The University of Maine System has received a $500,000 grant to put toward its effort to bring all of the school's graduate programs under one roof.

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The school said Thursday that the grant from the Harold Alfond Foundation would go toward the "strategic development" of a plan to house the university's law school, graduate business programs and graduate programs in public health and in public policy and management.

The Maine Center for Graduate Professional Studies would also house the Cutler Institute for Health and Policy.

The Portland Press Herald reports the center would be located at a to-be-determined site in Portland.

Chancellor James Page says the foundation's support for the initiative now stands at more than $2 million.