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2012-2013 Graduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Global Policy

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The School of Policy and International Affairs (SPIA) administers the Master of Arts in Global Policy. Under the degree, a student specializes in a concentration; current concentrations include International Environmental Policy, International Commerce and Trade, and International Security. SPIA is also developing a range of additional concentrations – prospective students are encouraged to visit the School’s website for the most up-to-date information on possible concentrations. Each concentration includes a range of elective courses that focus on policy and policy choices; students learn how to analyze situations, evaluate courses of action, and make recommendations.

The Global Policy degree is a two-year Master’s program open to students with a Bachelor’s degree. An undergraduate degree in policy is not essential for admission. However, there are certain prerequisites the student is required to have completed before entering the graduate program, including: Intermediate Microeconomic and Macroeconomic Theory; Introductory Statistics; and intermediate competency in a foreign language.

Five core seminars define the body of knowledge considered fundamental to the student’s ability to assume a role in global public policy development and analysis. These core courses include Methods of Inquiry and Research, Issues in World Economy, Contemporary International Relations, Global Justice, and a Public Service Seminar. All students are required to participate in an international internship. Additional specific requirements also apply and are listed in the SPIA’s Graduate Student Handbook (pdf).

The School has a number of scholarships available for qualified students that are awarded on a competitive basis. There are also funds available to students for travel and international internship support.

The School supports a graduate resource center/reading room.

The School aims to have 15 to 25 graduate students from around the U.S. and abroad. Students working on research and teaching projects can receive some support dollars for travel and other related costs.

Applications should be in by early spring for timely processing and evaluation.


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


The School of Policy and International Affairs
5782 Winslow Hall, Rm 207
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5782


Cooperating Graduate Faculty

James Acheson, Professor of Anthropology and Marine Sciences

Aria Amirbahman, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Emmanuel Boss, Associate Professor, School of Marine Sciences

George Criner, Director and Professor, School of Economics

Habib Dagher, Director, Advanced Engineered Wood Composites Center; Professor of Civil/Structural Engineering; Bath Iron Works Professor of Structural Engineering

Elizabeth DePoy, Professor of Interdisciplinary Disability Studies and Social Work

Per Erik Garder, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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

Anthony Halog, Assistant Professor of Industrial Ecology, LCA and Systems Sustainability

Gisela Hoecherl-Alden, Associate Professor of German; Director, New England Universities Study Abroad Consortium

G. Paul Holman, Libra Professor of International Affairs

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

Michael Howard, Chairperson and Professor of Philosophy

Gary Hunt, Professor, School of Economics

Edward Jadallah, Associate Professor, Curriculum & Instruction (Specialization Social Studies Education)

Shaleen Jain, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Teresa R. Johnson, Assistant Professor of Marine Policy, School of Marine Sciences

Debra Jean Kantor, Assistant Extension Professor, UMaine Cooperative Extension

Roger King, Associate Professor of Philosophy

Robert J. Lilieholm, E.L. Giddings Associate Professor of Forest Policy, School of Forest Resources

Laura Lindenfeld, Associate Professor, Communication and Journalism and the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center

John F. Mahon, John M. Murphy Chair of International Business Policy and Strategy and Professor of Management at the Maine Business School

Ivan Manev, Associate Dean, College of Business, Public Policy and Health; Nicolas M. Salgo Professor of Business Administration

George Markowsky, Professor and Chair, Department of Computer Science

Paul A. Mayewski, Director and Professor, Climate Change Institute; Professor, Dept. of Earth Sciences

Henry L. Munson, Jr., Professor of Anthropology

Kenneth L. Nichols, Professor of Public Administration

Constanza Ocampo-Raeder, Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Michael “Mick” Peterson, Libra Foundation Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Paul “Jim” Roscoe, Professor, Dept. of Anthropology; Professor, Climate Change Institute

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

Daniel H. Sandweiss, Dean & Associate Provost for Graduate Studies; Professor of Anthropology and Quaternary and Climate Studies

James Settele, Deputy Director, School of Policy and International Affairs

Seth Singleton, Libra Professor of International Affairs

Mario Teisl, Director, School of Policy and International Affairs; Professor, School of Economics

James W. Warhola, Professor of Political Science

Timothy M. Waring, Assistant Professor, School of Economics

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