Format Credit Hours Tuition Application Deadline
On Campus 10-13 credits Costs at UMaine Rolling Admissions

Get started on your path to the CRIS certificate with INT 125! This course is available spring and fall semesters. Experience all of the research centers our campus has to offer.

Course Sequence

Four pathways have been developed, to date, allowing students in the College of Engineering to obtain the certificate while tailoring the content of the program to their field of study. Additional pathways are in development for other Colleges.

Students will select one course from each of four content areas: Communication, Research, Innovation, and Strategy. Some selected courses meet more than one content area. Each student is required to take INT 125, and is able to count up to two selected courses in their field of study, as identified below, towards the certificate.

  1. Chemical and Biomedical Engineering (11-13 credits)
  2. Civil and Environmental Engineering (11-12 credits)
  3. Electrical and Computer Engineering (10-13 credits)
  4. Mechanical Engineering (10-13 credits)

Educational Objectives

The Certificate in Research, Innovation, and Strategy (CRIS) for Engineering Students is designed to complement a students core curriculum, and provide them with tangible skills to meet the needs of employers throughout Maine and across the world.
Coursework is designed to provide skill-building in the following areas:

  • Project management
  • Computational thinking
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Research
  • Writing
  • Marketing
  • Teamwork and team management

Key objectives of the program include:

  • Students will develop new workforce development skills that they otherwise would not gain
    through their regular academic program
  • Students will gain a deep understanding of experiential resources on campus, and have hands-on
    experience with those resources
  • Students will understand how to use changing technologies and their expertise in their field to
    creatively solve problems
  • Students will be able to articulate ways that their knowledge can be applied in real-world work
    settings clearly and effectively

Eligibility Criteria

Students at UMaine are eligible to enroll in the Certificate program as long as the prerequisites for each course in the sequence are met.

A minimum GPA of 2.5 applies to all candidates and minimum TOEFL score of 80 (IbT), 6.5 (IELTS) or 60 (PTE Academic) are required for international students.

Up to two courses completed for the certificate may be double counted towards an undergraduate degree per the guidelines of the respective undergraduate degree program.


Current University of Maine Undergraduate Students

Current undergraduate students at UMaine desiring to enroll will need to submit the Declaration of Undergraduate Certificate form. This form will route through the respective Certificate Coordinator and Division of Lifelong Learning for review. Once the form is completed, the form will be sent over to Student Records for processing. Contact one of the certificate coordinators or Beth Maberry for additional information.

Non-Degree Students

If you have already obtained a degree or wish to discuss enrolling as a non-degree student, please contact Beth Maberry for additional information.


The Certificate requires the completion of 4 courses through a combination of courses as described in the
course sequence section below. A maximum of two courses may be counted towards both the certificate
and an undergraduate degree program.

  • Undergraduate category: Student must complete 4 courses with a minimum GPA of 2.5 and a minimum grade of C– in each course.
  • Student is required to take INT 125: Experiential Programs Innovation Central, which serves as a core component of the certificate.
  • Student will select one elective, non-major course to complete the certificate requirements.
  • Certificate credit hours range from 10-13, depending upon course selection

The Certificate program shall be completed within four years from the date of acceptance into the program.

Certificate Coordinators

Contact Us

Have questions about earning your Certificate in Research, Innovation, and Strategy at UMaine? Contact Beth Maberry, DLL Coordinator, at 207.581.4747 or

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