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2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Global Policy

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Global Policy

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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)
• SPI 595 - SPIA Internship (2-6 credits)

All students must complete an international internship; 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 30 graduate-level credit hours. SPIA only accepts grades of B or better in core seminars. 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.

Students: SPIA has approximately 30 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.

Applying: 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:// www.umaine.edu/graduate/. Website: For more information about SPIA, please visit: www.spia.umaine.edu/

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

Pankaj Agrrawal, Professor of Finance and Nicolas M. Salgo Professor

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 and Adjunct Professor of International Development

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, Professor of Geography and Canadian Studies

Michael Howard, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy

Cindy Isenhour, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Climate Change

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

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

Debra Jean Kantor, Associate Extension Professor, UMaine Cooperative Extension

Roger King, Associate Professor Emeritus of Philosophy

Ivan Manev, Professor of Management

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

Nicholas Mickinski, Libra Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

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

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

James Settele, Director, School of Policy & International Affairs

Seth Singleton, Adjunct Professor of International Relations

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


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