Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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About the Online Psychology and Community Studies Program
Admission to the Program
Program Requirements
Advising and Course Sequence
Registration
Courses
Technical Assistance

About the Online Psychology and Community Studies Program

Q: How do I know if this program is right for me?

A: The program is geared toward those who are interested in a broad multi-disciplinary perspective on psychology and how psychology fits into the communities you exist in.  Although it is an online program, we include field work and internships rooted in the dynamic social and natural environments in your home towns.  This ensures that you have hands-on experience applying your psychology coursework.

This program prepares you for an array of fields to work in as well as for being successful in graduate school if you are interested in a career in counseling, for example, which typically requires a Master’s degree.


Q: Can I transfer into the program?

A: Definitely.  Your academic advisor will be happy to assist you in fitting your prior coursework into UMM's Psychology and Community Studies program. The registrar can help you arrange for transferring credits.


Q: How quickly can I complete the program?

A: We have designed course sequences for full-time students and half-time students.  A highly motivated student could complete the sequence in 3 to 31/2 years.  And, of course, students with credits in hand could potentially complete the program significantly faster.


Q: What jobs will I be qualified for after completion of this program?

A: There is a range of jobs you can qualify for with this major.  Our alumni have found work in such roles as: Direct Care Counselor, Family Support Worker, and Community Care Manager.  Psychology & Community Studies students graduate not only with the knowledge and skills they need to compete in the job market or go on to graduate school, but also with a set of tools that they can use to meet and greet many of life's opportunities and challenges in community support.


Q: What is the on-campus experience?  Is it required or can I do the whole program online?

A: The on-campus experience is a great opportunity to get a jump-start on your program, but it is not required.  If you come to campus the summer before starting your program, you will be able to get technical assistance and training, an orientation and take the first course in the program… all while living on the beautiful coastal campus at UMM.  You are also welcome to come to campus to participate in graduation and/or present your work for your capstone course.  But, again, it is not a program requirement.

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Admission to the Program

Q: What are the requirements for admission to the program?

A: There are no special requirements for admission beyond admission to UMM.  You can email an admissions counselor for more information or call 1-888-468-6866.


Q: How do I apply?

A: Go to the Admissions page to contact an admissions officer or click here to apply online right now.

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Program Requirements

Q:  What courses are required to complete UMM's online Psychology and Community Studies degree?

A: The course checklist can be found here. 

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Advising and Course Sequence

Q: Who do I contact with questions about courses?

A: Contact your academic advisor.  If you have questions about the online program, you can contact Dr. Lois-Ann Kuntz.


Q: How can I find out what courses will transfer?

A: Contact the Registrar’s Office for help with transferring course credit:

207 Powers Hall, UMM, 116 O’Brien Ave., Machias, ME 04654
(207) 255-1223
ummreg@maine.edu

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Registration

Q: How do I sign up for classes?

A: Your academic advisor will walk you through the process.  We do our registration through an online utility called "Mainestreet".

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Courses

Q: How do I find out what courses are available?

A: Go to the Distance Education page and click on the "Available courses" button. 


Q: Can I contact my professor before the semester starts?

A: Your professors will make every effort to be available during the semester, but it will vary how available they are before the start of the semester.  Try emailing them.  Faculty contact information can be found here.

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Technical Assistance

Q. How can I access technical support?

A: For Blackboard questions, email Linda Schofield (207-255-1241) or University College teleservice (1-800-868-7000).  For Mainestreet help, email the registrar or teleservice.

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