Best Master's Programs in Maine

Considering the pros and cons of a master’s degree is important before applying to programs. A master’s degree requires a greater commitment than a bachelor’s, costs more per course, and may lead to more debt. A master’s degree typically takes two years to complete and requires students to submit a thesis or capstone project.

Nevertheless, you can advance your career with a master’s degree. Louisiana offers master’s degrees in business, teaching, public service, and technology. Across all job sectors in Louisiana, the state’s 1,793,600 workers make a median annual salary of $37,320 — or $17.94 per hour. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the state’s highest-earning residents make approximately $80,950 and its lowest-earning individuals bring home about $18,340. While not guaranteed, those with master’s degrees tend to sit near the higher end of that spectrum.

The following rankings offer more information about master’s programs in Louisiana that might interest you. Our goal is to ensure quality education by targeting nonprofit schools that hold accreditation.

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    #1

    University of New England

    Biddeford, ME

    Graduation Rate

    61%

    Enrollment

    7,208

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $37390

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $37390

    From its campus in Biddeford, Maine, University of New England enrolls students as a private institution. The school's academic and technical programs help students reach a variety of professional goals. During a bachelor's degree, enrollees take lower-division and upper-division coursework. Bachelor's programs also incorporate general education requirements. In upper-division classes, undergraduates learn advanced concepts in their major. The school supports learners with tutoring and career services. Data on the school's average cost per credit is currently unavailable. At the accredited institution, learners qualify for federal student aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. The school holds accreditation from the New England Commission on Higher Education.

    #2

    Saint Joseph's College of Maine

    Standish, ME

    Graduation Rate

    59%

    Enrollment

    1,967

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $38820

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $38820

    From its campus in Standish, Maine, Saint Joseph's College of Maine offers academic programs as a private institution. Students leave the school with experience and credentials that prepare them for the workforce. Degree-seekers benefit from academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. Many of the school's degrees make national rankings. The amount students pay per credit on average is unknown. As an accredited institution, degree-seekers qualify for federal student aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Learners at the school choose from academic and technical programs. Based on their major, students take essential courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. Saint Joseph's College of Maine holds accreditation from the New England Commission on Higher Education, an independent accrediting body.

    #3

    Husson University

    Bangor, ME

    Graduation Rate

    58%

    Enrollment

    3,473

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $18360

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $18360

    From its Bangor, Maine campus, Husson University offers 94 program options for students. Degree-seekers enroll in top-ranked programs that offer a rigorous course of study. The school reports a 12-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio. According to the institution, 99% of students receive some form of financial aid. Degree-seekers graduate from the school at a rate of 58%. The institution's commitment to experiential learning helps students enter the workforce. The school incorporates internships, research opportunities, and service learning. Hopeful students can expect admission rates of 85%. Many schools no longer require test scores for admission.

    #4

    Thomas College

    Waterville, ME

    Graduation Rate

    50%

    Enrollment

    1,705

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $27420

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $27420

    A top-ranked school, Thomas College enrolls learners in programs from its campus in Waterville, Maine. The institution's faculty brings expertise in multiple fields. The programs offer academic and technical tracks to help learners meet their career goals. Academic programs can take as little as a few months or as many as seven years to complete, depending on the degree or certificate type and the student's enrollment status. Some programs provide a test-optional admission option. These policies make it easier to enroll. The admissions department can provide additional resources on applying. Financial aid provides options for degree-seekers to pay for their education. Thomas College is accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education.

    #5

    University of Maine at Farmington

    Farmington, ME

    Graduation Rate

    60%

    Enrollment

    1,862

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $8640

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $19350

    University of Maine at Farmington is a public institution located in Farmington, Maine. Experts in diverse disciplines teach at the institution. The college offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for the workforce or further study. The institution's average cost per credit is unknown. Enrollees at the accredited institution qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. At the institution, 99% of students receive financial aid and 64% take out loans. Students graduate from the school at a rate of 60%. The admission rate is 95% for prospective students. The admissions office provides more information about application requirements and start dates. The school is accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education.

    #6

    University of Southern Maine

    Portland, ME

    Graduation Rate

    36%

    Enrollment

    8,022

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $8064

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $21532

    Located in Portland, Maine, University of Southern Maine enrolls students as a public institution. The school's academic and technical programs help learners reach a variety of professional goals. The institution's bachelor's programs incorporate lower-division and upper-division requirements. Undergraduates also complete general education credits. Upper-division credits typically focus on advanced concepts within a major. The school supports students with tutoring and career services. The institution's average cost per credit is unknown. At the accredited institution, learners qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. University of Southern Maine is accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education, an independent accrediting body.

    #7

    University of Maine

    Orono, ME

    Graduation Rate

    56%

    Enrollment

    11,741

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $9240

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $30030

    From its campus in Orono, Maine, University of Maine grants college degrees as a public institution. With both academic and technical programs, the institution helps students reach their educational goals. The institution's bachelor's programs incorporate lower-division and upper-division coursework. Undergraduates also complete general education courses. Upper-division credits emphasize advanced concepts in the major. Learners benefit from support services, which include tutoring and career counseling. Data on the school's average cost per credit is currently unavailable. Learners at the accredited institution qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. University of Maine has been accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education.

    #8

    Unity College

    Unity, ME

    Graduation Rate

    47%

    Enrollment

    1,429

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $11280

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $11280

    From its campus in Unity, Maine, Unity College enrolls students in programs as a private institution. The school's programs help graduates launch or advance professional careers. The programs offer an academically rigorous course of study at an affordable price. Several of the school's programs appear in national rankings. Data on the school's average cost per credit is currently unavailable. Degree-seekers attending the accredited institution may qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Degree-seekers choose from academic and technical programs at the institution. Students complete fundamentals courses, technical classes, and general education requirements depending on their program. Unity College has been accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education, an independent accrediting body.