May 30, 2024  
2003-2004 Graduate Catalog 
2003-2004 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

President’s Message


As the only university in Maine to hold the Carnegie classification Doctoral Research Extensive, The University of Maine accounts for all of the doctorates and a majority of graduate science and engineering degrees awarded in Maine.  Its research efforts broaden the world’s base of knowledge and bring daily improvement to Maine’s quality of life and economy. UMaine’s public service activities extend the boundaries of the campus to the boundaries of the state. Created by the Morrill Act that was signed by Abraham Lincoln, the university was officially founded in 1865.  From that time on, it has been Maine’s flagship university.

If you have decided to pursue graduate study at the University of Maine, you have joined a select group of scholars. Whether you are studying science, engineering, arts, humanities, social sciences, or professional studies, you can expect to be challenged to high achievement, working with energetic faculty doing scholarly work on the “cutting edge” of their disciplines.  Your education will be as rigorous and productive as you choose to make it.

The Graduate Catalog is a resource to assist you as you proceed through your graduate studies.  In addition to providing a brief synopsis of each graduate program and its associated graduate faculty, the Graduate Catalog includes the policies and regulations of the Graduate School, a listing of all courses that may be applied towards a graduate degree, financial information, and descriptions of the University’s many research resources.  Used in conjunction with the handbook for students in your graduate program and with regular advising, the Graduate Catalog will help provide you with the information you need from admission through graduation.  Please take time to learn the contents of both the catalog and your program’s graduate student handbook. Knowing the requirements of your graduate program and the Graduate School can save you time, lead you to the best courses for your academic needs, and help you focus your studies.  If you have questions about your course of study, consult with your advisor, graduate coordinator, and the helpful staff in the Graduate School office.  They are here to help you gain the most from your studies at the University of Maine.

Graduate study brings you one step closer to undertaking your professional career, whether it be in the public or private sector; in industry or in higher education.  I hope that you will enjoy your time at the University of Maine and, like most of our alumni, find that your years here are among the very best of your life. We at the University of Maine are glad you are here. We stand ready to serve you any way we can.


Peter S. Hoff