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We are moving!

The University of Maine System Board of Trustees voted unanimously on May 24 to authorize a lease agreement to temporarily move the Maine Center and the University of Maine School of Law to a building in Portland’s Old Port. The move will provide students and employers statewide with enhanced access to graduate and professional education programs that integrate business, law, policy, and public health – and in the future, engineering, computing, and information sciences. Please reach out to us if you’d like to learn more about what this move means for the Maine Center and how you can help support this transition.

About the Maine Center

Located in Portland but serving students and employers statewide, the University of Maine Graduate & Professional Center brings together programs in law, business, policy, and public health to train the workforce of the future and grow Maine’s economy. The Maine Center and its affiliated programs develop cross-disciplinary, experiential, and market-driven programming for graduate students in its focus disciplines. We also deliver programming tailored to the evolving needs of Maine’s civic, non-profit, business, and legal communities.

Graduate Programs




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Public Health

The Campaign for the Maine Center


On March 23, 2021 we announced a $1 million gift in support of the Maine Center’s mission from University of Southern Maine alums Bobby Monks and Bonnie Porta. Coupled with support from many other gifts and grants, this gift propels us into the final phase of a $7.5 million challenge grant from the Harold Alfond Foundation. You can check out the Campaign’s video, find out how to get involved, and learn more about the impact of this gift on our Campaign homepage.


Strategies for Success in Local Government: Supporting Aging Communities in Maine

Event date - September 23, 2021

Event title - Strategies for Success in Local Government: Supporting Aging Communities in Maine

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Strategies for Success in Local Government: Data Driven Decision Making

Event date - April 13, 2021

Event title - Strategies for Success in Local Government: Data Driven Decision Making

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Inspired Innovators: How Women Rise

Event date - April 12, 2021

Event title - Inspired Innovators: How Women Rise

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Launched in the summer of 2020, our internship program provides graduate and professional students in the Maine Center’s focus disciplines with paid work experience, a peer network, and professional development that will prepare them for future career success. Students in this program have completed internships at Maine-based companies and organizations including the Maine Governor’s Energy Office, Bangor Public Health and Community Services, Maine Outdoor Brands, City of Farmington, New England Ocean Cluster, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Maine Center for Entrepreneurs.

Launched in 2020, the Visionary Leadership Program helps Maine small business leaders scale up and strengthen their leadership skills. The program is a collaboration between the Maine Center, the Maine Center for Entrepreneurs, and Bangor Savings Bank. Meet our inaugural cohort, check out our guest speaker line up, and find out how you can get involved on the program homepage.

The Maine Center podcast

“The Greater Good” explores complex and emerging issues in law, business, and public policy. The podcast features Maine Center-affiliated students, alumni, faculty, and outside guests. Episode topics include information privacy, rural health, immigration law, regulatory compliance, and more. Visit our podcast page to learn more about this project and listen to the episodes.