University of Southern Maine
University of Southern Maine is a public college in Portland, Maine, and has been named to the Best Online Colleges North and Best Colleges for Adults award lists. Its online program features 6 online degree options. The part-time student body is 2,325 students. The in-state on-campus net price to attend is $12,145 and the per-credit hour charge is $288. The school offers weekend/evening classes, credit for military training, credit for life experiences, academic counseling services, career services, and more.
- Distance education:Yes
- Career services:Yes
- Weekend/Evening classes:Yes
- Credit for life experiences:Yes
- On-Campus day care:No
- Remedial services:Yes
- Full-time undergrad students:3,567
- Undergrad students over 25 years old:1,254
- Pell Grant students:1,821
- Online and distance education undergrad students:1,235
Students over 25 years old21%
Online & Distance Programs
Bachelor's degrees offered
- Communication Journalism and Related Programs(1)
- Liberal Arts and Sciences General Studies and Humanities(1)
- Social Sciences(1)
- Business Management Marketing and Related Support Services(3)
- Retention rate for part-time students:22%
Military & Veteran
- Credit for military training:Yes
- Dedicated staff member:Yes
- Student veteran organization:Yes
- Yellow Ribbon Program member:Yes
- Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges member:Yes
- Online synchronous classes
- Online asynchronous classes
- Online orientation
- Transfer credit accepted
- Financial aid
- Academic advisors
- Career services
Featured Programs & Degrees
Bachelor of Arts in Communication
The online degree in Communication has a curriculum of theory, research, and application. Students will take courses that explore communication in a variety of contexts. The program features an aligned internship program for students to find a position that fits their goals.
The 120 credit hour program has starts in the fall, spring, and summer terms. Online courses combine synchronous and asynchronous formats for a flexible program that best fits into a working students’ busy schedule.
Graduates of the program go on to careers in marketing, human resources, public relations, and journalism.
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
The online degree in Business Administration is a good option for working professionals. The combination of synchronous and asynchronous courses and start dates allows students a more flexible schedule.
Students will develop skills in critical thinking and data analysis. Courses in finance, marketing, and accounting will provide practice-based learning opportunities.
The program is AACSB accredited and features faculty from USM’s School of Business – providing online students with the same curriculum as traditional on campus students.
Graduates of this program go on to succeed in careers in advertising, finance, government, human resources, hospitality, and more.
Bachelor of Arts in Social and Behavioral Sciences
Students interested in the online degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences will explore courses in psychology, sociology, anthropology, and more. In this degree, students will combine courses and electives that best fit each students personal goals and interests. Students are also required to take Career Development courses and complete and internship.
Graduates of the program can pursue careers in a variety of fields, based on their course electives. Students go on to find jobs in human services, law, health, and education.
Bachelor of Science in Applied Technical Leadership
The online program in Applied Technical Leadership allows students to start courses in the fall, spring, or summer terms. Courses are offered in both synchronous and asynchronous options. This allows students that are working, or have prior commitments, to complete their courses on a more flexible schedule.
Students interested in this program have backgrounds in a number of fields, including: fire science, medical technology, business operations, manufacturing, and more. Those with prior college credit, military training, or relevant experience, will work with a counselor to earn credit toward their degree.
This degree will prepare students with skills in problem solving, critical thinking, and management. Graduates secure roles in engineering technology, project engineering, security, and more!
General Studies Programs
Students who are looking to earn a bachelor of science degree through an interdisciplinary program can explore the online options offered through USM. These online programs require 120 credit hours, are offered in synchronous and asynchronous formats, and have start dates in the fall, spring, and summer terms.
Degree Options Include
Bachelor of Science in Leadership & Organizational Studies
Bachelor of Science in Leadership & Organizational Studies, Integrative Professional Studies Track
Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, Humanities Track