Jul 05, 2022  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog

President’s Message

Welcome to the University of Maine, which is located in the homeland of the Penobscot Nation.

UMaine is student-centered and community-engaged, with a foundational commitment to diversity, equity and inclusive excellence.

Kudos for pursuing an advanced degree at this extraordinary time! 

You’re joining a 140-year-plus legacy of exceptional graduate scholarship. And you’ve got some amazing role models, including those who have earned Fulbrights, Switzer Fellowships, and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships.

Graduate students from more than 67 counties are providing outstanding leadership during the pandemic, as they conduct vital research to inform public health, contribute to the greater good, and stimulate the economy. Their scholarship spans 140 programs - from biomedical engineering to business administration, from history to horticulture, and from marine sciences to music performance.

Our graduate scholars have worked with faculty researchers on innovation projects leading to startups and patents; conducted psychology research to better understand pandemic-related health and safety behavior; served on a subcommittee that contributed to the Maine Climate Council’s “Maine Won’t Wait” report; studied the value and meaning of reuse in rural communities; fathomed new offshore wind technology; and explored the connection between Alzheimer’s disease and a specific gene. And so much more.

Our world-renowned faculty will empower you in your chosen academic pursuits, and in your research and scholarship that will lead to new knowledge, deeper understanding and contributions to the greater good. At UMaine, the state’s research university, that can happen almost anywhere - in one of our 18 major research centers, at a field site in North Woods or on the Gulf of Maine coast, or on an expedition half a world away.

You’re here at a particularly transformational time. The Harold Alfond Foundation’s $240 million pledge to the University of Maine System includes $90 million for Black Bear athletic facilities, $75 million for a multi-university Maine College of Engineering, Computing and Information Science, $55 million for the Maine Graduate and Professional Center, and $20 million for student success and retention.

As a former researcher and professor of mathematics, I believe that education is our highest and best hope to improve lives and forge a healthier, more sustainable and more equitable future. And I I know that the expertise, experiences and connections that you gain here will prepare and inspire you to do just that. 

Please let me know how we can help make your graduate educational experience an even more meaningful, robust and rewarding one.


Joan Ferrini-Mundy