Welcome to the School of Policy and International Affairs

The Master of Arts in Global Policy program provides students with the analytical tools and professional skills necessary to deal with some of the most pressing global challenges. SPIA offers an interdisciplinary curriculum comprising various thematic and geographical courses, allowing students to cultivate an independent approach to political, social, economic, and environmental issues from varying perspectives.

Students may choose a concentration in either Environmental Policy, Security and Foreign Policy, Trade and Commerce, or Climate Policy. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about the School and the activities of its students and faculty.  For more information, please feel free to contact us.



Recent Events

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Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2024!

SPIA students were honored along with over 500 others at the Graduate School Commencement on May 3rd. Before the Hooding Ceremony, students, faculty, family, and friends gathered at the mall for a toast recognizing the graduates. Pictured (left to right): Front row: Tyler-Ann Harris, Vitaliia Tomakhiv, Alan Chang, CAPT Jim Settele. Middle row: Guzalya Zakhirova, […]
Dr. Micinski and Victoria Markiewicz meet with the International Organization for Migration at their office in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Dr. Micinski and Victoria Markiewicz meet with the International Organization for Migration at their office in Harare, Zimbabwe.

SPIA student Victoria Markiewicz traveled to Harare, Zimbabwe with Dr. Nicholas Micinski, “look(ing) at the local implementation of global governance of climate migrants and cooperation between state and non-state actors on the ground to address these issues.” SPIA and The Robert and Judith Sturgis Family Foundation provided funding to support their research. Expedition Date: Summer […]
SPIA 578 team briefs US Institute of Peace

SPIA 578 Team Briefs US Institute of Peace: “Russian Malign Influence in Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus: Recommendations for U.S. Government Strategy in the Post-Ukraine Invasion Context”

On May 2, 2023, members of SPIA’s Development in Practice research team presented their work to U.S. government contractors (MSI & DAI) and the United States Institute of Peace. Development in Practice is an annual course led by Dr. William B. Farrell, where SPIA students have the opportunity to address relevant issues in contemporary geopolitics […]

October 12-13 – Russia, Ukraine, and Euro-Atlantic Security Conference

The University of Maine’s School of Policy and International Affairs (SPIA) and Cohen Institute for Leadership & Public Service will co-host a conference on October 12-13 on Russia, Ukraine, and Euro-Atlantic Security. This conference will take place amidst an ongoing public debate about the Russia challenge and the evolution of what has been for nearly […]

Dr. Vekasi selected for U.S.-Japan Network for the Future program

From UMaine News:   Outreach, Research A University of Maine political scientist is one of 12 scholars selected to participate in the two-year U.S.-Japan Network for the Future program, designed to identify and support American professionals with the potential to become Japan specialists and policy experts. Kristin Vekasi, an assistant professor in the Department of Political […]