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Behavioral Science

About the Behavioral Science Program

The Behavioral Science program prepares students to work in the Behavioral Health field (such as substance abuse counselors, adult and child case manager) following graduation and for advanced study in fields such as Clinical Counseling and Psychology.

Hands-on experience, job shadowing, participation in service and experiential learning projects, and internships are core elements that set our program apart.


Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician – Community (MHRT/C) Concentration

The MHRT/Community (MHRT/C) certification prepares students to provide services to adults with serious mental illness. Many careers within the behavioral health field require the MHRT/C certification. The content and skills covered in the MHRT/C curriculum also transfer to other roles/populations in the behavioral health field, expanding your marketability and job opportunities.

The MHRT/C certification provides students the opportunity to pursue an essential credential at one of the lowest costs of any four-year university in Maine. This program is offered at $150 per credit hour, which includes all course fees. This program is approved by the Muskie School’s Center for Learning.

Behavioral Science Education Pathways*

30 Credits
equals MHRT/C Certificate
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MHRT/C Certificate
+30 Credits
equals AS in Human Services
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MHRT/C Certificate
AS in Human Services
+60 Credits
equals BS in Behavioral Science

*Credit for previous work in the behavioral science field is available. For more information, contact Shawn Graham at shawn.graham@maine.edu.


Substance Abuse Counseling Concentration

Our Behavioral Sciences major is designed to provide a foundation for careers in social services, counseling, social work and rehabilitation. Students interested in specializing in addiction treatment and rehabilitation may opt to pursue the Substance Abuse Counseling concentration.