About Us

Welcome from the Dean

On behalf of the University of Maine, welcome to the Graduate School’s website!

At the University of Maine, the possibilities are endless. UMaine plays a pivotal role within our state, as the Land, Sea, and Space Grant institution and the Flagship University of the University of Maine System. With a research-centered mission, we are an economic driver for our state and beyond. Our research and graduate studies set us apart with the distinctiveness and leadership that enhance our national competitiveness.

A diverse array of research and scholarly activities can be found within our colleges, centers, and institutes. Research and scholarship are woven into every aspect of the UMaine Experience. You will find world-class research conducted by nationally and internationally recognized faculty who are dedicated to the student experience. They strive to expand our students’ depth and breadth of knowledge and creativity.

Serving as the Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, it is my privilege to work closely with our students as we prepare them to be great leaders, thinkers, inventors, collaborators, and life-long learners.


Kody Varahramyan, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School

Kody Varahramyan

A Brief History

Graduate work has been available at the University of Maine since the first master’s degree was conferred here in 1881. Since that time, graduate offerings have expanded significantly to include our current selection of over 70 master’s and 30 doctoral areas of study.

Beginning in 1923, graduate work has been a separate division of the University. This differentiation allows the Graduate School to meet the unique needs of the 2300-plus graduate students currently enrolled at the Orono campus on both academic and personal matters. We encourage you to contact our office (located on the lower level of Stodder Hall) at any time, for information or materials related to graduate studies at the University of Maine.

Our Mission Statement

The mission of the Graduate School of the University of Maine is to produce engaged scholars and professionals by promoting excellence in all aspects of the graduate student experience.  The School provides advanced education and professional training through innovative teaching, mentorship, research, and creative activity in established and emerging areas.  This rigorous education prepares students to contribute meaningfully to the advancement of the state of Maine, the nation, and the global community.

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Meet Our Staff

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Policies and Regulations

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The Grad Advantage

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Contact Us

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Graduate Catalog

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Graduate Constitution

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