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MBA Program - Application Process and Requirements

The Maine Business School welcomes MBA applicants from around the world who desire to thrive in our atmosphere of academic excellence, strategic leadership, and professional development, with a commitment to being catalysts for positive change in business and community.  Students come from diverse professional, educational, and cultural backgrounds.  Our MBA program is distinctive.  With national and international recognition, world class faculty, and modest class sizes, “you’re in a great place” at The University of Maine.

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Admission to The University of Maine MBA program is competitive.  Candidates for the MBA are encouraged to apply early though complete applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis.

A complete application must include the following:

  • Graduate Application
  • Personal essay
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official college/university transcripts from all schools attended
  • Official GMAT scores taken within the last 5 years
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  • CV or Resume (for Professional MBA program applicants only)
  • Graduate application fee payment

NOTE:  Review of a candidate’s application for consideration of admission with copies is conducted; however, admission to the MBA Graduate Program is subject to receipt of original documents.

Admission Criteria

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university with a 3.0 cumulative GPA; 3.5 preferred.  All prerequisites for the MBA must each have a grade of B- minimum.  Candidates are also expected to have strong analytical, math, writing, and presentation skills.

Full admission is based on meeting all prerequisites, academic standards, satisfactory GMAT scores, and all requirements. Conditional or provisional admission is possible.

GMAT Score: Applicants must submit official GMAT scores taken within the last five years.  A GMAT score of 550 is preferred; no less than 500.  GMAT scores less than 500 considered for conditional admission providing other strong qualifications are demonstrated in the application.

Letters of Recommendation:  Letters should be of high quality from credible sources; i.e., from current or former supervisors or professors who can comment on academic strengths, work ethic, responsibilities and accomplishments, career advancement, managerial experience, and predictable success in the MBA program.

Communication Skills: Students are required to submit a personal essay as part of their application. The essay is an opportunity for the candidate to describe important attributes not apparent from the rest of the application, and also to convey one’s unique background, character, and ability to add value to the University of Maine ‘s Graduate Program. The essays are evaluated not only for content, but also for writing quality and strengths.


  • BUA 201: Financial Accounting
  • BUA 202: Managerial Accounting
  • BUA 270: Marketing
  • BUA 325: Management
  • BUA 350: Finance
  • ECO 120: Microeconomics
  • ECO 121: Macroeconomics
  • MAT 215: Statistics or MAT 232

Additional Prerequisites for the MBA Accounting Concentration:

  • BUA 301 Intermediate Accounting 1
  • BUA 302 Intermediate Accounting 2
  • BUA 305 Cost Accounting
  • BUA 310 Auditing
  • BUA 312 Federal Taxation of Individuals

International Students

International candidates for the MBA must provide the following items in addition to their Graduate application materials:

  • A copy of a valid passport (photo page only)
  • An original financial or bank certificate, in English, indicating $ USD funds of $34,000 minimum (required by the U.S. Department of State)
  • If transferrring from another U.S. institution, a copy of a valid F1, J1, or non-immigrant visa (photo page only) AND a copy of a student’s current I-20 or DS 2019
  • English Language Proficiency:
    • Original iBT TOEFL score report of 81 or IELTS Bandscore 6.5 (no subscores below 6.0) or comparable ESL training from a U.S. institution (1 year minimum)
    • Note: TOEFL, IELTS is waived if the student has graduated from a U.S. college/university or has an overseas degree taught exclusively in English

For personalized service, please contact:

Carol L. Mandzik, MBA
Manager of MBA Programs
Associate Graduate Faculty
The University of Maine
Maine Business School
5723 DP Corbett Business Building, Rm 209
Orono, Maine  04469

Tel: 207-581-1971
Skype: UMaineMBA

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