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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 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.

Upcoming Events

January 26, 2015
Walking the Iran Tightrope
Talk by Dr. Seyed Hossein Mousavian, Research Scholar at the Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; and Iran’s former Ambassador to Germany (1990-1997)
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: Bangor Room, Memorial Union

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Recent Events

October 27, 2014
The Middle East and (What's Left of) Syria
Talk by Shibley Telhami, The Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, College Park, and non-resident senior fellow at the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution

October 14-15, 2014
Climate Change and the Future of Water
Co-Sponsored by SPIA and the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research
Program (pdf)

September 22, 2014
Syria and Washington Politics - Hard to Agree
Talk by Ambassador Robert S. Ford, Former US Ambassador to Syria and Senior Fellow at The Middle East Institute