Online graduate degrees

photo of Jessica LuddersJessica’s Story – M.Ed. in Instructional Technology

“As a teacher with a busy family, the MEd program meets my needs in so many ways. I am able to take engaging online classes with instructors who know how to create class communities in the virtual environment. I am also able to develop valuable skills that I can apply immediately in my teaching practice. Finally, the MEd program instructors and support staff genuinely care about the success of the students.  I really couldn’t have asked for a better program!”  – Jessica Ludders

photo of John RobinsonJohn’s Story – MBA

“As a working professional with a hectic schedule I didn’t think it was realistic for me to further my education. Then I heard about The University of Maine’s Online MBA program. The program is wonderful; it allows me to continue working while obtaining my MBA. An MBA will allow me to make the leap to more of a leadership role at my current company. The professors are great. They are engaging and supportive. With the current technologies the program utilizes I have been able to meet all of my professors and classmates face to face with very open lines of communication. I went on the international business trip and it was an experience I will never forget. I would recommend the program and the international business trip course to anyone who wants to bring their career to the next level.” – John Robinson

photo of Shawna GurneyShawna’s Story – M.Ed. in Special Education, Concentration in Early Intervention

“I work in Early Intervention; I knew that in order to continue providing quality services to the staff and families I work with, furthering my education was crucial. I was looking for a program that would supplement the knowledge I had gained while working in the field but also give me the opportunity to expand my skill set for future career opportunities. In addition to having a full-time career, I am a mom and a wife. Once you become a wife and a mom, all of the decisions you make in life always come back to this one question: is this the right thing to do for my family? Going back to school to get my master’s was a very tough decision because I didn’t want to jeopardize the quality of my life and career by taking on too much with school. I am so glad I made the decision. Due to the flexibility of the online program I was able to go to school and continue to be a great, mom, wife and career women. I really enjoyed the variety in the course work and the class format. The support of my peers and teachers was tremendous. The program was the perfect fit for me and the experience and knowledge I gained is invaluable.” – Shawna Gurney

photo of Kristin HallKristin’s Story – MBA

“UMaine’s online MBA is exceptional. The faculty are brilliant and the classes are flexible, which works great with my schedule. I’m hoping to stay in South Africa after our international MBA trip and finish up my last course, Business Law, abroad. ” – Kristin Hall

photo of Shane AlbertShane’s Story – MBA

“I graduated from the Maine Business School in 2014 with my BS in Management, and quickly found a job as an accountant for a local medical supplier. After gaining valuable real world experience, I decided to continue my education through the University of Maine’s online MBA program. Due to the flexibility of this revolutionary program I have been able to progress in my career, recently accepting an accounting position with a renewable energy company located in Portland Maine. My hours are constantly shifting, so being able to connect with professors remotely with applications such as Adobe Connect is crucial for young professionals such as myself. I appreciate the entrepreneurial approach of the professors, as they are teaching these hybrid classes in real time with both online, and in class students. Being able to continue my education without offsetting my professional career has been monumental, and I’m excited to continue working my way through this program.” – Shane Albert

photo of Melinda CoreyMelinda’s Story – M.Ed. in Special Education, Concentration in Early Intervention

“I had the opportunity to complete my Master’s Degree in Special Education/Early Intervention through the university’s online program in August 2014. I could not have completed my education without this option. As a full-time working mother of a young child, this program afforded me the time and flexibility I needed to be successful. These courses challenged me in new ways each week, and granted me the skills I needed to become a program manager within my organization a year after completing my degree. I would recommend this program to anyone, but especially to non-traditional students who feel like a master’s degree may be otherwise out of reach – this is a program that could work and will leave you prepared for a wide range of positions in the early childhood special education field.” – Melinda Corey

photo of Jacob SpinneyJacob’s Story – MBA

“UMaine’s online MBA program is outstanding. The faculty are world-class, and the courses are challenging and relevant. The online classes provide the flexibility I need as a working professional.”- Jacob Spinney

photo of Ambrose GmeinerAmbrose’s Story – PSM in Engineering and Business

“As I continued to grow, both personally and professionally, I had long been contemplating graduate school. I had researched the programs at universities in my area and just could not put the time and travel together to make things work. The University of Maine’s, Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree allowed me to expand my resources and body of knowledge for relevant business, project management and advanced surveying and engineering topics. The professors were excellent in conveying the expectations of the program, and course material, utilizing different media and technology. I am very thankful for this opportunity and will always feel a part of the University of Maine family.” – Ambrose Gmeiner

photo of Rachel BuckRachel’s Story – MSW

“I chose the Online Hybrid MSW program because, as a full-time wife, mother, and alternative ed teacher, I need the flexibility of working on assignments when my schedule allows. I also knew I wanted the face-to-face contact the two Saturdays per semester offered. Because we’re a cohort, we’ve gotten to know each other personally and look forward to connecting both in online discussions and in person. As with any graduate program, we’ve formed study groups, met each other’s family, and developed relationships that will last far beyond graduation. And, because this is a University of Maine degree, we are getting a top notch education. I am so thankful the Online Hybrid MSW program exists so I can pursue my career goals without needing to put my life on hold while I go to graduate school.” – Rachel Buck

photo of Yuka TakemonYuka’s Story – PSM in Bioinformatics

“Working as a full-time research assistant at the Jackson Laboratory I was exposed to many fields and techniques that were applied at the forefront of biomedical research. I was able to see first hand how bioinformatics was quickly becoming a critical component in understanding complex genetic diseases. I realized that pursing a PSM in Bioinformatics through GSBSE while continuing my full-time job would allow me to contribute at a higher level at work and open more doors for my career. Since I live far enough from the Orono campus to make commuting difficult, having the option to attend live courses remotely, watch recordings, or even attend live courses taught by faculty at the Jackson Laboratory was one of the deciding factors to pursue this degree. One of the great things about the GSBSE courses is that faculty from partner institutions such as MMCRI, MDIBL, and JAX who are involved with cutting edge research are teaching the classes. Course materials are always relevant and up-to-date, and the professors are always receptive to questions. Both GSBSE Director, Dr. David Neivandt, and Special Assistant, Tammy Crosby, have been very accommodating, and have personally met with me to help me design a curriculum that fit my needs and goals. Since starting the PSM in Bioinformatics, I’ve been able to immediately apply what I’ve learnt in the classroom to my work. I’ve become a critical member of the lab with my bioinformatics knowledge and skill sets, and have also seen many opportunities open up before me at work. I would definitely recommend this program to those currently involved in research that want to develop bioinformatics skills to get a leg up in their career.” – Yuka Takemon

photo of Tasha RaymondTasha’s Story – Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (Maine Studies)

“Without the ability to do my coursework from home, graduate school would not have been an option for me. Living over an hour away from the University of Maine, raising a family, and working on an active homestead made it impossible to commute. Taking distance courses through the graduate school was fantastic! Being able to finish my MAIS in Maine Studies from afar was easy and practical.” – Tasha Raymond

Online graduate certificates

photo of Jeanette BrownJeanette’s Story – Graduate Certificate in Business Administration

“I received my BA in 2003 and started grad classes in Spring of 2016. I am working on my business certificate with plans to pursue an MBA. The business program at UMaine is flexible with my schedule, which was instrumental in my decision to return to school. I hold a management position which requires me to travel up to 50% of the time, so being able to access classes and materials remotely, and on my schedule, is key. The class platforms vary and my favorite has been the hybrid class structure where we have a direct feed to the live class. I feel more connected to the class and professor, and have found greater real-life application of the course material.” – Jeanette Brown

photo of Bryn NugentBryn’s Story – Graduate Certificate in Aerospace Engineering

I graduated from the University of Maine in 2015 with a Masters in Engineering Physics and concurrent graduate certificate in Aerospace Engineering. As a resident graduate student, I chose to pursue online aerospace coursework because it allowed access to an engineering field not available on campus. Two years later I am pleased to report that I hold a technical staff position at a preeminent laboratory and get to flex my orbital dynamics and spacecraft simulation capabilities on a daily basis.

One major benefit ascribed to online course work is the schedule flexibility it offers. While flexibility is of great benefit to many students, I think a largely underestimated perk accompanying online coursework is the access to industry acclimated experts who may not otherwise be available to you in a classical academic setting. Dr. Rubenstein is fantastic and I found the class emphasis on modeling and simulation to be highly engaging. Approaching from a physics centric background, the focus on how to manipulate mathematical system representations to my advantage was particularly helpful in understanding connections between theoretical frameworks and their value in describing physical systems.

 As a newly minted engineer transitioning out of academia and into the professional engineering realm, I can report that the online aerospace classes at UMaine were both invaluable to the advancement of my currently required skillset and incredibly interesting. I think the aerospace course sequence is a wonderful opportunity for students with strong technical backgrounds who are interested in aerospace engineering applications.

photo of Laurie QualeyLaurie’s Story – Interprofessional Graduate Certificate in Gerontology

“I earned my Interprofessional Graduate Certificate in Gerontology while taking classes on campus for my Master’s Degree in Social Work. As a full-time student, the flexibility of the online classes was a great fit with my very busy schedule. The Certificate program has a diverse group of guest lecturers from many disciplines, creating an invaluable and unique learning opportunity. Students also come to the program with varied educational and experiential backgrounds, leading to fascinating group discussions. I cannot speak highly enough about the instructors, all of whom were extremely accessible to students’ questions and very open to feedback. I strongly recommend the Interprofessional Graduate Certificate in Gerontology for students from any background looking for a career in this rewarding and dynamic field.” – Laurie Qualey

photo of Sandy PelletierSandy’s Story – Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education

“I chose the Graduate Program at UM in Nursing Education because the program had a great reputation, I had received a previous grant to first complete a graduate certificate in Nursing Education at UM, and was able to easily transition into the graduate program. The program was hybrid which allowed me to take online courses, poly-com courses televised from UM to UMFK, and on campus courses. All of these avenues allowed me flexibility within my career and family life. The graduate nursing faculty at UM are fantastic. They are so invested in their students’ learning and clinical opportunities. All faculty were readily available via email, phone, or in person. I can now call each of them my colleagues in Nursing Education and collaborate frequently with them. A MSN in Nursing Education has enabled me to finally secure my career in collegiate education as a Nursing Faculty. This degree has allowed me to combine my two career passions; nursing and education. Thank you, UM.” – Sandy Pelletier

photo of Sue and her daughter, Monique TheriaultSue’s Story – Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders

“Completing my Master of Education in Special Education [Concentration in Low Incidence] has been a tremendous source of pride for my family and me. In fact, my daughter received her Bachelor’s Degree from UMaine on the same weekend that I was hooded for my Master’s! The graduate program at UMaine is exceptional. The courses focus on research-based practices, which are crucial for educating individuals with disabilities. While completing my M.Ed., I was also able to complete the requirements for a Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders. The faculty are actively engaged in advancing the education and training of professionals who work with individuals with ASD and their families. I love how I can continue to be involved with these highly committed faculty through the Maine Autism Leadership Team and professional development workshops.” – Sue Theriault

photo of Crystal FrenchCrystal’s Story – Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design

“I chose the UMaine Instructional Design program because it most closely matched my current and future role and because I wanted to become more of an expert in the field of instructional design and technology. Because this program is online, it works for my busy schedule. I work a full-time job, and travel a lot, so having the flexibility to continue my education in a way that works for me has been critical. Although the program is demanding, I have been able to fit the coursework into my busy life. The program faculty have been amazing! I love how engaging and available the instructors have been. We regularly meet virtually and they are always available if I have additional questions or need some extra help.” – Crystal French

photo of Marisa Mendéz-BradyMarisa’s Story – Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design

“The Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design program absolutely improved my practice as an academic librarian. Guided by experts in the field of educational technologies and pedagogies, I was able to learn an incredible amount in a condensed time period. In the course of the program I produced several information literacy lesson plans, created an online module for learning citations, developed a peer coaching model that I’m presenting at the American Library Association Annual Conference, and authored an article for a professional journal about how to engage with citations using critical theory. UMaineOnline offered the flexibility for me to pursue these myriad professional projects that advanced my career goals. I am very grateful to the program faculty for providing such enriching experiences that I continue to draw from regularly as Librarian for English and History at the University of California, Los Angeles. I would highly recommend anyone who works at the intersection of technology and education in any context to consider enrolling.” – Marisa Méndez-Brady

Online undergraduate degrees

photo of Kathy HillKathy’s Story – Bachelor of University Studies

“The start of a college experience can be daunting for anyone; however, for the non-traditional student who probably has not studied for years, it can be downright frightening!  Not only do we worry about academic success, but we also wonder how we will fit in with all of the traditional students and how we will balance school needs with our home lives. Fortunately, UMaine has the Division of Lifelong Learning and the Bachelor of University Studies to aid all non-traditional students.

Each time I have had any interactions with the members of this department, I have been met with warm smiles and courteous assistance. Any time I questioned what my next academic steps should be, my advisor was available to help me sort through my options. Without the guidance that was provided, my path would have been much rockier and I probably would have stumbled more often. Instead, I found the transition into college life very satisfying. I have been willing to jump into new experiences because I knew my department would be there to cheer me on. I am extremely grateful for all of the support my program and the caring people within it have consistently offered. Because of the people and the program, the ability to succeed is much greater!”
– Kathy Hill

photo of Chad CaronChad’s Story – Bachelor of University Studies

“As a military veteran, a family man and business leader – UMaine’s Bachelor of University Studies program, with its flexible schedule & online curriculum, has been essential to my continued educational success. This program opens up real possibilities for so many “non-traditional” students to further their education and open the door to new possibilities to better their lives. The friendly and supportive program staff are there to help you succeed. The curriculum is thought provoking and engaging.” – Chad Caron