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Prospective Students

The School of Policy and International Affairs (SPIA) offers an interdisciplinary graduate program drawing from many academic units both on and off campus. This provides a combination of academic strength and flexibility to accommodate students with a unique opportunity to pursue advanced, interdisciplinary studies focusing on a broad perspective for understanding public policy in an increasingly interdependent world. The two-year program combines core courses that embody the necessary skills required to address timely global policy questions and issues relating to the environment, trade and commerce with electives tailored to the student’s concentration and interests. We offer a Master of Arts in Global Policy–an international service degree–with concentrations in International Environmental Policy, International Trade & Commerce, and International Security & Foreign Policy.

Students have opportunities to broaden their knowledge with supporting course work, internships, graduate level research, seminars and preparation of scholarly papers. Our graduate degree is designed to broaden the intellectual horizons of students and enhance their opportunities for choice and advancement in a variety of professional careers related to global policy in the public, private, and academic sectors.

If you would like additional information regarding SPIA’s graduate program, please feel free to contact us by mail, telephone or email at:

James Settele, Director
The School of Policy and International Affairs (SPIA)
University of Maine
5754 North Stevens Hall, Rm. 239
Orono, ME 04469-5754

Additional information is available from the University of Maine Graduate School.

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