Degree Programs in Maine

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From large public universities to small, private colleges, Maine is full of opportunities for students looking to pursue a degree program. The state system is composed of a network of research universities, like the University of Maine, and two- and four year colleges and universities. Students can also enroll in private institutions of higher education, with options ranging from liberal arts colleges like Colby College and College of the Atlantic to nursing schools like the Central Maine Medical Center School of Nursing.

While Maine already has a strong educational system, the state’s schools and Department of Education are working together on initiatives like these to improve things both for today’s students and future learners:

  • Project Login. The University of Maine System and Educate Maine, a business-led organization that works with higher education initiatives, launched this program in early 2013. It aims to double the number of computer science and IT college graduates over the next four years to help meet the growing need for these professionals in the state and nationwide.
  • The Employer Initiative. Spearheaded by the Maine Development Foundation and the Maine Compact for Higher Education, this program is aimed at employers, offering them assistance, training, and recognition for developing workforce education policies.
  • Early College Opportunities. Through this program, many of Maine’s high school students can qualify to take college courses while still in high school. Studies have shown that this leads to more students going on to and completing college, so the state helps it will improve overall completion rates.

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Educational options in Maine aren’t just limited to traditional brick and mortar schools; there are also a number of distance learning programs available to students who would prefer that option. One of the best ways to learn about those options is through the University of Maine’s online portal University College, which lists the programs the school offers as well as where students can look for resources and services to support them throughout the online learning process.

Other great choices for online education in Maine include Saint Joseph’s College of Maine and the University of Southern Maine as well as national online schools like DeVry University, the University of Phoenix, and Kaplan University.

Getting a Career in Maine With Your Degree

This state, perched at the far northeastern tip of America, is perhaps best known for its ample wilderness and seafood rich waters, and those elements do play a major role in the state’s economy, with Maine being one of the largest producers of lobster, wild blueberries, and toothpicks in the nation. Other industries also play a major role, including healthcare, education, business, law, and social services. While some may see more growth than others, overall the employment outlook for Maine is expected to be positive, with 5.5% growth in employment by 2020.

To break into these industries, students should take advantage of the numerous online degree programs from colleges and universities within the state, many of which directly relate to some of the state’s biggest employers and industries. For example, students hoping to work in health care can pursue online programs in everything from dental hygiene to health administration to health information technology. Other smart majors can include education, business administration, information technology, human services, and agribusiness, all of which can be used to find employment within the state’s growing job market.

Students ready to begin their educational journey should check out what degree programs and courses are available, with a comprehensive list of offerings from the state’s wide range of educational providers below:

Schools in Maine

Accrediting Agency: New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
Address: 265 Western Ave
S Portland, Maine 04106-2415
Contact: n/a
Type of School: 2-year, Private for-profit
Programs Offered: Associate's degree
Accrediting Agency: New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education & New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Technical and Career Institutions
Address: 265 Western Ave
S Portland, Maine 04106-2415
Contact: (207) 774-6126
Type of School: 2-year, Private for-profit
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; Associate's degree
Accrediting Agency: New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
Address: 1250 Turner Street
Auburn, Maine 04210-6498
Contact: (207) 755-5100
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Accrediting Agency: New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
Address: 354 Hogan Rd
Bangor, Maine 04401
Contact: (207) 974-4600
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree; Two but less than 4 years certificate
Accrediting Agency: New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
Address: One College Circle
Bangor, Maine 04401-2999
Contact: (207) 941-7000
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree; Two but less than 4 years certificate; Bachelor's degree; Master's degree; Post-master's certificate
Accrediting Agency: New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
Address: 265 Western Ave
S Portland, Maine 04106-2415
Contact: n/a
Type of School: 2-year, Private for-profit
Programs Offered: Associate's degree
Accrediting Agency: New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
Address: 92 Western Ave
Fairfield, Maine 04937-1367
Contact: (207) 453-5000
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Accrediting Agency: New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
Address: 33 Edgemont Dr
Presque Isle, Maine 04769-2016
Contact: (207) 768-2700
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Accrediting Agency: New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
Address: 278 Whites Bridge Rd
Standish, Maine 04084-5236
Contact: (207) 892-6766
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree
Accrediting Agency: New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
Address: 2 Fort Road
South Portland, Maine 04106-1698
Contact: (207) 741-5500
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Accrediting Agency: New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
Address: Orono
Maine 04469
Contact: (207) 581-1110
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree; Post-master's certificate; Doctor's degree
Accrediting Agency: New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
Address: 46 University Dr
Augusta, Maine 04330-9410
Contact: (207) 621-3000
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate
Accrediting Agency: New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
Address: 224 Main St
Farmington, Maine 04938-9978
Contact: (207) 778-7000
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree; Master's degree
Accrediting Agency: New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
Address: 23 University Drive
Fort Kent, Maine 04743-1292
Contact: (207) 834-7500
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Programs Offered: Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree
Accrediting Agency: New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
Address: 9 O'Brien Ave
Machias, Maine 04654-1397
Contact: (207) 255-1200
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Programs Offered: Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree
Accrediting Agency: New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
Address: 181 Main St
Presque Isle, Maine 04769-2888
Contact: (207) 768-9400
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Programs Offered: Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree
Accrediting Agency: New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
Address: 11 Hills Beach Rd
Biddeford, Maine 04005
Contact: (207) 283-0171
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Programs Offered: Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree; Post-master's certificate; First-professional degree
Accrediting Agency: New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
Address: 96 Falmouth St
Portland, Maine 04103
Contact: (207) 780-4141
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Programs Offered: Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree; Master's degree; Post-master's certificate
Accrediting Agency: New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
Address: One College Drive
Calais, Maine 04619
Contact: (207) 454-1000
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Accrediting Agency: New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education & New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Technical and Career Institutions
Address: 112 College Drive
Wells, Maine 04090
Contact: (207) 646-9282
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree