91%
Writing clearly and effectively 87%
Thinking analytically 88%
Defining and solving problems effectively 88%
Understanding my professional responsibilities and obligations 85%
Reading texts critically 84%
Formulating more creative/original ideas 83%
Improving interpersonal skills 81%
Being a productive team member 82%
Using information technology 85%
Speaking clearly and effectively 79%
Understanding people of other cultural backgrounds 78%
Leading a group effectively 73%
Working more productively at my current job 73%
Analyzing numerical and statistical information 75%

Time to Earn Degree

  • 45% said it took more time than expected
  • 47% said it took the same amount of time as expected
  •  8% said it took less time than expected


  • 75% currently employed at the time of graduation
    • 60% were working in their field of study
    • 25% received an increase in salary due to their education
Top 6 Fields Graduates are Working In  Percentage
1. Social/Human/Mental Services 17%
2. Education   11%
3. Business/Management   8%
4. Medical  7%
5. Computer/IT   6%
6. Library Services   6%

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

  • 72% employed in a different field of study
  • 35% seeking employment in my field

Making Use of their UMA Education in the Next Year

  • 48% to advance in their current field
  • 37% to get a job different from their current field of work
  • 32% to qualify for additional education
  • 29% to be more productive at my current job

UMA Office of Institutional Research and Assessment
Statistics updated January, 2020.