Bachelor of University Studies (B.U.S.) adult degree completion program at UMaine Hutchinson Center

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Belfast, Maine — The Bachelor of University Studies (B.U.S.) is UMaine’s degree completion program for busy adults. Perhaps many adults who have some higher-education experience but no bachelor’s degree find that life circumstances or interests make traditional on-campus  study difficult.

Often family, job, and other responsibilities do not allow for full-time study. For these students, the B.U.S. program provides an excellent opportunity to develop a program of study that encompasses their interests and makes maximum use of existing transfer credits. The program is also available in part-time and online formats to accommodate the needs of working adults.


“It is never too late to pursue your educational goals,” says Nancy Bergerson,  coordinator of student services and community education, a UMaine graduate who herself returned to earn a bachelors and master’s degree as an adult learner.


To meet the demands of adult learners, UMaine offers flexible course delivery formats, including online, video conferencing, and blended and live classes. The faculty and staff of the Hutchinson Center, an outreach center of the University of Maine, are committed to supporting mid-coast adults in completing their degrees.


With its multiple track options, the B.U.S. program provides an opportunity both for students who would benefit from an individually-designed interdisciplinary program of study, as well as for students who would prefer a more prescribed curriculum. More information is online:


For additional information on degree completion at the Hutchinson Center, contact Nancy Bergerson, 338.8049;


About the University of Maine:

The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state's land grant and sea grant university. As Maine's flagship public university, UMaine has a statewide mission of teaching, research and economic development, and community service. UMaine is among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast and attracts students from Maine and 49 other states, and 67 countries. It currently enrolls 11,240 total undergraduate and graduate students who can directly participate in groundbreaking research working with world-class scholars. The University of Maine offers 35 doctoral programs and master's degrees in 85 fields; more than 90 undergraduate majors and academic programs; and one of the oldest and most prestigious honors programs in the U.S. The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial efforts campuswide aimed at conserving

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