About the Maine Center

Our Mission

At the University of Maine Graduate & Professional Center, we believe outstanding public education is a catalyst for economic growth. We prepare leaders to solve the state’s most pressing challenges, through cross-disciplinary, experiential, and market-driven graduate and professional programming. We are Maine focused, nationally competitive, and globally relevant.

“The Maine Center is a bold initiative that capitalizes on the strengths of our universities and recognizes the central role the University of Maine System plays in driving statewide economic prosperity.”

— James Erwin, Former Chairman of the University of Maine System Board of Trustees

Our Challenge & Opportunity

Maine and its public universities face a number of challenges in today’s economic landscape: a declining and aging workforce, rapidly evolving business needs, and increased competition for professionals and graduate-level students.

The University of Maine Graduate & Professional Center (the Maine Center) brings together graduate and professional programs in law, business, policy, and public health to address these challenges. The Maine Center is a consortium of academic programs working collaboratively with one another, and with the public and private sectors, to serve students, businesses, and organizations statewide. The consortium is made up of three graduate and professional programs:

Our Support

The Maine Center is made possible by a generous grant from the Harold Alfond Foundation, as well as gifts from many private donors. It is part of the UMS TRANSFORMS initiative. Maine Center Ventures (MCV), a nonprofit organization established by the University of Maine System, is responsible for implementing the goals of the Maine Center.