Dec 01, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Global Policy

The School of Policy and International Affairs (SPIA) administers the Master of Arts in Global Policy. Core seminars define the body of knowledge and skills considered fundamental to assume a role in global policy development and analysis. These core courses include:

  • SPI 501 - Methods of Inquiry and Research (3 credits)
  • SPI 502 - Issues in World Economy (3 credits)
  • SPI 503 - International Relations (3 credits)
  • SPI 510 - Public Service Seminar (1 credit)

All students must complete an international internship (2-6 credits); students with suitable employment experience may waive some course requirements with graduate coordinator approval.

The M.A. in Global Policy has four concentrations - International Environmental Policy; Climate Policy; International Trade and Commerce; and International Security & Foreign Policy. Although each concentration consists of distinct required and elective coursework, all focus on policy and policy choices. Other electives can be taken with preapproval from the graduate coordinator. Requirements of the M.A in Global Policy degree include a minimum of 33 graduate-level credit hours. SPIA only accepts grades of B or better in core seminars.  See SPIA’s Graduate Handbook for additional requirements.


An undergraduate degree in international affairs or a global policy field is not essential for admission. However, all students must complete certain prerequisites before finishing the program, including:

  • Introductory Microeconomics (equivalent to UMaine’s ECO 120) and Macroeconomics (equivalent to UMaine’s ECO 121) ; and
  • Demonstrate an intermediate-level proficiency in a foreign language.

Financial Aid:

SPIA awards a limited number of scholarships and fellowships to well-qualified students on a competitive basis. Travel grants and internship scholarships are also available to students working on professional, research, and teaching projects. The Graduate School offers a few tuition waivers and modest fellowships. All applicants are considered for funding opportunities at the time of admissions review; no additional application is required.

SPIA has approximately 25 graduate students from around the world with diverse undergraduate academic backgrounds, including majors in Political Science, International Affairs, Economics, Education, Business Administration, Engineering, History, and English.

SPIA reviews complete applications on a rolling basis. A complete package includes three letters of recommendation, and transcripts of all previous college work. Applications are available at The Graduate School website at http://

For more information about SPIA, please visit:


The Graduate School
5775 Stodder Hall, Rm 42
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5755

The School of Policy and International Affairs
5754 North Stevens Hall, Rm. 239
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5754


Cooperating Graduate Faculty


George Criner, Associate Dean of Instruction; Professor, School of Economics

Habib Dagher, Founding Executive Director of the Advanced Structures & Composites Center

Elizabeth DePoy, Professor of Interdisciplinary Disability Studies and Social Work

William B. Farrell, Principal Consultant, Swordfish Consulting International Per Erik Garder, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Stephen Gilson, Coordinator and Professor of Interdisciplinary Disability Studies; and Professor of Social Work

Kenneth M. Hillas, Adjunct Professor of International Affairs

Stephen Hornsby, Director, Canadian-American Center, Professor of Geography and Canadian Studies

Michael Howard, Professor of Philosophy

Cindy Isenhour, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Climate Change

Shaleen Jain, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cooperating Assistant Professor, Climate Change Institute

Teresa R. Johnson, AssociateProfessor of Marine Policy, School of Marine Sciences

Debra Jean Kantor, Associate Extension Professor, UMaine Cooperative Extension

Roger King, Associate Professor of Philosophy

Ivan Manev, Professor of Management, and Nicolas M. Salgo Professor

Paul A. Mayewski, Director of the Climate Change Institute and Distinguished Professor in the School of Earth and Climate Sciences

Jonathan Rubin, Professor, Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center and School of Economics

Daniel H. Sandweiss, Professor of Anthropology and Quaternary and Climate Studies

James Settele, Director, School of Policy & International Affairs

Mario Teisl, Director and Professor, School of Economics

Stefano Tijerina, Lecturer in Management

Philip Trostel, Professor, School of Economics

Kristin Vekasi, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

Timothy M. Waring, Associate Professor of Social-Ecological Systems Modeling, School of Economics