Degree-Granting Institutions

Post-secondary educational institutions that award accredited associate’s, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees are known as degree-granting institutions. Several public and private schools both in-state and out-of-state are authorized to operate in Maine, and new institutions are able to apply for authorization.

Higher Education Institutions Authorized by Maine

Higher Education Institutions Exempt from Authorization in Maine

  • Exempt Schools. More than 300 schools are exempt from the oversight of Maine law due to the lack of physical presence in the State.*

Process for Obtaining Authorization or Exemption from State of Maine

  • Providers of online courses or programs should contact the individual below for more information related to authorization/exemption.

  • Become Authorized a Degree-Granting Institution. Learn how to establish a degree-granting institution in Maine.

* This list is occasionally updated and may be inaccurate due to the change in an institution's status out of the control of MaineDOE

Michael T. Perry
Acting Director
Office of Higher Education & Educator Support Services