For the good of students and society.

The University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service combines an extensive applied research and technical assistance portfolio with rigorous academic programs. In addition to preparing students for successful careers in public service, public health, and the non-profit sphere, Muskie’s graduate programs strengthen the civic life of our Maine community.

Choose Your Path to Success


Designed for working professionals and pre-career students who aspire to professional roles in a range of policy arenas.

Dual Degree

Combine a MPPM or MPH degree with another graduate degree to build a unique skillset that will help you stand out from the competition.


Choose from seven different graduate-level certificates to gain the specific skills you need to advance your career.



Master of Policy, Planning, and Management (MPPM)

Designed for working professionals and pre-career students who aspire to professional roles in economic, environmental, and social policy.

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Master of Public Health (MPH)

An accredited program that prepares students with the practical knowledge and skills to address today’s complex population health and health services needs.

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Dual Degrees


MPPM/Juris Doctorate (JD)

Develop the expertise needed to address complex legal, policy, and planning challenges.

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MPH/Juris Doctorate (JD)

Interdisciplinary expertise for the growing fields of regulatory compliance and public health policy.

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Applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Enables students to develop geospatial technology skills for application in GIS workplace and research environments.

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Applied Research and Evaluation Methods

Covers data acquisition, analysis, and presentation, choosing and applying statistical techniques to real-world problems, and practical application of analytical tools.

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Community Planning and Sustainable Development

Northern New England’s only certificate providing students with planning preparation. Also covers sustainability, land use and environmental regulation, economic development, and working with the public.

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Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety

A solid foundation of knowledge and skills in health literacy and communication, quality improvement, and patient safety. Offers students the opportunity to pursue interests in health systems, basic public health sciences, and data analysis and translation.

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Policy Analysis

For present and future policy analysts, political activists, community leaders to better understand public policy development, research, and evaluation, as well as how to produce better outcomes.

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Public and Nonprofit Management

Cutting-edge knowledge, skills, and techniques to respond to the managerial and leadership challenges in the nonprofit and public sectors.

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Public Health

Knowledge and skills in public health, health policy, and epidemiology. Prepares students to pursue careers in medical evaluation, planning, and quality improvement.

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